Nevada, one of the few legal online gambling states within the USA released their latest financial report on their land based gambling industry. They noted that casino revenues and online poker revenues had gone down during the month of April.
Casino revenues went down by two million dollars compared to April, 2013. During April, 2013 Nevada was able to bring in $854.3 Million while this year they were only able to bring in $852 Million. Even though this is a slight decrease in revenue it still shows that player activity is slowly dying.
Online Poker has had an extremely rough start in the Silver State, once Nevada was gained approval to operate an online poker market they had a rough start during the first few months. They have yet to break that tradition. Nevada does expect the online poker market to grow substantially over the next month as the 45th World Series of Poker begins in June. The World Series of Poker brings in nearly eighty thousand people per year, poker players from all around the world trying to win the grand prize worth millions of dollars.
The World Series of Poker will also bring new gamblers to the Nevada online poker market. These punters who’ve never experienced online poker will fall in love with the experience gained through these online card games. That in return will allow for Nevada to turn more of a profit for their online poker gambling market.
QuickFire, an offshoot of Microgaming has now become a part of the Vera&John family. This information came to light after the head of gaming at Vera&John made this announcement. They noted that they signed this deal with Microgaming earlier on this week, allowing for all of the QuickFire slots to be added onto Vera&John.
This deal will allow for Vera&John to add all of the mobile and pc platform casino games that Quickfire has developed over the last year. Vera&John is a United Kingdom based online casino, allowing for UK Punters to experience the Quickfire platform for the first time. Adding Quickfire to Vera&John has allowed the casino to gain a library with more than seven hundred casino games.
Kristel Tonna, Head of Gaming at Vera&John made a statement regarding their choice to add the Quickfire Platform onto their casino saying, “There has been a massive demand from our punters to bring more Microgaming developed casino games onto Vera&John but unfortunately we already have every Microgaming developed casino game loaded onto our casino. This is why we choose Quickfire, they are the subsidiary branch of Microgaming and provide an incredible experience to their loyal fans. We market our casino across the United Kingdom, the European Union, Asia and South America. Our United Kingdom fans have requested more Microgaming titles. This is why the Quickfire platform will first be made available to them.”
You can now play all of the Microgaming casino games and Quickfire casino games by registering an account with Vera&John.
World of Warcraft, one of the longest lasting PC MMO’s has had a 35% decrease in subscriptions since the Elder Scrolls Online went into beta mode. Activision announced this after the end of April, noting that when the new Elder Scrolls game goes live across all platforms the MMO will drop more than likely by 75% in Subscriptions. Essentially this could mean the fall of one of the most legendary MMO’s in the world.
This doesn’t mean the MMO won’t be able to operate for at least another five years as the next expansion pack “Warlords of Draenor” has already sold one million copies without it even be released yet, the pre-orders have gone through the roof and are the largest ever seen for a World of Warcraft Expansion Pack. Even if seventy five percent of players stopped subscribing to World of Warcraft there would be nearly five million people playing and paying for the game on a monthly basis. This is more than enough money for Activision to pay the sever fees and still turn a profit.
The only worry for Activision is that the new Elder Scrolls Online MMO will eventually reach the popularity that World of Warcraft did, thus by making all of their subscribers leave the game at some point in time. Though it should be noted that Blizzard, the developers behind WoW are creating a new MMO right now with top of the line graphics. When this game is released it is said to redefine what MMO gaming should be.
The developers behind the Oculus Rift announced that they are planning to developer an MMO that can hold a total of one billion players in it. The MMO would be designed around a mystical world filled with various elements that allow for players to do incredible things no human ever could.
The MMO would have three different continents on one single world, each continent would focus on a different set of abilities in which each continent could fight off one another with. The game won’t have any direct story line and will allow for the players to generate what happens in the game. You could choose to have a full out war or simply have a continent where peace resides. The developers behind the Oculus Rift noted that they would like to have this game completed roughly around 2017 and that it’d be released on the PC and PS4, working alongside Sony to create the Playstation VR Headset.
Kevin Hammer, the creator behind the Oculus Rift made a statement regarding this future MMO saying: “The potential for virtual reality to become a house hold possibility is becoming one step closer with each passing day. We know that come a decade’s time you will no longer be playing with a controller but instead using your mind to program what’s going on in the game. We hope to create an MMO designed in a mystical world with three separate continents, each continent containing a different set of abilities. This future MMO will be released in the fourth quarter of 2017.”
SkillOnNet, a long lasting software developer in the online gambling market announced that they will be releasing fourteen new slots during April. SkillOnNet recently took over WMS Gaming, the slots to be released will be divided between slots created by the software team at WMS and the software team at SkillOnNet.
These new slots will be released on a variety of casinos. These casinos include Slots Magic, a new casino designed around Jackpot Party Casino. Jackpot Party was previously owned by WMS and was closed when SkillOnNet purchased the developers. They then rebranded that casino into Slots Magic, all of the players at Jackpot Party where transferred over to Slots Magic when the casino was launched a month ago.
Kevin Cremer, the European Product Manager at SkillOnNet commented on these future slot releases saying, “Every online gambler enjoys a new slot experience. Last month we took it upon ourselves to release a couple of slots but this month we wanted to give our punters a feast of slots to enjoy. That is why both the SkillOnNet and WMS software teams were hard at work creating games for April in March.”
“The games that are to be released will offer a variety of experiences, giving something that every punter can enjoy. Some of the slots that are being released this month are based around properties such as Elvis, Bruce Lee, Star Trek and The Wizard of Oz. We will also be releasing a sequel to Vampire Feat.”
Microgaming’s Cash Splash jackpot was triggered this week. A lucky punter was able to land on a jackpot worth $100,973 while playing this slot.
Cash Splash is a 5 reel, 15 payline video slot designed to resemble classic slot machines. The game features one jackpot that is constantly expanding. The game also boasts features such as wilds, giving punters the opportunity to land on multiple winning combinations in one spin.
Microgaming has yet to reveal any information pertaining towards where this jackpot was triggered or who won the jackpot. Microgaming did make a statement saying, “Cash Splash is one of the most popular slots that we have ever created. Once this slot became popular amongst online gamblers the jackpot was triggered once a week, averaging a $50,000 jackpot win. It’s wonderful to know that you are changing the lives of multiple punters every year through a simple slot such as Cash Splash. The punter who triggered this jackpot will not reveal his name to the public in order to avoid potential issues, he has said that he plans to use the money he has won towards a vacation and new car.”
The Cash Splash jackpot is triggered on a weekly basis, every four days one punter gets to land on this incredible jackpot. The punter who triggered the $100,973 jackpot win got lucky as it has been ten days since the jackpot was last triggered, thus by allowing for the amount of the jackpot to increase by half of its regular amount.
The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, a pro online gambling group announced that they have published a new report which shows that the majority of citizens within the United States of America don’t agree with the federal banning of online gambling in their country.
Through the poll the coalition was able to gain a percentage of citizens who want online gambling to be regulated and legalized throughout their country. 75% of US Citizens believe online gambling should be legalized while the other 25% agree with the federal banning of all online gambling.
The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection commented on the release of their survey saying, “If the United States Government places a federal banning on online gambling they will destroy a reborn industry in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. Once again the government will be taking away a state’s main source of tax revenue. If the United States Government were to legalize online gambling they along with every state within the country would be able to bring in a considerably larger amount of revenue in their taxes.”
The only issue with these surveys is that multiple coalitions such as the coalition owned by Sheldon Adelson also posts reports that shows the majority of US Citizens not wanting legalized online gambling. Their reports contradict one another, we are unsure as to where the future of online gambling within the United States of America stands but we do know it won’t be banned across the board.
32Red, an online casino operator announced details on some of the future video slots to be released by Microgaming. They revealed the dates for some of Microgaming’s biggest slots to date which includes Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, and Terminator.
32Red made this announcement after they made a post on their website, the post revealed the release dates for the following video slots. The first to be released is Untamed Crowned Eagle, Loose Cannon, Tiger Eyes and Mayan Princess. These video slots will be released on March 5th. The second slots to be released will be High Society, Girls with Guns 2 and Eagle Wings. These three slots will be released on April 9th. On the 7th of May punters will be able to enjoy two new slots named Cool Wolf and Football Star. During the month of June Microgaming will release their video slot Terminator 2, August will have the release of Game of Thrones and September will have the Jurassic Park video slot released into the online gambling market.
These released have not been written in stone and can still be subjected to change. It appears that we will not be seeing any video slots based around blockbuster movies for this summer. 32Red will be one of the first online casinos that receives the all of these new video slots the day that they are released. You can join this online casino today with a welcome bonus, deposit bonus and more.
The progressive slot Queen of Pyramids saw its jackpot triggered this week in the amount of $159,040. This is a Playtech powered slot that includes a number of features along with its progressive jackpot. It is one of more than 30 progressive slots in the Playtech library and was first released 6 years ago.
The player who triggered the jackpot has not been announced as this jackpot was only won a few days ago. It is a safe bet to imagine that at this time they are still celebrating such a healthy win, which jackpots do not come that often, so it is only right that it be celebrated.
The Queen of Pyramids slot is based on an Egyptian them and include the more common Egyptian styled symbols. It includes a number of special add on such as the progressive jackpot but also scatters and wild symbols. Together this can result in substantial wins but the real draw for this slot is its jackpot.
Playtech is one of the world’s larger companies involved in online gaming software and games. They have offices all over the world and employ thousands within the industry directly and thousands more indirectly.
This week has seen those responsible for administering the claims US players had outstanding against Full Tilt poker announcing that payments would commence in February. Full Tilt had all of their funds seized the US justice department last year and until Rational Entertainment purchases Full Tilt player funds were at a loss.
The Department of Justice has now been advised that the initial round of payments will be awarded to players, which to date exceeds 30,000 with claims totalling in excess of $80 million. Those who have completed claims correctly will be paid first, those who have failed to complete claims correctly will then be paid at a later date is approval of their claims is determined. This is expected to occur inside of 3 week with payments completed by the end of March.
There is instructions advising players to check the website for updates relating to payments and the time for processing those payments, which will be by check or directly to player bank accounts. Only those applicants who met the deadline for claims will be considered. Those who failed to submit in time will forfeit any funds owed.
Full Tilt is once again operating under new management but has struggle to regain a loyal following since its initial demise.