compLexity Gaming is an American based esports organization that features teams in several top-tier esports titles. Their most notable teams are competing in Dota 2, CSGO, Rocket League and Hearthstone. Their organization dates all the way back to 2004 when they started their esports endeavor in Counter Strike 1.6.
On the other side of the deal, we have WinStar World Casino. It is also an organization that dates back to 2004 when their first WinStar Casinos opened.
In 2009, it was renamed to WinStar World Casino after an expansion to a 395-room hotel tower. Today, WinStar World Casino, thanks to its 600,000 square feet of casino floor, proudly bears the title of the world’s biggest casino.
But what do these 2 organizations have in common? Well, just a few days ago compLexity announced a partnership with WinStar World Casino. This news wouldn’t be anything special if it wasn’t for the fact this is the first time a US-based esports organization officially partners up with a casino.
Words of Praise on Both Ends
compLexity WinStar World Casino partnership could be a great deal for both of these parties. As such, it is not surprising to see words of praise raining from both ends.
“WinStar is a preeminent gaming and entertainment venue, and we are excited for them to become our exclusive casino partner… This partnership signals a significant shift in the esports sphere toward making competitive gaming entertainment even more mainstream.”
Mr. Lake’s words are true – as the esports community matures so does the esports industry itself. Plus, now with PASPA out of the way, a shift in the esports scene has already started. Perhaps compLexity WinStar World Casino partnership is the perfect example of exactly that. And it’s bound to be a first of many.
Casinos and other gambling operators will have to stand in line to get their hands on exclusive esports deals. Especially now that Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA from now on) is not limiting the biggest players in the industry.
Here’s what Jack Parkinson, WinStar General Manager had to say about the partnership announcement:
“The high-energy and competitive nature of esports aligns with our focus on creating unique, high-energy gaming and entertainment experiences for our patrons… compLexity’s forward-thinking and innovative approach to one of the fastest growing genres of mainstream entertainment is a natural fit as we look toward remaining at the forefront of the gaming industry.”
Exclusive Perks for compLexity Players
Just like other partnerships between esports and gambling organizations, this one also includes exclusive perks to go alongside their agreement. From the looks of it, the biggest winners will be the players since they’re getting a whole bunch of goodies out of this deal.
- Access to the WinStar hotel, concerts and golf courses
- Routine appearances at casino events
- Exclusive boot camps used for pre-tournament training sessions
But none of this would be possible if PASPA was still active. More on PASPA itself as well as post-PASPA opportunities right down below.
PASPA No More – New Opportunities for Esports in the US
Just like we mentioned above, this deal (and all those perks we just listed) would not be possible if PASPA was still active. Luckily, this act was repealed with a 6-3 ruling back in mid-May this year.
Needless to say, global headlines were fuming with content regarding this historical decision. But what was PASPA all about in the first place?
PASPA was basically the main obstacle that was stopping sports betting from becoming legal in the entire country. Up until PASPA was repealed, only the state of Nevada was able to offer complete sports betting markets to their clients.
However, with PASPA out of the way, the entire country could soon see the liberalization (and forms of legislation) of sports and esports betting.
Still, it has to be noted that the Wire Act could pose as an issue since it specifically prohibits the transmission of bets and betting-related information not just between the states but toward other countries as well. Fun fact, Wire Act dates back to 1661 before internet betting and similar activities were ever imagined.
However, with more up to date clarifications (in 2002 and 2011), it was ruled that the Wire Act refers to internet betting as well, but not to games of chance (casino games).
All in all, esports industry in the USA looks to have hit the ground running thus far. With PASPA repeal, first partnership deal between esports and casino organizations and potential country-wide legalization of online sports betting, I can conclude without much hesitation that the path for legal esports betting has been paved!