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July 18, 2014

Linden Lab’s new gaming policy.

I’ve had some questions regarding Linden Lab’s new gaming policy and if or how it affects TalTECH firing ranges so I hope to answer any questions range owners may have about the issue.

First off, all current existing firing ranges (Single Player, Multi Player or Pay To Play) were designed, constructed and coded to comply with LL’s terms and conditions that prohibited any form of gambling. None of the range types pay out money to any player except the Pay To Play range and that only refunds incorrect payments or payments where the player doesn’t start the game within a set period of time.

Linden Lab’s Skill Gaming Policy defines a “Skill Game” as:

“Skill Game” or “Skill Gaming” shall mean a game, implemented through an Inworld object: 1) whose outcome is determined by skill and is not contingent, in whole or in material part, upon chance; 2) requires or permits the payment of Linden Dollars to play; 3) provides a payout in Linden Dollars; and 4) is legally authorized by applicable United States and international law. Games in which Second Life residents do not pay to play are not within the scope of this Skill Gaming Policy. “Skill Games” are not intended to include and shall not include “gambling” as defined by applicable United States and international law.

Since none of my ranges, including the Pay To Play range, offer the ability to pay out a prize they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the new Skill Gaming policy and are fine to continue using as-is. However, if you have a Pay To Play range and want to disable the payment system, simply re-rez the base and refuse debit permission when prompted. The range will operate as a Multi Player range until rezed again.

Finally, I have considered the possibility of creating a version of the firing ranges that offer a payout to be used under the new skill gaming rules, however the cost of becoming a registered creator (including getting a written lawyers opinion on the ranges! and unspecified quarterly fees) with no guaranteed return is just too much for me right now. So I currently have no plans to produce a payout range.

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