Since July 2021, online gambling has been going through a licensing process in Germany. However, strict requirements must be met from providers- aswell as player side.In order to monitor these, a state IT system was introduced to which the licensed providers in Germany are obliged to connect to: The LUGAS central index. LUGAS consists of two parts, more precisely, two central files: The activity file and the limit file.
Both fulfil a central task in order to comply with the GlüStV 2021.The activity file is set to prevent parallel usage of different platforms, while the limit file enforces the monthly deposit limits set by the Regulator aswell as the Player. LUGAS uses the limit file to monitor the monthly deposit limit of € 1,000 across all providers. This measure is intended to contribute into player protection and avoid financial difficulties and excessive gambling. This means that as soon as you reach your monthly deposit limit with one provider you cannot deposit any more money on any other platform. Players can still set lower limits themselves, but the maximum of 1,000 € per month is set firm by law.
The LUGAS limit is therefore not raisable from the player's side beyond the amount of €1,000. The activity file is intended to help preventing players from playing at several providers at the same time. If a player receives the status "active" in the system, this status cannot be activated by any other provider. Only after the end of the gaming activity with one provider the user can participate on another website. Should this status be falsely reported as active by a provider for a longer period of time, the system will automatically set this player to inactive after a certain period of time.
This measure is intended to contribute to conscious and responsible online gambling.