Belgium again reduces the maximum number of online betting licenses

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The Belgian Gaming Commission (CG) has announced that the maximum number of online sports betting licenses available in the country is reduced to 30.

This compares to the previous status quo of 31 sports betting licenses that could be awarded, meaning the GC has reduced the total by one. This total was only in effect from last year, after a reduction of 34.

The new rules were adopted by royal decree and were published in the Belgian Official Gazette.

The announcement says the new rules apply for the nine-year period from July 31, 2022 to July 31, 2031 and affect F1 licenses, which allow online betting.

The rule change comes against the backdrop of a general tightening of gambling laws in Belgium. In July, a royal decree introduced weekly deposit limits of €200 for online gambling, which will apply to players across all verticals from October 20.

In a statement accompanying the new deposit rules, the regulator gave recommendations for safe gambling: “In order not to risk becoming a problem gambler and to keep gambling fun, it is recommended that you spend no more than % of your income for this purpose. .

“If you win €2,000, that means your deposit limit should not exceed €25 per week.”

In May, the Belgian government proposed a blanket ban on all forms of gambling advertising except the national lottery. Local consumer association Bago criticized the entire decision, which failed to take into account the different harms between different forms of gambling:

“Studies show, however, that no game of chance is without risk and that, for example, scratch card games carry a similar risk to sports betting,” Bago said.

“So it’s questionable whether the government is really making a decision here in which concern for the consumer is central.”

Following a request from the Maltese government, the ban on advertisements is in a ‘standstill’ period, which may delay the implementation of the new law.

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