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Friday, July 11, 2014
Eye on the Blog: "Skill Gaming in Second Life"
On Wednesday July 9, Linden Lab announced on their blog that they were updating their official policies.
There was then a link that took readers to a page on the Second Life wiki which had the details. Among them:
"Skill Games" will only be allowed in specially designated areas. Those whom wish their virtual land to be able to house the games will need to apply to Linden Lab, and pay extra fees, which the Lab says are to offset "additional administrative and compliance-related costs."
Only those approved by Linden Lab to operate "skill games" will be allowed to operate them.
Makers of "skill games" can only sell or otherwise distribute those approved by Linden Lab, and will need to pay "a one-time nonrefundable application fee as well as a quarterly license fee."
Only those living in states where gambling is legal and are old enough are allowed to play the games. Those whom are not either one who try will be considered by the Lab as breaking their terms of service.
The rules are stated as going in effect on August 1, 2014.
Games such as Japanese pachinko machines, which offer not Lindens but tokens which can be exchanged for prizes, card games that offer no Linden prizes but are simply for play, and the "sploders" that are a frequent sight in Second Life clubs are presumably outside these restrictions.
For the blog post in full: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Coming-Soon-Skill-Gaming-in-Second-Life/ba-p/2771080
Linden Lab's Skill Gaming Frequently Asked Questions page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Second_Life_Skill_Gaming_FAQ
Skill Gaming Thread in the official forums: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/General-Discussion-Forum/Skill-Gaming-Policy-Thread/td-p/2771090
SL Universe Skill Gaming thread: http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/general-sl-discussion/97651-incoming-pages-pages-rules-skill.html