A new Web site lets video gamers place wagers on their skills, with real money at stake — but it’s not considered online gambling, and it’s legal in 39 states. Just not here in Arizona.
According to an Associated Press report, this is one of only 11 states that ban the playing of video games for cash. The others are Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Tennessee and Vermont.
BringIt.com, which is about to emerge from beta testing, lets players challenge other gamers for money. The site bills itself as an enterprise built around games of skill and not chance, like online poker. Sign up is free to ages 18 and older. They make money by taking a 10 percent cut from wagers and a $4 withdrawal fee from winners. (ESPN reports that bets are limited to $100,000.)
The Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and 3 and Xbox 360 consoles are supported. You can put your money where your mouth is with games like Street Fighter IV, Mario Kart Wii, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Rock Band 2, Halo 3, and Major League Baseball 2K9.
Don’t tell Pete Rose about that last one.
(Tip of the hat to Ray Stern’s Valley Fever blog.)