The $12 billion gaming sector is going through a new phase with the legal framework

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Brazilian industry games It is about to enter a new phase. Last week, the Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that regulates the production, import, commercialization and development of products. electronic games in country. the so-called PL 2.796/2021, or the legal framework for games, will be analyzed by the Senate.

Maurício Tamer, a lawyer in the field of Machado Meyer’s Technology, explains that by creating a legal framework, “the industry takes the first important steps towards legal security with important definitions, promotes the development of the sector, strengthens the role of the state as the promoter of the segment and justifies the tax treatment of electronic games on the same basis as computer products” .

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The attorney explains that if approved, the PL will specify several important elements. “It brings, for example, the definition that gambling is not considered as electronic games, strengthens the free initiative in the development of games, the state can only limit the age classification and recognizes the possibility of using games. therapeutic and educational”.

“The progress of the project is very relevant to promote the entire industry of the sector, from developers to manufacturers of hardware and peripheral devices, and to bring more legal security. It promotes fair recognition of the growth of eSports and promotes technological education and innovation. It also suggests a delimitation of the legality of practices unless they are strictly characterized as gambling, i.e. games based exclusively on luck or chance,” Maurizio concludes.

According to consultancy Newzoo, Brazil is the largest gaming market in Latin America, with an estimated revenue of R$ 12 billion in 2021 and a 6% increase expected by 2022. Hiring specialized professionals for the industry. The 9th edition of the Play Brasil Survey (PGB), the main study of the sector, revealed an increase of 2.5 percentage points compared to the previous year, with 74.5% of the Brazilian population saying they will play in 2022. Brazilians consider themselves more. and more players.

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