Yaw Introduces Legislation to Regulate Legal Skill Video Games

Last week, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) introduced Senate Bill 706 which would regulate and tax skill video games in the Commonwealth. This legislation would formally establish the legality of skill video games and generate an annual revenue stream (some estimates have projected $300 million annually) to the state.

The operation of skill video games has been challenged by the state and casino industry for years. Opponents argue the games violate the state’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Numerous legal attempts in the lower courts within the past 10 years have ruled in favor of the skill gaming manufactures. The case is currently pending in the PA Supreme Court.

Skill video games have developed into significant a revenue source for many PPA members who own convenience stores and/or their gasoline retail dealers. The PPA supports policy that effectively regulates skill video games and will work with stakeholders to add clarity within the space.