Gaming1, through its Circus Casino France subsidiary, has been granted new gaming concessions that will allow it to operate the Casino de Davos and the Casino de Crans-Montana in Valais from 2025 to 2044. These concessions were awarded by Switzerland’s Federal Council as part of a selection process for licensees covering 22 regions in late 2023.
The Belgium-based gaming group sees these new licenses as an opportunity to strengthen its position in Switzerland, building on its entry into the market in Davos in 2017 and subsequent acquisition of a majority stake in both casinos in the years that followed.
Following the new concessions, Gaming1 has outlined plans for both casinos. The company intends to relocate the Davos casino to a nearby facility and develop it further, as well as open a new sports bar at the location. In Crans-Montana, Gaming1 plans to modernize and expand the casino, adding a sports bar, seminar rooms, restaurant area, and function rooms. Additionally, the company hopes to obtain an online gaming license.
Emmanuel Mewissen, CEO of Gaming1, expressed his delight and pride in being awarded the new concessions, thanking the authorities for their trust and emphasizing the quality of the company’s management as part of its development strategy.
The Federal Council’s decision also saw an increase in online casino licenses in Switzerland, with 12 casinos now being granted permission to offer casino games online. This marks the highest number of online offerings since the new Gambling Act came into force in 2019, with the addition of online offerings from the casinos in Locarno and St Moritz.
Overall, the licensing process and the subsequent plans outlined by Gaming1 reflect a period of significant developments and changes in the Swiss casino industry, with new opportunities emerging for operators and players alike.