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On April 4th, 2022, Ontario’s new internet gambling (igaming and sports betting) market will launch. To support operators in their advertising efforts prior to the launch, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) published highlights from the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. These standards also address what affiliates and third parties must do to operate in the Ontario market, and reveal a standard more stringent than U.S. markets. While no license is required for affiliates, foreign companies should consider registering to do business in Ontario. Internet gambling operators are responsible for ensuring that any third-party market affiliates that advertise on their behalf meet the same advertising standards as the operators themselves. Further, affiliates that advertise for the Ontario market may only advertise gaming sites that have obtained AGCO registration. Operators are responsible for ensuring that affiliates they work with meet this standard as well. Inducements, bonus, and credit offers in advertisements are an important focus of the AGCO’s Standards. In particular, the “public advertising of inducements, bonuses and credits is... Read more

On Monday, March 7th, IAB Canada, the main trade association responsible for digital advertising advancement in Canada, and thinkTV, the company responsible for clearance of television advertising in Canada, co-hosted a webinar focusing on the applicable standards for advertising of iGaming in Canada. Also present were representatives from the Canadian Gaming Association, the Alcohol and… Read More

Ifrah on NFTs: New iGaming Tokens Raise Novel Securities Questions
February 25, 2022

Ifrah on NFTs: New iGaming Tokens Raise Novel Securities Questions

By: Jacob Grubman and Jake Gray

Non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) are becoming increasingly prominent in the broader blockchain and cryptocurrency market, as new projects rush to incentivize buyers with offerings of “unmatched benefits.” These utilities, however, do not come without potential legal drawbacks. In the first article of this series, we covered the basics of NFTs—unique virtual items recorded with immutable characteristics… Read More

NFL Ratings Rise With Expansion Of Legal Sports Betting
February 18, 2022

NFL Ratings Rise With Expansion Of Legal Sports Betting

By: Jacob Grubman

With Super Bowl LVI two days away, the relationship between sports betting and fan engagement has never been clearer. In 2021 alone, 11 states either legalized or launched sports betting in some form, with seven going online at or near the start of the NFL season. And the developments have gone both ways: In April… Read More

Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance
February 9, 2022

Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance

By: Jake Gray and Jacob Grubman

In the first article of this series, we covered the basics of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”)—unique virtual items recorded with immutable characteristics on the blockchain. We also introduced the concept of Utility NFTs, which are NFTs that serve some function beyond their value as collectibles. Part II in our series highlights newly developing applications of Utility… Read More

Ifrah Law on NFTs: What is an NFT?
February 7, 2022

Ifrah Law on NFTs: What is an NFT?

By: Jake Gray and Jacob Grubman

It would be hard to over-exaggerate the hype that has grown around non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) over the past year as a result of the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and other blockchain-based technologies. NFT sales skyrocketed in 2021 to $25 billion, a colossal increase from $94.9 million in 2020. [1] And the number of unique… Read More

On January 31, 2022, Ohio Casino Control Commission (“Commission”) released its third batch of draft rules for legal sports wagering.  So far, none of the Commission’s batches of rules have discussed requirements for marketing affiliates. Although, the Commission also released on January 31, 2022, a Sports Gaming FAQs page on their website[1], which dedicates an… Read More

April 7, 2011 saw a historic moment in igaming as the District of Columbia became the first American jurisdiction to enact a law that allows online poker wagering. The amendment, called the “Lottery Modernization Act of 2010” for the year it was introduced, is part of a larger budget bill passed by the D.C. Council… Read More