Massachusetts looks for daily fantasy sports games
January 01, 2016 9:43 AM
by Phil Hevener
The Massachusetts Lottery is looking for input from companies able to stay on the cutting edge of the fast-moving fantasy sports and digital games business.
The state has accelerated past others where there are courtroom battles unfolding to determine whether daily fantasy sports contests are legal.
That decision was made in Massachusetts weeks ago when top gaming regulators decided DFS companies could operate there if regulations to protect consumer interests were drafted.
The Lottery is “grappling with the slow growth of its traditional drawings,” according to a Boston Globe story that suggests fantasy sports may be siphoning off some customers.
The Globe said a Massachusetts state senator has proposed legislation that would allow the Lottery to introduce games of skill “including but not limited to fantasy sports.”
As the needs of a market become clear, companies step forward with the products designed to fill that need.
A former executive with several of the big games companies said, “That’s the way it has always been in the casino games business. There is no shortage of imagination out there. It’s just a matter of deciding how to apply it.”
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.