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In the 1940s and ‘50s sports betting, which had previously been a neighborhood bookie-type affair, was taken over by the mob. Anti-Mafia actions by the U.S. government wrestled the lucrative industry from the hands of the mob. Now, sports betting, both land-based and online casino sports wagering, is once again being consolidated in the hands of a few operators. Observers see both pros and cons in the change.

Gaming influencer at work

Gaming influencers have, for the most part, reacted with stunned shock to the California lawsuit which was filed last month against Activision Blizzard. The lawsuit alleges that female employees of Activision Blizzard, which publishes World of Warcraft, were subjected to a toxic environment of sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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You don’t have to be a digital artist to design your own video game using the game creation software program. The platform gives anyone the tools needed to construct a digital space that’s goofy, beautiful, strange or creepy and above all, allows for the creation of a zone where players can peek into the corners of the creator’s mind.

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As marketing agencies focus on esports audiences, the advertising dictum of “tell a story” has changed. Storytelling is still as important as ever when marketing to gaming communities but marketers have to adapt to a new kind of storytelling.

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The Railroad Pass, Nevada’s oldest functioning casino, just celebrated 90 years of business. Railroad Pass Casino is located in Henderson, ironically just outside of Boulder City, the only incorporated town in Nevada where gambling is illegal. Today the Vegas casino online brings a whole new gambling adventure to Nevada where people can play both land-based and online casino games at their leisure whenever and from wherever they wish.

Welcome to Florida sign

Officials in Florida wanted to see online casino gaming and sports betting come to the state. The Seminoles, Florida’s gaming tribe, wanted to make sure that they continue to control welcome bonus casino gaming in the state. A recent agreement may make it all happen.

gaming convention

The annual E3 video game convention was online-only this year. A number of eagerly-anticipated releases were delayed as a result of the pandemic. That was good news for independent studios whose games stole the show.

esports team

Despite cancellations, postponements and quarantines of team members, traditional sporting events have returned to stadiums around the world. But the impact that esports had on the sporting world will be felt for years to come.

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The International Olympic Committee is used to getting its way. The Committee, made up of heads of various international and national sporting organizations, is a traditionally conservative body. The Committee has observer status at the UN and control a large budget. It can add and remove sports from the Olympics and has the last say on almost every aspect of the multi-billion dollar event.

#metoo movement sign

It’s taken awhile for the #MeToo movement to hit the Vegas casino gaming industry but the issue is finally being addressed by the industry.  In a lawsuit filed in July, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) gas targeted Blizzard Entertainment and its owner Activision Blizzard, claiming that the company allows a culture of gender-based discrimination and “constant sexual harassment to flourish. The DFEH claims that top executives have not only been aware of the behavior but and in some cases have been involved.

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