Sheppard Mullin Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice Of Class Action Alleging Social Gaming Micro-Transactions Constitute Illegal Gambling

Another lawsuit alleging illegal gambling in a social game has been dismissed.  Over the last year, social gaming mobile applications have come under attack from the Plaintiffs’ bar as gambling in disguise.  Plaintiffs’ attorneys theorize that in-app micro-transactions where consumers pay cash for virtual items (i.e., gold coins or gems) designed to speed up or otherwise enhance gameplay are, in effect, wagers insofar as other in-game materials can subsequently be “won” with those items.  […]

By |March 10th, 2016|

No Southern Hospitality For Daily Fantasy Sports In Mississippi

The Mississippi AG issued an opinion last week declaring: “Fantasy sports wagering is illegal in the state of Mississippi under current law both on a licensed gaming floor and outside of a licensed gaming floor. Any change to the law would be a matter within the purview of the Legislature.” With respect to the skill component of DFS, the AG said it is not relevant under Mississippi law.

With respect to activity on a licensed […]

By |March 8th, 2016|

Five Things You Should Know Before Creating A Contest

As most readers of this blog know, a contest is quite different than a sweepstakes. Sweepstakes are games of chance. The winners are selected at random and don’t have to have any particular knowledge or skill – just good luck. On the other hand, contests are games of skill, in which the winners are determined based on some type of skill, knowledge or other attribute that they possess.

Designing a contest is also quite different […]

By |March 4th, 2016|