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Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness
November 10, 2015

Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness

By: Ifrah Law
A federal court has soundly rejected a plaintiff’s contention that she suffered any real-world harm based on in-game losses of virtual currency.  In Mason v. Machine Zone, Inc., plaintiff Mia Mason alleged that she was a regular player of a free-to-play mobile game called Game of War (GoW): Fire Age.  GoW is a multiplayer online strategy game in which players construct a simulated empire and earn virtual “gold” which they can use to gain in-game advantages.  Although the game is free to play, players may choose to pay real money to buy additional virtual gold to use in the game. In her lawsuit Mason alleged, on behalf of a purported class of similarly-situated plaintiffs, that she paid real money to purchase virtual gold in GoW, and that she lost more than $100 wagering that virtual gold in an in-game casino.  This “casino” consisted of a virtual wheel which players could spin for a chance to win virtual prizes such as an in-game resource or additional virtual gold,... Read more
The Return of The King
October 1, 2015

The Return of The King

By: Ifrah Law

PokerStars, the innovative online poker industry leader with a deeply loyal U.S. fan base, is making its highly anticipated return to the United States online gaming market.  New Jersey regulators have approved PokerStars’ parent company, Amaya, to partner with Resorts Atlantic City to offer online gaming platforms in the state through the PokerStars and Full… Read More

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.
September 14, 2015

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.

By: Michelle Cohen and Ifrah Law

Photo courtesy https://outplayed.fr/  With a $143 million market in North America, eSports is big business in the U.S. And given its swift rise in popularity – 205 million people worldwide watched or played eSports in 2014, it will only become bigger. At last week’s eSports Conference, held in San Francisco September 9-10, industry leaders met… Read More

*This piece first appeared on the site LegalSportsReport.com on August 11, 2015 Welcome to one of the biggest business opportunities on Planet Earth: legalized sports betting in the United States, the land of the free and the home of 200 million sports fans. It hasn’t happened yet, but odds are, it will. And when it does, the… Read More

Texas Hold ‘Em is poker. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most, but the pronouncement was a serious disappointment to an Idaho casino. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Idaho-based casino could not lawfully offer Texas Hold ‘Em on its site as the game was… Read More

It is ironic that recent proposed legislation that would expand the scope of the federal Wire Act comes from a U.S. senator in the South, where “states’ rights” has always been a rallying cry. This past week’s focus on the presence of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol (and… Read More

Minnesota’s legislature recently passed a bill that bars the Minnesota Lottery from offering online games, following a four month transition period. Specifically, the new law bans the lottery director from offering “the play of, on an electronic terminal, through a Web site, or by any other means or device, casino-style games, including but not limited… Read More

The “Fight of the Century” in its 13th Round
May 8, 2015

The “Fight of the Century” in its 13th Round

By: Nicole Kardell

It’s not uncommon to see sports fans get emotional at a game, match, race, or fight. They feel invested in their team, invested in their athlete. For the sports bettors out there, that investment may be literal, but for most it’s largely emotional. So at the hour of defeat do disappointed fans have a legal… Read More

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned a federal district court ruling that had permitted the State of Wisconsin to prohibit the Ho Chunk tribe from offering electronic poker on its reservation although such games are not explicitly and uniformly prohibited in that state.  This ruling may have implications for the… Read More

The 2015 Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) took place last week in San Francisco, and coincided with many exciting industry firsts. GiGse is the largest and most established event in North America which annually attracts over 700 iGaming and related industry professionals from all over the world. On April 20th, eGaming Review (EGR) North America, named Ifrah Law “Best… Read More

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