How the Evolution of Games Has Led to a Rise in Gambling Concerns By James G. Gatto, National Law Review September 16, 2018 at 11:11 am Recently, there has been a frenzy of legal activity with U.S. gambling laws and the number of gambling-related legal issues with video games. U.S. gambling laws have changed more in the past few years than they have in a long time. Significant state law changes have occurred concerning online gambling, sports betting, fantasy sports, and skilled-based games, to name a few. Some significant recent changes under federal gambling law have also occurred. The evolution of certain aspects of games by the game industry — particularly those involving loot boxes, casino-style games, and chance-based mechanics with virtual items— has raised the perception of certain gambling-related issues.