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Zynga partners BitPay to trial Bitcoin payments

Social gaming giant Zynga is to allow its players to make transactions using the virtual currency Bitcoin on a selection of its games.

Initially on a trial basis, Zynga will work with Bitcoin payment processor BitPay to offer the currency on FarmVille 2, CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, Hidden Shadows Hidden Chronicles and [...]

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Social studio Diwip launches second mobile gaming app

Tel Aviv-based social casino studio Diwip has launched Best Casino Bingo, the company’s first bingo product for iOS and Android devices.

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Endemol to accelerate digital gaming business with Plumbee

Independent TV production company Endemol has invested $13m in social casino studio Plumbee as part of a strategic partnership to accelerate its online and mobile gaming business.

Plumbee completed a $14m Series B funding round, valuing the company at $40m. Endemol invested $13m and Plumbee's existing investor, Idinvest Partners, contributed the [...]

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Big Fish Casino relaunches winter-themed slot

Seattle-based social gaming studio Big Fish Games has reintroduced its winter-themed slot game Snow Day to its Big Fish Casino app for the Christmas period.

Snow Day was the first Big Fish slot to launch with the studio’s Social Scatter feature, which randomly awards players with bonus chips each time another [...]

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Social casino titles among Facebook’s best new games of 2013

Facebook has published a list of the best new games to launch in 2013, with two social casino titles listed alongside game of the year Criminal Case by French studio Pretty Simple Games.

The games were selected based on user ratings, growth, Facebook implementation and overall quality, and includes Product Madness’ [...]

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IGT offers insights into DoubleDown player behaviour

International Game Technology's social gaming division DoubleDown Casino has released what it claims to be the industry’s first Social Casino Index, designed to give the sector deeper insights into player behaviour and player profiles across the US.

IGT Interactive’s vice president of global marketing John Clelland explained that the company had [...]

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Interview: Social Thrills adopts back-to-basics social strategy

iGaming operators have invested heavily over the past few years in entering the social casino space and launching onto mobile, but the Mr Green-backed Social Thrills is focused on launching Facebook-first and with a team of just 15. Considering the company’s past success in building up a business from scratch, [...]

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Big Fish adds to social casino offering with new slot launch

Seattle-based social gaming operator Big Fish has launched its latest slot game on its hugely successful Big Fish Casino app, with Rollin’ Rich now live on the offering.

The free-to-play slot is based on a road trip across the US, with players awarded free prizes as they reach each destination on [...]

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FlowPlay launches white label social casino solution

Social casino studio FlowPlay has expanded into the B2B sector with the launch of a white label solution to allow developers, iGaming operators and land-based casinos to roll out gambling-style apps on Facebook, iOS or Android.

Offering a full back-end infrastructure and analytics package as an out-of-the-box solution, the white label [...]

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EA launches two new Monopoly-branded social casino titles

US video games publisher Electronic Arts has launched two new mobile social casino games in partnership with Hasbro.

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MGM Grand to host Social Gambling & Gaming Summit

Mediabistro has announced that its Social Gambling & Gaming Summit will be taking place next month in Las Vegas, with the event focussing on the intersection of casino-style social games, mobile gaming, virtual goods, and the bridge between mainstream social gambling and gaming.

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DoubleDown enters strategic growth phase under new chief

IGT chief executive Patti Hart has revealed that the company’s CFO John Vandemore was handed control of the company’s DoubleDown Casino product in order to lead the social offering through what she described as a “new chapter” of increased investment designed to accelerate the app’s growth.  

It emerged earlier this [...]

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