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12/6/2017

article The Evolution of Social Casinos
(USA) -- When it comes to casinos, people have plenty of options in terms of variety and choice. There are land-based casinos where people congregate in person to play...

12/5/2017

article How Aristocrat’s $990 million Big Fish deal will shake up social casino games
(Australia) -- Billion-dollar game deals are pretty rare, but one slipped by last week without much attention. Australian gambling machine maker Aristocrat Leisure...

11/16/2017

article Social gaming: An appetizer to the main course?
(Las Vegas) -- We know that social gaming (online games that involve a social network) still has plenty of unexplored territory. We also know that to be a successful...

11/2/2017

article Churchill Downs’ land-based casinos outshine social casinos
(Internet) -- Brick-and-mortar casinos stole the spotlight from social gaming in Churchill Downs Inc’s third quarter earnings report.

10/30/2017

article Thanks to social media, social games are booming
(Las Vegas) -- Online games played on social media platforms, or social games, have been trending in the industry since the early days of Facebook. And while the invite...

10/26/2017

article When Gambling Meets Social Gaming
(Internet) -- Have you heard of Plumbee before? This London-based company was founded 5 years ago. It produces mobile slot games in partnership with Microgaming/...

9/21/2017

press release Global Social Gaming Industry
(Internet) -- Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market...

9/10/2017

article Social Butterfly? Social Gambling For You!
(UK) -- There’s a cliché about gamblers. They’re middle aged, overweight men who impulsively must gamble and are predominantly loners. This isn’t true...

8/22/2017

article PokerStars unveils revamped social gaming platform
(Worldwide) -- PokerStars has opted to relaunch its ‘PokerStars Play’ social gaming service in select markets around the world. The platform features a...

8/10/2017

article Aristocrat acquires social gaming brand Plarium for $500m
(Las Vegas) -- Aristocrat Leisure has entered into a binding agreement to acquire social gaming company Plarium Global for an upfront amount of $500m (€426m) in...

8/7/2017

article The DeanBeat: Casual Connect’s mood reflects the highs and lows of gaming
(Washington) -- The game industry always fluctuates between hope and despair. I witnessed that this week at the Casual Connect game event in Seattle. All sorts of tea...

7/31/2017

article Social casino: 'PC market still earns north of US$1bn annually'
(California) -- In the second of our interviews with speakers from Casual Connect USA, SuperData’s lead social casino analyst Carter Rogers explains why and how...

7/26/2017

article Mount Airy Casino goes mobile with new social gaming app
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort in Paradise Township has launched a mobile casino app aimed at drawing new visitors to the brick and mortar casino.

7/13/2017

article Sharepots Let Players Win a Slice of the Pie
(Internet) -- Most of the time, hitting a jackpot—or qualifying for some promotional bonus dollars—at an online casino is pretty much a solo achievement....

6/11/2017

article Innovative Slot Machines Targeting Millennials Fall Short, Expert Says
(Las Vegas) -- Skill-based slot machines are all the rage in the gaming industry in 2017, but the new products, thought to be innovative concepts by some casino...

5/26/2017

article Social Gaming: The Thrill is Gone?
(USA) -- Social gaming is arguably the most significant development in the casino industry of the past decade. From billion-dollar destination resorts to regional...

5/23/2017

article Social media games won't count as gambling in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Social media games on the internet would not be considered gambling in Michigan under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. An analysis of Senate...

5/12/2017

article Everything you need to know about social casino games
(UK) -- There's a particularly popular form of mobile and casual gaming out there that doesn't tend to mix in the same circles as the rest. We're talking...

5/11/2017

article SCHWARTZ: At the Intersection of Social Games and Casino Games
(Las Vegas) -- International Game Technology recently announced that it is selling its social gaming division, Double Down Interactive, for $825 million. The sale could...

4/11/2017

article Scientific Games acquires social game developer Spicerack
(New York) -- Casino equipment maker and lottery services provider Scientific Games Corp has strengthened its social casino offering with the acquisition of Spicerack...
article Entertainment Gaming Asia’s social gaming shift a net loser
(Asia) -- Entertainment Gaming Asia’s transition from Asian casino slot machine supplier to social gaming developer is (for the moment) developing little more than...

4/7/2017

article Leveling Up
(USA) -- Three years ago, billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson predicted iGaming would break the back of the land-based industry. As chief moneybags behind the...

4/4/2017

press release Treasure Island Casino launches social casino
(Minnesota) -- Greentube and the Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, today announced that they have launched playTIcasino, their next-...

4/3/2017

article Mount Airy to start faux online gaming; could become real
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort near Mount Pocono has signed a deal with a company called GreenTube Pro to develop an online version of its facilities and...

3/22/2017

article Turning Stone Resort Casino launches new gambling app
(New York) -- Turning Stone Resort Casino has launched a new free online gambling application. With Turning Stone Online Casino, users can play more than 50 slot...
article Turning Stone rolls out gaming application
(New York) -- On Wednesday, Turning Stone Resort Casino unveiled a new, innovative online gaming application: Turning Stone Online Casino. With more than 50 slot...
article ‘Game of War’ Creator Ducks Gambling Claim
(Virginia) -- A woman who spent real money on virtual gold that she gambled away in the hopes of purely virtual prizes suffered a new defeat, this time in the Fourth...

3/21/2017

article TEN Atlantic City Doesn’t Have A Real Casino Yet, But Now It Has An Online Social Casino
(New Jersey) -- The problems with reopening TEN Atlantic City — both as simply a resort or as a casino in New Jersey — have been well documented. But that...

3/16/2017

article The evolution of social casino
(USA) -- How did you come to join the team at AGS? I joined AGS when my social casino startup, RocketPlay, was acquired in June 2015. I had been leading marketing at...

3/6/2017

article Social casino sprouts in Asia: Interview for ASEAN 2017
(Asia) -- One of the largest transactions in social casino history took place last year, when one of China’s leading online games companies made a $4.4 billion...

11/30/2016

article Tribes Continue to Launch Free-Play Gaming Sites to Attract New Casino Customers
(California) -- This month alone, two tribes jumped on the social gaming trend. Last week the Prairie Island Indian Community announced its partnership with Greentube, a...

11/29/2016

article California Casino Launches Social Gaming Product
(California) -- The Pala Casino, Spa and Resort in California announced earlier this month that it has launched a social gaming product. The free-play MyPalaCasino...

11/22/2016

article Treasure Island to go online
(Minnesota) -- Greentube, a developer and provider of i-gaming solutions, and the Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally-recognised Indian tribe, have partnered to...

11/9/2016

article California tribal casinos embrace social gaming
(California) -- California’s tribal gaming operators are increasingly discovering the direct and indirect benefits of launching online free-play social casinos.
article Pala Interactive launches social casino app for land-based venue
(California) -- Pala Interactive, the iGaming arm of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, has launched a new social casino product for the tribe's land-based venue in...

9/27/2016

article GAN ink Station Casinos social gaming deal; PNG launch mobile slots app
(Las Vegas) -- Online gaming technology provider GAN has inked a social gaming deal with Nevada-based regional casino operator Station Casinos.
article Station Casinos to Launch GAN’s Simulated Gaming in Early 2017
(Nevada) -- Developer and supplier of online gaming solutions for the US market GAN plc (recently rebranded from GameAccount Network) has revealed Nevada-based gambling...

9/15/2016

article GAN signs Simulated Gaming deal with Native American operator
(New York) -- GAN has entered into a partnership with Native American casino operator Oneida Indian Nation. Under the deal GAN will launch its Simulated Gaming social...

9/12/2016

article Social Gaming Needs Regulation, Panel at World Regulatory Briefing Says
(UK) -- Social gaming isn’t exactly gambling, but it’s also not free of similar risks, according to a recent discussion by experts on the topic. Social...

8/19/2016

press release Isle of Capri launches Lady Luck
(UK) -- GAN plc (“GAN” or the “Company”), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and...

8/18/2016

article GAN to provide social online casino to the Chickasaw Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Enterprise-level business-to-business online gaming software developer and supplier GAN has signed a deal that will see it utilize its proprietary...

8/15/2016

article London-based GAN, Chickasaw Nation Partner on Social Casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw Nation has officially inked a contract with London-based gaming software supplier GAN to launch a new social casino through GAN's...

8/12/2016

article GAN unveils Chickasaw Nation as largest US casino partner to date
(Oklahoma) -- London-listed gaming software supplier GAN has revealed the identity of its biggest multi-property US client win to date, which was signed earlier this...

8/3/2016

article Penn Nat’l pays up to $170M for Rocket Games, a social casino studio from Zynga alums
(USA) -- While social games company Zynga’s push into real-money gambling may have had some hiccups, a group of alums who built a startup dedicated specifically to...

6/27/2016

article REPORT: Social casino — single issue
(Worldwide) -- This month’s edition of our industry-leading social and mobile casino games research includes a deep-dive into the worldwide mobile and social...

6/13/2016

press release Sky Ute Casino Resort Launches New Social Casino Experience
(Colorado) -- Sky Ute Casino Resort releases an exclusive free-to-play slots and social casino application that fully integrates the Bear Club loyalty program, allowing...

5/23/2016

article GSN Games sets up second Indian studio to enhance development capabilities
(India) -- Social gaming giant GSN Games has established a second studio in India as it looks to add additional employees and drive business growth at its GSN Games...

5/11/2016

article Greentube renews its Foxwoods deal with Konami
(USA) -- Service provider Greentube has renewed its partnership with Konami Gaming to supply their game content to Foxwoods’ new social casino. Players will...

5/8/2016

article State Government releases list of online gambling games aimed at children
(Australia) -- ELECTRONIC games with names such as Bingo Blitz or Big Fish Casino feature on a new government watch list designed to help parents prevent their children...

5/3/2016

article Foxwoods launches Greentube-powered social casino
(Connecticut) -- NOVOMATIC’s iGaming subsidiary Greentube has launched a new social casino for Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino. It follows the supplier...

4/25/2016

article GAN seals new social casino deal with Southwestern US tribal casino
(USA) -- London-listed gaming supplier GAN has signed a deal to provide its Simulated Gaming social casino product to an unnamed partner in the Southwestern US region,...

4/12/2016

article Candy crushed: One in 10 say they're addicted to "freemium" game apps
(UK) -- Chances are, at some point, you've been that person avidly playing Candy Crush on the tube. Or, if you haven't, you've probably sat mesmerised...

4/8/2016

press release Rocket Games Honored in Best Social Casino Operator Category at iGaming North America Awards Show
(Las Vegas) -- Rocket Games, the leading independent online social casino gaming company, received an honorable mention in the Best Social Casino Operator category at...

3/30/2016

article Online casino-style game provider beats back class action alleging it hosts illegal gambling
(Illinois) -- An old gambling maxim declares that the house always wins. But, in dismissing a proposed class action against an online casino game provider, a federal...

3/29/2016

article GameAccount Network signs up another US casino operator
(USA) -- GameAccount Network celebrated another major win in the US casino industry on Tuesday, adding an undisclosed large operator in the US to its client list,...

3/13/2016

press release At NIGA: Gamblit introduces the first "gamblified" casual game - Catapult King™
(Arizona) -- We are very pleased to introduce the first "gamblified" major casual social game title, Catapult King™, at the National Indian Gaming...

3/11/2016

article Delaware North acquires social casino developer Ruby Seven Studios
(New York) -- Buffalo-based regional casino operator Delaware North has acquired social casino developer Ruby Seven Studios. On Thursday, Delaware North announced that...
article Delaware North buys maker of casino-type mobile games
(New York) -- Delaware North, the Buffalo-based hospitality and tourism giant, has acquired Ruby Seven Studios, a maker of games that people play on their smartphones...

2/15/2016

article GamesBeat 2016 is moving to L.A. on Aug. 1-3. And we’re kicking it off with a new VR day
(California) -- We’re pleased to announce today that GamesBeat 2016 is heading south to Los Angeles. And it’s going to have a new one-day event dubbed VR...

2/13/2016

article Rock Gaming’s three Ohio properties inks social casino deal with GAN
(Ohio) -- Lady Luck has once again smiled upon the award winning developer and supplier of online gaming content and enterprise-level B2B gaming software. GAN, formerly...

1/28/2016

article Social casino users decline but hardcore players spending more
(USA) -- New data suggests the social casino market is hemorrhaging users but hardcore users are playing and spending more than ever. According to market researchers...
article SuperData reports drop in social casino usage, as engagement rises
(USA) -- Market intelligence provider SuperData has reported a year-on-year decline in social casino usage during the 12 months through to December 31, with monthly...

1/26/2016

article Social Science: The Growth of Social Gaming
(USA) -- It took years for the gaming industry to come around to online gambling. The entrenched power players in the gaming industry were fearful the upstart industry...

1/20/2016

article Washington Federal Court Finds Social Casino Games Not Gambling
(Washington) -- In late November, a federal court in the Western District of Washington dismissed a class action complaint seeking recovery of monies paid to a social...

1/4/2016

article Why Social Casino Gaming Is So Popular
(Ontario) -- Social casino gaming is extremely popular. Some of the most popular social casinos like Slotomania have millions of fans. At the moment, Slotomania’s...

12/29/2015

article RESEARCH: Virtual addictions: An examination of problematic social casino game use among at-risk gamblers
(Australia) -- The overlap of gaming and gambling activities within online digital technologies is of growing relevance to the study of technological addictions. Social...

12/18/2015

article Attorney: Class actions over social casino games driven by plaintiffs lawyers' quest for payday
(Washington) -- A Washington federal court has dismissed a class action lawsuit claiming that under Washington State law, social casino games that use purchasable...

12/1/2015

article Maryland Live! Social Casino Goes Live with GAN’s Simulated Gaming
(Maryland) -- Developer and supplier of B2B online gaming solutions GameAccount Network plc (GAN) announced today that its Simulated Gaming online experience is now...

11/25/2015

article LAW BLOG: Another gambling class action fails - court finds social casino games not gambling
(Washington) -- A Federal Court in Washington state dismissed a Plaintiff’s class action claims that social casino games using purchasable virtual casino chips...

11/16/2015

article Maryland Court Rules Virtual Currency Casino Not Illegal Gambling Despite Secondary Market
(Maryland) -- A Maryland court recently dismissed a case in which Plaintiff alleged that a virtual currency casino within a social game constituted illegal gambling,...

11/12/2015

article Huuuge Games raises $4M from Korean firm to make casino games more social
(California) -- Huuuge Games, a new social casino game studio, has raised $4 million in a first round of funding led by Korea Investment Partners. It’s late in the...

11/4/2015

article The Logic Behind the Sky-High Candy Crush Deal
(USA) -- The fact that Activision Blizzard bought Candy Crush creator King Digital startled people less than the sheer size of the deal: $5.9 billion. As many noted,...

11/1/2015

article Social gaming business too lucrative to ignore
(Las Vegas) -- A clearer picture of the convergence between social gaming and the casino floor was on full display inside the International Game Technology booth at last...

10/30/2015

article Game of War: Fire Age Not “Illegal Gambling Device,” Rules Federal Judge
(Maryland) -- A civil lawsuit brought against the developers of Game of War: Fire Age, the hit social fantasy role-playing game, has been shot down in flames this week.

10/19/2015

article 13 predictions for the future of the $3.4B social casino games market
(Israel) -- Social casino games have become a $3.4 billion market and are on their way to $4.4 billion by 2017, according to Eilers Research. It’s a growing and...

9/27/2015

article Millennials and casinos: bridging the generation gap
(Asia) -- Millennials – one of the largest demographic groupings in human history – are moving into their prime spending years. This generation, defined as...

9/26/2015

article Dave Stann taps social media to provide a more gamified experience
(USA) -- Rebecca Liggero interviewed Dave Stann of Idle Games and he talks about using social media to provide a more gamified experience.

9/2/2015

article 46% of US social casino gamers spend money - Newzoo
(USA) -- Nearly half of US social casino players spend money on the games, according to a new report from Newzoo. The market research firm looked into players of 17...

6/4/2015

article The Psychology of Online Social Gaming Part 2: Appealing to Children
(The Internet) -- In our last piece on the blurring between social gaming and social gambling, we talked about how so-called ‘freemium’ games available at...

5/25/2015

article When Does Social Gaming Become Gambling?
(The Internet) -- Social gambling has been around as long as the Internet. While real-money gambling was cutting its teeth as Windows 2000 users struggled to get past...

5/7/2015

article Penn National set for social gaming expansion
(USA) -- US casino and racetrack operator Penn National Gaming has announced it is to link up with gaming solutions provider Scientific Games to expand into the social...

4/23/2015

article Tropicana plots social gaming move in US
(Atlantic City) -- US land-based casino operator Tropicana Entertainment has agreed a strategic partnership with San Francisco-based mobile and social games developer...

4/22/2015

article Genesis Gaming Launches Social Casino Games
(USA) -- Popular supplier of real-money games Genesis Gaming Inc. has launched a selection of social casino content, which marked the beginning of the company’s...

4/20/2015

press release Tropicana Entertainment Inc. Announces Agreement with Social Game Developer Ruby Seven Studios
(New Jersey) -- Tropicana Entertainment Inc. ("Tropicana") announced today it has entered into a strategic relationship agreement with San Francisco-based...

4/17/2015

article 'Clash of Clans' Update: Game No Longer No.1 Among iPad Users With Double Down Casino Taking Over
(USA) -- Months after the mobile game, "Clash of Clans," enjoyed immense success as one of the top downloaded games for the iPhone and iPad platforms, a...

4/16/2015

article Move over, Clash of Clans: America’s new most lucrative app is a real shocker
(USA) -- Something very surprising happened today — a social casino game became the No. 1 app on the U.S. iPad revenue chart. To put this in context, you may need...

4/13/2015

article Lawsuits Target 'Camouflaged' Gambling Apps
(Chicago) -- Consumers filed separate class actions against virtual casino Double Down and "Castle Clash" maker IGG, claiming that the companies' games are...

4/3/2015

article Indian gaming still in nascent stages
(India) -- Candy Crush, the popular game on Facebook, has been played by over 30 million people in India, Temple Run has a following of another 12 million. There are...

4/2/2015

press release SG Interactive to launch Play4Fun with Fantasy Springs
(California) -- Scientific Games has signed an agreement with Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio in the US state of California, which sees the casino operator launch...

3/27/2015

article Shaq Expands His Brand With Casino Games
(USA) -- Shaq is expanding his “fun” brand. Social casino game publisher Playstudios has unleashed some celebrity firepower by developing two new MyVegas...

3/26/2015

article OP/ED: What social casino games can teach you about F2P success
(UK) -- For anyone new to free-to-play gaming, the concept of a casino where you can't actually win any money would seem to be a non-starter. But it's not....

3/16/2015

article Even when dealing free games, the house finds a way to win
(USA) -- Free social casino games brought in billions of dollars in revenue last year. It sounds paradoxical, but it’s true. Social casino games essentially are...

2/18/2015

article Manchester United and KamaGames launch social casino games for fans
(UK) -- Manchester United and KamaGames, the club’s ‘Official Global Social Casino Games Partner’, have unveiled the first in a series of specially...

2/15/2015

article Why So Many People Are Ruthlessly Addicted to Candy Crush
(USA) -- Over 18 months, Candy Crush players have spent a sweet $2.4 billion playing the game. Though the game is free at first, unlocking additional levels eventually...

2/13/2015

article Falling Social Gaming Company Share Prices Down to ‘Fickle’ Marketplace
(Wall Street) -- Short shelf lives, fickle consumers and increasingly savvy investors have contributed to falling share prices in online social gaming companies like...

2/2/2015

article Once You Go Social...
(USA) -- A few months ago, Jeff Connors disrupted his own illustrious career in the gaming supplier space to accept a position at a startup. You’d think somebody...

1/27/2015

article VALERIO: Once You Go Social... / Why everybody is doing free-play
(Las Vegas) -- A few months ago, Jeff Connors disrupted his own illustrious career in the gaming supplier space to accept a position at a startup. You’d think...

1/2/2015

article Man dies after five-day gaming binge
(Taipei) -- A man was found dead at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City after a five-day-straight marathon of computer gaming in the latest case of video game-related...

12/26/2014

article Kim Dotcom Claims To Have Saved Christmas
(New Zealand) -- Both Sony and Microsoft have their very own battles to worry about, especially when it comes to resuming their respective online gaming services over...
article What took down Microsoft and Sony’s gaming networks? Meet Lizard Squad, the hackers taking credit
(The Internet) -- Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live are both still recovering after being down for many users Christmas Day, while a hacking...

12/25/2014

article Hackers calling themselves Lizard Squad ruin Christmas gaming fun for millions by taking down Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox servers
(The Internet) -- Gamers around the world were left disappointed on Christmas Day after hacking group Lizard Squad carried through with its threat to bring down both...
article Hackers claim PlayStation and Xbox attack
(The Internet) -- Xbox and PlayStation internet services experienced severe problems on Christmas Day, preventing users acessing online gaming sites, amid claims of a...

12/15/2014

article Gaming’s future, as viewed by the $6 billion-dollar man (interview)
(California) -- Rick Thompson has had more than $6 billion in exits during his career as an investor. And much of it has been in games. His Signia Venture Partners was...

12/10/2014

article China: Inside an Internet gaming disorder rehab center
(China) -- Award-winning photographer Fernando Moleres has documented some of the world’s most egregious human rights violations, from child labor in Guatemala to...

11/22/2014

article The Game-Changers: Top Gaming Vendors Target Social Media and Acquisitions
(USA) -- The top American Indian gaming vendors are rapidly expanding into the new markets developing in mobile and social media play at the same time as industry...

11/13/2014

article Cyberworld Studios ready to invest in social gambling
(UK) -- Mobile games and app developer Cyberworld Studios has announced that it will begin to invest in the burgeoning social gambling sector, as it looks to increase...

11/9/2014

article Online Gamblers Want To Start Betting More on Rising E-Sports
(The Internet) -- Last month, surrounded by around 45,000 fans in a Seoul stadium built for the World Cup, Samsung White put the final dagger into Star Horn Royal Club...

11/6/2014

article How social media gaming can benefit your business?
(USA) -- Social gaming is a big business these days, with companies such as Zynga (maker of popular Facebook games like Farmville and Mafia Wars) making millions. Social...

11/3/2014

article There’s big money in the $2.7 billion social and web casino game market
(USA) -- The industry for social casino gaming is booming, and companies around the world are trying to posture themselves to get a larger portion of the pie than ever....

11/2/2014

article Social slots games - harmless?
(Australia) -- Exactly how harmless is your favourite gaming app? Researchers at the Southern Cross University's Centre for Gambling Education and Research are...

11/1/2014

article Atari Jackpots, A New Casino and Social Gaming Platform
(USA) -- If your like me your old enough tho remember the analog stick of an Atari game. The feeling should bring a bit of nostalgia as you reflect on the simplicity of...

10/31/2014

article Atari enters social gaming market with new online platform
(USA) -- Video game entertainment publisher and producer Atari has expanded its services into the social gaming market by launching its own online casino-style play...

10/28/2014

article Atari launches social casino Atari Jackpots
(UK) -- Classic console games developer Atari unveiled its social casino vertical Atari jackpots, in a move that sees the developer enter the social gambling market. The...

10/27/2014

article Social Gambling developer Playstudios raises $20 million
(UK) -- Casino social games developer, Playstudios announced that it had raised $20 million in its latest round of venture financing, as the social gambling start-up...

10/23/2014

article GAINSBURY: Social casino games can help – or harm – problem gamblers
(Australia) -- Free-to-play social online games that simulate gambling are a hugely popular, and profitable, new phenomenon, but concerns have been raised about how...

10/22/2014

article $150 million social casino game project targets women
(Canada) -- Social game developer Black Tie Ventures announced the launch of its Pink Martini Casino project today. The Quebec City, Canada-based venture targets women,...
article 'Social' casino gamers at risk of becoming real gamblers: Counsellors
(Singapore) -- They may just be “social” games but they replicate the look and feel of actual gambling, down to the adrenaline rush when anticipating an...

10/19/2014

article Social Gaming points to a Changing Scene
(California) -- The phrase “online gaming” means different things to different people. If you ask anyone whose gaming is centred around a console then you...

10/17/2014

article New Jersey Exploring Options of Introducing Skill-Based Social Games
(New Jersey) -- In efforts to help improve the dire gaming industry of New Jersey, the state is looking at implementing social games that would offer unique playing...
article New Jersey wants social games for gambling
(Atlantic City) -- Sure, you love matching little candy pieces with each other, or spelling out words with your pals. But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you...
article Skill-based games, like Candy Crush, may soon be adapted for gambling
(Ohio) -- Candy Crush, Farmville and Angry Birds may one day be found in Ohio's casinos as officials in New Jersey and Nevada consider offering gambling on skill-...
article Israeli social gamer Diwip sells for $100 million
(Israel) -- Another Israeli social gaming firm is being acquired by a major international gaming company. Imperus Technologies of Canada (the company changed its name...

10/16/2014

article Israel’s Playtika bets on social gaming growth
(Las Vegas) -- To the tech successes of the Start-Up Nation, add social gaming – a category which includes “gambling” games, like slot machines, where...

10/7/2014

article Are Social Casinos a Fad or the Future?
(Las Vegas) -- For those of us interested in the iGaming sphere, social casinos were among the most talked about items at G2E.

10/3/2014

article Remote gambling bill could have 'negative effects' for digital game
(Singapore) -- Players of social and video games could be affected by new laws that ban Internet and telephone gambling in Singapore.
article Remote gambling laws could ‘stifle S’pore’s digital games industry’
(Singapore) -- The proposed laws to regulate gambling over the Internet could cramp innovation and stifle Singapore’s fledging digital video games industry, said...

9/28/2014

article Casinos contemplate social gaming future
(USA) -- Does social gaming have the ability to positively transform the land-based casino gaming experience? Kevin Vonasek, chief product officer for NYX Gaming Corp.,...

9/15/2014

article Social casino revenue headed above $2.7 billion
(Las Vegas) -- Eilers Research gaming analyst Adam Krejcik estimates the expanding social casino phenomenon in the U.S. will eclipse $2.7 billion in revenue this year....
article TAKRUDTONG: The seismic shift in social engagement
(USA) -- There is arguably nothing more important to any casino operator than their player database. The cost of player acquisition and retention is staggering; for many...

9/5/2014

article Casino culture woos the 21-and-under set with so-called arcade games
(Maryland) -- You couldn’t help but get excited at the spectacle of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore’s opening night. Women hanging from ropes poured champagne....

9/2/2014

article South Korea blocks all Facebook games as part of a government crackdown
(South Korea) -- Last week, every Facebook game stopped working in South Korea. And they’re not coming back until the country’s government can apply its...

8/26/2014

article Amazon moves into online gaming with $970m acquisition
(The Internet) -- RETAIL GIANT Amazon has snapped up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for $970m, underlining chief executive Jeff Bezos’ ambition...

8/12/2014

article Internet Gambling Trailing Social Casino In U.S. Revenue Race [sub req'd]
(USA) -- Second-quarter data from select public companies shows that U.S. social casino gaming is generating at least six times more in sales than U.S. Internet gambling.
article Robin Williams’ secret life as a video gamer: The online gaming community mourns one of its own
(California) -- On the IGN Entertainment forums, in a raucous under-the-radar section of the site known colloquially as The Vesti, there’s a thread that was...

7/28/2014

article HBO debuts gaming-addiction documentary tonight — watch the trailer
(USA) -- In September 2009, a South Korean couple left their baby at home to play games overnight at an Internet cafe. The child died, and now HBO is using that event to...

7/27/2014

article Here's Something A Gaming Visionary Just Said That Might Make You Think Twice About Candy Crush
(Australia) -- Here’s something Trip Hawkins just told us that shed some light on what could be a huge challenge for the video game industry in the not-too-distant...

7/23/2014

article HBO Promos 'Love Child' Documentary Exploring Gaming Addiction
(South Korea) -- When the infant of a South Korean couple addicted to online gaming died of malnutrition in 2010, the trial that followed was unprecedented. It was the...

7/16/2014

article Greentube launches first US social game
(USA) -- Greentube, an online gambling software developer subsidiary of the Novomatic Group, has announced the launch of its first social game in the US market.

7/10/2014

article Malta Discusses Social Gambling Regulation
(Malta) -- The Mediterranean island of Malta could soon become the first country in the world to regulate social casino games. Following a draft legal notice filed with...

7/7/2014

article Cashing in on online gambling / Social sports betting site allows imaginary bets and offers players prizes
(New York) -- Wagering on whether online gambling will be legal in New York someday is probably a safe bet.

6/23/2014

article South Korea's Game Addiction Law could treat games like drugs and alcohol
(South Korea) -- The debate surrounding video games has escalated due to the South Korean government's impending Game Addiction Law, which would see games regulated...

6/9/2014

article Bally Technologies To Acquire Dragonplay
(Las Vegas) -- Late last week, leading U.S. games developer Bally Technologies announced that it was buying Dragonplay, an Israel-based social gaming business, for $100...

6/6/2014

article Bally’s bets on Israeli start-up for social gaming
(Israel) -- Bally’s, a producer of casino equipment, is dipping its toe into the social gaming space with the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based gaming start-up...

6/5/2014

article Nevada Regulators Welcome 'Gamblized' Social Games [sub req'd]
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board Wednesday enthusiastically recommended licensing Gamblit Gaming, an affiliate of American Capital, to provide land-based...
article Bally Technologies to buy social gaming company
(Las Vegas) -- Better late than never. Slot machine giant Bally Technologies joined its rivals in the rapidly growing social gaming business, saying Thursday it would...
article Bally to acquire Israeli online-gaming company
(Las Vegas) -- In his first big move since retaking the helm of Bally Technologies a few weeks ago, CEO Dick Haddrill is buying an Israeli online-gaming firm.

5/29/2014

article Social Gaming Not Linked to Real-Money Wagering
(Worldwide) -- The International Social Games Association (ISGA) has discovered that players of social casino games typically do not convert to real-money gambling.
press release Win and Thunder Valley Casino Resort Team Up to Offer Social Gamers Real World Entertainment
(California) -- Win, the social gaming company backed by bwin.party, today announced a strategic collaboration with United Auburn Indian Community, owner and operator of...

5/28/2014

article Skillz lets game players win real money
(California) -- A San Francisco startup named Skillz hopes to literally cash in on real-money mobile games. Skillz lets mobile app developers add cash prizes of $1 to $...

5/25/2014

article Greentube Plans to Launch Social Gaming Casino Platform in the US Market
(USA) -- The Greentube Pro service will allow traditional land-based US casinos to maintain a connection to their players and vice-versa through mobile casino gaming....

5/23/2014

article Social Casino Membership Declining as Firms Focus on Retention
(USA) -- Social casino gaming has become a major part of the iGaming market. As it continues to mature operators are focusing primarily on retaining high-spending...

5/22/2014

article Playstudios expands virtual casino game rewards to real Mississippi casinos
(Mississippi) -- Moving forward with its idea of rewarding gamers with real-world comps, Playstudios has expanded its social-casino game rewards to two real-world...

5/21/2014

article Social casino market shrinks, and game operators shift strategy
(USA) -- Social and mobile casino game operators are facing a shrinking market, as the number of monthly players has shrunk to 85 million from 109 million a year ago,...

5/17/2014

article Social Gaming Market to Reach $17.4 Billion in 2019
(USA) -- Zynga Poker surprised a lot of people when it pulled out of the real-money poker market in the US. Here was Facebook’s biggest social gaming developer,...

5/11/2014

article 2019 Social Gaming Market Could Be Worth $17.4 Billion, Experts Say
(USA) -- The social gaming market is set to continue rising in an emphatic fashion, according to a new report that suggests it will be worth $17.4 billion by 2019.

5/2/2014

article Social gaming market worth $17.4bn by 2019 – report
(Worldwide) -- International market research company Research and Markets has reported that the global market for social gaming could be worth as much as $17.4 billion...

4/25/2014

article Could Candy Crush Saga be a gateway to gambling?
(USA) -- Emily, a 30-year-old economist, became so addicted to Candy Crush Saga, a free iPhone game, that she would lie awake at 1am imagining her finger swiping across...

4/24/2014

article BlingCity claims first social gaming casino platform
(USA) -- Gaming entertainment company BlingCity has launched what it claims to be the first online social gaming casino platform. The firm describes the new BlingCity...

4/19/2014

article Social, Real-Money Casino Gaming and New Partnership Deals
(USA) -- The online gaming industry is an exciting place to be right now. Every year the interest grows in social gaming, real money gaming and HD mobile casinos and big...

4/12/2014

article Las Vegas From Home Entertainment to Launch Social Casino
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas From Home.com Entertainment Inc. (LVFH) has announced that it will be creating a new social gaming client using the company’s latest HTML5...

4/9/2014

article Gaming Guru: More information on new social games at casinos
(Atlantic City) -- A couple of months ago I responded to reader requests for information about social media slot games such as Playtika’s Slotomania, WMS Gaming...

4/6/2014

article Social Casino Games Extremely Profitable for Publishers
(USA) -- A new report by Distimo shows that social casino games are one of the top-grossing categories in mobile gaming. The report was compiled with data from Distimo...

4/5/2014

article Social Casino Games Becoming Increasingly Popular
(USA) -- According to app analytics platform Distimo, social casinos are becoming more and more profitable. Social mobile casino games are among the top-grossing sectors...

4/2/2014

article Angry Birds Is the Gateway Game to Online Gambling Addiction, New Adelson Ad Warns
(Washington D.C.) -- Like Angry Birds? Then you're doomed to become a gambling degenerate unless Congress bans online gambling, according to a new video ad from a...

3/31/2014

article Study Says Online Gamers Aren’t Loners Who Lock Themselves In Their Basements Anymore
(North Carolina) -- A new study finds that the typical 2014 gamer doesn’t fit the old, reductive stereotypes. “Gamers aren’t the antisocial basement-...

3/30/2014

article Atari to Enter Social Casino Gaming Market with FlowPlay
(USA) -- It gave us the first-ever arcade video game (a space invaders-type thing called “Computer Space”), as well as the simple, two-dimensional joys of...

3/29/2014

article Idle Gaming Pull out the Big Wheel with Slots of Fun Facebook App
(USA) -- Idle Gaming Pull out the Big Wheel with Slots of Fun Facebook AppSocial Gaming is such a huge facet in our daily lives, with an increasing number of new games...

3/14/2014

article IGT: 'Social' Poker Play By Women On The Rise
(Las Vegas) -- Gaming on what are considered “social” applications has become big business, even drawing the interest of the top real-money gambling firms in...

3/13/2014

article You don’t need real-money gambling to succeed with social casino games
(USA) -- Back in July, social gaming giant Zynga announced its intentions to terminate their pursuit of an American real-money gambling license. Many investors saw this...

3/12/2014

article More than a third of social casino players are women
(Las Vegas) -- The social-casino game market hit $2 billion in 2013, and a good chunk of that came from women. A new survey from International Game Technology shows that...
article Rise in female social casino poker players, says IGT’s DoubleDown
(Las Vegas) -- US gaming supplier International Game Technology (IGT) has released new data revealing a 22 per cent increase in women poker players across the company...

3/3/2014

article EU Increases Scrutiny On Free-To-Play Games [sub req'd]
(Europe) -- The European Commission is focusing on the consumer protection issues being raised by social games, and is following the same course as the UK Office of Fair...

2/17/2014

article Parents warned over children running up gaming charges
(UK) -- Parents are being advised to change console settings in order to prevent children using their credit cards to buy extra online gaming services. An 11-year-old...

2/15/2014

article IT HAPPENED TO ME: I'm Addicted To The Free Gambling On Facebook And It's Costing Me Everything
(USA) -- I’m in denial that I have a gambling problem since I’m not feeding dollars or quarters into a machine in Las Vegas. Instead I’m seated at my...

2/12/2014

article Friendly wagering: Online social-gaming sites let people gamble on everything from losing weight to passing a driver's test
(UK) -- It was the late-1990s when I first walked into a betting shop, nervously clutching a £5 note. The National Lottery may have already gone some way towards...

1/25/2014

article In social casino games, customer service matters
(USA) -- When you think of customer service in casino games, your mind probably goes to friendly dealers, understanding security, and a buffet table that never runs low.

1/24/2014

article Ruby Seven Studios on why social casino should not be confused with gambling
(USA) -- Recently, the social and mobile casino games studio Ruby Seven hit the jackpot and received a handsome investment from real world casino player Rush Street...

1/20/2014

article Let’s take a look at China’s $13.5 billion online gaming industry
(China) -- China’s gaming industry is massive, as you’d expect, yet it’s also a lot more complex than you’d imagine. Game consoles have been...

1/14/2014

article 32% of social slots players visit real casinos weekly
(USA) -- Here’s an interesting number for you casino owners out there: 32%. That’s the number of social slots gamers in the United States who are visiting...

1/13/2014

article Virgin Online Poker Social Gambling in the USA
(USA) -- Gamesys was named as the UK’s number 1 fastest-growing private technology company in the Sunday Times 2006 Tech Track 100. The group is rapidly expanding...

1/11/2014

article Bee Cave Games raises $1.9m in seed funding
(USA) -- Social casino developer Bee Cave Games has raised $1.9 million (€1.4 million) in funding via a seed round led by Matrix Partners and Dragonrise Capital.

1/6/2014

article Online game publishers hit by cyber attacks
(The Internet) -- Online game publishers including Electronic Arts and Valve have been attacked by cyber hackers, disrupting gameplay.

1/5/2014

article Candy Crush Saga's Intoxicating Secret Sauce
(USA) -- There's something deeply sophisticated going on behind all that juvenile cartoon shapes. It's caused wild success--but could be the game's downfall.

12/30/2013

article Experts compare video gaming to gambling
(Toronto) -- It starts innocently, as a time filler on a bus or a stress buster after a hard day at the office. But as the shiny gems of Bejeweled Blitz or Candy Crush...
article Steam Removes Game 'Order Of War: Challenge' From User Libraries
(New York) -- It was bound to happen sooner or later. Valve’s online gaming distribution website Steam has removed what appears to be the very first game from user...

12/21/2013

article Big Brother’s Endemol Invests $13 Million in Social Casino Start-Up
(UK) -- Endemol has announced an investment of $13 million in London-based social casino games start-up Plumbee – and before you ask, “Who the heck is...

12/16/2013

article Endemol Backs Social Casino Gaming Company Plumbee
(UK) -- “Big Brother” producer Endemol is to invest $13 million in social casino gaming company Plumbee. The digital start-up’s existing investor,...
article Endemol Bets On Gaming, Leads $14 Million Round In Social Casino Startup Plumbee
(UK) -- Endemol, the Netherlands-based TV production house known for game shows like Fear Factor and Deal Or No Deal, is now making a bet on online gambling. The company...

12/14/2013

article Social Casino Index Shows Women Bet More Virtual Money than Men
(USA) -- Women in the U.S. bet 30 percent more on online social casinos than men, which is surprising news since typically men are linked more to gambling than women. Of...

12/11/2013

article Bill on online game addiction divides S. Korea
(South Korea) -- A law under consideration in South Korea's parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as "StarCraft" with gambling,...

12/9/2013

article NSA reportedly snooped on online gaming communities
(Washington D.C.) -- British and American intelligence agencies infiltrated online gaming communities, searching for what they thought could be terrorist and criminal...

12/8/2013

article Social Network Real Money Online Gambling
(UK) -- Bonza Gaming is an independent company with their development team based in central London. Bonza Gaming started product development in September of 2012.

11/25/2013

article More than 1.2 billion people are playing games
(The Internet) -- More than 1.2 billion people are playing games worldwide, according to a state of the industry report by Spil Games.
article Study: 1.2 billion people are playing games worldwide; 700M of them are online
(The Internet) -- In yet another reminder of how quickly the gaming market is growing, a new industry study from Spil Games reports that 1.2 billion people are now...
article Women gamers aged over 35 outnumber men
(The Internet) -- Although online gaming is still extremely popular with men aged 15-24, women aged 35 and over regularly outnumber their male counterparts, according to...
article Teens who game online 'more open' to other cultures and countries
(Ireland) -- OVER half of Irish teenagers play multiplayer video games regularly, according to new research. And while almost a third interact live with other gamers...

11/17/2013

article The Dark Side of Farmville: When Social Media and Mobile Gaming Go Too Far
(USA) -- Maybe you haven't thrown everything away yet. Maybe you're able to enjoy social media and mobile app games in moderation.

11/9/2013

article Party Poker to be More Open with Online Players
(USA) -- There have been some pretty big changes at Party Poker in recent times, as their parent company bwin attempts to redirect them at the emerging social Android...

11/5/2013

article Betable raises $18.5M for real-money gambling mobile platform
(California) -- Betable, which makes a platform to convert mobile social casino games into real-money gambling titles, announced that it has raised $18.5 million in a...

11/2/2013

article Regulating Play Money Social Gambling Sites: Is It Coming?
(USA) -- For most gamblers, the thrill of the casino doesn’t really exist without one key feature: money. The potential risk of losing – and thrill of...

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