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Competitive video gaming, or eSports, has quickly become a
multibillion-dollar industry, and Las Vegas wants in on the emerging market
that is wildly popular with the millennial generation.

76ers Continue Esports Push by Adding Supplier as Team Sponsor

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The Philadelphia 76ers may not have enjoyed much success in the last few NBA seasons, but they’ve been at the forefront of the sports world’s embrace of esports. That continued this week, as the franchise signed a deal with gaming accessories supplier HyperX, the first time a gaming supplier has partnered with an NBA team….Read More

Maryland Casinos Esports Play Looks to Boost Already Healthy Business

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Maryland casinos might be looking to get competitive with esports and skill-based gaming. The state’s committee on gaming oversight met last week to discuss the subjects with representatives of gaming corporations and they could soon be in the state’s six casinos. The last time this joint legislative committee met was in 2016 when they discussed…Read More

‘Loot Boxes’ Not Gambling, Says US Video Games Regulator

“Loot Boxes” not gambling, says ESRB

“Loot-boxes” have become a divisive issue in the video-gaming world in recent months but they do not constitute gambling, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the industry self-regulator. These are the consumable in-game boxes that offer the player randomized chances to win more virtual items or skills. They have traditionally existed as a…Read More

Not Quite Area 51, But Area 15 Will Bring Sci-Fi Entertainment to Las Vegas

Area 15 Las Vegas Area 51

Area 15 hopes to one day attract sci-fi and comic book fans to a yet-to-be-constructed 146,000-square-foot entertainment facility just steps off the Las Vegas Strip. Proposed by New York real estate development company Fisher Brothers, the venue’s blueprint calls for multiple arenas that allow sci-fi fans to immerse themselves in popular movies including the apocalyptic…Read More

Casino eSports Conference Skipped by Strip Operators, Nevada Expands eSports Betting

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Last week’s Casino eSports Conference (CEC) held at the Westgate failed to entice representatives from the nearby Strip resorts to take in a series of discussions on the emerging industry. The two-day conference aimed to bring together leaders from gambling and eSports to formulate strategies to integrate the video gaming competitions onto casino floors. But…Read More

CSGO Lotto Skin-Gambling Scam YouTubers Escape FTC Penalties, Despite Deceptive Practices

CSGO Lotto Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell no FTC fine

Two CSGO Lotto skin-betting site owners, who posed as US-based YouTubers blogging about their exploits without declaring that they actually owned the site, were spared fines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week. Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell would promote CSGO Lotto with videos bearing titles such as “How to Win $13,000 in…Read More

Isle of Man Issues World’s First ‘Skin-betting’ License

Isle of Man issued first online gambling license

ESP.bet, operator of specialist esports fantasy league and betting website, eSportsPools, has become the proud owner of the first ever gaming license that covers “skin-betting,” or gambling with virtual goods. The license was awarded last week by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC). The “skins” in skin-betting refer to the virtual designer weapons…Read More

Esports Events Prove Profitable for Casinos, But Millennials Still Not Gambling

Casinos profit from esports refreshments sales

Casino operators have taken esports to their hearts over the past 18 months, as they seek to engage with the so-called millennial generation and futureproof their industry against the apathy young people hold for slots and blackjack. But this tentative relationship is in its infancy and the casino industry is still cautiously sizing up the…Read More

Paris 2024 Olympics Considering eSports as Official Event

Paris 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet

The 2024 Olympics in Paris will consider including eSports, or competitive video gaming, as an official medal sport at the Summer Games. France’s bid committee co-president Tony Estanguet told the Associated Press that a conversation will be held to discuss the merits of including the digital “sport,” which is rapidly growing in popularity. Should eSports…Read More

Madison Square Garden Buys Controlling Stake in eSports Franchise Counter Logic

Madison Square Garden eSports

The company behind Madison Square Garden is adding eSports to its portfolio of live entertainment offerings by purchasing a controlling stake in Counter Logic Gaming, the oldest and one of the most successful League of Legends (LoL) organizations. Counter Logic was founded in 2010 as an LoL team. It has since won two North American…Read More

ESports Side-Betting Could Cause Regulatory Headache for Casinos Hosting Events

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ESports events are quickly growing into a cause celebre for the Las Vegas casino industry. And no surprise that these skill-based competitions, as they evolve, go hand-in-hand with a desire to bet on their outcomes. The casino industry is eager to embrace competitive video gaming, believing it provides a crucial platform for connecting with the…Read More

Already High on Millennials, Las Vegas Hopes Recreational Pot Attracts Younger Tourists

millennials Las Vegas recreational marijuana

This weekend, the first recreational marijuana dispensaries will open throughout Nevada, and Las Vegas is betting that younger tourists will travel to Sin City to test out its “budding” market. Millennials strongly favor the legalization of marijuana, with 7 out of 10 of those between the ages of 18 and 35 saying the consumption of…Read More

Millennial-Focused Atlantic City Fan Xpo Series Postponed Indefinitely

Atlantic City Fan Xpo canceled

The Atlantic City Fan Xpo (ACFX) at the Showboat Hotel has been put on hold. Organizers behind the weekend series that was geared towards the millennial demographic explain on their website, “Due to matters beyond our control we are postponing operations until further notice.” No specific information for the abrupt canceling was made available. And…Read More

Innovative Slot Machines Targeting Millennials Fall Short, Expert Says

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Skill-based slot machines are all the rage in the gaming industry in 2017, but the new products, thought to be innovative concepts by some casino executives, won’t do much to attract the millennial, one expert opines. The American Gaming Association (AGA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently hosted a one-day conference at Wynn Encore in Las Vegas….Read More

ESports Betting Now Fully Recognized Under Nevada Law, Gov. Sandoval Signs Parimutuel Bill

eSports betting parimutuel Brian Sandoval

ESports betting is finally getting the type of recognition the rapidly emerging space perhaps deserves. Over the weekend, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) made wagering on competitive video gaming fully legal. By signing a bill that adds the tournaments to the state’s parimutuel code, Governor Sandoval solidified the legality of eSports betting in the state…Read More