Soon, GTA Online will have a fully functioning virtual casino according to Rockstar Games. However, not everyone will be welcoming of the 2019 virtual casino. Regulators particularly in the US are still concerned about betting in video games. This means GTA Online’s luxury virtual casino launch might have come at a bad time.
Grand Theft Auto Online was released on October 1 2014 and is a multiplayer online extension of Grand Theft Auto V. The online mission based game is developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Online is one of the most profitable entertainment products. The GTA Online publishers continuously add new exciting updates that keep players coming back for more. Fortunately with a proposed luxury virtual casino, GTA Online will ensure it stays competitive in the gaming industry. Their new 2019 virtual casino also has the potential to be one of the leading online casino sites in the United States.
Rockstar Games confirms launch of luxury 2019 virtual casino in GTA online
GTA Online luxury casino opening rumors have now been to rest. GTA Online publishers Rockstar Games announced that they’ll soon launch a 2019 luxury casino in their online mission based game. This comes after fans noticing the disappearance of the ‘opening soon’ sign above the Vinewood casino.
Fortunately after a 5 year wait, their 2019 virtual casino will soon be a reality. Rockstar Games added that the fully functioning luxury casino will be in their next major GTA online update. Unfortunately, Rockstar Games have not disclosed any further details on the release date and how the casino might function. GTA Online will likely follow up from GTA San Andreas and offer roulette and blackjack.
Additionally, the luxury 2019 virtual casino will be an in-game business which players can potentially own. GTA Online’s Vinewood virtual casino will likely offer an in-game currency which players can purchase with fiat money.
GTA Online’s 2019 virtual casino launch sparks debate over betting in video games under US jurisdiction
Launching the 2019 virtual casino in GTA Online could raise the attention of gambling regulators particularly in the US. According to the online gambling news in the USA, regulators interests concerning betting in games has heightened. The US and other countries have proposed a ban on loot boxes as they’re believed to foster gambling addiction.
Additionally, US legislators argue that loot boxes as well as other in-game offerings draw children to gambling. US legislator, Josh Hawley has gone as far as to propose a ban in such in-game offerings in the US. Unfortunately, video games are severely targeted and GTA Online 2019 virtual casino launch could possibly be met with fire.
It’s important to note the GTA Online is rated M and is restricted to players aged 17 and over. How Josh Hawley insists that:
“Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits. No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: there is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices.”
However, GTA Online’s developers and publishers have been working on the 2019 virtual casino for quite some time. Perhaps they’ve found a way to operate the luxury casino without drawing too much of the legislators attention.