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‘Big Fish Casino’ Ruled by Court to be Gambling – Could This Impact Mobile Gaming Industry?

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A court decision over Big Fish Casino might have a major impact on the mobile casino genre. An appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling dismissing a case saying that Big Fish Casino constitutes illegal gambling under Washington state law.

Circuit Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. said in the ruling: In this appeal, we consider whether the virtual game platform “Big Fish Casino” constitutes illegal gambling under Washington law. Defendant-Appellee Churchill Downs, the game’s owner and operator, has made millions of dollars off of Big Fish Casino. However, despite collecting millions in revenue, Churchill Downs, like Captain Renault in Casablanca, purports to be shocked—shocked!—to find that Big Fish Casino could constitute illegal gambling. We are not. We therefore reverse the district court and hold that because Big Fish Casino’s virtual chips are a “thing of value,” Big Fish Casino constitutes illegal gambling under Washington law.

Now, this isn’t the end of casino games as we know them…yet. This appeals court ruling just makes it so that the case can go to trial, unless Big Fish’s lawyers decide to appeal the case to the Supreme Court. This case is also a potential class action lawsuit, and if you’ve ever seen the results of class action lawsuits, they usually result in some nominal compensation for users, perhaps a few changes made to how a company operates, but rarely bring forth massive changes. Also, this case originally started in 2015, so it’s likely that redress will not come until the far-off future if at all.

However, this should scare the developers of mobile casino games a bit. Several titles are in the top grossing charts, including Slotomania Slots. These games are big business, and if legal issues make them untenable, even just in certain jurisdictions, then it might have an impact on many companies and the mobile gaming market as a whole.

While the appeal of mobile casino games migth seem bewildering, they provide the thrill of, well, gambling, while letting people do it from their phone. The catch is that t’s quite likely that most people aren’t paying, since the games do offer ways to play for free. Of course, while there are prizes to redeem, there’s no easy way to turn tokens into cash. But, it’s still going for many of the elements that constitute gambling, an activity that requires regulation because of the way that it can trigger addiction in people. Legally, this case is complicated, and so are the ethics! Will Big Fish Casino survive this legal challenge? Should it? The coming years might lead to interesting circumstances.

 

Source: toucharcade.com

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 13-19

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new appointments and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Paysafe, a leading specialised payments platform, announced that Income Access, its marketing technology and services provider, won in the “Affiliate Tracking Software of the Year” category at the 2022 SiGMA Americas Awards.

GameSquare Esports will present at the Collision 2022 Conference, in Toronto, Ontario held between June 20 and 23. Justin Kenna, CEO of GameSquare, will be joined on stage by Leonard Fournette, running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Complexity Stars Team Member, and Marissa Roberto, host of Digital SportsCentre at TSN Sports.

EBET, a leading global provider of advanced wagering products and technology, has received two prizes at the SiGMA Americas Awards. Its online casino and sportsbook brand Karamba won Online Casino of the Year, and EBET was named Esport Product of the Year.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment Gaming Holdings, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has announced that it has signed an agreement with MGM Resorts International to purchase the operations of Gold Strike Tunica for $450 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.

Elys Game Technology has announced the closing of the previously announced registered direct offering with a single institutional investor for the purchase and sale of 3,166,227 shares of the Company’s common stock (or common stock equivalents) at a purchase price of $0.9475 per share of common stock (or common stock equivalent) in a registered direct offering.

End 2 End authorities have confirmed the company’s participation in the next edition of the Brazilian iGaming Summit (BiS), an event that will take place on June 28-29 at the Espaço Boulevard JK in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced an agreement with PokerGO, the world’s largest poker content company, to host the BetMGM Poker Championship final table and a $25K freeroll tournament in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club has announced a strategic partnership with Sycuan Casino Resort, San Diego’s premier luxury hotel and world-class gaming destination. As per the deal, Sycuan is now the entitlement sponsor of the newly renamed “Sycuan Endline Suites” at Torero Stadium.

PointsBet Canada has entered into a partnership with ClubLink, Canada’s largest owner and operator of golf clubs. The multi-year partnership will see PointsBet Canada become the Official Sports Betting Partner of ClubLink which hosts over 1,000,000 rounds of golf annually at its clubs in Ontario.

UFC and DraftKings announced plans to launch a new iteration of DraftKings’ “Reignmakers” gamified digital collectibles franchise focused on UFC. Reignmakers UFC will allow fans to build collections of their favorite UFC fighters and utilise them in games to compete for prizes.

Appointments

Jamul Casino has appointed Ram Patrachari as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than two decades of IT and casino experience, Ram is a sought-after gaming technology industry expert, speaker and award-winning executive.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has again expanded its Client Solutions and Client Services teams with the additions of Steve May as Client Solutions Executive and Samuel Grunther as Account Executive.

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Bojoko doubles down in the US and Canada

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Award-winning gambling affiliate launches dedicated .us and .ca domains as part of efforts to deliver a truly localised user experience

Bojoko, the award-winning online gambling affiliate brand, has launched dedicated sites for players in the US and Canada under .us and .ca domains as it continues to work towards its goal of becoming the leading affiliate in North America.

Bojoko.us and Bojoko.ca have been completely redeveloped under the hood so that they provide players with accurate and up to date information about each of the online casino brands available to them in specific states and provinces across the US and Canada.

This allows Bojoko to offer a truly localised product to players across both markets. This includes expertly written content that covers everything players need to know about online casino in the US and Canada, as well as a selection of powerful filtering tools to help them find the best brands.

Bojoko has also rolled out its “double layer” testing and review process for all of the casinos listed in the US and Canada. Each brand is put through its paces by Bojoko’s team of independent testers who sign up, deposit and play at each casino before leaving feedback on the experience they receive.

This is combined with player reviews and ratings so that Bojoko members know exactly what to expect before they sign up and play at any of the casinos it lists.

Joonas Karhu from Bojoko, said: “Canada and the US are two of the largest online casino markets in the world and we wanted to offer players a truly localised version of Bojoko to help them learn more about online casino and find the brands that meet their preferences the most.

“We realised the only way to do this was to launch dedicated domains for the US and Canada. This was a significant undertaking, and certainly from a technical perspective, but our team has overcome all challenges faced and we now offer a superior user experience as a result.

“We have already gained great traction in both the US and Canada and now look forward to driving even more growth with our dedicated domains.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 6-12

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Accel Entertainment announced the completion of its previously announced transaction to acquire Century Gaming, one of the leading distributed gaming operators in the Western US, for $164.2 million in cash and stock, including Century’s working capital.

Video King Gaming Systems and Parlay Games announced the certification by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) of their national, tribally linked, flagship Class II bingo product: Bingo Treasures. With the completion of GLI’S certification and filing of a patent application with the USPTO, Video King has commenced licensing this suite of Class II linked iGaming products to Tribal customers throughout the US.

HeadsUp Entertainment International has launched “multiple revenue platforms” in six US states and Ontario. This comes alongside a partnership with fellow Canadian brand Enteractive Media, which will see both companies collaborate on the first of a number of content production initiatives “to produce daily content for sports betting customer acquisition”.

Rush Street Interactive has announced that it is adding its industry-leading online sportsbook to its existing online casino at BetRivers in West Virginia. Now sports fans across the Mountain State, aged 21 and over, can join gaming enthusiasts to place bets quickly and securely from the integrated BetRivers iOS and Android apps and website.

Playtech has announced that it has launched its multichannel technology with NorthStar Bets, an Ontario-based brand that provides players with a uniquely local, premier user experience on their casino and sportsbook gaming platform.

Win Systems has announced the installation of its award-winning WIGOS casino management system at the Ocean Gaming Casino in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Paramount Commerce has launched its Instant Bank Transfer payment solution in Canada for iGaming and sports betting operators. The product, proven in the North American online gaming and sports betting markets, delivers industry-leading conversion, ubiquitous bank coverage and state-of-the-art risk management.

New Appointments

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that Katherine Armstrong has been named SVP of Human Resources for the Company. Armstrong assumes the role from Chuck Kenyon who announced his retirement after 18 years of leading CDI’s HR department.

Tracy Bradford has been promoted to the position of President of Seminole Hard Rock Support Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for all management and operations of Support Services, Customer Care and Aviation.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has appointed Alicia Magee as VP of Finance. In her new role, Magee will oversee overall responsibility for finance-related areas.

Mohegan has announced the appointment of Heather Menzano as VP, Web Communications to oversee corporate and casino branded website and app development in North America.

Rush Street Gaming has promoted Bill Keena and Marc Arndt as COO and CFO, respectively.

New Partnerships

Vanta has partnered with Association for Middle Level Education to become the new official esports platform and partner of AMLE. With this partnership, AMLE’s membership of 35,000 educators will now be able to bring esports to their students via a safe, COPPA compliant platform.

Jackpocket has become the official digital lottery partner of Colorado Rockies. The partnership is Jackpocket’s third with a Major League Baseball team.

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