The Belgian online gambling market will see the return of bwin.party, following a resolution to the brand’s regulatory dispute in the country.
In recent weeks, bwin.party has been involved in ongoing discussions with the Belgian authorities as to how it might be permitted to legally engage in the online gambling market in the country.
The solution is a collaboration with Belgian land-based casino brand Belcasinos SA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Partouche SA.
Belcasinos, one of just four Belgian land-based operators with the right to apply for online casino and poker licences, has an online presence of its own, and is also planning to apply for an online sports betting licence.
If successful, this would allow bwin.party to offer all of its usual markets – sports betting, poker and casino games – to players within the Belgian market.
Norbert Teufelberger and Jim Ryan, co-CEOs of bwin.party, issued a statement on the news to say they are “excited” to have made progress on the matter.
The next stage is to ensure the deal is approved by the BGC, so as to avoid any further disruption.
Assuming this is achieved, the co-CEOs added that bwin.party’s Belgian customer base should see no interruption to their existing gambling services.