DoubleDown president Glenn Walcott, who is leaving the company, hangs out with a pirate after being knighted as "Duke of DoubleDown" Wednesday evening at F.X. McRory's.

Glenn Walcott steps down as DoubleDown president, gets knighted as ‘Defender of Seattle Fireworks’

The man who brought the Seattle tech community raining dollar bills, “Gangnam Style” dances and Chewbacca impressions is saying goodbye to the Emerald City and hello to sunny California. DoubleDown Interactive president Glenn Walcott is stepping down after helping lead the Seattle casino games company for the past three years. Walcott told GeekWire that he and his family are… Read More

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Social casino study: Majority of players are middle-aged women; California the ‘luckiest’ state

Who plays social casino games? Where are they from? And when do they play? These are some of the questions answered by the U.S. Social Casino Index study done by DoubleDown Casino, the Seattle maker of casino-style social games that was gobbled up by Las Vegas-based International Game Technology for as much as $500 million last year. The study,… Read More

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Pass Go: DoubleDown partners with Hasbro, launches Monopoly Plus casino game

Monopoly is making its way to DoubleDown Casino. The Seattle maker of casino-style social games that was gobbled up by Las Vegas-based International Game Technology for as much as $500 million last year has partnered with Hasbro to launch Monopoly Plus on the DoubleDown Casino. The game is essentially virtual slots with Monopoly pieces and logos. Players will be able… Read More

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DoubleDown exec: Federally regulated real-money online gambling coming in 1 to 3 years

SAN FRANCISCO–At the casino track of this week’s Casual Connect conference, real-money gambling is one of the big questions hanging over the burgeoning social gambling industry. With Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware all having recently legalized real-money online games, developers are wondering when that same opportunity will be extended across the US. Charles Harper, DoubleDown’s… Read More

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Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year — the top video games… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Perk of the Year

It’s been a long week, so we’re ready to have a little fun. And today’s category in the GeekWire Awards voting should prove to be one of the more entertaining in the lineup. It’s a new category for us designed to showcase the amazing lengths that some companies will go to in order to keep… Read More

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Facebook tests UK gambling in possible preview for US

The characters are cuddly, but don’t let those wobbly eyes fool you — the stakes in this Facebook game are very real. It’s called Bingo Friendzy, and it’s the first game on Facebook to let players win (and lose) real money. It launched this week exclusively in the UK, where online gambling is already a… Read More

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Gambling giant IGT buying Double Down for $500M, moving into Facebook games

Updated with confirmation and details. International Game Technology, which makes real-world casino games and gambling systems, has agreed to pay as much as $500 million to buy Seattle-based Double Down Interactive, a developer of casino-style Facebook games that don’t involve any actual gambling. It’s a major deal that underscores the increasingly blurry line between those… Read More

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Maker of free Facebook casino game doubles down on Seattle

DoubleDown Interactive is well, doubling down, on Seattle. The company, maker of one of the top casino games on Facebook, announced today that it is moving its headquarters to Vulcan’s 505 Union Station building near Pioneer Square. It also announced the hiring of Peter Anderson — formerly of Big Fish Games — as vice president… Read More