The Russian gaming industry is now more in need of support than regulation. This opinion was voiced by the head of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law, St. Petersburg State University Vladislav Arkhipov during a joint round table with the Scientific and Technical Center of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “GRC” and industry experts, writes “Kanobu”.
“There is no need to change the system of relations in Russia, this will become an additional burden for the gaming industry. Since the industry is mostly self-regulating, in Russia at the current stage, only its support from the state is important. In addition, the gaming industry requires a balance of interests. We propose the principle of a balanced approach to eliminate contradictions at the level of judicial practice. Now in domestic law there is a status quo between the platform and the user.”
Another participant of the meeting is the chief legal adviser in the field of international law of the analysis and forecasting department of the Scientific and Technical Center of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “GRC” Stanislav Makhortov – said that the legal regime of games in Russia is not defined. And players cannot assert their rights in case of hacking or changing their accounts.
Legislative regulation has long been needed. At least because the cost of in-game items is growing very quickly. For example, in-game items can be bought for tens and even hundreds of thousands of rubles. So, an account and game property can be settled in the gaming environment. At the same time, experts agree that it is necessary to act carefully so as not to harm the industry.
“The change in regulation should be carried out in a way that does not create additional economic restrictions or an administrative burden on the few gaming companies that are still on the market under existing conditions. In the best years of the gaming industry, there was no state regulation. Regulation should harmonize the relations “player – business – state”.
Inna Palamarchuk,Head of the law firm “INNOVA”
Also Chairman of the Commission for the Legal Support of the Digital Economy of the Russian Bar Association and Managing Partner of the law firm EBR» Alexander Zhuravlev noted that first it is necessary to work out the provision of benefits for Russian industry participants. For example, Zhuravlev suggested thinking about the mechanisms of possible digital residency.
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