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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.

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

76ers Continue Esports Push by Adding Supplier as Team Sponsor

Team Dignitas esports

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

Esports

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

eSports conference Luxor Strip casinos

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