Call of Duty Makers want Online Video Game Gambling
3G Studios has already made a name for themselves after developing hit video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Rock Band.” However, they don’t quite seem satisfied just yet because the Nevada-based company is also pursuing online video game gambling.
The first part of their plan involves getting an online poker license from the state of Nevada. To accomplish this goal, they’ve joined forces with Reno-based Eldorado Resorts. By aligning themselves with a brick and mortar casino, 3G furthers their chances of getting a license from the state.
However, the end game here doesn’t stop with poker because that would be unprofitable according to 3G CEO James Kosta. The company’s founder discussed this by saying, “If it stopped at poker it would be a flawed business model. Ultimately, if we break even on poker we would be quite happy.” Kosta added, “Even if we’re losing money with poker, our goal would be to continue to push legislation forward so that we can introduce other games.”
Echoing Kosta’s words, the idea is to get their foot in the door and then begin lobbying Nevada to allow real money betting on video games. Assuming the state did allow wagering on video games, it would generate quite a bit of money in big tourist destinations such as Las Vegas and Reno.
Of course, even this may not be enough for a company that’s developed some of the most popular games in the world. So what 3G Studios is ultimately hoping for is that other states legalize online gaming and pool their players together. This is what Nevada is also wishing for because it would allow the involved states to feature bigger stakes and a larger game variety.
Going back to online video game gambling, this doesn’t appear to be on the agenda in the near future, but perhaps in a few years we may see it offered.