Social and skill games could be regulated in France after an amendment to the country’s consumer bill passed through the National Assembly, while a second amendment to allow international poker liquidity sharing was rejected.

An amendment to Article L322-2 of the French constitution expanded the definition of games of chance to include “any offering that would suggest the hope of winning, even at random and which requires financial sacrifice on the part of the participants.”

This definition was widely interpreted to include free-to-play games, leading to protests in the National Assembly. Lawmakers voiced concerns about what was described as effectively a ban on social and skill games, saying it was likely to see consumers shift to unlicensed operators.

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