John K. Maloney provided insight on casino regulation during his session at Casual Connect USA 2014. “Many of the gaming regulators are former police officers who tend to take a hard-core approach to casino operators,” he explained to his audience.
John K. Maloney is the principal attorney of his firm, The Law Offices of John K. Maloney. Maloney specializes in the area of gaming regulatory law, and his firm represents state-regulated and tribal gaming all over the United States. They provide experienced legal counsel to casino ownership groups, management companies, and independent vendors. He spent eight years with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and four years with the Casino Control Division in Queensland, Australia. This background allows him to understand the mindset of a regulator, something which is an advantage when making decisions on behalf of clients and representing them in hearings. He claims, “I am able to think outside the box and be proactive through knowing what regulators might think and say, having personally worked with them.”
A Challenging Industry
The gambling industry is constantly evolving and has now become a worldwide phenomenon, both land-based and interactively. This constant change is what keeps Maloney involved in the industry. He finds it to be a challenging and very satisfying job, particularly knowing he has pleased clients in such a specialized area of law. He is intrigued by the many similarities between the gambling industry and the games industry, so perhaps if he were not already involved with his area of specialization, he would take an interest in the games industry.
A Growing Industry
Maloney believes the game industry and gambling industry together are set to explode in the next few years. Regulation will occur on both state and federal levels, and more acquisitions will occur that will ultimately lead to new giants settling in on the market. He expects the industry collectively to reach a larger audience as technology grows and expands globally. The challenge will come from the regulators perspective where regulators will need to incorporate the game world and the gambling world. From a gaming attorney’s perspective, this will be fun to be a part of and very challenging.
Catherine Quinton is a staff writer for www.gamesauce.org. Catherine loves her hobby farm, long walks in the country and reading great novels.