Trotwood became the latest city to adopt a six-month moratorium on sweepstakes cafes and skill gaming centers. Currently, the city sees both as games of skill, not gambling. The law director believes these cafes are legal and expects the Franklin County ruling against such cafes to be appealed.
Meanwhile, Summit County has issued eleven licenses under their new regulations. These businesses will be able to legally operate Internet cafes after clearing one more hurdle. Each business must provide a certificate or report from a testing company stating that the devices are a “skill-based amusement machine or a sweepstakes game.” The deadline for providing such documentation is March 18. Seven other applications were rejected, for a variety of reasons.