Video Gaming For Dollars
from the the-next-generation-game-servers dept
We’ve had a lot of articles recently about how video game players are increasingly becoming like sports players – with tournaments and sponsorships. However, according to this Salon.com article, a new generation of gaming systems are being set up that will let everyday gamers make money playing against each other. The concept is pretty straightforward. All players have to put up some money to get in, and then as they play, the players who do better get money from the players they beat. And, of course, the companies running the servers take their cut of any transaction. Seems like a good business model – except that there are some questions about the legality of the whole thing. Some are saying that it’s just another form of online gambling – though (like those who run these sites), I disagree. Online gambling involves games of chance and betting against the house. These are based on skill and are wagers directly against other players. There’s no “gambling” involved. Of course, lawmakers might not see it that way – which is why at least one of these sites is located offshore, away from prying US lawmakers. Another thing that will be interesting to watch, if these services stay “legal”, is how they deal with the cheating issue. They all say they carefully watch out for cheaters, but other gaming systems – where there isn’t even money on the line – have found it difficult to stop cheaters.