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Thread: BETTING IS NOW ILLEGAL IN GROWTOPIA

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    Exclamation BETTING IS NOW ILLEGAL IN GROWTOPIA

    After a lot of discussion and input from everyone, we’ve decided to take a big step in Growtopia. We are going to ban any form of betting in-game. Whichever way we came down on this decision, it was going to upset a lot of people, but the deciding factor was the extreme harm that the players running casinos have done to our community. So many thousands of players have gotten extremely upset, or quit the game, as a result of casinos (both by being scammed, and simply by losing legitimately). At this point, with casinos in the game, it feels like our game is teetering on the edge of no longer bringing joy to people, but rather bringing sadness. Growtopia is a game. Its primary purpose is to entertain and make people happy. So when we have such a terrible number of people being upset and having real unhappiness in their lives as a result of our game, it’s time to re-calibrate and figure out a way around it. This is the only solution we have been able to find. This is not a decision we have made lightly. We have spent days going over the opinions being posted on the forums and discussing it internally. It’s not perfect, and many people will be very upset about this as well (but far far fewer than are currently upset, which is the heart of the decision), but it is the best we can do:

    ASKING PLAYERS TO BET ON ANYTHING IS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN GROWTOPIA.

    We will not enforce this rule at all until July 13th (a week from now), and then until July 20th, we will only be warning players about it and possibly doing “mass curses” (sending everyone in the world to hell for 1 minute) when we spot casinos to make sure the message gets across. But after July 20th, asking players to bet on something will result in a ban from the game for as long as we deem necessary. Just like with drop games, we’re not going to bother ourselves with technicalities - you know what gambling is, and you know if you’re doing it. We can tell too. Just because you call your casino a PVPino or whatever you want to say, or you only use signs to direct the players, or you just say “1 WL” instead of “bet 1 WL on this roll of dice”, we are not stupid. We will punish you, and we won’t remove the punishment.

    Just like with drop games, participating can also result in a punishment, but you won’t get banned for that, just a shorter curse/tape.

    TL;DR:
    The new rule: ASKING PLAYERS TO BET ON ANYTHING IS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN GROWTOPIA.
    Until July 13th: we will not enforce this at all, we’re just letting you know it is coming.
    Until July 20th: the most punishment you will get for being involved in betting is a warning and a 1 minute curse.
    After July 20th: you will be banned similarly to a drop game if you host betting. Participating in betting will also result in punishment, to a lesser extent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.V. View Post
    I am sure this has crossed many players minds by now, but I will go out and ask. I am appreciative that betting will be illiegal as of july 20th. However I like to do friendly bets with my friends once in a while, like I bet ya a wl I can beat this parkour before you. As me and my friend are both masters at parkour and we sometimes like to bet that we will win. I would like to clarify if this will also be punishable as I would like to warn my friends that we are not allowed to do this anymore.

    So all in all, "Will friendly bets between friends still be allowed or not"?

    I am sure I know the answer already but it would still be nice to be sure to clarify for I and others if this will at all be allowed in this game.

    Thanks.
    Just like you're not allowed to make a drop game between friends, you are not allowed to make bets between friends. If mods see anyone asking others to pay for a CHANCE to win something it will be considered betting. Mods don't have the time to try to determine whether each situation is real or "between friends". Keep your friends safe and choose a different way of having fun.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by GummiBear64 View Post
    What, so now bets between two friends are not allowed either? If you ask me, that's complete bs. If they are friends, know the risks and it's all for entertainment, I don't see the big deal.
    Like, it's only between two or so people, not really affecting Growtopia as a whole.
    ;-;
    Please note that the reason we're not allowing ANY betting is because it would be impossible to enforce a rule where we had grey areas like "it's okay between friends". Friends are friends during betting right up until someone thinks they are being cheated and then suddenly they aren't friends anymore and we're all stuck listening to them freak out about it on the forums and to the support desk. It's easier and more fair to make the rules the same for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theyab20 View Post
    Remmber that they said they are going to nerf wheels / dice blocks and everything you can gamble with.
    I just wanted to confirm what others have already said... they will NOT be nerfing those items. It was decided that nerfing them wouldn't actually stop betting and would make those items pointless. The ban on betting is the alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invalid View Post
    Are we allowed to have something where, let's say, Everybody pays 1 WL to enter the spleef, the prize is 90% of the total wls.
    Is that allowed?
    Because if it isn't, fml.
    You are asking someone to PAY for a CHANCE to win. That is betting. Betting is not going to be allowed after July 20.

    I have also had people asking if the "lotto" would be illegal.

    If you are asking someone to PAY for a CHANCE to win something, it is betting. ALL betting is illegal after July 20.

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