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Electronic Games of Skill

On February 27, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law the Games of Skill Consumer Protection Emergency Amendment Act of 2019. Key provisions include:

  • Restricting devices to manufacturers with an on-site consumption permit, restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, hotels, and multipurpose facilities.
  • Requiring licensees to secure a Games of Skill Endorsement.
  • Prohibiting persons under 18 years of age from playing.
  • Capping the total number of devices to three (3) per establishment.
  • Requiring legal guidance from the District’s Office of the Attorney General, similar to AL-19-696, stating that the terminal or device is a legally permissible game of skill.
  • Requiring security cameras and the posting of warning signs.

The act will expire on May 27, 2020.


Current ABC licensees must submit a Games of Skill Substantial Change Application in accordance with District Official Code § 25–762.

Prospective ABC licensees may request a Games of Skill Endorsement on their initial ABC application.

Both applications require applicants to detail the:

  1. Name of each unique electronic game of skill.
  2. Name of the manufacturer and distributor for each unique electronic game of skill.
  3. Quantity of each unique electronic game of skill.
  4. Location of where each electronic device will be located onsite.

Notice of all received applications that the ABC Board considers to be a substantial change will be given to the parties outlined in § 25-421 including affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Members of the public may protest the change pursuant to § 25-601 and the Board will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, licensees with Settlement Agreements are encouraged to review their agreed to terms to determine if games of skill would be allowed. Settlement Agreements can be located using ABRA’s Record Search Tool.