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GTA Online's New Casino Lets Players Spend Real Money

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    August 8, 2019 4:47 AM EDT
    It turns out that earlier reports that you could use in-game currency
    "shark cards" to purchase chips is not actually the case. You can only
    use cash earned via gameplay. That's definitely casino software

    There's been an ongoing debate about gambling in video games for the
    past few years, ever since loot boxes became widespread not just in
    mobile games, but in console and PC titles like Overwatch, Call of Duty
    and FIFA.

    Now, Rockstar Games have added the Diamond Casino & Resort to GTA
    Online. It's a pretty cool-sounding new location, replete with a
    rooftop infinity pool, lots of new missions and a virtual casino where
    you can spend in-game chips on slot machines, Roulette, Black Jack or
    Three Hand Poker.

    This is where things get . . . dicey. You can spend real money in GTA
    Online to purchase the game's in-game currency, which you can then
    spend on cosmetics, vehicles and so forth. You can also now spend this
    currency on the Casino's chips, which are essentially a second in-game
    currency that can be used for various Casino-related activities and
    cosmetics, and to purchase chips with.

    So you can spend real money to buy in-game chips and then gamble them
    away. In the process, you can win chips and spend those chips on more
    gambling or more in-game content. What you can't do is take those chips
    and cash them in for real money.