House Bill 4826, which would expand West Virginia’s legal sports wagering market, officially made it through the House, and now just has to clear the state Senate before it becomes law. Introduced in February, the bill would allow consumers in the state to bet on all esports events.
The bill defines an esports event as an “electronic sport or competitive video game played as a game of skill for spectators.” Licensed sportsbooks may offer odds on any professional event that fits this category, provided it doesn’t breach other rules around betting on minors.
West Virginia was one of the first US states to legalize sports betting in 2018, allowing both retail and online sports wagering within its initial market launch following the repeal of The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
(All information was provided by iGaming Business)