Exciting Times Ahead For Mobile AppsHarry Coulter | 22 May 2018
There’s no disputing the fact: the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down PASPA, thereby allowing all but four states to conduct sports betting activities, is going to have large-scale implications for the iGaming and especially sports betting industry in the country. Speculations regarding how the decision might affect the mobile app market are rife, and the excitement at the many possibilities is almost tangible.
The most probable effect of the SCOTUS decision will be that there will be an influx of sports betting related apps into the apps market and more specifically, Apple’s App store. The decision to scrap PASPA however does not imply that every app-creating wannabe will now be able to launch a sports betting app and start raking in the moolah. Far from it.
Apple’s App store does not prohibit gambling apps, but the terms and conditions are quite clear about the fact that the distributor of the app must be in possession of the required gambling licence authorising the lawful distribution of the app. Google’s Play store follows the same basic premise for its own apps.
Only three US states currently offer legalized online gambling: Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. Following the decision by the Supreme Court, many other states are expected to follow suit, but the process will take time. Sports betting apps available on the App store are currently only accessible by users residing in Nevada. What’s more, users must be registered at a land-based casino prior to being able to download and use the apps. This is to ensure that proper control is being exercised and that all activities remain covered and licensed and above board.
Following New Jersey
The complete legalisation of sports betting is expected to incentivize various states to follow in the footsteps of states like New Jersey. New Jersey has been rallying for the legalisation of sports betting for many years.
There will however be practical issues that will have to be sorted out first before full-scale integration will be possible on state-level. One particular requirement that stands out will be that all operators wanting to do business in a particular state will be obliged to have servers located within the borders of that particular state. This is a provision that will have to adhered to in order to keep within the regulations of the US Wire Act.
Be that as it may, the future is bright as far as sports betting operations are concerned in the US.