Facebook Embraces Online Gambling

The Wooster

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Facebook Embraces Online Gambling


Bingo Friendzy becomes the first Facebook game to allow real-money gambling.

Facebook, the social network and duckface emporium many can't live without, has officially entered the online-gambling market with the launch of Bingo Friendzy. Developed by online bingo operator, Gamesys, Bingo Friendzy is the first Facebook game to let users gamble with real-world cash rather than virtual currency. The game is currently only available in the UK, and you have to be at least 18 to play. The company is also planning to release a real-money slot machine game in the coming weeks.

The "casino game" genre is one of the fastest growing on Facebook, despite the fact that, until now, players had to gamble with virtual currency that couldn't be redeemed for cash. It's a highly competitive market; social giants, PopCap and Zynga, are both trying to muscle their way in, while virtual gambling company, IGT, recently picked up DoubleDown Casino developer, Double Down Interactive, for a smooth $500 million.

Julien Codorniou, Facebook's head of gaming for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said that social network is talking to other gambling companies about getting blackjack, poker and roulette-based titles onto the service.

"Gambling is very popular and well regulated in the UK ... for millions of bingo users it's already a social experience [so] it makes sense [for us] to offer that as well," he said.

Source: Gamasutra [http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/175443/Facebook_officially_enters_online_gambling_market.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GamasutraNews+%28Gamasutra+News%29]



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Eric the Orange

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Now I've heard of these gambling apps for phones. There very popular so it only makes sense that they would spread to facebook. But my question is it possible to get money back out of the game. I know you have to buy in game currency with real money but can you get real money with in game currency. Because if you can't I fail to see the point. There are many gambling games with fake money that you have to pay nothing to play.
 

Zer_

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And here we have Facebook's solution to their plummeting stock values.
 

Worgen

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Whatever, just wash your hands.
You missed the perfect opportunity to use this image.


I'm very disappointing in you.
 

scatsly

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I knew it was just a matter of time before this happen. Hmm, this actually this gives me a real gem of an idea too but, I'll keep it to myself for now just like the all the other ones.
 

The Wooster

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I can't help but wonder how this will be affected by states in which on/offline gambling is illegal.
 

The Wooster

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Predictable. Investors are looking for some way to get money out of facebook and realizing there's not a lot of opportunity there, so they turn to a proven money maker. Unfortunately, gambling is only slightly better than porn for "family friendly" appeal, which means that letting people know you're on facebook will soon have to come with the caveat "just for the connections, not the gambling", which in turn will lead to people choosing not to bother.

Personally, I'll probably be buying some long-term puts on the sucker.
 

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Draskinn said:
Worgen said:
You missed the perfect opportunity to use this image.


I'm very disappointing in you.
and now i have a new desktop...
/shame
That makes two of us.
Except one thing...
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyebuy0DDr1qd07l7.gif

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Like other, I wonder how long is this gonna stay. For once it being illegal in USA and "think of the children" that's gonna sprout all over not too long after FB-gamble is up.
 

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Is this going to give birth to stories of how people lost their entire savings from playing more Facebook games?

How much of a profit does Facebook make off of this?

So many questions...like how many people will make Facebook accounts to play these games when they can't make the trip to Las Vegas...or Atlantic City...
 

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kiri2tsubasa said:
I can't help but wonder how this will be affected by states in which on/offline gambling is illegal.
They'll probably keep it regionally locked, since it's already restricted to the UK and 18 years of age. They don't wanna risk getting blocked out by countries/states that prohibit gambling.
 

Evil Smurf

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kiri2tsubasa said:
I can't help but wonder how this will be affected by states in which on/offline gambling is illegal.
Republicans announcing that use of the internet will send you to hell :p
 

The Wooster

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so they have dropped all the pretense with skinner box games and just gone screw it, gambling for everyone !
 

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Parents, hide your credit cards. I can see this turning into a bunch of tweens screaming "All in!" while staring at their screens, parents being mystified until the next CC bill comes in.
 

Berithil

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So, they're just coming up with a far less subtle way of getting peoples money. At least they are making it 18 and older.....well, it will work until kids start making duplicate profiles with fake birthdays. Rule of thumb, on the internet, age restrictions are next to useless.


Captcha: are you seeking a postgraduate degree? WTF, captcha? Seriously?
 

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I try not to be mean, but that second paragraph has one giant overly comma'ed sentence. That's just not right.
 

The Wooster

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This move by Facebook is actually illegal in the Netherlands. Dutch law has established a total monopoly for the state-run Holland Casino foundation in order to better prevent addiction and stuff. And that monopoly includes online gambling. Facebook would need to make the gambling unavailable to Dutch users, or it could face legal action, even if fining websites who offer illegal gambling has been notoriously difficult.
 

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kiri2tsubasa said:
I can't help but wonder how this will be affected by states in which on/offline gambling is illegal.
by simply not allowing ips from those states to use the services. its not hard to limit serices to certian countries, a good example is netflix, i cant use it beucause idiots think my country wouldnt want it.