On 14 May 2018, when the US Supreme Court overturned the ban on sports betting, New Jersey legislators hurried to update the state's 2014 sports betting law. Back in 2014, Jersey lawmakers had passed a law permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks, but the law couldn't go into effect until the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

Ever since the Supreme Court decision, New Jersey has rushed to put together an updated sports betting bill, and over the course of their deliberations, state legislators added in a ban on esports betting.