Between the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its resulting social distancing measures, the first half of 2020 is not what we all expected while making our new year resolutions. But amid all of this chaos, we still have the silver lining of a few unrelated developments that help us cope with the ongoing situation.
One such area of these areas is the popular gaming industry. As a literal escape from reality, games have become an important part of our lives. This is also the reason why you can see an array of online real money casino review posts, multiplayer game screenshots, and walk-through videos popping up throughout the web.
To give you more of this content and help you stay on recent developments in the gaming industry, here are 5 recent compelling gaming events that need to be celebrated for their significance.
Pistol Whip Confirms Release Plans for Playstation VR
With the newfound fondness towards virtual reality (VR) entertainment, an increasing number of popular titles are making their way to VR platforms.
Keeping this in mind, it is no surprise to see that Pistol Whip has recently announced its PlayStation VR release window as the summer of 2020.
As one of the more popular PC VR titles, Pistol Whip has left quite a mark on virtual reality gaming. This is why, its release on PlayStation VR is an event to celebrate for avid gamers.
Half-Life: Alyx Shows What VR Can Do
As the prequel to Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Alyx may not be the sequel that we wanted, but it’s definitely the universe expansion we deserve.
Why? Because this addition to the Half-Life franchise also broadens the horizons of gaming as we know it.
Available for PC and compatible with all SteamVR-supported headsets, Half-Life: Alyx provides a novel gaming experience that is reminiscent of the first ever tram ride from the game that started it all. If you have a SteamVR-compatible headset, this game is a must-have experience.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Fantasy Sports Are a Skill-based Game
Fantasy sports is a core offering of many wagering platforms. This is why, the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent ruling on its foundation is a crucial event for sports enthusiasts.
According to the ruling, the State of Illinois declared fantasy sports as not a game of chance but a game of skill. This means that within state borders, fantasy sports is not an illegal form of gambling but a skill-based practice.
The court’s decision came in the wake of a lawsuit filed against FanDuel for a 2016 fantasy sports competition.
Man Lost Half a Million Canadian Dollars in a Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors
Will you ever wager your whole livelihood on a game of rock, paper, scissors? Not a chance? We thought so.
But Canadian businessman Edmund Mark Hooper apparently missed that memo when he lost his house to former friend Michel Primeau over a game of rock, paper, scissors. The loss was signed by Hooper in a notarized document later.
But Hooper claims that the notarized agreement was a simulated incident between him and Primeau that was designed to thwart debt-collectors.
Nonetheless, Primeau took Hooper to court. But the Superior Court in 2017 decided that even though rock, paper, scissors is a game of skill, the amount wagered was immoderate and couldn’t be considered a valid agreement.
The Appeals Court recently upheld that decision, and allowed Hooper to keep his home.
This means that while you can boast of your skills at rock, paper, scissors, you better not put your life on the line against them.
Different Firms are Distributing New Skill-Based Video Games
A Las Vegas development firm is all set to distribute new skill-based games to casinos.
The firm got the approval on the authenticity of its games from the Nevada Gaming Commission. The permission comes after a 6-month trial of the games, titled “Nothin’ but Net 2” and “All-Star Hoops” at four casinos across Las Vegas and Reno, NV.
It will start making these games a part of its usual offerings once life gets back to normal in Sin City after COVID-19.