Juniper Research released a report today which said that by 2018, 164 million people will either place a bet, visit a mobile casino, or buy a lottery ticket on their phone or tablet.
Think you can predict when a video is going to go viral? BetTube will let you “gamble” on which ones are going to take off.
Zynga had previously indicated that it was deemphasizing gambling in the U.S.
In another large milestone for the Bitcoin virtual currency, Bitcoin gambling service SatoshiDice has been acquired for $11.5 million by an unnamed buyer.
“I made up my mind to tell the truth about Google Glass,” Barrett told me today. “I’ve seen all the Ocean’s 11 and card-counting movies where they take you into the back room and threaten to break your legs in the old-school casinos … I don’t think they do that any more, but didn’t want to take any chances.
Publishers are already playing footsie with real-money gambling.
Before we wake up bright and early tomorrow with a new storm of stories for you, here are the five we thought were some of our best this week.
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is close to a deal on legalizing online poker, a possible victory for supporters of greater liberalization of gambling laws. But the group is also considering tightening restrictions on other forms of Internet gambling, which could affect the growth of social casino games.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board came up with a questionnaire today that it hopes will address the need to provide appropriateness ratings for the growing number of downloadable online games. Now game developers will have a better picture about what is OK to submit in terms of racy, violent, or other potentially offensive content.