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Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 1: Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada

by Dickinson Wright on

The current division of jurisdiction over gaming in Canada came about as a result of a Federal-Provincial Agreement that was entered into in 1985, intended to address differences that had arisen between those governments...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Happy New Year! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on January 9, 2018 in Chicago. If the meeting is any indication of changes to come, 2018 may turn out to be an interesting year for Video Gaming....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Crowdsourced Content in Video Games: How Ownership Issues Almost “Ganked” a Copyright Case - In Blizzard Entertainment v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Company, a federal court denied a motion for partial summary judgment for...more

Apple Now Requires Disclosure of Loot Box Odds

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Apple’s App Store rules now require app developers to disclose the odds of receiving items from in-game “loot boxes” prior to giving players a chance to purchase the boxes. This is the first time a U.S. gaming platform has...more

Apple Requires Disclosure of Odds for Loot Boxes

Apple just announced a number of changes to its App Store Review Guidelines, including the requirement that apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the...more

New Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations For British Columbia Casinos

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 12

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

Avatars, Facial Scans & Virtual Basketball: Second Circuit Tosses Biometric Privacy Case

A recent federal appellate ruling delivered a significant blow to invasion of privacy claims based on facial recognition technology used to scan users’ faces that are then put on their personalized players “in-game,” allowing...more

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Convenes To Discuss Marijuana And The Gaming Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

How far do Nevada’s casinos need to go to police marijuana use by their customers? Can a casino resort allow a marijuana industry conference to utilize its convention facilities? What practices do casinos need to follow...more

The Legality of Loot Boxes – Update

We recently blogged on legal issues with loot boxes as a game mechanic, and some of the scrutiny to which they are being subjected. The debate continues on whether loot boxes are an illegal gambling mechanic, but at least for...more

Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

Fraud, shift and cousenage

by Dentons on

When and how dishonesty needs to be shown following Ivey v. Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67 - The Gaming Act of 1664 imposed a forfeit on anyone who won a wager or prize, if they did so by means of...more

Worth Another Look – Gaming Expansion

The legislature recently passed H.B. 271 (Ortitay, R-Allegheny), one of, if not the largest, gaming expansion bills seen across the country. It’s estimated that nearly $238 million in application and license fees will be...more

California Card Club Plagued By Allegations Of Criminal Activity Fined $8 Million For AML Violations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that it had fined a California card club, Artichoke Joe’s Casino, $8 million for numerous willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on November 16, 2017 in Chicago. Before discussing the summary of the meeting, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind licensees that while the holiday season is...more

How Phil Ivey fundamentally changed the concept of dishonesty in English criminal law

by White & Case LLP on

The card game Punto Banco (a form of baccarat) is a straight game of chance. Or at least it should be, according to the UK Supreme Court, who found that Phil Ivey, a legend in the professional gambling world, cheated...more

Pennsylvania Gaming Act Amendment Highlights

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 271 into law as Act 42. The law amends the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Among the amendments, Act 42 authorizes interactive gaming...more

Dishonesty Test in Criminal Law

by King & Spalding on

The Supreme Court has made a substantial change to the test for dishonesty in the criminal law. Since 1982 the two stage test setout in R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053 by the Court of Appeal has been the approach taken by the...more

Oh My Ghosh! A New Test for Dishonesty in Criminal Law…

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a case brought before it by a professional gambler, on 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court cast the die for the second limb of the test for dishonesty, originally set out in R v. Ghosh [1982], to be overturned....more

Withholding Evidence In sports Labor dsputes: What eSports can learn from Brady and Elliot? - Questions of Fundamental Fairness...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

For the uninitiated, eSports, is a professional sports league connected to video games, and is one of the fastest growing sports markets. While some chuckle at the growth of eSports, others are taking notice of the industry's...more

Are Loot Boxes An Illegal Gambling Mechanic?

A member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament has opened an inquiry into the legality of loot boxes. Loot boxes are virtual items that may be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of additional virtual items. Various...more

Stars Group Powers Up With New Video Game-Inspired Poker Game

by Ifrah PLLC on

The gaming industry – like many others – is constantly asking: what’s next? What is the next game or platform or innovation that will attract new players? To bring in new players and fans, many traditional casino operators...more

eSports on the Rise as Collegiate Sport

Across the country, colleges and universities are turning to eSports as a new addition to their athletic programs. Earlier this year, the University of Utah became the first school from a major athletic conference to offer...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

L’Shana Tova! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on Rosh Hashanah, September 21, 2017, in Chicago. Below is a brief summary of the events of the Riverboat and Video Gaming meetings in which all Board...more

“Let’s Play:” DMCA Takedown Notices and Game Developer Acquiescence

There is an entire gaming sub-culture developed around watching others play video games. I’m not talking about gathering around the Game Cube in your friend’s basement and passing the only controller. “Let’s Play” videos...more

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