Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This looks like gambling, is it legal?
Yes, it’s legal because it falls under sweepstakes promotion laws rather than gaming. The games are not slot machines but have a similar look and feel while using a finite pool of sweepstakes entries which are revealed. In the case of the skill based games, laws that allow skill based games such as those found at Dave & Busters, Chuck E. Cheese, and ESPN Zone also allow these. In sweepstakes games, the use of a finite pool of entries rather than a random number generator (RNG) ensures that winning tickets are revealed fairly and legally. An RNG is used in casino based games but not in sweepstakes. In skill based arcade games, the skill component, or allowing player interaction to affect the outcome is a key factor in determining the legality of these types of games.
How do Internet Cafe Sweepstakes work?
Customers purchase Internet time and receive free promotional entries in the sweepstakes. They can reveal the entries by playing the games and can win prizes up to $5000. The purpose of giving away sweepstakes entries is to promote the sale of the Internet time which customers may or may not use. Customers may continue to purchase more time and by doing so, receive more free entries to reveal on the games. In some cases customers may purchase long distance phone time instead of Internet time. In either case, revealing entries to play games does not change the amount or value of the product purchased. Using the product (Internet or Phone minutes) does not diminish the number of free entries received. This is the part that confuses may folks, including the authorities and is a key factor in determining the legality of the business model.
How do Adult Arcades work?
Adult Arcades offer games of skill rather than just a game of chance. These skill games allow the player to actually impact the outcome as they become more skilled at playing the games. The player can impact the outcome is by stopping one or more of the spinning reels to increase the possibility of aligning the winning icons on the screen.
How do Play at Home Sweepstakes work?
Customers purchase Internet time and receive free promotional entries in the sweepstakes. They can reveal the entries by playing the games and can win prizes up to $5000. Customers are able to play some sweepstakes games at home and reveal free entries at their leisure. Customers may return to the place where they make their purchase to redeem winnings. Play at Home Sweepstakes games typically allow players to use free entries received from the purchase of long distance phone time to reveal their entries on any computer, tablet, or smart phone while enjoying Vegas style games.
How can I get started in this business?
Simply call or email us for more information on opportunities.
Land Based Internet Cafes
Find a business or location, meet the local zoning requirements, and prepare the location for the equipment. It is possible to get as much or as little assistance as required from design specifications to complete installation.
Business owners may add sweepstakes promotions to boost traffic in their stores and increase overall revenue.
Online Sweepstakes Promotions