Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: "I get a surprising number of questions about video game tournaments and whether those constitute gambling. So today I'm going to discuss the matter specifically. I want to state up front that because this varies from state to state, please consult an attorney before attempting to set up a tournament. If you can't figure out what the laws in your state are, check with the state's Attorney General. Even if you have seen other tournaments in your area, you need to know what rules you have to play by to host your own. It's far better to be cautious than to be in jail. You've been warned. Now, back to our discussion."