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.
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Discussed in this episode:
"Grand Theft Auto's Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips"
BBC News - July 23, 2019
Definition of "Bet or Wager"
31 U.S. Code § 5362
Definition of "Gambling Game"
MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL AND REVENUE ACT
2018 CA Code - The Gambling Control Act - ARTICLE 1 - General Provisions
2018 CA Code - CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC DECENCY AND GOOD MORALS - CHAPTER 10 - Gaming
Rockstar Games Online Terms of Service
Updated July 11, 2019
Rockstar Games End User License Agreemetn (EULA)
Updated July 11, 2019
Top Grossing iTunes Games
As of July 26, 2019
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