News in brief
Mobile gaming boost in Italy.
Italy’s mobile gaming sector generated €133 million ($173 million) in revenues in 2012 – a 37% increase on 2011, according to data in a new report published by the University of Milan. The study also found that more than 27 million people in Italy have a smartphone and 15 million of those users have downloaded at least one application, with over 60% of the downloaded apps being games.
App Store move for All Slots
All Slots Casino has announced that its mobile casino games are now free to download in the UK Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. Thirty-three games are on offer, with new users who download All Slots Casino through the App Store receiving a free £5 bonus upon opening an account, and a £500 ‘welcome package’ during the first week.
Play4Fun goes live in Washington State
Internet gaming solutions provider Williams Interactive has announced the launch of its Play4FunNetwork iGaming and marketing platform in partnership with Snoqualmie Casino in Washington State. Play4Fun is a business-to-business, white label, free-to-play online gaming platform designed to help land-based casinos expand their brand online and build an engaged online player community. Snoqualmie Casino can now customise, deploy and manage native mobile phone applications for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
Everleaf licence suspended in Malta
Independent card room management firm Everleaf Gaming has had it gaming licence suspended by the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority. The Onlinepoker.net website said that the decision was made after a 16-month investigation by the authority into “a number of irregularities” surround Everleaf’s business operations. The regulator refused to comment further and added that Everleaf must not accept new players, take further deposits or offer new games “until further notice”.
32Red Casino tops customer service audit
UK online casino firm 32Red Casino has come first in a survey by consulting company etruvian into the customer service performance of 16 online casinos. According to the Blackjackchamp.com website, the study used mystery customers to test company websites and mark them from one to 10 on seven topics: accessibility, response times, product knowledge, presentation, personalisation, friendliness and what it did to go the ‘Extra Mile’ for customers.
Swansea installs SBOBET as Asian betting partner
Welsh football club Swansea City, which competes in the English Premier League, has named online bookmaker SBOBET as its official Asian betting partner. Based in Asia, the company offers its customers more than 1,000 sporting events to bet on every week in a number of different languages. Leigh Dineen, Swansea’s vice-chairman, said: “There is huge interest in the Premier League in Asia and we want to be at the forefront of that interest.”