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All of BlackFlag's contests are operated 100% legally under United States and Canadian law. The US Government and 45 of the 50 states consider video games to be games of skill.

We encourage you to read this detailed explanation regarding the legality of betting in video games.

BlackFlag is Legal Under U.S. Law and in Most States

BlackFlag enables its users to compete for prize money in games of skill via the Internet.

Internet and online gaming is regulated by both U.S. federal and state laws. Gambling over the Internet was made illegal by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (the "UIGEA") (31 U.S.C. Sections 5361-5367). The UIGEA does not apply to BlackFlag because the games and contests it facilitates are primarily games of skill, not luck or chance. The UIGEA allows online gaming for cash prizes provided that:

  1. The value of the prize is established before the game begins and does not vary after the game starts or based on the number of participants or participant fees paid, and
  2. Outcomes are determined based on the relative skill or knowledge of the participants.

BlackFlag meets both criteria without question.

Even though BlackFlag is legal under U.S. federal laws, the following states specifically prohibit their residents from participating in online gaming for prizes, even if it's a game of skill:

  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Maryland
  • Tennessee

If you are a resident of any of these states, YOU CAN NOT LEGALLY PLAY BLACKFLAG. BlackFlag is currently legal in all other 45 states and in Canada.

We are providing this legal information for the education of our users. This is not intended as legal advice. If you have further questions or concerns about the legality of BlackFlag or online gaming, you should consult with an attorney. As stated in our Terms of Service, by using BlackFlag you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claims, damages, fines, or penalties based on your illegal use of the BlackFlag website and application.

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