JAN 2, 2024
K-GAMES and KOCCA release report on overseas gaming regulations
The Korea Association of Game Industry (K-GAMES) — the body responsible for overseeing and nurturing the country’s successful gaming industry — released its 2023 Global Game Policy and Legislation Study on Tuesday (KST) in collaboration with the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).
The report summarizes gaming-related regulations and laws in six Western European countries — the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and France — including those on standard terms and conditions, the protection of minors, personal privacy, payment and more.
“Through cooperation between public and private sectors, we have been able to achieve tasks like collecting information and securing databases on overseas gaming markets by country and continent,” said Kang Shin-chul, President of K-GAMES. “We will continue to contribute to the development of the domestic game industry,” he added.
The study found that operators in the specified countries are not required to obtain special licenses, appoint local representatives, or set up servers in order to operate a gaming business in their respective countries. It also details country-specific requirements, such as in Germany, where the use of content that glorifies or justifies Nazi-related symbols or actions is prohibited.
A closer look at Belgium’s stance
Interestingly, the report revealed that the regulation of randomly distributed in-game items varied by country. The UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and France have no legal restrictions on such items, but the UK and the Netherlands have recommended that information on the odds of winning them in games of chance should be disclosed before a player obtains or opens an item.
Meanwhile, Belgium has implemented a regulation that prohibits paid games of chance for stochastic items altogether due to its laws regarding gambling. However, there are no regulations on Play-to-Earn (P2E) games unless they constitute gambling, which is also true of the other five countries. Minting game items into NFTs is also not subject to oversight in all six nations unless they are considered financial instruments.
There are also no standard terms and conditions set by Belgium’s national government for gaming services, which are instead governed by the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).