When Gambling Isn't Gambling: The Legality Of GTA V's Diamond Casino (VL78) (Hoeg Law)

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Just days after the UK Gambling Commission determined that loot boxes and card packs could not be deemed gambling, in comes Rockstar Games with a brand new Casino-themed expansion to its mega hit Grand Theft Auto V Online. An expansion that allows folks to buy a new in game currency and then immediately gamble it away. What has the games and broader media said about this new approach to online "gaming"? Are US gambling laws similar to UK laws, and what does the "value" of the virtual currency have to do with the question? What do the terms of service for Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto have to say about this? And why are changes in the law at least somewhat difficult to make in respect of this specific issue? Always bet on green...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/PfqjUi4Urz0 #GTA #Gambling #VirtualLegality *** Discussed in this episode: "Grand Theft Auto's Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips" BBC News - July 23, 2019 (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49084726) Definition of "Bet or Wager" 31 U.S. Code § 5362 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/31/5362) Definition of "Gambling Game" MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL AND REVENUE ACT (http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(prerbnesx3zw5i4xfu3npjqu))/mileg.aspx?page=GetMclDocument&objectname=mcl-432-202) 2018 CA Code - The Gambling Control Act - ARTICLE 1 - General Provisions Section 19805 (https://law.justia.com/codes/california/2018/code-bpc/division-8/chapter-5/article-1/section-19805/) 2018 CA Code - CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC DECENCY AND GOOD MORALS - CHAPTER 10 - Gaming Section 337j (https://law.justia.com/codes/california/2018/code-pen/part-1/title-9/chapter-10/section-337j/) Rockstar Games Online Terms of Service Updated July 11, 2019 (https://www.rockstargames.com/legal#9) Rockstar Games End User License Agreemetn (EULA) Updated July 11, 2019 (https://www.rockstargames.com/eula) Top Grossing iTunes Games As of July 26, 2019 (https://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/top-grossing-apps/) *** FOR MORE CHECK US OUT: On Twitter @hoeglaw At our website: https://hoeglaw.com/ On our Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/ On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers) (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZrxXp1reP8E353rZsB3jaA)

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