Media games

Media games are games of chance that are operated through the media. The media are considered as all radio and television broadcasting stations, and all newspapers or magazines where the operator or the publisher has his registered office in the European Union.

The Gaming Act covers two types of media games. For one thing there are phone-in games involving a standalone game programme in its own right, and then there are all other media games that are just part of a programme or a separate feature within the media.

For the operation of games of chance as part of television programmes (when dealing with a standalone game programme in its own right, such as phone-in games), a G1 licence is required.

Please click here to see a list of all active G1 licences.

(Update d.d. 14/05/2020)

Applications for G1 licences must be submitted by letter sent by registered post, addressed to the Gaming Commission, using this application form.
Also needed is an advice from the Federal Public Service of Finance that shows that there is no tax liability (no older than 3 months) – certificates can be obtained via (Flemish Region), or (Brussels Capital Region), or (Walloon Region).
The Gaming Commission will process incoming applications within a three-month time frame counting from the date of receipt of the letter sent by registered post or from the date of receipt of the licence application submitted by e-mail.
A G2 licence (Articles 43/3 through 43/15 of the Gaming Act) is required for all games operated via radio, TV, and newspapers and magazines that are not phone-in games within the meaning of G1 licences. As is the case with all games of chance, the games must involve a stake, a chance of winning or losing and an element of chance.
When taking part in these games by text message or by telephone, a stake is said to exist only if the price for the communication exceeds the normal price (usually prices in the region of € 1 to € 2 per text message or € 1 per minute are charged).
Chance is said to be involved when the speed with which entrants reply is factored in or when a tiebreaker question is asked. In the event of a tie, entrants may be asked how long it will take the bailiff to drive from Antwerp to Brussels, for instance. The Gaming Commission considers this type of questions as chance.
If a random winner draws too, there is usually a problem. This means of determining the winners/winnings is considered a lottery, and lotteries may be organised only if they are exclusively intended for faith-based or charitable works, for the promotion of industry and art or any other purpose of public interest. If they fail to comply with the above requirement, they are considered as prohibited lotteries, making them illegal games of chance.