Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming

Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming5 Here’s What Happened This Week in mGamingHere are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

With so much talk of regulated online gambling potentially coming to the state of Pennsylvania in the near future, it comes as no surprise that some casinos in the state are preparing for what many analysts believe is an inevitability for the Keystone State.

Teeming with opportunity at every turn, Asia’s fast-growing gaming industry is a welcoming beacon to the world’s leading gaming and technology providers.

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort Embraces Social Casino Scene

Thunder Valley Casino Resort 300x225 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Embraces Social Casino SceneThunder Valley Casino Resort is going social.

“Everyone will now have the opportunity to play custom-designed Thunder Valley Casino Resort games on Win’s popular Slots Craze application,” the company announced his week.

Slots Craze is a free social casino game available on Facebook, iOS and Android platforms.
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XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting Website

XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting Website XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting WebsiteIllustrating the rapid rate of acquisitions across the European online gambling landscape, this week the team at XLMedia — a provider of digital performance marketing services — confirmed its plans to acquire a leading UK Sports betting website.

Curiously, however, the name of the platform being acquired was not revealed.

Nonetheless, we’re told the website being acquired is “focused on UK web and mobile traffic,” specializing in sports betting, a statement provided to mGamingWatch reads. As part of the transaction, the company will also purchase a second website providing casino-related content.
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Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile Gambling

Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile Gambling Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile GamblingAccording to an announcement from Ladbrokes, the British bookmaking behemoth, the company says it has observed a staggering 1100% spike in mobile betting.

The jump was identified during the World Cup in Brazil in recent months.

For Ladbrokes, this is great news for the firm, which seems destined to watch its future play out on mobile. Clearly, the company’s future is now inextricably linked to mobile gambling.
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Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to Africa

Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to Africa Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to AfricaOn Tuesday, news from Germany emerged that ISIS Lab Corporation has just entered into an agreement with TelecomX to provide MTN Group Limited — Africa’s largest mobile operator — with its mobile gaming application platform.

According to a statement provided to mGamingWatch, the Company will provide MTN, through TelecomX, its mobile gaming platform, ISIS Friends — “the world’s first regulated social gaming community.”

MTN currently operates through most of Africa and the Middle East and has well over 200 million subscribers.
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Why Social, Mobile Casino App Makers May Want to Focus More on Google’s Little Green Robot

Why Social Mobile Casino App Makers May Want to Focus More on Googles Little Green Robot 300x179 Why Social, Mobile Casino App Makers May Want to Focus More on Googles Little Green RobotSocial mobile and casino app developers may want to make Android a higher priority.

According to a new report from IDC, the worldwide smartphone market is on fire. In the second quarter of this year, 300 million units shipped for the first time ever — a milestone quarter, says the IDC, and a landmark achievement for the smartphone industry.

“Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14, up 33.3% year over year,” the report summary reads.

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Rivers Casino Goes Mobile

Rivers Casino Goes Mobile 300x239 Rivers Casino Goes MobileWith so much talk of regulated online gambling potentially coming to the state of Pennsylvania in the near future, it comes as no surprise that some casinos in the state are preparing for what many analysts believe is an inevitability for the Keystone State.

Of course, as an experienced mobile marketing or digital advertising pro will tell you, gaming operators and casinos have much to gain by going mobile in other capacities even if real money mobile gambling isn’t yet a business option.

It’s a strategy understood well by the team at Rivers Casino, which recently teamed up in Pennsylvania with JOINGO, a mobile technology company.

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IGT Shrewdly Shifting Attention Toward Macau

IGT Shifting Attention Toward Macau 300x199 IGT Shrewdly Shifting Attention Toward MacauTeeming with opportunity at every turn, Asia’s fast-growing gaming industry is a welcoming beacon to the world’s leading gaming and technology providers.

The latest gaming industry heavyweight to make Asia a higher priority is IGT.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, International Game Technology has inked a deal with Macau-based game distributor LT Game.
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Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling

Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling 300x212 Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling According to PokerUpdate, lawmakers in the Philippines have proposed new igaming regulations that would result in pretty significant fines for those who make it possible for minors to access online gambling sites and wager real money.

Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, an Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) member, is leading the charge for reform, seeking a 5 to 10-year jail term or fines of up to 10 million pesos ($230,000) for licensees who “knowingly allow those underage to gamble online.”

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Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing, WSOP Hype

Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing WSOP Hype 300x164 Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing, WSOP HypeWith the addition of legalized online gambling in Nevada came the dream of finding a way to link online and live gambling in a way that would increase revenues like never before. During the most recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Rio, online poker broke the $1 million dollar mark for the month of June, Las Vegas Review Journal confirms.

While the main event was a live tournament, online poker revenues were up 40 percent—showing that the live coverage of WSOP and the buzz around the event provided the inspiration to play. Now that it is clear that live events can stimulate a significant boost in online poker, more avenues are being explored to help the two support each other’s growth.

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