|CryptoLogic, one of the net’s biggest providers of e-cash services and gaming software to online casinos, is severing all links between it’s licensees and sports betting sites. The action follows a recent lawsuit by the state of New Jersey against Intercasino.com, CryptoLogic’s biggest licensee.|
Although the lawsuit only mentions CryptoLogic as “Internet technical contact” for Intercasino.com, the company is still a defendant and are taking pains to distance themselves as much as possible from proceedings.
Intercasino.com is one of eight sites accused of violating state law in New Jersey by accepting bets from residents. Intercasino.com has now “disabled New Jersey” from sports betting links according to Jean Noelting, CryptoLogic’s chief executive, and other sites are expected to withdraw links to sports betting sites from their web pages.
Although CryptoLogic doesn’t provide software for sports betting and Intercasino.com doesn’t offer sports betting at the site, the casino was still liable according to the state because of a link to WWTS (World Wide Tele-Sport) which does offer wagers on sports events.
New Jersey has not taken any action against online casinos as yet, only sports betting sites. Noelting played down the risk of any similar lawsuits against Internet casinos, saying that although it was a possibility the superior security of CryptoLogic software meant that there was less risk of jurisdictional abuse.
“Yes, but our software has the ability to block (access) from any jurisdiction”, said Noelting when asked about the possibility of more legal action.