Lawmakers in Annapolis are considering legalizing esports to attract a new audience to the state’s casinos.
House Bill 283, authored by Republican Delegate Robin Grammer, exempts competitive video games, known as esports, from the state’s laws banning wagering and gambling. The bill also would authorize the state comptroller to adapt certain regulations governing these types of video game competitions.
“Maryland lags behind the majority of states in that it is illegal to participate in esports even as a participant in your own home,” Grammer said. “Maryland needs to act now so that competitive video game players have an equal footing to participants from other states.”