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DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

Of "Likes" and Luck: Social media and gaming regulations

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It is increasingly common for companies to organise marketing promotions using social media, perhaps, due to the ease and relatively low cost of doing so. It may come as a surprise to some, that such seemingly innocuous...more

Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 4: Nevada Passes New Law That Provides Flexibility for eSports Wagering

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The Nevada Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 240 (SB240). This bill clarifies that the pari-mutuel system of gaming may be used for events other than horse racing, dog racing, or sporting events. Pari-mutuel is a...more

The Value of a Life: Standing to Sue Your Company in a Gamified World

No matter how small it seems to you, if your company offers a reward to consumers as encouragement to market your goods or services, then your company should not remove or expire that reward without notice and a rational...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Happy Spring! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Chicago. We have provided a summary of both the Riverboat and Video Gaming Meetings below. Riverboat Meeting- The...more

Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal

In a follow up to a lawsuit we previously reported on, a California District Court ruled on summary judgment that a horseracing-based fantasy sports game constitutes illegal wagering....more

Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more commonly known as DFS, is a form of online entertainment where users play...more

Three Point Shot - April 2017

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Premier League Takes the Pitch in Fight against Pirated Streams - The United Kingdom's most popular soccer league is using skillful legal tackling to maintain possession of its intellectual property. The Football...more

How to Protect Your Online Games in China

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Online gaming in China represents one of the largest and fastest growing internet business sectors in the world. In 2016, the online gaming industry in China saw an unprecedented total market value of RMB 165 billion (or...more

Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction and Permanently Shuts Down Santa Ysabel’s Desert Rose Bingo

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On December 12, 2016, Judge Battaglia of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California issued the Court’s long-awaited ruling on the State of California and Federal Government’s motions for summary...more

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big...more

Skin Gambling Plaintiffs Find Themselves Back Where They Started

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The lawsuits against Valve Corporation are continuing their tortured procedural paths from various federal courts to state court and back again. After filing a complaint against Valve and several co-defendants in federal...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The holidays have come and gone and folks in Harrisburg are ready to get back to the legislative grind. On Tuesday, the General Assembly convened the 2017-2018 legislative session and six new Senators and...more

eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow

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On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that Valve and third-party websites had facilitated online gambling in violation of state...more

Coalition Building to Combat Unlicensed Internet Gaming Sites

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The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) regulates various licensees that provide services to the online gaming industry within the state. The agency recently demonstrated its power of regulatory enforcement over the...more

Location-Based Online Gaming Patents Found to be Directed to Patentable Subject Matter

Plaintiff CG Technology Development, LLC sued Defendants Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, PLC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for infringement of various patents via operation of various online casino...more

German Prime Minister Conference Reaches Agreement on the Amendments to the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling...

by Reed Smith on

According to a press release of 28 October 2016, the Prime Minister Conference agreed to repeal the limitation to 20 licenses for private sports betting providers. Further, the German gambling regulators are invited to take...more

Shutting the Valve on Skin Betting

by Ifrah PLLC on

A tried and true military strategy is to cut off your enemy’s supply lines: blow up a bridge and force a retreat. The tactic works in other situations too. It is regularly used by legislators and government agencies to...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Skin in the Game: Video Game Publisher Dodges Teenage Gambling Suit, But Must Address State Regulator Concerns

by Reed Smith on

On October 4, 2016, a federal court dismissed a putative class action against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) regarding its popular eSports game, Counter Strike Global Offensive (“CS:GO”). Specifically, the class claimed Valve...more

SB356: Senator Coley Proposes Daily Fantasy Sports Contest Legislation

On September 26, 2016, Senator Bill Coley (R-West Chester) introduced S.B. 356, which if enacted would amend Ohio gambling law to expressly define daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) and e-sports contests that charge a commission...more

Eighth Circuit Privacy Class Action Fails to Clear Second Hurdle

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In Carlsen v. GameStop Inc., plaintiff ­– a paid subscriber to defendant’s online gaming magazine – brought a putative class action lawsuit against defendant for alleged breach of its privacy policy by disclosing plaintiff’s...more

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