Motion: We need to redefine gambling vs gaming

May 14, 2019
In March 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Churchill Downs alleging that their online platform, “Big Fish Casino”, constituted illegal gambling under Washington Law, as virtual coins could be classified as a thing of value. The knock-on effects of this case could potentially leave many legislators questioning if free-to-play social casino games should be classified as gambling. That leads to a more holistic question on the blurring lines between social casino, esports, video gaming and gambling with products such as skin gaming or loot boxes raising eyebrows.
Bill Gantz, Co-Chair, Gaming Sector Practice - Dentons
Chris Stearns, Commissioner - Washington State Gambling Commission
Justin Stempeck, Associate Counsel - Massechusetts Gaming Commission
Luc Delany, CEO - International Social Games Association
Michael Carpenter , CEO & Founder - Ruby Seven Studios

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