2006: Statement on the reform of the directive “TV without frontiers”
As an audiovisual medium, online games will be covered by the regulatory scope of the new
TV directive. Hence, the protection of independent game developers in their corresponding
function as independent producers needs to be guaranteed. The widening of the scope of the
TV directive has positive and negative aspects: A possibly premature regulation of an
emerging market ruled by definitions subject to rapid changes could cause trouble. The
attribution of games to the audiovisiual sector can be rated positive. The systematic
regulation of product placement has no support.