|by Earl Williams |
A site featuring games of skill that can pay out a prize as high as $1,000,000 it to be launched soon by Disney, and it is to be called, appropriately enough, Skillgames.com.
The argument is gaining ground in legislative circles as well as amongst gamblers that skill based games, as they are not games of chance, do not constitute an act of gambling when played. This is appealing to the Disney, who says Skillgames will not be Internet gambling. The site will charge a fee to play its games, but that may be considered the same as going into Disneyworld. The average prizes that may be won may range from five dollars to $500.
The plan ' ... does raise eyebrows,' said Andrew Wilder, press secretary to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), top sponsor of legislation in the U.S. Senate to ban Internet gambling, in the LA Times last month.
According to the LA Times, Disney and Skillgames executives say the site has received a legal approval with the federal government and 47 of the 50 states ... 'From Disney's perspective, all of it has been incredibly carefully vetted,' said Dick Glover, an executive vice president in Disney's Internet Group. 'We want to be as far away from any sort of gray area as we possibly can.'
The site is not yet fully operational but welcomes visitors to try its game in practice mode for free. The games include word and trivia games, mind-benders, and interactive sports games such as 'ESPN Money Putt,' where players try to sink virtual golf balls into a virtual hole.
Unlike other game sites, no advertising appears on these Disney web pages.