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Im looking to run a skill-based contest (not a random chance

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I'm looking to run a skill-based contest (not a random chance drawing or sweepstakes) based on a video game I created and published. I live in New York and would like to open the contest to US residents. I plan to offer a total of $450 in merchandise to the winners, and will publicize the contest over the Internet (no mailings). I am aware that laws regulating sweepstakes and contests exist, and that some states even require registration before you can run one, but I can't find any specific details regarding New York contest law. Please help provide me with the information I need to know to run my contest. Thanks very much!
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The information you seek is found the NY Consolidated Laws, General Business Law Article 24-A, which deals with fair trade practices; you will probably find § 369-ee to be particularly interesting. Be sure, though, to also read ALL of Article 24-A; the rules governing contests are spread around.

My (very quick and incomplete) research does not show that NY requires sweepstakes or contests to be registered at the level you're talking about. You should, however, double-check that with an attorney in a traditional representational face-to-face meeting.

The laws of the State of New York are found at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/ .

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX locating this information for me!

Most of it deals specifically with random chance drawings so it doesn't apply to my contest. If one exists, could you please point out a section of Federal law that might deal with this? That should be it =)
The feds govern games of chance but I see nothing in the code that has to do with a skill-based contest.

Again, my search was VERY quick and may not be complete; you need to double check this with an attorney whom you actually hire and sit down.

You can find the US Code at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index.html .

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