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Arbitration award on tribal igaming with non-US players

An arbitration award by a sole arbitrator recently approved a submission by the State of Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma as to the legality of internet gaming in which the server is located on Indian lands in Oklahoma...more

Pokémon Go Craze: Battle, Train, Win – But No Betting

We are living in a virtual (or perhaps “augmented”) Pokémon explosion. You can’t get away from news of public craze over Pokémon Go. Players young and youngish have made the game today’s most popular app, outpacing Twitter...more

Skin in the Game: Is There Online Gambling in the World of eSports?

Over a billion people around the world have caught eSports fever. eSports, also known as electronic sports or competitive video gaming, describes a wide array of online games spanning from traditional sports games to...more

Will Massachusetts Soon Need a Lottery Smartphone App?

In addition to scrolling through their email and reading the news, commuters on the T might soon be able to use their smartphones to play the state lottery. With only a matter of weeks remaining in this year’s legislative...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

Just before the close of the fiscal year, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $39.146 billion state budget for FY17. Due to a recently identified $750 million drop in projected state revenue, the budget, which was...more

(Silicon Valley – Season 3 Finale)

Summarizing the week Jared writes, “Lewis Carroll famously said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.’ But that is hard advice to follow when one’s head is spinning…” It would have been just as apt if...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

An Overview of HB 2150, Preliminarily Approving Expanded Gaming in Pennsylvania

Action Item: The Pennsylvania legislature is poised to expand gaming significantly to include interactive gaming and fantasy sports, among other major changes. Be prepared for these developments which will create...more

Big Leaguers: Daily Fantasy Sports Scores Major Legislative Victory in New York

From the Stanley Cup to the NBA Championship, there were some major sports victories these last few weeks. Championship cities celebrated with fans flooding their streets for victory parades. But one sports victory—a win...more

Massachusetts Gambling: Daily Fantasy Sports and the Lottery in the State House

All was relatively quiet on the daily fantasy sports (DFS) front in Massachusetts after Attorney General Maura Healy issued regulations for DFS in March. But legislative developments over the past few weeks suggest...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team.  Here are some of the...more

Good Things Happen In Threes: Tennessee Becomes Third State To Enact DFS Law

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Fantasy Sports Act into law. The Act expressly defines fantasy sports contests as games of skill and regulates them. Passage of the Fantasy Sports Act makes...more

New Jersey Issues Bulletin Clarifying Licensure Standards for Internet Gaming

Today, the New Jersey DGE issued a “Director’s Advisory Bulletin” clarifying how it would apply its suitability rules to gaming license applicants who conduct internet gaming in other jurisdictions. If you offer a game that...more

Manatt Digital Media - April 2016

In this newsletter we highlight two recent events MDM attended that are often a focal point for organizations operating in the world of digital media. First, Jacob Carlson details his experience at San Francisco's Game...more

Mine?

Recent developments have brought to the forefront the ongoing debate about what rights, if any, gamers should have or own in their online personas or in the contributions that they make to games through their gameplay...more

Status of licences for sportsbets, VAT on services rendered electronically

Permission of online sport betting providers in Germany The gambling market is strictly regulated under German law, with the operation and organising or facilitating of public games of chance on the internet prohibited...more

Virginia Passage of Fantasy Sports Law Appears Imminent; PA, NY and MD Bills in the Works

Virginia’s House and Senate have both passed a bill (SB 646) that would legalize, but regulate, fantasy sports in Virginia. All that is needed is for Governor McAuliffe to sign it into law. If passed, the law would create...more

Intercepting Office Pool Liability – What Do Employers Have to Lose by Permitting Super Bowl Related Gambling?

Super Bowl 50 kicks off this Sunday and promises to be the most wagered-on sporting event of the year. March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to...more

If You Build It, They May Go Online: Massachusetts Senate Bill Would Allow Online Gambling

Among the many activities you can pursue online—rent a movie, buy groceries, pay a parking ticket—you may soon be able to pull the lever on a slot machine. Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr introduced a bill that would allow...more

Daily Fantasy Legal Score: NYAG – 1; DFS Operators 1

With the ink barely dry on the New York State court order requiring DFS operators in New York to cease operations, an emergency appeal was granted by the New York appellate court. The legal equivalent of a “Hail Mary” pass,...more

New York Court Sacks Daily Fantasy Sports

On December 11, 2015, a New York State court ordered a shut down of the leading daily fantasy sports sites in New York, at least for now. The Court found the NYAG has a likelihood of success in showing that the activities are...more

Sorry, NY Fantasy Sports Fans. No Play for You!

Daily Fantasy Sports (or DFS) offers daily excitement to millions of US sports fans, and it enjoys tremendous support from its fan base. That support was on display today in NYC, as more than 250 upset fans rallied in front...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #2

It’s a FACT(A): Record Deals Reached Under the Statute - Two record-setting deals were recently reached in Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) cases, where the Laboratory Corporation of America and Spirit...more

Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness

A federal court has soundly rejected a plaintiff’s contention that she suffered any real-world harm based on in-game losses of virtual currency. In Mason v. Machine Zone, Inc., plaintiff Mia Mason alleged that she was a...more

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