A congressional ban on Internet gaming would block common sense consumer protections, allowing a thriving, offshore black market for Internet gaming to grow, endangering consumers.
An estimated 1 million Americans spend nearly $3 billion a year on an unregulated and unsafe black market for Internet gaming. That black market, which operates entirely overseas, often lacks even rudimentary protections, like…
- Age-verification technologies to prevent children from playing.
- Modern technologies and regulation to ensure that games are fair.
- Common sense regulations and oversight to protect consumers from identity theft or other online crimes.
With its prohibition on consumer protections or regulation, a ban on Internet gaming would allow that black market to keep growing. Prohibition won’t stop Americans from playing online games, it will just make those games less safe.