Belgian Constitutional Court Ruling May Restrict Online Gambling Operators

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Nov 17, 2017

Online operators must have separate licenses for each gambling product on their websites

Last week’s ruling by the Belgian Constitutional Court that online gambling operators must have separate licenses for each gambling product offered on their websites is sure to generate concerns in the industry and possibly an appeal.

The case arose when land and online operator Rocoluc NV (trading online as challenged the Belgian Gaming Commission policy of granting a single online licence covering several genres of gambling on a single website.

Rocoluc claimed that in the land gambling environment separate licenses for each type of gambling offered under one roof are required, and that the online sector should be subject to the same restrictions.

The ruling represents a further tightening of Belgium’s already highly restrictive gambling regulations, which has recently seen lawmakers approve a measure prohibiting the screening of gambling adverts on television during live sporting events.

The Belgian Gaming Commission has not yet commented on the ruling or its intentions flowing therefrom.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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