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Sports Betting All Over Atlantic City’s East Coast Gaming Congress, Bill Bradley Probably Not Attending

East Coast Gaming Conference is all about sports betting but Bill Bradley won’t be joining

Sports betting is naturally the hot topic of this year’s East Coast Gaming Congress, which kicked off today (Wednesday) at Harrahs Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City. The first day of events includes an in-depth talk on “Sports Betting: Where Does It Stand in mid-2018 and where is it going?” Where does it stand? Thanks…Read More

Nearly One in Two Millennials Find Casinos Depressing, Favor Online Gambling Legalization

millennial casinos gambling Las Vegas

Millennials aren’t too high on traditional land-based casinos, as a new study reports that nearly one in two Americans in the 18- to 34-year-old demographic find such venues depressing. YouGov, a data research firm based in London, says 47 percent of US millennials agreed with the statement that casinos are depressing. That exceeds the 41…Read More

Twitch Countersues Controversial Counter Strike Streamer, James ‘Phantonl0rd’ Varga

Twitch countersues James “Phantoml0rd” Varga

Twitch Interactive is counter-suing the “celebrity” Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer it kicked off its platform in 2016 for promoting skins gambling, rigging contests, and failing to disclose co-ownership of the site he promoted. James “Phantoml0rd” Varga filed suit against the video games-streaming giant in February, claiming Twitch had “illegally terminated” his account, which had 1.3…Read More

Paris 2024 Organizers in Talks to Bring Esports to the Olympics

Paris 2024

Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics are said to be “deep in talks” with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the inclusion of esports as a demonstration sport at the Games, according to the International Esports Federation (IeSF). Last year, it was announced that competitive video gaming will be an official medal sport at the…Read More

Loot Boxes Are Gambling, Top Video Game Titles Illegal, Say Dutch Authorities

Loot boxes are gambling says Dutch regulator

The Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has said that loot boxes where rewards are determined by chance and prizes can be traded outside the game constitute illegal gambling and that many popular titles are currently breaking the law. The regulator said that developers have been told to adapt the games by June or face a…Read More

Gamers Loot Box, Skins Gambling Spend to Hit $50 Billion by 2022, Says Analyst

Clash Royale

A new report by Juniper Research suggests that consumer outlay on loot boxes and skins betting will rise 60 percent — to $50 billion a year by 2022 — and at least $48 billion of that will come strictly from loot boxes. Despite the backlash from the gaming community over the sudden preponderance of loot…Read More

Global Integrity Firm Sportsradar’s Head of Esports Fired for Betting on Matches

Sportsradar Head of Esports James Watson fired

Sportsradar Head of Esports, James Watson, was fired this week following a Twitter storm over his use of multiple accounts to bet “aggressively” on esports matches. Sportsradar is a sports data monitoring and intelligence company, supplying some of the world’s biggest sports federations, leagues, clubs and state authorities with solutions to fight betting-related match-fixing and…Read More

Las Vegas Strip’s First Esports Arena Opens At Luxor

The Esports Arena Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Strip’s first ever permanent, purpose-built esports arena opened on Thursday night at MGM’s Luxor, and, as is the fashion these days, the grand opening ceremony was streamed live of Twitch. The 30,000-square foot Esports Arena Las Vegas – a joint venture between Esports Arena, Allied Esports, and MGM Resorts – plans to…Read More

IGT Teams Up with HTC Vive for ‘Virtual Zone’ VR Casino Gaming Experience

The IGT Virtual Zone

Slot machine giant IGT has teamed up with virtual reality hardware developers HTC Vive to bring a glimpse of the casino games of the future to the gaming floor. HTC is providing the immersive headgear for IGTs Virtual Zone, a virtual reality competition arena that pits casino patrons against one another in a series of…Read More

Controversial Counter Strike Streamer ‘Phantoml0rd’ Sues Twitch Over Skin Gambling Ban

James “Phantoml0rd” Varga sues Twitch

Counter Strike: Global Offensive streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, who was kicked off Twitch in 2016 for allegedly failing to disclose ownership of a site he promoted online, is suing the platform that made him famous. As reported by gaming and esports website Polygon, Varga filed a complaint on Wednesday in San Francisco’s Superior Court of…Read More

US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan on loot boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what the Federal Trade Commission is going to do about it. This week, the former governor of New Hampshire told four FTC nominees the she had written to the video games industry…Read More

Are Loot Boxes Gambling? Washington State Demands an Answer

Washington State Senator Kevin

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker (D) has charged the State Gambling Commission with answering once and for all the question of whether a loot box constitutes gambling, and whether the microtransactions of modern video-gaming are predatory towards children. A loot box is broadly defined as consumable in-game “chest” that offer the player randomized chances to…Read More

Jack Cleveland and Cincinnati Casinos Building Electronic Gaming ‘Arenas’ Targeting Younger Crowds

Jack Cleveland electronic gaming arena

Jack Cleveland and Jack Cincinnati casinos are making substantial bets on the millennial. This week, Jack Entertainment, parent company to the two Ohio casinos, announced a self-described “revolutionary electronic table games arena” at both properties. The 2,000-square-foot spaces will each feature 28 electronic play stations that offer a variety of games including roulette, craps, blackjack…Read More

Las Vegas ‘Rogue’ Esports Team Levels Up to Superstardom

Rogue esports team goes from strength to strength

Esports may be a big buzzword in Nevada casinos, but a Las Vegas-based team is currently sparking the most chatter. The “Rogue” esports team has gone from a little-known outfit to globetrotting champions in a matter of months. Last year its CS:GO team won the Mountain Dew Video Game League championship, while its Overwatch team…Read More

Luxor Esports Arena Opening March 22, Strip’s First Permanent Video Gaming Tournament Venue

esports arena Luxor Las Vegas

The Esports Arena Las Vegas will open its doors inside the Luxor casino resort on March 22 and become the Strip’s first venue dedicated to competitive video gaming. Built in what was formerly the LAX nightclub, the 30,000-square-foot multilevel arena features a competition stage backed by a 50-foot LED video wall. The facility plans to…Read More