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, Partner, Gaming Sector - 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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