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Federal Ruling Gives States the Right to Legalize Online Sports Betting, Which Includes Esports

Published: 14/May/2018 15:18 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by DG Goldstein


The United States Supreme Court has decided that the ban on federal sports betting is unconstitutional which can open the door for esports gambling in the future.

First enacted in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed by the United States Supreme Court to strike down on state-authorized sports gambling nationwide.

Nevada was the only state in the country that allowed authorized sports betting, with a collection of other states attempting to fight the ban ever since it was passed in the early 90’s.

This made it difficult for Americans to wager on sporting events, with Las Vegas becoming a hub throughout the country for individuals to legally place bets on a number of different sports.

On Monday, May 14th, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 in to overturn PASPA, which will now allow states to decide whether or not to allow sports gambling in the future.

The historic decision will also impact the esports community in the future, including the chance for betting websites and other avenues to offer lines for esports events across different titles.

It should be noted that even though the Supreme Court has voted against PASPA, it will likely take multiple years before authorized sports and esports gambling are fully up-and-running in certain states

As of writing, it is unknown how the decision will impact ‘skin betting’ websites for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and others in the future.

Call of Duty

Crimsix backs “underrated” Slacked after CoD pro is snubbed by CDL teams

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven


Call of Duty legend Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has backed fellow pro player Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, after Slacked revealed he is set for a period in the Challengers League with no CDL teams willing to take him. 

While not a competitor for the title of best player of all time, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry has consistently proven himself to be among the very best Call of Duty professionals in the world. He has won a host of major tournaments, most recently CWL Fort Worth in Black Ops 4 and CWL Birmingham in WWII.

However, the Modern Warfare season proved incredibly challenging for Slacked and his Seattle Surge roster. The team were barely competitive at any tournament, and three-time CoD World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow announced his retirement amid their struggles.

Now, as the Call of Duty League heads towards its second season, it seems the Surge’s struggles are fresh in the minds of the powers that be, because Slacked is set to face a season in the Challengers portion of the League.

Seattle Surge original roster for the first CDL season
Twitter: Seattle Surge
Seattle Surge’s roster has collapsed off the back of a poor first season.

Slacked to miss out on CDL?

On October 30, the ex-Luminosity pro tweeted that he was “shocked” at how the offseason has gone so far, with offers from CDL teams essentially non-existent.

“[I’m] still a F/A and looking like challengers,” he said. “Won back to back to back to back titles & had the best average placing before MW out of anyone other than the OpTic dynasty. So sad how the CoD scene is ran nowadays.”

CoD World Champion and all-time great Crimsix involved himself in the discussion, backing his fellow pro to find a CDL team ahead of the new season.

“CDL teams… cmon guys…” he tweeted. “Slacked is a prime example of a player who makes the people around him better. Consistent for years and, in my humble opinion, severely underrated in terms of what he can bring to a team.”

The endorsement, particularly from one of the very best to ever play Call of Duty, is a big compliment for Slacked. Whether it sees him picked up by a CDL outfit remains another issue, but it’s clear that at least some of those at the very top believe Slacked has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

The second CDL season is set to be fascinating, with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves set to acquire the spot previously held by Los Angeles OpTic, and rumors that the Greenwall brand will find its way back to H3CZ in Chicago. We’ll be the first to update you if it does.