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Would it be legal to play a multiplayer video game over a ham radio link? Both players are hams, and their call signs will be transmitted in the link.

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    $\begingroup$ Already done, if you're willing to consider computer chess a "video game". $\endgroup$ Jun 28, 2022 at 4:47

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A lot of ham activities resemble games and contests.

Under FCC rules, there are very few restrictions on actives like this. Basically, it just has to follow the normal amateur radio rules.

Some relevant ones are:

  • Obviously identification rules must be obeyed.
  • The content should be family friendly, since anyone could be listening.
  • Nobody should get paid (no prizes of monetary value...)
  • The band plan including allowed modes should be followed.
  • No encryption...encoding methods should be published.
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  • $\begingroup$ Many modern games encrypt the over-the-wire protocol to prevent cheating and almost none of them publish their encoding methods. Open source games would be the notable exception. $\endgroup$
    – chicks
    Jul 1, 2022 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ @chicks I'll be developing the games, so I can be sure that there is no encryption, and they will be open source. $\endgroup$
    – Someone
    Jul 1, 2022 at 22:09
  • $\begingroup$ That is awesome to hear! Please drop us a link when you get something going. $\endgroup$
    – chicks
    Jul 1, 2022 at 22:32

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