Belgian regulator proposes blacklist for free gambling apps

Belgian regulator proposes blacklist for free gambling apps

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Totally Gaming

The Kansspelcommissie, the Belgian Gaming Commission, has urged the country’s government to introduce a blacklist of free mobile gambling applications. 

Belgium already has a blacklist system in place for other forms of gambling, but the current Belgian Games of Chance Act only covers games of chance where players are required to stake money in order to play.

National regulations are unlikely to cover free games of chance where players are only required to pay money for certain upgrades, rather than stake money in the game itself.

The Commission has aired its concerns about the current regulatory system surrounding free mobile gambling applications and said such games cause a threat to younger players as they lower the bar for people looking to take part in gambling – potentially serving as a gateway for real-money gambling.

 

In addition to the potential introduction of a blacklist for this sector, the regulatory body has also suggested an industry-wide agreement and adoption of age verification tools that can be implemented into apps to stop minors from accessing such games.

However, as the Commission only regulates games of chance that are covered by the Belgian Games of Chance Act, it currently has little regulatory jurisdiction power in the free mobile apps sector. 

The watchdog failed to respond to requests by TotallyGaming.com to clarify details of the proposal.

 

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