Wagering on eSports and Alternative Events and Integrity

September 17, 2021
C.J. Fisher
IMGL 2021 Autumn Conference
Boston Marriott Copley Place

It is no secret that lawful wagering on traditional sporting events and leagues has continued to proliferate across the United States, but some jurisdictions have also allowed wagering on eSports events and other alternative events, such as award shows. While certain states have welcomed eSports and alternative event betting with open arms, others, including some in which sports betting already is permitted, have taken a more deliberate approach or prohibited such wagers altogether. Other states include prohibitions on wagers involving in-state collegiate sports teams. 

The panel will evaluate the current and future landscape for such wagering in the U.S., whether integrity concerns or other issues may be holding back the market, and what regulators look for in approving wagering on novel events or new sporting events and sports leagues. The panelists will also explore how sports and eSports leagues and teams ensure the integrity of their events.