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Globally renowned US-based slots developer International Game Technology (IGT) is being sued over a dispute relating to its DoubleDown Casino it was confirmed this week.

The class action lawsuit is being submitted by legal firm Edelson PC with their client, Margo Phillips, claiming that IGT and the DoubleDown Casino brand “illegally profited from thousands of Illinois consumers” by allowing them the opportunity to play illegal games of chance.

Phillips also goes on to state that she lost more than $1,000, equal to €931.32 or £669.76, worth of chips at the social casino due to being unable to recover them, which she felt she was within her rights to do. She is now aiming to get her lost money back as well as unnamed damages on top.

Players can play at the DoubleDown Casino for free on social networks such as Facebook with players being awarded free chips every time they log on. However, players can also purchase more chips using real money if they wish to play after their free chips have run out.

IGT is one of the largest developers on the slots market with titles such as the Egyptian-themed Cleopatra slot and the recently-released Natural Powers slot receiving widespread international acclaim by players.

However, if Edelson and Phillips are successful in their attempts to sue the developer then it could not only cast doubt on IGT’s future involvement in the social casino market but also damage their interests in the online and mobile market over the coming months.