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The Impact of PASPA’s Repeal on Sports Betting
1000 648 David Hoppe

It has been nearly three years since the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Provision Act of 1992 (PASPA), which made it illegal for states (Nevada excepted) to allow sports betting. Many onshore bookmakers, real-money game operators, cash-starved state legislatures, and gamblers across the country had high hopes that the court’s…

UK Studies May Determine Future of Real Money Gaming
1000 648 David Hoppe

Early in 2020, the British government introduced sweeping reforms to regulate real money games in the UK. Deeming existing laws to be antiquated and unsuitable for the digital age, the country’s gambling commission (UKGC) concluded that online real money games such as poker, online slot machines, virtual bingo, and other casino-type pastimes promoted excessive spending,…

Native American Casinos and the Shifting Gaming Landscape
1000 648 David Hoppe

Native Americans have been mistreated and subjugated for generations. First, they were enslaved and abused by European settlers. Then, government representatives from the United States and Canada violated their rights and displaced millions. Many native communities today struggle to overcome the ramifications of this oppression, and some have been stamped out entirely. While the specific…

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Would a Biden Administration Seek to Regulate Video Game Violence?
1000 648 David Hoppe

Parents, educators, psychologists, politicians, and creators long have debated the effects of violent movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Many popular video games, for example, challenge players to kill their enemies, crash vehicles, and blow things up. Children often entertain themselves with virtual acts of realistic violence, creating real concerns that video games may…

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ESIC Bans Counter-Strike Coaches in Cheating Probe
1000 648 David Hoppe

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued sanctions against 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) coaches, banning them from tournament play for five to 36 months. According to the announcement, the coaches exploited a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode that allowed them to see other players’ locations. While ESIC’s investigation has only recently begun, some non-ESIC…

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EA Takes Heat for Advertising FIFA Loot Boxes in Kids’ Catalog
1000 648 David Hoppe

Some gamers and parents were distressed to find an EA advertisement for FIFA loot boxes in a UK toy catalog. The advert was placed in an in-store catalog for Smyths Toys and encouraged players to “Use FIFA points to open [Player] Packs” in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), a popular in-game mode. FUT allows players to…

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Epic, Apple Want Judge to Decide Case
1000 648 David Hoppe

In a surprising development, Apple and Epic Games have together declined Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Brown’s suggestion that the Fortnite case be decided by a jury. The parties apparently disagreed with the judge’s statement that “individual judges [don’t] have the be-all and end-all here,” and want her to decide both the facts and merits of Epic’s…

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Monday’s Hearing May Foreshadow Epic v. Apple Outcome
1000 648 David Hoppe

Monday’s hearing in the ongoing battle of Epic Games v. Apple gives the court a second opportunity to consider Apple’s request to block App Store access to Epic’s Unreal Engine and Epic’s as-yet-unfulfilled plea to force Apple to reinstate Fortnite to the App Store. There is little reason to believe Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will…

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Risks, Issues, and Concerns Related to Digital Ownership
1000 648 David Hoppe

The increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies and blockchain has created a virtual Wild West within the digital economy. While many view the rise of cryptocurrencies as a digital-money revolution, regulators and lawyers are scrambling to bring legal order to the blockchain frontier. Cryptocurrencies promise to transform the way people view money, transact business, invest in their…