2014-07-24

HUNDREDS OF COMPUTERS CRUSHED



752 computer sets seized in Malaysian police anti-online gambling operations last year were destroyed in Georgetown Thursday by police intent on taking the equipment permanently off the market.

Malaysian illegal operators have proved to be extraordinarily persistent, quickly re-equipping from a variety of sources after their computers have been seized in police raids.

Timur Laut police officer Mior Faridalathrash Wahid told local media that the computers destroyed by police Thursday had been seized in police raids on illegal gambling centres and internet cafes during 2013.

"The computers were seized during 65 raids carried out after investigating the illegal gambling centres," he told reporters.




2014-07-24

NEW GAME FROM SWEDEN



Swedish online gambling content developer Yggdrasil Gaming has some fun with fungi in its latest slot unveiled Thursday and titled Magic Mushrooms.

The game is a fantasy world-themed slot where players can win on an unchronological draw slot a first for a high performance casino product, a spokesman claimed.

The majority of standard online slot games have paylines on one side and reels that stop in sequence. Magic Mushrooms, however uses intuitive gameplay with 40 paylines, 20 from the left and 20 from the right of the game, spread across a diamond shaped 3-4-5-4-3 reel position and with the five reels drawn in an unchronological order of 1-5-2-4-3.

Players are also treated to a number of distinctive in-game ambient sounds and music created by specialist sounds artists, while the characters themselves were created in-house and first modelled as clay figures before making it to the big screen.

Fredrik Elmqvist, chief executive of Yggdrasil Gaming, said: This game is unique in every way, from the reel structure and the characters weve created to the sounds and music weve encapsulated.




2014-07-24

U.K. ADVERTISING AUTHORITY BANS MORE ONLINE GAMBLING ADVERTS



Britain's advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority has again been active; banning advertisements flighted by Spin Palace and Jackpot Cafe.

Malta-licensed Spin Palace provoked a complaint in respect of an advertisement promising sign up bonuses and a click through to more information.

The complainant alleged that the offer was misleading in that it did not make it sufficiently clear that any winnings were the subject of x50 wager-through requirements, an argument that the ASA supported.

In the Jackpot Cafe case, Alderney-licensed owner, Table Top Entertainment, was also instructed to remove advertising on a social gaming site which extravagantly claimed substantial winnings from a free cash offer.

Complainants came forward challenging the company to substantiate its advertising claims, and were supported by the Authority.




2014-07-24

KENTUCKY MOVES TOWARDS INTERACTIVE LOTTERY ACTION



Politicians in the state of Kentucky, at one time among the most aggressive anti-online gambling states in the union, are taking a more positive tack when it comes to interactive lottery action.

This week the state issued a Request for Proposals on its plans to introduce an online lottery system under the auspices of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, which wants to boost sales.

The initiative has the support of state lawmakers, who were given details of the plan earlier this year and a timeline that includes seeking provider bids this summer and the selection of a technology partner by the fall of 2014.

The KLC hopes to have multi-state draw games like Powerball available to buyers online by mid-2015, with more internet lottery products coming on stream later.

Predictably there are already signs of resistance from retail convenience store owners worried that online services will cut down on punters coming into their shops to buy lottery tickets and other goods.

There have also been rumblings from the state's powerful horseracing industry, which appears to regard the lottery as a competitor.




2014-07-24

ISIS LABS ACQUIRES CANADIAN CASUAL GAMES DEVELOPER



Vast Studios, a Toronto-based casual games developer of desktop and mobile products, has been acquired by social gaming software and platform provider Isis Labs for Cdn$ 1.7 million.

Isis chairman Daniel Kajouie said that over the years Vast has demonstrated a high capability which will be an asset in an industry increasingly approaching the intersection of social gaming and real-money games.

"With mobile gaming expanding more rapidly than ever, the acquisition of Vast will fuel our ability to expand development into this growing sector and provide proprietary games to our customers, he said, adding that the new acquisition will be a valuable contributor to Isia Labs' Isis Friends real-money social network.

Kajouie revealed that Vasts three founders, Hamed Abbasi, Jon Caculovic and Serguei Kloubkov, will continue in their roles as president, chief operating officer and chief technology officer respectively, but said he will take on the responsibilities of chief executive officer.

Vast's board of directors will be replaced by Neil Said, himself and Tito Gandhi, he said.