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Social-casino developer Bee Cave Games moving into real-money gambling and slots

Bee Caves new Slots games for Facebook.

Above: Bee Caves new Slots games for Facebook.

Image Credit: Bee Cave Games

Social-casino developer Bee Cave Games is about to expand its reach.

The studio is announcing today that it will begin to offer slots games and real-money gambling. Three slots titles — Creatures of Wonder, Treasure of the Tides, and Wilderness Jackpot — will join the company’s existing Blackjack Casino title, which is available on Facebook and mobile. Bee Cave is promising that it will give these new virtual-gambling machines the same high-production values that have made its blackjack game popular. That means quality visuals and a focus on social multiplayer.

“Our DNA is in big multiplayer games, and we’re not treating the multiplayer as an add-on,” Bee Cave Games chief operating officer Jeremy Strauser told GamesBeat.

When players enter a slots game, it will match them with up to four other live gamers. The success of those people will then spill over into the other player’s game, so that everyone feels more connected.

“As far as we can tell, no one else does this in the social-casino games,” said Strauser. “We think this is important to make people feel like they are really on a casino floor.”

As a sign of good faith to its players, Bee Cave went through the strict Gaming Labs International certification process. GLI tested and confirmed that Bee Cave’s random-number generator within its slots titles and the shuffle program in its blackjack game meet Las Vegas-level standards.

“[Getting certified] is something that most people in the social-play money side don’t ever do,” said Strauser. “It’s not required, and it might seem like a red herring, but for us it’s really important to us.”

In addition to the new slots games, Bee Cave is also working with online-gambling platform Betable to offer real-money gaming in the U.K. Betable will handle all of the money-changing and legal issues of operating an online casino. This enables Bee Cave to focus on making great games.

“I’m really excited to take what we learned in the play-money space and to apply it to the real-money space,” said Strauser. “We think both sides are very complimentary and will accelerate creating better experiences for each type.”


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