INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Hoosier Lottery is set to consider whether players in Indiana should be allowed to purchase tickets online for Powerball, Mega Millions and instant games, which could...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's casinos are asking a court to immediately stop the state lottery's use of online games that they say are too much like casino games.
India weighs ban on popular online game after deaths
NEW DELHI (AP) — A boy's suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for...
SEC: Online game developer gambled away investors’ money
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal regulators are accusing a Las Vegas online game developer of gambling away part of his investors' money.
The Securities and Exchange Commission in a complaint filed Thursday accuses developer Robert Alexander of misspending part of the approximately $9 million he raised from investors for a purported online gambling business.
New England College to hold ribbon-cutting for Esports arena
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — New England College is going to open an Esports Arena for students who will compete against other colleges in the region in a variety of live-action online games.
A ribbon-cutting is planned Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Henniker college's Simon Center.
Esports — competition using video games — has grown in popularity. New England College officials say it can build on the success of the school's various degree programs, such as game design.
Alaska man charged in bogus threat against Lafayette College
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Alaska man has been charged in a bogus online threat that disrupted exams and a graduation ceremony at an eastern Pennsylvania college earlier this year.
The U.S. attorney's office announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Gavin Lee Casdorph of Anchorage was charged with "willfully making false threats" on May 5 against Lafayette College.
Canucks player says team has ‘Fortnite’ ban for season
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A day after Vancouver forward Bo Horvat said the Canucks have instituted a Fortnite ban for the upcoming season, there was talk in NHL arenas about whether it is fair to blame the popular online game for performance on the ice.
Winnipeg star Patrik Laine, who plays and enjoys the game, suggested the Canucks needed a scapegoat.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it's banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game.
The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina House members are trying to revive a bill to regulate the fantasy sports industry in the state a year after a committee refused to approve it.
The measure resurfaced Wednesday in a different House committee, with supporters repeating it would provide consumer protections to those paying to participate in the online games and prevent industry abuses.
House votes to lift July 31 deadline on fantasy sports
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has approved making daily fantasy sports permanently legal in the state.
Two years ago the Legislature approved a bill legalizing the online games but only through July 31, 2018, allowing time for permanent regulations to be established.
North Carolina legislators cautious on more online sales
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislators sounded cautious and divided Thursday about the North Carolina lottery's latest pitch to expand online sales, with some worried it could cannibalize ticket sales at convenience stores and complicate flushing out illegal video sweepstakes parlors.
Holidaying frog game finds fans among China’s harried youth
BEIJING (AP) — Wang Zhuyin studies 10 hours a day preparing for a series of tests to obtain a U.S. physician's license. But like millions of young Chinese adults, the 26-year-old has found a new way to cope with the pressure: an online game about a frog.
Video game maker using courts to stop online game cheaters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The maker of a video game that pits players worldwide in a fight for survival on virtual terrain has used U.S. courts to successfully chasten cheaters from Ukraine to Minnesota.
North Carolina-based Epic Games has in the past two months squeezed promises from men in Minnesota, Sweden and Russia to stop cheating and spoiling revenues from its popular "Fortnite" online multiplayer game. The company also closed its case against a Louisiana boy with a confidential settlement.
Lawmakers consider 15 percent tax on daily fantasy sports
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering taxing daily fantasy sports operators like Boston's DraftKings.
State Sen. Eileen Donoghue has introduced legislation making the online games permanently legal and subject to a 15 percent tax. The Lowell Democrat also wants to charge the state Gaming Commission with regulating the industry.
Online fantasy sports raise more than $3M for New York state
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Companies that run daily fantasy sports games contributed more than $3 million to New York state coffers last year, the first year after lawmakers approved new regulations for the popular online games.
While that's a minuscule amount compared to the state's overall $153 billion state budget, it's a valuable contribution, especially when the state is facing a looming budget deficit of more than $4 billion.
Online game to players: Don’t touch black people’s hair
WASHINGTON (AP) — Art director Momo Pixel moved to Portland, Oregon in 2016, and confronted a challenge she had never experienced before: Strangers reaching out to grab or stroke her long braided hair, often without her permission.
"I would be walking down the street visibly mad," Pixel recalled.
One day, she told her boss about it. In trying to mimic that scene, he playfully ducked imaginary hands coming toward him. Pixel remarked that it would make a funny game.
Online Game: Don’t Touch Black People’s Hair
N. Carolina lottery taking it slow on expanding online sales
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's lottery — looking for that next game or technology to generate more sales and profits for public education — is taking it slow on expanding further online sales as traditional lottery retailers and social conservatives express reservations.
The Latest: Lottery panel subdued on expanding online games
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina lottery commission considering an expansion of selling tickets online (all times local):
North Carolina lottery officials want to give the idea of offering online "scratch-off" tickets some more thought after hearing concerns from the state's retailers and social conservatives.
That’s cheating! Video-game companies suing crooked players
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rogue online gamers have designed, sold or used computer code to crush competitors playing the popular "Fortnite" survival video game, spoiling the experience and the creator's profit potential, the game's maker charges in a series of lawsuits.
Phoenix school district pulls plug on slavery computer game
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school district is blocking an online game that simulated slavery after parents complained about its use in the classroom.
Phoenix Elementary School District officials said they are unsure how the game got into the classroom, but they blocked access to it on Tuesday after meeting with parents.
Rosie O’Donnell draws criticism over online anti-Trump game
Rosie O'Donnell is in a new feud with President Donald Trump's supporters after promoting an online game that lets players lead Trump off a cliff.
Several conservative blogs have called attention to O'Donnell tweeting a link to pushtrumpoffacliffagain.com during the weekend. A post on Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity's website calls the game "sick" and "gross." Young Conservatives suggests the game encourages violence against the president.
Ghoulish online game urges young people to end their lives
DALLAS (AP) — The family of a Texas teen who hanged himself says their son was involved in a ghoulish online game that calls on participants to complete a series of tasks before taking their own lives, and some schools are warning parents about the so-called Blue Whale Challenge.
Online game Words with Friends adds ‘covfefe’ to its list
NEW YORK (AP) — The popular mobile word game Words With Friends has added one of the internet's most popular typos in recent days — "covfefe."
The mysterious term that President Donald Trump tweeted has spread like wildfire on social media and the Scrabble-like multiplayer game has jumped aboard, defining the word as "the amount and quality of reporting when autocorrect fails you at 3am."
Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes
BOSTON (AP) — The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year.
More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry's lobbying arm.
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Thanks to online game, Billings woman’s student loans have been repaid
Alyssa Foster was putting in a typical day at work Friday morning when she was summoned to the reception area at Ortt & Co., a Billings accounting firm.
As cameras rolled and a giant check changed hands, Foster’s $17,500 student loan was symbolically paid off.
“Oh my goodness,” Foster said as she was greeted by a contingent that included her parents and sister. “I can’t believe this is happening. I’m just blown away.”
Hi-Rez Expo kicks off online game championship in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Some of the top video game players in the world will compete in a multiplayer online battle game championship in Atlanta.
The four-day Hi-Rez Expo kicks off Wednesday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Eight teams who qualified from regional tournaments in North America, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and China will compete for the $150,000 prize.
Florida Lottery plans major expansion under huge new deal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Lottery — which just registered more than $6 billion in annual sales — is in line for a large expansion due to a massive new contract that state officials signed this month.
Lottery officials, who report to Gov. Rick Scott, signed a 13-year contract worth more than $700 million with IGT Global Solutions covering major aspects of the lottery, including the systems used to sell tickets for games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
New Mass. Bill Would Ban Sex Offenders from Playing Pokemon Go
BOSTON >> A lawmaker from Gardner wants to keep sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go, the cell-phone based game that created a craze last month.
Using location software, the game allows players to wander around in the real world to capture creatures known as Pokemon in the app-based game, while also visiting Pokestops and gyms — both in-game creations tied to real-world places.
The Boston Common and other areas have been swarmed with people playing...
Bill Would Ban Sex Offenders from Playing Pokémon Go
By Andy Metzger
State House News Service
BOSTON -- A lawmaker from Gardner wants to keep sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go, the cellphone based game that created a craze last month.
Using location software, the game allows players to wander around in the real world to capture creatures known as Pokémon in the app-based game, while also visiting Pokéstops and gyms -- both in-game creations tied to real-world places.
At least 6 states adopt fantasy sports laws; 21 others don’t
BOSTON (AP) — The daily fantasy sports industry notched some wins but failed to capture a majority of states after an all-out push this year to preserve its legality amid concerns the online games amount to illegal sports betting operations.
Six states — Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana and Virginia — enacted laws legalizing and regulating games offered by Boston's DraftKings, New York's FanDuel and dozens of other smaller operators. They join...