Playtech’s impressive first-half financial results released today were marred only by the continued poor performance of its poker platform, iPoker. The group is looking toward both new licensees and a real-money mobile platform to boost its ailing network.
Poker understandably received slim attention in an otherwise glowing half-annual report:
The international poker market remained challenging for the first six months of the year, causing poker revenue to fall by 9% to €9.7 million. The iPoker network maintained its position as the leading independent poker network in the dotcom market place, and we are currently in discussions with a number of significant new licensees who wish to join the network.
Revealed on pokerfuse last week, one major new licensee in talks with Playtech is is Everest Poker, which plans to shut its independent poker room and join the network. Although considered a micro-network, it would bring a possible 20% boost to player numbers on iPoker. It operates a larger French network, which would completely reinvigorate Playtech’s presence in France. Rumored to be in talks with joining the network is Betfair, which currently operates on the Ongame network but is reportedly looking for a new home.