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Competitive video gaming, or eSports, has quickly become a
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that is wildly popular with the millennial generation.

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

Millennials and the Gaming Industry in 2017: New Directions Take Hold

millennial casino gambling skill-based esports

Millennials don’t seem to have the penchant for old-school gambling that their parents did, and casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and elsewhere continued to struggle to find the magic formula that would win their business in 2017. The challenge of rebuilding the very core of the gaming industry has not been a small one,…Read More

UNLV Plans Esports Exhibition During Mountain West Basketball Championship

esports Mountain West UNLV

In March, the men’s and women’s basketball teams of the Mountain West Conference will descend on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to fight for a conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. But fans might get the chance to see more than just fast breaks and slam dunks during the event,…Read More

UKGC Report: Young Children Gambling on ‘Skin Betting’

Skin betting UKGC

While the video game community is caught up in fierce debate over whether or not loot boxes constitute gambling, the UK Gambling Commission has released a report that suggests many children are being introduced to a less ambiguous form of betting through gaming at a young age. According to the UKGC’s Young People and Gambling…Read More

Macau Casinos Begin to Support Esports

Macau esports event

In many parts of the world, including China, esports have rapidly become an increasingly popular pastime, with large crowds drawing major sponsors and big prize funds for top players. That meant it was only a matter of time before Macau’s casinos jumped on the bandwagon, using competitive video games as a way to help diversify…Read More

Lucky Man Hits Virtual Horse Racing Miracle After Ungreedy Act at ATM

Colin Banks

It took Colin Banks no time at all to decide what to do when he saw £30 ($40.50) sticking out of an ATM. He turned it in to a store employee, of course. Whether it was instant karma or just a good promotional story for a new form of betting, less than an hour later…Read More

Future Gaming Leaders Get Schooled at Casino Executive Boot Camp in Lake Tahoe

Gaming EDP 2017

The current and future leaders of the global gaming industry descended upon Lake Tahoe last week for the Executive Development Program, a leadership training conference designed to help directors, executives, and government regulators keep pace with today’s fast-changing gambling world. Held this year from Nov. 11-19 at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort, the annual…Read More

Nigel Eccles Steps Down as FanDuel CEO

Nigel Eccles FanDuel

FanDuel founder Nigel Eccles has stepped down from his position as CEO of the daily fantasy sports (DFS) firm, saying that the time has come for him to pursue other opportunities. Eccles helped found the company in 2009 with his wife and several friends in Edinburgh, Scotland. From that early dream, Eccles turned FanDuel into…Read More

In Response to Investigations, EA Says Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling

Battlefront II loot crates

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) said Thursday that the so-called “loot boxes” that appear in Star Wars Battlefront 2 do not constitute gambling. In a statement to GameSpot, the company defended the practice and outlined why they feel that the mechanics of their highly-anticipated game didn’t have to be regulated like casino gaming. “The…Read More

Still Chasing Millennials, Planet Hollywood Installs New Skill-Based Gaming Machines

millennial casino skill-based gaming

Casinos have come to the realization that millennials simply don’t fancy the slot machine as much as the generations that have come before them. That of course presents grave concerns for gaming operators that rely heavily on the games of chance to make up the biggest chunk of their revenues. The major players in Las Vegas…Read More

Downtown Grand in Las Vegas to Take Esports Bets on League of Legends Championship

Esports arena crowd

The popularity of esports has made its way to Las Vegas, where one casino will be leading the way taking bets on an esports competition, the League of Legends Championship on Nov. 4. The Downtown Grand will be offering a betting line on the championship match that will be held in Beijing, China. The Downtown…Read More