Real-money gaming company Skillz has announced the official launch of its Skillz SDK for iOS devices, which allows developers to add real-money tournaments to their skill-based mobile games. The platform was released in beta on Android in April 2013, but launches today on iOS with more than 300 game studio partners and over 150 supported games already live on the App Store.
Since the Skillz platform focuses on player ability, rather than luck, these competitions avoid the restrictions associated with gambling or other luck-based pastimes. In fact, cash competitions in skill-based games are legal in 37 US states.
After securing $1.7 million in funding in February 2014, real-money gambling company CashBet has announced the launch of its platform in the UK, alongside plans to bring real-money gaming to the US. The CashBet platform allows developers to add real-money gambling to their titles, while CashBet focuses on anti-fraud operations, player security and more.
Vienna-based Rabcat has announced the international availability of its popular real-money gambling title Castle Builder. It’s the company’s second release using Odobo’s game development kit, which helps optimize games for desktop, tablet or mobile devices via HTML5. Odobo focuses on HTML5 game development for the real-money gambling industry.
GSN has announced the beta launch of its GSN Cash Games mobile site, allowing US mobile players to engage in cash tournaments, without the need to download an app. This move allows GSN to avoid the restrictions presented by app stores in relation to apps that award real cash prizes, as the experience is instead an Open Web site developed using HTML5.
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TinySpark has announced the private beta launch of its real-money digital sweepstakes platform, which allows mobile developers to offer completely legal sweepstakes in their apps in all 50 states. TinySpark has also announced it has joined Peter Relan’s Studio 9+ Accelerator, a nine-month mentorship program for young companies.
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Austin-based Bee Cave Games continues to make big moves in the world of digitized card rooms, expanding their top-ranked Blackjack Casino to not only include slot machine games, but also partnering with Betable to enable real-money play in the United Kingdom by the end of 2013. (more…)
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Payment processing company WorldPay has announced its partnership with Betable, bringing WorldPay’s payment processing, fraud detection and risk services to Betable’s real-money-gaming development platform. Betable allows developers to bring real-money gaming to their applications, while the WorldPay integration will improve the user experience in these apps via its support for multiple payment methods.
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Wagering platform Small-Bet has announced its new partnership with Nextpeer to bring real-money wagers to additional multiplayer games on iOS. The partnership will mean Nextpeer’s system of adding multiplayer modes to otherwise singleplayer games can now be joined by real-money betting between gamers.
Small-Bet Ltd today announced its new skills-based wagering platform for iOS games. The platform gives game developers an SDK that can be installed into any existing or future iOS game, bringing an additional revenue stream to those games.
Zynga today held its annual stockholders meeting in San Francisco, which heavily focused on the game company’s real-money gaming efforts, an anonymous shareholder told PandoDaily.
Zynga’s shareholder meeting comes one day after the company just laid off 18 percent of its staff (520 employees) and shut down three of its offices — Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York — including Omgpop‘s office. (more…)