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Atari Finally Ready to Enter Online, Mobile Casino Industry

Atari Finally Ready to Enter Online Mobile Casino Industry 300x200 Atari Finally Ready to Enter Online, Mobile Casino IndustryAtari is one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of video game entertainment. But this venerable gaming brand is far from being a relic of the ancient video gaming past. Now, the company is setting its sights on a promising new horizon.

In recent days, the team at Atari revealed their new strategy as an interactive entertainment production company.

Atari intends to shake up the digital world with online video games, online casino platforms, exclusive video content, and a licensing business that includes hardware and apparel.
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Bally Technologies Confirms Acquisition of Social Gaming Firm

Bally Technologies Confirms Acquisition of Social Gaming Firm 300x152 Bally Technologies Confirms Acquisition of Social Gaming FirmBally Technologies, a formidable global innovator in the booming business of gaming machines, casino-management systems, interactive applications, and more, is dipping its toes deeper into the pools of social gaming.

Bally Technologies says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dragonplay Ltd., an online social casino company headquartered in Israel.

The acquired company has cranked out no shortage of top-grossing applications for Android and developed a significant presence on Facebook and Apple’s iOS.
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Europe Welcomes The First Real-Cash Social Casino

Europe Welcomes The First Real Cash Social Casino Europe Welcomes The First Real Cash Social CasinoIt’s official—Slot Craze will be the first real-money social casino in Europe. Presented by social gaming extraordinaire Win, Slot Craze will roll out their game Teddy Pets one country at a time as the first real-cash social casino.

With their well-established relationship with social gamers, the launch is expected to do quite well. Since their launch in February of 2013, they already have over 1.5 million active users. Some prefer to game on Facebook, others on iOS devices.

The real-cash version of Teddy Pets will look the same as the free version, and will allow gamers to play up to 20 pay lines at a time. While Teddy Pets will be the first real-cash game launched by Slot Craze, user favorites such as Africa, Vegas Spins, and Lucky in Love are soon to follow.

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Will Marketing Budget Burdens Cripple Social Casinos?

Will Marketing Budget Burdens Cripple Social Casinos 300x250 Will Marketing Budget Burdens Cripple Social Casinos?With marketing budgets facing pressure across the gaming landscape, some industry analysts are concerned that social casinos – at least some of the lot – could be crippled irreparably as a result.

“With acquisition costs rising, studios are being forced to invest more in marketing budgets to compete in a crowded sector,” Gaming Intelligence reports. “Will this slow down innovation, and how are operators and suppliers dealing with it?”

With innovation the lifeblood of the social gaming industry, these pressures could be fateful if they continue. And several recent case studies have now emerged to offer a look into what the future may hold.

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Online Gambling Opening The Doors For New Contenders

Online Gambling Opening The Doors For New Contenders 300x199 Online Gambling Opening The Doors For New ContendersAt this time, the states of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware have implemented forms of regulated online gambling. For the most part, those who have ventured into the world of regulated online gaming are casinos located within Las Vegas and Atlantic City. However, as more states are weighing the pros and cons of offering online gambling, it is opening the door for new contenders in the industry outside of these two hot-spot gambling locales.

Case in point – Churchill Downs, the Kentucky-based race track that opened its doors back in 1875 and is still going strong. Churchill Downs is the home of the legendary Kentucky Derby, and is well-versed in sports betting.

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Online Gambling Yet To Equalize The Revenue Losses Of Atlantic City

Online Gambling Yet To Equalize The Revenue Losses Of Atlantic City 300x225 Online Gambling Yet To Equalize The Revenue Losses Of Atlantic CityWhen looking at New Jersey gambling revenues as a whole, the addition of online gambling has yet to equalize the revenue losses of Atlantic City. With that being said, online gambling revenues are growing rapidly month over month.

Online gambling was launched at the end of November 2013. From February 2014 to March 2014, online casino revenue increased 15%, generating $11.9 million in the month of March alone. While the growth is not as fast as New Jersey had hoped for, it is still growing by leaps and bounds.

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Chinese Mobile Social Gaming Company is Going Global

Chinese Mobile Social Gaming Company is Going Global Chinese Mobile Social Gaming Company is Going GlobalPublished reports overnight reveal that a fast-growing Chinese mobile social gaming company called FunPlus has designs on the global mobile gambling market.

Having raised an impressive $74 million for its global mobile gaming enterprise, it’s well positioned to branch out.

Sources at FunPlus say the infusion of capital will allow the company to pioneer new games with appeal to an international audience.

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Atari Marketing New Presence in Social Casino Gaming

Atari Marketing New Presence in Social Casino Gaming Atari Marketing New Presence in Social Casino GamingA venerable brand in gaming that became a household name in the early 1980s in emerging once again in the social casino world.

According to published reports Monday morning, Atari and social casino firm FlowPlay have inked a partnership that will create a “multi-platform gambling product called Atari Casino.”

An MMO in the vein of FlowPlay’s Vegas World, Atari Casino will be available via Facebook, browsers or a mobile app, and provide a virtual town studded with casino games, swimming pools and night clubs – as well as classic Atari games.

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Mobile, Social Gaming Companies Continue to Join Forces

Mobile Social Gaming Companies Continue to Join Forces Mobile, Social Gaming Companies Continue to Join ForcesLast week, another partnership was forged in the world of mobile/social gaming – an occurrence we’re seeing with increasingly speed throughout this new year.

In recent days, San Francisco social and mobile game developer Ruby Seven Studios inked a deal with casino gaming device manufacturer Grand Vision Gaming.

Grand Vision boasts “decades of history” designing and manufacturing casino games which Ruby Seven will now bring to Facebook and mobile.

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Mobile Casino Games are Among Top Malware Magnets

Mobile Casino Games are Among Top Malware Magnets 300x176 Mobile Casino Games are Among Top Malware MagnetsSecurity firm F-Secure is out with a new report that may be alarming to avid mobile and online casino gamers.

Rather than attacking known Android vulnerabilities, the report authors reveal that most malware authors “seem more inclined to simply find ways to trick the user into giving them access to the device rather than having to find and design complicated exploitation methods based on vulnerabilities.”

Most of the mobile threats seen in 2013, Networkworld summarizes, were financially motivated.

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