A new website is set to launch that will make it possible for gamers to wager on the outcomes of online matches. This can only lead to trouble. Bringit.com is going into Beta phase this week, and supports PlayStation 2, the PS3, the Xbox 360 and the Wii, and works like this: Players challenge each other on the site, but play on their consoles. The site keeps track of who won and rewards money accordingly, minus a service fee.
The service is apparently legal in 39 States, mainly because video games are games of skill, not chance. You won't be able to play in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Tennessee and Vermont. Sorry.
I could see this service drawing negative attention really quickly: The first kid who loses thousands of dollars of his parents' money with a purloined credit car will cause massive attention... and probably not the positive kind, either.
Now, if Bring It was offering wagers on either trivia games, Uno, or Mario Kart I would be all over that... but as far as putting actual money on my gaming skills in other areas, I'm not down. I would be broke in a day. What about you? Would you bet on your gaming talent? If so, how much?