The Supreme Court struck down Monday a federal law that bans gambling on sports in most states. States will now have the ability to legalize betting on sports, which could have effects on the esports industry.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling (with some exceptions). Nevada was the only state allowed to authorize sports betting in the old law.


On the decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”


Esports betting is likely to be included if gambling is allowed in specific states. With that could come more fear of match-fixing, which has been a problem at times in Counter-Strike and StarCraft. A match-fixing scandal rocked StarCraft in 2015 and 2016, as one of the most prestigious players, Lee "Life" Seung Hyun, was among those found guilty. Some prominent Counter-Strike players were banned from the game in 2015 after being caught match-fixing.

Esports attorney Bryce Blum expressed his thoughts about gambling in a thread of tweets, and it's definitely worth keeping an eye on the industry to see how this development affects it.


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