It is a historic decision by the French Government as it prepares for a radical change in the gaming and casino sector.
In other words, FDJ is approaching an exclusive iCasino license in the region.
Reportedly arising from an agreement between the operator and the government, this would mean the company would be the sole provider of casino games in the region.
French industry sources stated that the FDJ and the country’s authorities are working on a regulatory proposal that would increase the chances of this happening.
However, the move risks provoking discontent from the PMU, which is the country’s main horse racing stakeholder.
Furthermore, AFJEL, the country’s online gaming trade body, and Casinos de France, the land-based casino lobby, are persistent in their quest for a competitive market.
Therefore, they actively defend France’s web3-JONUM regulations during parliamentary debates.
Additionally, the potential for regulators to react is considered, with anti-competition laws coming to light amid a potential exclusive agreement with FDJ.
French government will have exclusive casino license
Therefore, if the reports come to fruition, it is widely anticipated that progress will be made from February 2024 onwards.
At this point, the European Commission should review France’s digital law, in which the JONUM law is included.
The FDJ did not respond to requests for comment.
About the FDJ
A national reference since 1933, FDJ (Française des Jeux) is a leader in the attractive French gaming market, with exclusive rights for 25 years, cemented by the best responsible gaming in the category and iconic products and brands.