Recent court rulings mean a law banning video sweepstakes games will go into effect on December 1, 2010. The law was passed this year in an effort to close what some said were loopholes in the current video poker ban in North Carolina.
This latest ban on video sweepstakes makes it illegal for businesses to sell internet time that is used to play video games to win cash or prizes. Brad Crone, who represents the NC Internet Based Sweepstake Organization, said there is still too much ambiguity in the marketplace and that needs to be addressed. “And the Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization is calling on the Governor and the legislature to revisit this issue when the General Assembly returns to Raleigh in January and set out state oversight, state regulation and taxation of this issue,” said Crone.
He contends that with the proper enforcement and regulation of the video gaming industry there would be no questions about what games are allowed. Crone also said a clear system of oversight and regulation could generate more than $500 million a year in new revenue without raising taxes.