A Pennsylvania lawmaker says he plans to propose the legalization of esports betting. In a memo to House colleagues, State Representative Ed Neilson (D-Philadelphia) says Pennsylvania should “quickly add esports to our gaming portfolio.”
Pennsylvania currently is one of 32 states that accept legal sports betting. Though some states are limited to either in-person or mobile betting, Pennsylvania allows for full mobile and in-person betting.
According to Rep. Neilson, a multi-million dollar facility is being constructed in Philadelphia dedicated to eSports events such as video game tournaments.
In 2022 the revenue from sports betting in Pennsylvania was more than $401 million, a nearly 18% increase from 2021.