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Is this legal?

Discussion in 'General Business' started by Frostx, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. #1
    I have an online arcade and one of my plans for advertising or promoting is this....

    Hold a contest in which contestants pay $1.00..... they play whichever game is being used for the contest and take a screen shot of their final score.... the winner will receive about half of the money that I get from entrance fees..... Is this legal?
     
    Frostx, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  2. The Zinni

    The Zinni Member

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    Pretty sure it would fall under UIGEA regulations, so no, not likely legal in the US in my opinion.
     
    The Zinni, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  3. yooozy

    yooozy Well-Known Member

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    Illegal?!!! it's weird how americans are law-paranoid
    I can't see why this is illegal

    ~yoozy
     
    yooozy, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  4. .iKron

    .iKron Peon

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    That would be gambling since your charging to play. The players would have to be 18 + and would need to verify their age.
     
    .iKron, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  5. Frostx

    Frostx Active Member

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    And what about if there was no entrance fee?
     
    Frostx, Jul 20, 2009 IP
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    .iKron Peon

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    Then it's completely legal.
     
    .iKron, Jul 20, 2009 IP
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    #7
    I agree with this post. If you are charging people a fee, it's gambling.
     
    gordon08, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  8. Frostx

    Frostx Active Member

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    Alrighty... sounds good thanks everyone
     
    Frostx, Jul 20, 2009 IP
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    #9
    anyway screen shot can be edited :) , can't trust screen shots.
     
    easywab, Jul 20, 2009 IP
  10. gvlismas

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    Although it's good to get the opinion of others in the same field - such as on this forum - to get a feel for what people think, for matters that concern legal issues however...wouldn't it be more advisable to get professional legal advice from somewhere?
     
    gvlismas, Jul 21, 2009 IP
  11. VanForex

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    Yeah I think so that there's a gambling idea on it..
    but I don't know if they would hit it as an illegal but I don't see anything
    that is illegal about that thing
     
    VanForex, Jul 21, 2009 IP
  12. lifeplayer

    lifeplayer Notable Member

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    #12
    It depend to your country law. This is consider as gambling too
     
    lifeplayer, Jul 21, 2009 IP
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    mentos Prominent Member

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    Its is legal if you have license from authority to collect money from public.
     
    mentos, Jul 21, 2009 IP
  14. ngokhong20176

    ngokhong20176 Banned

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    #14
    Wells, I would say it depend on some state's law, but screenshot wouldn't be a good proof too since it's very easy to edit it. If you have a good programmer, you can write a source code to connect from the site result to your database, then store the score in it.

    Cheer
     
    ngokhong20176, Jul 21, 2009 IP
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    yap, me too agree with you.can't trust screen shots.
     
    grigson, Jul 22, 2009 IP
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    #16
    Donations...... they donate to the site and play for free. You get around the laws then as that is not gambling.
     
    tbfm, Jul 22, 2009 IP
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    #17
    your site is NOT even close to big enough. you are wasting your time with this. you need to build your website first then try to make money later. arcade owners that start off their website with tons of adds etc. always fail.
     
    foland, Jul 22, 2009 IP
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    I'll have to agree with Foland. You need to build your website first.
     
    gatorbowls, Jul 22, 2009 IP
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    Agree with others, you'll need a scoreboard or ranking program to have accurate results - otherwise a quick photoshop and I could have the top score :D
     
    HR_MBA, Jul 23, 2009 IP
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    couldnt it just be a membership site, $1 to join and $1 a month thereafter, each month you give away half to the winner. that way you can easily have them tell friends... the more people join, the more money they have the chance to win
     
    CASHUTER, Jul 23, 2009 IP