A game becomes gambling when money is involved and the players have little or no influence on the outcome of the game. Chance determines the winner. This is the case, for example, with scratchcards or when you play roulette.
In a game like chess, on the other hand, the skill and knowledge of those playing is what determines the result.
Anyone in Switzerland operating facilities for gambling needs a license from the appropriate authorities. Anyone operating gambling facilities without a license is breaking the law.
Games requiring skill can also pose a problem or lead to addiction. This is particularly the case with computer and online games (for instance, the multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft). If you or someone you know has a problem with such games, you can contact our counselling services.
Compulsive surfing on the internet can also become a problem. You can also seek help from our counselling services about internet addiction.