Austria licenses Austria-based companies to offer lottery services and casino gaming via remote channels (Internet, mobile phones, and interactive television). Only Austrian residents are allowed to play at sites. Austria views remote bookmaking services as an extension of state-licensed land-based operations. Both domestic and foreign-based license holders are permitted to offer services via remote channels.
Austria is one of nine European Member States whose gambling legislation is under investigation by the European Commission for potentially being over-restrictive with regards to EU free trade laws. Austria permits its licensed companies to advertise in the country but forbids foreign-licensed companies from doing so.