Cubeia says open- source server is a gaming first
oftware firm Cubeia says its Firebase Community Edition is the first ever open-source server for online gaming.
Open-source software, unlike conventional systems,
can be copied and modified by anyone without paying royalties – an approach that has become established, although far from universal, in the commercial software market. As its user base grows and third parties enhance it,
the software’s creator may benefit from selling related products and services. In the case of Firebase, Cubeia will follow the “dual licensing” model adopted by many software providers in other sectors, and also offer a paid-for, non-open-source version for larger operators. “Releasing a community edition of Firebase was the
logical step for us to take. It adds unprecedented value for our customers in community support, model transparency, market penetration and development velocity,” said Lars J. Nilsson, Executive VP at Cubeia. The package is said to be capable of running on one
laptop or on large clusters of servers, with a single copy of the software managing several thousand players. Current Firebase users include the Jadestone DiceArena and Mahjong Logic networks.
Partygaming woos casino customers
nline operator Partygaming is to focus on attracting casino customers rather than rely on converting its Poker players to casino games,
following a startling shift in its revenue patterns. Last year the firm, traded on the London Stock
Exchange, saw earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grow 12 percent over 2008 for casino games, but slump 44 percent for Poker. It will now start targeting players who are primarily
interested in casino games, instead of offering the games as a complement to Poker, according to CEO Jim Ryan. “Historically, we have acquired all of our casino
players from our Poker database. That’s been great, because our cost of acquisitions hasn’t been particularly high, but it hasn’t been particularly good for our Poker liquidity in a challenged competitive environment where we need to grow that liquidity,” said Ryan. He added: “The magic of a pure-play casino player?
Their lifetime value is twice that of a Poker consumer who moves over to casino.” Partygaming, which will debut 50 new casino games
this year, will also seek to draw in casino players through large, “life-changing” jackpots that its smaller competitors will be unable to offer.
8 APRIL 2010
Alabama Bingo crackdown pits civic leaders, top lawyer against outgoing Governor
labama’s Governor has launched a crusade against electronic bingo parlours despite the advice of his own Attorney General and the
protests of black community leaders. Governor Bob Riley has sent state troopers on late-
night missions to shut down the parlours, saying that electronic bingo games are equivalent to slots, banned in the state. The offensive is believed to have led to the closure of
more than 30 sites, many of them in less affluent black communities, where outspoken critics say the enforcement programme is hurting tax revenue and destroying jobs. But they are far from the only opponents of Riley’s
actions, interpreted by some as an attempt to create a long-lasting legacy before a two-term limit forces him to step down later this year. Civil-rights activist and former Presidential hopeful
Jesse Jackson has led a march in Montgomery, the state’s capital, protesting the effect of Riley’s campaign on jobs and the Governor’s disregard of individual counties’ rights to authorise Bingo. And even Riley’s own Attorney General, Troy King,
reportedly said he had “never seen a more ill-advised and reckless approach to a legal issue”. The success of individual venues in contesting the
Governor’s attacks has varied. Alabama’s biggest casino, VictoryLand near Tuskegee, reopened the doors on its 6400 electronic bingo terminals after a judge ruled that raids could not go ahead. But Country Crossing at Dothan, with 1700 machines, remained shut as we went to press. The three tribal casinos in Alabama, over which the state has no jurisdiction, also remain open.
UK advertising watchdog raps CasinoRip TV spot
Online operator CasinoRip.com has been censured by
Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a TV ad for Blackjack. Among other claims, the ad stated “if you play against
real people, there’s less chance of losing your shirt” and “if you play against the casino, it’s the casino that always wins”. CasinoRip.com owner GameAccount Global said the
ad referred specifically to its multiplayer Blackjack, where players compete against one another rather than – as in real-world Blackjack – the house. However, the ASA said the ad “exaggerated the
chances of individuals winning Blackjack games” and that GameAccount “had not shown that the house consistently won in most hands of casino Blackjack”. One complaint about the ad was received by the ASA,
which after its investigation has said it should not be aired on TV again.
News in brief
Oh yes we will
Novomatic’s subsidiary Austrian
Gaming Industries has said that it will be exhibiting at the IGE event in London next January, despite what Managing Director Jens Halle characterised as “unhelpful speculation” to the contrary.
UK mobile casino LadyLucks has
relaunched its Website at LadyLucks.co.uk with new features such as an easy sign-up process. LadyLucks is a subsidiary of Probability.
The bells, the bells
Pacom Systems has developed a
new alarm keypad, the 8101A, which can control up to eight local alarm zones and is compatible with all its field controllers. It has also released version 4.06 of GMS, its system for security management.
Spin3 has launched a mobile
version of the online Arthurian- themed slot game Avalon, with symbols such as chalices, crowns, treasure chests, and the Lady of the Lake. It joins a line-up of Java- based games from Spin3 now 18- strong.
Stockholm-listed online operator
Betsson is to offer Cryptologic’s slot games across its Betsson, Casino Euro and Cherry Casino sites. The three-year agreement, involving at least nine games, has already led to Cryptologic’s Bejeweled going live at Casino Euro.
Gala Casinos in the UK has paid
out the third big prize from its progressive Blackjackpot since the feature was introduced in September. Four aces won more than £33,000 ($49,000) for a local player in Teesside in northern England. The feature, now rolled out to all Gala’s 25 UK casinos, allows Blackjack players to place additional bets that do not affect the main game but enter them for the jackpot.
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