Virginia’s ‘Skill machines’ on uneasy legal ground Tyler Hammel, The Daily Progress · June 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm “Skill machine” manufacturer Queen of Virginia Skill maintains that its devices are still legal in the wake of a decision from Charlottesville’s top prosecutor. Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania recently released a memorandum declaring the machines violated the gambling section of the Code of Virginia and ordered the machines to be removed within 30 days. Shop owners who do not comply will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, which could carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has not issued an opinion about the machines. His office previously has said that because illegal gambling is a criminal violation, it is up to a commonwealth’s attorney to determine whether an activity or machine constitutes illegal gambling.