Washington state is a global epicenter for the mobile and social games industry, with more than 400 companies employing 23,000+ people in high-tech, good-paying jobs.
Free-to-play games with a social element, such as match-three, strategy, puzzle and some role-playing games, are typically played on smart phones or in-browser. A common feature in these games is that players can win or purchase in-game credits that have no real-world monetary value.
In 2014, the Washington State Gambling Commission published a pamphlet detailing why social games do not constitute gambling. However, class action lawsuits recently filed threaten to make Washington an outlier.
Unless the Legislature acts, this could mean game over for a vibrant and growing industry in this state.
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Game On WA is a group of civic leaders, industry experts and tech executives united in support of the social games industry. We are advocates for free-to-play entertainment and seek to raise awareness about relevant issues facing this thriving segment of the entertainment and digital economies.
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