As the plaintiff argues, even though gambling apps are not allowed in the App Store, the credits that she won while playing “Jackpot Mania” are things of value since they can be saved up and used to play the game at a later date. Not only does the complaint accuse the App Store of hosting apps that violate Connecticut’s gambling statutes, but it also points out that Apple is a major participant in the illegal activity. Quoting from the papers filed with the court, the plaintiffs say, “Apple is not some minor or incidental participant in these illegal gambling games. It is the principal promoter and facilitator of the illegal activity. Apple maintains dictatorial control over what apps can be downloaded from the App Store, and the payment method to purchase in-app items.”
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and claims that Apple “promotes, enables, and profits” from gambling games on the App Store.
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