Zynga Gambles On Real-Money Gambling Games On Facebook In U.K.

Struggling game developer Zynga is gambling on gambling, launching real-money Facebook gambling games including ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino in the U.K., where online gambling is legal.

VentureBeat reported on Zynga’s announcement in Barcelona, Spain, where Facebook Director of Games Partnerships Sean Ryan introduced the Facebook games, which Zynga did not specify a launch date for.

The real-money gambling versions of the pre-existing Zynga titles were produced in partnership with U.K. online gambling outfit Bwin.party, according to VentureBeat, which added that Web and downloadable versions of the games were released in the U.K. in April.

According to VentureBeat, game players will have to prove that they are 18 or older and live in areas where the games are legal, and they will have to lay out deposits to Bwin.party in order to ensure that they can pay for chips.

VentureBeat added that Zynga reached its partnership with Bwin.party about six weeks after real-money gambling executive Maytal Olsha joined the developer, and the pact between the two companies is enabling Zynga’s games to gain approval quickly.

Readers: Do you think real-money gambling games should be allowed on Facebook?

Screenshots courtesy of Zynga, via VentureBeat.

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