TRENTON - Looking to allow New Jersey residents to bet on a wide variety of sporting events, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling sponsored legislation to permanently include additional skill-based competitions such as electronic sports (eSports) in the state’s legal sports wagering industry.
Upon the bill (A-637) being advanced by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee Thursday, the sponsors released the following statement:
“I would say eSports are the ‘next big thing’ when it comes to sporting events, but the fact of the matter is that video game tournaments are already a prominent form of skill-based competition. Throughout the country and the world, video game enthusiasts are flocking to see expert players compete in all kinds of digital games,” said Assemblyman Caputo (D-Essex). “Whether they follow along online or in person, hundreds of millions of people watch eSports each year – and that number is only growing. This bill will amend our existing sports betting law to include eSports and ultimately expand on the industry to make it more successful.”
“It’s important for our state to capitalize on this rapidly growing industry in order to both give our residents what they want and boost our economy,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “With online sports betting now legal in New Jersey and a large number of people already interested in this type of gaming, the time is right for us to expand legal wagering beyond traditional sports.”