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Shaken to the Core
September 26, 2021

Shaken to the Core

By: James Trusty
This month in San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Apple must stop forcing game developers to exclusively use its payment system in their app purchases. With the ruling, app developers can include a link or other advertisement to facilitate alternative ways of paying for each app. The suit was brought by Epic Games, the maker of the wildly popular game Fortnite, and the ruling is a legal earthquake for Apple, which had been earning as much as a 30% commission on some of the app sales from its platform. The buildup to this litigation, which may have left both sides a bit sour, was contentious and expensive. In 2015, Epic launched “Project Liberty,” in which they discounted costs for Fortnite by 20% for purchasers who avoided using Apple’s payment processing for the transactions. Apple followed up by dropping Fortnite from its App Store, a move that not only curtailed new purchases but doomed prior App Store purchases of Fortnite to obsolescence because of the disconnect... Read more

The sports wagering industry in the United States will be significantly expanded by the end of this year.  This NFL season, fans in up to five new states may be able to legally bet on games from their own personal mobile device and/or desktop computer.  Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in mid-2018 the legal sports… Read More

On the afternoon of Friday August 20, 2021, nearly three weeks prior to launch of legal event wagering in the state, the Arizona Department of Gaming (“Department”) announced the release of a new short form licensing application for ancillary suppliers.  The form may be used by affiliates, geofence providers, identity verification service providers, independent test… Read More

Connecticut legalized sports betting this year and is hoping to launch in time for the 2021 NFL season.  However, the registration process for operators and suppliers has yet to be set forth.  The focus in Connecticut is largely on licensing fantasy operators in time for the 2021 NFL season.  As a result of protests from… Read More

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in NCAA v. Alston, et al. could be the catalyst that transforms the NCAA’s student athlete regulation of the benefits/compensation provided to college athletes. The Court, in a decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, upheld the lower courts’ ruling that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by placing limits on the… Read More

With a new bill authorizing online gaming in New Jersey for the first time in 2013, Department of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck and his staff went looking for ways to assuage industry concerns that online firms would “cannibalize” business from the already-struggling retail operations in Atlantic City. “It was going to cannibalize it, intuitively:… Read More

The EGR’s East Coast Virtual Briefing 2021, took place May 26, 2021 with a packed agenda, including revealing the winner of the Ifrah Pitch Competition.  We wanted to provide some highlights on developments in esports as a gambling vertical.  Esports was the focus of a Q&A session hosted by Chris Grove, a partner at Eilers… Read More

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario recently published its Draft Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming (“Draft Standards”).  The purpose of the 50-page document is “to ensure that regulated entities have a sound control environment, and an organizational structure that promotes good governance, accountability and oversight, as well as transparency in dealings with the AGCO.”… Read More