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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012, Posted On: 12/12/2011

NC Sweeps Operators Renew Pro-Regulation Campaign

Marcus Webb
North Carolina electronic sweepstakes game ban, Gov. Bev Perdue, Cherokee tribal casino, live card games, sweepstakes videogame operators, sweeps viddies, Brian Henry,Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization, Chase Brooks, Front Edge Marketing

RALEIGH, NC -- Following a Nov. 27 agreement by Gov. Bev Perdue that allows a Cherokee tribal casino to run live card games, sweepstakes videogame operators told local news outlets here that they hope the deal will also motivate state lawmakers to reconsider regulation of sweeps viddies.

Brian Henry, treasurer of the Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization, made the statement to WRAL-TV news reporters here. | SEE STORY

Meanwhile, Tarheel State operators continue to wait for a definitive ruling on the legality of Internet sweepstakes videogames with cash prizes. An appeals court heard arguments on the status of the games on Oct. 26. | SEE STORY

In 2010, North Carolina lawmakers banned sweepstakes videogames with casino-style reveals. Most operators of the games responded by changing to amusement videogame-type graphics and are therefore in compliance with the law, IBSO president Chase Brooks of Front Edge Marketing (Chapel Hill) told WRAL.

In an email released to news outlets, Brooks stated: "Our message is simple. We will find a way to survive. There is a valid market for this type of gaming and entertainment. We will adapt to the law and we will continue to operate. We think it is time for the leaders of the state to work with the video entertainment industry to find ways to regulate it and do like they are doing in Cherokee, tax it to generate new revenues with it."

Separately, the Asheville Citizen-Times has reported that local police and district attorneys have stopped their earlier policies of investigations and arrests of sweeps ops until the appeals court issues its verdict.

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