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Big Fish CEO sees clear line between social casinos and real online gambling

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – It’s a tumultuous time for the social casino market. As real-money gambling heads to the Internet in fits and starts, companies that make casino-style social games might seem best positioned to capitalize on the Internet gambling trend. But the leader of one of those companies, Big Fish CEO Paul Thelen, cautions that social gaming… Read More

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Here’s how you can win $100K by playing a free social casino game

Real-money gambling hasn’t quite made it to the United States yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win a nice chunk of money — like, $100,000 — via free-to-play social casino apps. RealNetworks’ GameHouse Casino is debuting what it calls the “first-ever” real-money sweepstakes in a social casino game called The Golden Dreams Sweepstakes. Ken… Read More

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Three top execs leave Zynga

Don Mattrick is cleaning house at Zynga, it seems. Bloomberg reports today that three top executives at the social gaming company have left, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Nathan Etter, who used to be a Vice President of Games at the company, now lists himself on LinkedIn as a Vice President at the… Read More

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Report: Social casino game revenues on the rise

With the arrival of social casino games, no longer must you drive to the local casino to try your luck at hitting 21 or rolling craps. It’s as easy as going on the Internet to gamble, and the numbers now show that the market for social casino games is growing exponentially. A study from research firm… Read More