On March 3rd, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 71 to 28 in favor of the legalization of esports betting in the state. If approved by all necessary branches of government, then gambling laws in the state would be expanded to cover electronic sports events and competitions.
Based upon an outline of bill HSB200, this law would allow for betting on esports events as well as sports-related events. By the state’s definition, electronic sports encapsulate any multiplayer video game event that is organized by a recognized professional, international, or collegiate video game governing body.
Unlike most other parts of the country, the legal gambling age in Iowa is 21, not 18. Therefore, if an esports athlete is under 18 years old, they will be barred from placing wagers or participating in state-sanctioned competitions.
If bill HSB200 is passed, Iowa will become the fifth American state where esports betting is 100% legal. As of this writing, esports betting is only legal in four states: Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
(All information was provided by Esports Bets [1,2] and KIWA Radio)
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