Zynga is Prepared for Real Money Online Casino Gaming
Zynga has been appearing all too consistently amidst the top online gaming headlines for more than a year now, and often not for the best reasons. While the company was the top social games provider on Facebook for what seemed like forever, the moment Zynga began shifting its focus to real-money online gambling, taking on a heavy merger and acquisition strategy, the company’s future began to slowly dim. Finally, as Zynga launched its first online gambling offerings with more to come, the future is looking a lot brighter for Zynga’s most resolute shareholders.
Zynga, who gained fame for its immensely popular “Ville” social games on Facebook (FarmVille, CityVille, ChefVille, etc.), has made a lot of moves over the last few months that are finally realizing a positive result for the company. The big turning point came in early April when the games developer finally realized its long-term goal of establishing a real-money online gambling division. Zynga opened its virtual doors to players in the UK with the launch of its first online poker and casino sites.
On April 3rd, ZyngaPlusCasino and ZyngaPlusPoker were made available to UK residents, offering Zynga’s very first real-money online gaming platform. Despite the current residential restrictions, players were given the option to deposit in 5 major currencies, pointing to the company’s imminent intentions to spread its range beyond the United Kingdom in the very near future. To expedite that goal, Zynga has partnered with the European powerhouse, Bwin, and online gambling giant that already possesses gaming licenses from a multitude of EU jurisdictions.
ZyngaPlusCasino has already become quite popular across the UK and at present boasts over 160 online casino games. Members will find the usual suspects – blackjack, European roulette, craps, pai gow, video poker, slots, etc. – along with something extra special for Zynga’s long time followers. They have taken their most popular social game of all time, Farmville, and converted it into a 5 reel, 30 pay-line video slot that is sure to attract the brand’s most devoted followers.
Anyone who played Zynga’s celebrated Texas Holdem app on Facebook should have no trouble adjusting to the new ZyngaPlusPoker venue, offering real money online poker in a download or instant play platform. Unlike it’s ancestral free-play app, this Zynga poker client offers a wider variety of card games, including Texas Holdem, Double Holdem Poker, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, as well as single-player, multi-player and mini blackjack.
With its real-money online gambling offerings officially launched, Zynga’s push for supremacy continued with the acquisition of Spooky Cool Labs, a similar games development brand intended to expand Zynga’s popularity throughout the masses with more renowned social city-building simulation games like the Wizard of Oz. As Zynga quickly rises back to the top of its industry food chain, there are now talks of the company seeking its place in the US online gambling market. Industry analysts are already speculating that gamers in Nevada and New Jersey will be participating in real-money games from Zynga in the very near future.