The Ohio Casino Control Commission has released draft rules addressing skill-based amusement machines. Under the draft rules, machine operators, vendors, key employees, and machine locations would all require licenses to continue operating. The application and license fees add up to $20,000 for some licensees. Under the rules as drafted, any business that offers a claw machine would have to apply for a license. Every owner and every manager of each business would also have to undergo licensure and background check. The same rules apply to any business that offers a ticket-based redemption system.

Comments on the draft rules are due on Friday, June 10. View the draft rules.