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Internet Gambling, Cryptocurrency and IRS Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

Could Internet Gambling Sites be one of their targets? There are numerous on-line interactive casinos that accept cryptocurrency as a medium of funding player accounts. The use of cryptocurrency presents a new enforcement...more

IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...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

#TheFTCisWatchingYou: Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures 2017 Year End Review

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Influencer marketing, hashtags and proper disclosures were the hot button topic for the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) in 2017, so let’s take a look at just how the FTC has influenced Social Media Influencer Marketing...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

All Eyes On The Supreme Court: The Battle For Widespread Legalized Sports Wagering In America To Have Its Day In Court

by Dickinson Wright on

The biggest legal showdown in a long time on a question of gaming policy is about to come before the United States Supreme Court. At stake is the ability of the states to tap into a legalized sports betting market that could...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...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

PTAB Institutes IPR Despite Potential Time Bar to Petition

On October 6, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) granted institution of inter partes review under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) of claims directed to an online game. Notably, institution was granted despite the Board...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

Paid to Post? #FTCAdvice for Influencers

In our previous blog post, “#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements,” we discussed a recent Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) settlement and the FTC’s...more

Protecting Online Games in China

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the exponential growth of online gaming (particularly mobile gaming) in China, more and more western content providers are entering the Chinese gaming market and seeking to protect their businesses in China’s courts...more

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

by Dentons on

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

by Dickinson Wright on

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

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