Electronic gaming stages exclude gambling and must include apps

In this week’s House plenary agenda, PL 2796/2021, which creates a legislative framework for the electronic gaming industry, should undergo changes to include games through mobile applications or directly on the Internet, electronic games. Today’s text talks about “executable software on microcomputers or special consoles in which the user controls the action and interacts with the interface”.

“We deal with games through applications or on the Internet, we conclude with an opinion, there are many proposals for changes. We will be working this week and eventually it is possible to expand the project. study with technicians”, said the speaker, deputy stay from Matos (PSD-SC).

For the text’s author, Deputy Kim Katagiri (UB-SP), the original draft already includes apps and online games, given that “most games today are not commercialized in physical media.”

The aim of the project is to stimulate the electronic games industry in Brazil by reducing the tax on products, currently by 70%, by equating electronic games with computer products that benefit from the Informatics Law (brings the possibility of credit for companies investing in research, the possibility of reducing ICMS for incentivized products, reducing PIS for raw materials).

The text expressly excludes slot machines or other games of chance from the definition of electronic games. It envisions the use of games in classrooms, therapeutic treatment and vocational training, in addition to helping train the workforce in the electronic games industry.

“In addition to the classroom, hospitals are using games for people with cognitive problems.”

President Jair Bolsonaro is in favor of reducing taxes on games. It has already helped cut the Import Tax (IPI) 4, and most recently, in June, it cut the rate on foreign purchases of consoles and video game machine accessories from 16% to 12%. For video games with built-in screens (portable or not), the rate was 16% to zero.

A proposal to amend the constitution (PEC 51/2017) granting tax immunity to video game consoles and games manufactured in Brazil is still pending in the Senate. The text has already been approved in committees and is awaiting a vote in the Senate, although it is not expected to enter the agenda.

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