Super Team is a new slot game from WMS that besides the pure luck elemenst of usual slot games also include skill elements in integrated mini games, personalization of hero and possibility to save hero and level hero.
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WMS will market and distribute 888's world-class online poker solution to land-based casino customers in legal venues in the United States, initially with a play-for-fun offering. As real money online poker becomes regulated on a state-by-state or federal basis, the agreement enables the immediate launch of a real money offering as regulations are finalized and upon licensing by appropriate gaming authorities.
In addition, the agreement facilitates the creation of an interoperable platform that will enable an integrated experience between 888's online poker solutions and WMS' online casino solutions incorporating WMS gaming content and capabilities, providing for play-for-fun applications and appropriate wagering solutions.
Earlier this year, both 888 and WMS submitted applications to Nevada's State Gaming Control Board for interactive gaming licenses in the State of Nevada.
European social gaming executives yesterday called for their young industry to consider self-regulation, due to the explosive potential of offering poker and casino games for free.
"What happens when you get Pokemon Poker, or Hello Kitty Roulette?" said Harry Lang, head of brand marketing at JackpotParty.com, an online gambling site which is a subsidiary of WMS games maker.
The traditional online gambling business works hard to keep under-18s from betting, as its licences are at stake. In contrast, social gaming’s biggest outlet is Facebook, where users can be as young as 13.
What the panellists called "social gambling", or social games that use the techniques of gambling to lure people who play for fun rather than cash, is a growing trend — according to one estimate, 16 percent of games on Facebook are now casino-oriented.
Ongame is entering the casino market and today is announcing the first implementation of casino side games within the poker client for all players using the Paf poker client. Casino side games within the poker client enable poker players to enjoy casino games while playing poker. The casino games are part of the casino offering provided by Jadestone – a WMS company.
The first operator to offer side games within the poker client is Paf. The non-intrusive implementation of side games is designed to increase total operator revenues without cannibalizing on poker. In addition, side games also enable the promotion of other gaming products to poker players, which increases long-term player loyalty for the operator brand.
“We are happy to finally offer side games within our poker client,” says Arvid Klingström, Head of Poker at Paf. “For us at Paf, with our focus mainly on recreational players, this is a natural step to expand our offering towards our poker players and to cross promote poker and casino. The packaging of the games is great and the look-and-feel really fits Paf."
“Jadestone’s side games offering is perfectly suited for implementation within the Ongame poker client,” says Robert Henrysson, CEO at Jadestone. “With the help of Ongame we are able to offer exciting casino games to poker players without making it hard for the operator to implement. This is a new way for us to distribute content, and through the recent acquisition of Jadestone by WMS, we may ultimately look to provide WMS award-winning portfolio in a similar manner.”
“Entering the casino market is a strategic step for Ongame,” says Peter Bertilsson, Managing Director of Ongame. “Ongame’s excellence within poker and our long-term relations with our operators puts us in a unique position to offer an improved player experience and increased profits for our partners.”
The global online casino market (estimated to be worth €6.4bn) is approximately twice as large as the global poker market (€3.2bn), according to H2 Gambling Capital (February 2012).
After reporting a slight decline for the first time since Nov 2011 in April, the AGEM index witnessed a more dramatic decrease of 11% in May 2012.
AGEM index: -11,3%
Dow Jones Industrial: -6,2%
S&P 500: -6,3%
Selected negative contributors to the AGEM index included:
The AGEM index comprises of the largest land-based casino providers including: Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming America, Austrian Gaming Industries, Bally Technologies, GTECH / Spielo International, International Game Technology (IGT), Intralot S.A., Konami Gaming, Scientific Games, Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), WMS Gaming and Shuffle Master.
WMS Industries, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of games, gaming content and gaming machines, announced today the acquisition of Jadestone Group AB, a leading developer, publisher and distributor of online gaming content and entertainment for online game companies.
This tuck-in acquisition is of a strategic technology enabler that augments and enhances the existing WMS portfolio of gaming content, online products and content distribution capabilities for customers looking to expand their brand with online interactive offerings. The terms of the transaction, which will be funded from cash on hand, were not disclosed.
Jadestone has established itself as a leading B2B platform integrator and online game publisher, serving customers primarily in Europe. The company provides end-to-end development and distribution services for casino games and other popular online games for a wide range of high-profile customers including Betfair, Betsson, bwin.party, Gioco Digitale, Microgame, Nordic Gaming Group, Paf and Unibet Group.