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Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile
October 25, 2021

Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile

By: James Trusty
Last week, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance that removes a significant hurdle from the daily operations of the mobile betting industry.  Under a regulatory component of the USA Patriot Act, casinos are required to use documentary evidence (such as a driver's license or passport) to verify their customer's identity in establishing accounts.  With the emergence of mobile sports betting in recent years, FinCEN had been applying the same verification standard to iGaming and mobile sports betting, which means in-person registration was needed for new accounts regardless of the type of gaming platform.  The industry has been pushing back on this particularly cumbersome requirement in the mobile gaming context, and the FinCEN opinion  is a major victory for both common sense and the industry. The applicable regulations make it clear that prior to opening an account and accepting a deposit, a casino “must obtain the name, permanent address, and social security number of a customer.” The verification specifically calls for the “examination of a... Read more
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… 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