Smartphone Game Not Illegal Gambling, Judge Rules

By Jessica Corso (February 1, 2016, 4:39 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge threw out the lawsuit of a proposed class of Castle Clash players Friday, ruling that the popular smartphone game did not violate the gambling laws of California, Illinois and Michigan because players weren't rewarded with anything of monetary value.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly determined that Sky Union LLC, the maker of Castle Clash, did not break the anti-gambling statutes of the three states by requiring players to purchase virtual gems to play games that increased their chances of winning valuable characters, or "heroes," and game skills, or "talents."

"Heroes and talents are not exchangeable for real...

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