Mon, May. 16, 2005

Market for Game Tokens

CK - Washington.   On May 9, 2005, the Stade Administrative Court published a ruling in the matter 6 B 635/05 that refers to the sale on eBay of tokens for arcade game equipment. At issue was whether arcade games that operate with tokens constitute illegal gambling machines even if a player does not insert coins or receive cash winnings, and if the tokens used to operate the machines are neither sold nor exchanged for cash at the arcade.

After a detailed analysis of the legal bases that outlaw certain gambling equipment and the nature of game machines operated with tokens which offer no cash winnings, the court concluded that tokens are of a fungible nature because there is a market for them, including transactions on eBay. Cash or token--the court determined that in the end, it's the same thing when it comes to gambling laws and policy.

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