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Betting the Farmville May Be in Your Future: Online Gaming Goes After Real Money

The fuzzy line between gaming and gambling online is getting fuzzier: the Silicon Valley developers behind popular social media games like Farmville, Mafia Wars and Words with Friends have sent applications for a Nevada online gambling license. San Francisco-based leading social media games developer Zynga says they are after market trends and wish to be ready when online gambling becomes appropriate in key states such as Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware to make use of their potential market share.

‘There is no question there is interest that is great all kinds of people in games of opportunity, whether it’s for real cash or virtual rewards,’ said CEO of Zynga, Mark Pincus. The company failed to meet revenue expectations last year and is looking to gambling dollars online as being a marketing strategy that is new. They truly are not the only social media gaming app developers to do this, either.

It Just Makes Dollars and Sense

The shift to video gaming for bucks from just gaming that is plain fun is a practical one: it means more revenues for gaming app developers. While the U.K. is already enjoying real-money video gaming, it’s inevitable that exactly the same trend will come to America once imminent legalization takes place in a couple of key states.

‘Gambling in the U.S. is controlled by a couple of land-based casinos and some powerful Indian casinos,’ said Chris Griffin, CEO of the London-base […]