Social Gaming

Social Gambling Conference in London to Feature Panel of Legal Experts

Legal experts in the social gambling space will add their opinions to the Social Gambling Conference on November 16th at Dexter House, London.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/04/2012

Zynga Introduces Sports Betting With Las Vegas Style Sportsbook Game

Zynga has teamed up with developer RocketPlay to deliver a “Vegas-like” sportsbook experience for its customers just in time for the new NFL season. 

According to a release, Sports Casino offers "an authentic Las Vegas-style sportsbook experience" wherein players can bet on live sporting events like baseball and football as well as play video poker, slots, and blackjack.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/05/2012

Zynga Hires Former 888 Poker Exec in Sign They Are Moving Towards ‘Real Money’ Play

Zynga, the world’s largest free-to-play online poker social gaming company, has reportedly hired Maytal Ginzburg Olsha, the former Senior Vice President of Corporate and Regulated Markets at 888 Holdings, the parent company of 888 Poker. 

Zynga fouder and CEO Mark Pincus told analysts back in July that the company intended to have “real money” play ready for early 2013. 

Zynga has seen its stock price plummet in recent months as a number of high ranking executives have chosen to leave the firm.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/31/2012

Zynga Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu Exits to Start New Gaming Co, Backed by Zynga

Zynga’s Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu may be on his way out the door, but his new online gaming venture will have backing from none other than….ZYNGA.

Without revealing the name of his new venture, Verdu disclosed that Zynga will be a primary investor. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/28/2012

Thiel Sells 20 million Facebook Shares After IPO Lockup Expired

NEW YORK — (Associated Press) - Peter Thiel, one of Facebook’s earliest investors and a member of its board, was among the insiders selling stock in the social network after a lockup expired last week.

A regulatory filing on Monday said that Thiel, a former CEO at PayPal sold about 20 million shares of Facebook through affiliates such as his Founders Fund and other entities last week. The shares were sold on Thursday and Friday for between $19.27 and $20.69, for a total of about $396 million.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/20/2012

Zynga Adds Real Money Gambling: Spends $75k on Lobbying Efforts

The Wall Street Journal late Wednesday reported that Zynga, the publicly traded social gaming behemoth, has spent upwards of $75,000 lobbying in the United States to legalize online gambling.  The primary focus up to this point appears to be in the state of California, where a current measure to legalize Web poker in the Golden State is expected to die by month’s end.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/16/2012

More Headaches for Zynga as EA Lawsuit Claims Farmville Game Violates Copyright

NEW YORK — (Associated Press) - Electronic Arts Inc. has sued online game maker Zynga saying that its new game “The Ville” infringes its own game, “The Sims Social.”

EA said Friday that “The Ville” is “unmistakable” in its similarity to “The Sims Social,” which launched more than a year earlier. EA says the games are “largely indistinguishable” to a casual observer.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/04/2012

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