Santa Clara, CA asked in Gaming and Business Law for California

Q: i live in california and am 18 years old;i want to create a sports gambling app; is this ok if i host it in pittsburgh

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, the legality of creating and operating a sports gambling app is subject to both state and federal regulations. Even if you host the app outside of California, the laws of California will still apply to you as a resident, along with the laws of the state where the app is hosted.

In California, online sports betting is not currently legal, and creating an app that facilitates sports betting could lead to legal issues. The state has stringent gambling laws, and any form of online gambling must comply with both state and federal regulations.

Additionally, since you are based in California, even hosting the app in Pittsburgh would not exempt you from complying with California's gambling laws. Each state has its own set of regulations regarding online gambling, and Pennsylvania, where Pittsburgh is located, has its own legal framework that must be adhered to.

It's important to seek legal counsel before proceeding with the development of a sports gambling app. An attorney experienced in gambling law can provide detailed guidance on compliance with both California and federal laws, as well as the laws of any other state where the app might be accessible.

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