In October, 2016, with a press release Novomatic AG informed that it is initiating court proceedings against Euro Games Technology Ltd. based in Sofia and its German sales partner D-Systems GmbH at the District Court of Berlin. Novomatic took the view that some games of Euro Games Technology Ltd. systematically and unfairly use some essential elements of its games. Immediately following the oral hearing on May 9, 2017, the District Court of Berlin dismissed Novomatic AG’s claim for injunctive relief, information and damages. Within the reasons given for the judgement the District Court of Berlin outlined that claims of Novomatic may neither be based on trademark law nor on competition law. The District Court of Berlin did not recognize an illegitimate use of essential game elements.
Vladimir Dokov, CEO of EGT, commented: „We were very confident that the District Court of Berlin would dismiss the claim. We considered the allegations as unfounded from the beginning, as our products are highly innovative and our R&D department focuses on current and modern technologies. We will continue to expand our market position on the basis of our own developments and advanced know-how.”
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, Euro Games Technology (EGT) is considered of being amongst the fastest growing companies in the global gaming industry. EGT’s activities relate to the development, production and distribution of a diverse range of gaming products. Today, they are operated in over 80 countries in Europe, America (South, Central and North), Asia, and Africa. EGT’s technical achievements are presented annually at the most prestigious international exhibitions of the gaming industry. Currently the company employs over 1350 professionals and has 20 foreign offices and dealers in different regions around the world.