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Games with a chance to win - Certificate of Safety


If you want to play commercially games with the possibility of winning (e.B. skill games), you will need permission from the competent authority. In order to obtain this permission, you must present a certificate of safety from the Federal Criminal Police Office. You must apply for them.

The certificate of safety is issued to the manufacturer of a game if it is a gaming device that is produced as standard. He will then receive an imprint of the safety certificate for each replica of the playing equipment. In all other cases, it will be granted to the game's organiser.

The certificate of safety contains the following information:

  • Name of the game
  • Company name and registered office of the manufacturer or name, date of birth, place of birth and place of residence of the organizer
  • Description of the game and the gameplay, with illustrations and overview drawings if necessary
  • Game rules and profit plan
  • List of places where you can host the game
  • Period of validity of the certificate of safety
  • possible ancillary provisions

Note: Certificates of safety may also be issued on a temporary basis or subject to conditions.

The Federal Criminal Police Office can only issue a certificate of safety if the game to be tested is a game of skill and not a gamble. A skill game occurs when the player can determine the outcome of the game with a high probability of skill, according to the game setup and the rules of the game.
If the playing equipment is to be produced as standard, it must be ensured that the replicas comply with the model tested by the Federal Criminal Police Office.

The certificate of safety is refused if:

  • there is a risk that the player will suffer unreasonably high losses in a short period of time, or
  • the game can be organized by a change in the playing conditions or by changing the gaming facility by simple means as an illegal gambling within the meaning of Section 284 of the Criminal Code (StGB).
    This is particularly the case if:
    • these are card, dice or ball games derived from a gamble within the meaning of Section 284 of the German Civil Code (StGB), or
    • the game cannot be operated economically in accordance with the conditions submitted for examination.

You must submit your application for a certificate of safety in writing to the competent authority. It must be signed by hand or provided with a qualified electronic signature.

The Federal Criminal Police Office decides on the application together with the Federal Institute of Physics and Technology and a committee of four criminal officers of the Länder who are experienced in the field of gambling.

Federal Criminal Police Office

  • Game description
  • Rules
  • if required by type of game: Calculation of payout and hit expectation

Note: You may need to provide additional documentation upon request. If it is a gaming facility, the Federal Criminal Police Office may require you to submit a ready-to-use facility or to leave a sample of the play equipment or individual parts of it to the Federal Criminal Police Office.

The certificate of safety may be withdrawn or revoked if:

  • reasons that would have been contrary to the exhibition,
  • the applicant changes the characteristics of approved gaming facilities, or
  • organises a game declared safe under unauthorised conditions.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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