On of the announcements
coming out of E3 is that GameStop and Virgin Gaming have formed a partnership to power online video gaming tournaments. According to the announcement, Virgin Gaming will be:
The preferred online tournament provider for featured console game releases sold in U.S.
GameStop locations and through GameStop.com. GameStop will offer publisher partners unique, large-scale online tournaments to help market, sell and create deep player engagement for their games. GameStop customers will have the opportunity to win cash and incredible prize packages through the GameStop/Virgin Gaming tournaments, in addition to Virgin Gaming credits redeemable for games and other merchandise.
As online gaming continues to grow, companies are seeking various ways to create ancillary revenue and drive user engagement. Tournaments can be one way of doing that. Tournaments, if done right, can be legal. However, there are a number of legal considerations of which companies must be aware to avoid running afoul of various laws.