The experiment starts this week and all UK based Facebook users aged 18 and over can enjoy online bingo! Also, other online games will be launched in the coming weeks.
Julien Codorniou, Facebook’s head of gaming for Europe, Middle East and Africa said that ‘Gambling is very popular and well regulated in the UK . . . for millions of bingo users it’s already a social experience it makes to offer that as well”.
For long time there have been discussions about the introduction or not of online gambling games to the social network and how they could increase Facebook’s revenues.
Also Zynga ,Facebook’s most important game operator, plans the introduction of a big variety of online gambling games in 2013.
However UK is the only country that can provide online gambling for Facebook users ,at least for now. There are important legal issues regarding the online social network gambling in other countries like the US where the biggest revenues are generated. At the moment playing online with real money is not permitted at all! Recently regulators found a window that could probably lead into the legalization of online real money social gaming.
Julien Codorniou also revealed that Facebook is in discussions with many online gaming operators to enrich its variety of real money online games with casino games like blackjack and roulette.