Game operators fight to keep skill games in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Queen of Virginia skill game operators were in Charlottesville on Thursday trying to find out why their games must be gone in 30 days.

Last Friday, the city's Commonwealths Attorney's Office issued a statement saying the games violate state gambling laws and vendors have 30 days to get rid of them in Charlottesville.

But the owners say they have been in the Commonwealth for a couple of years and have had no complaints from any other city except Charlottesville.

The game's compliance officer Kevin Anderson says they are surprised.

"The previous Commonwealth's Attorney gave us the OK, we sat down with him and we explained what our game is and they reviewed the software and they agreed this is a legal game in the state of Virginia, so this definitely took us off guard," Anderson said.

The Queen of Virginia owners say they are looking at a number of legal options.

Joe Platania, the Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney who issued the order, will be in town on Monday.

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