High 5 Games ruled liable for illegal gambling in Washington


A class action lawsuit in Washington has been filed alleging that High 5 Games violated gambling and consumer protection laws by operating and selling virtual casino chips in High 5 Casino and High 5 Vegas.

Two of High 5 Games’ mobile apps were judged to be illegal gambling games, a Washington federal judge has ruled in an order that said the “virtual coins” were online gambling.

The company, which does business as High 5 Games, gets revenue from virtual slot machines that are “just like” slot machines in physical casinos, the US District Court for the Western District of Washington said, granting the players summary judgment on their claims. Washington prohibits gambling unless specifically authorized by state law. 

High 5 was liable for damages to a class of consumers led by Rick Larsen, an amount that the judge said will have to be determined by a jury. The judge deferred ruling on Larsen’s move to block High 5 from selling the virtual coins in the Evergreen State.