Breaking: The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal anti-sports gambling law, giving states the go-ahead to allow betting on sports. pic.twitter.com/7fWnAX4pbG— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 14, 2018
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.
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.
The smartest leagues are finally changing their tune and proposing things like an integrity fee - taxing betting revenues on their sport to fund competitive integrity and related initiatives.— Bryce Blum (@esportslaw) May 14, 2018
This stance is more imperative than ever in the wake of the PASPA decision.
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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