A 6-3 decision in the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a law preventing gambling on sports events. This ruling ends a six-year legal battle over the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. ESPN reports that this will allow legal sports betting in any states that wants to offer it. However, this could also have an impact on the eSports industry. Gambling over the years has grown to the extent that they even had to include Bitcoin casino which has been extremely beneficial to many. Most of the players who love gambling are now using their mined bitcoins to gamble this as this not only saves the personal asset for a person but also gives complete freedom of usage authority to the player.
Do eSports count as sports?
The ruling on the law gives no mention to eSports or the betting around them with phone credit casinos on the Internet. However, the blurred line between conventional sports and eSports means that what impacts one could easily impact the other. Attorney and ESG Law founder Bryce Blum pointed out the fact that eSports are very lucrative already:
The Supreme Court just struck down the primary law restricting sports betting throughout the US.
This will have a profound impact on the esports industry and we’re so underprepared for it. ~$5B wagered on esports last year – about to skyrocket.
— Bryce Blum (@esportslaw) May 14, 2018
His follow-up tweets also pointed out some of the potential risks. There’s the obvious danger of match-fixing, but the generally younger audiences could also lead to larger problems with underage gambling. Even more so given how online age verification can be bypassed pretty easily. Skin gambling, while different from betting on match outcomes (and against Steam terms of service), is another concern when an eSports league allows gambling.
Reactions from the sports world
There will inevitably be lots of legal wrangling and maneuvering ahead. Interestingly enough, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which has traditionally been against all wagering in sports, told the News and Observer that it may take steps to allow gambling on NCAA events. Chief legal officer Donald Remy stated:
While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and investor in eSports betting site Unikrn, also gave his thoughts in an interview with ESPN:
— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) May 14, 2018
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