Feeds

Facebook touts gambling to 'responsible' Brits

One arm bandits are go... bitch

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Facebook has - for the first time - opened up its network to gamblers wanting to play online via the service in the UK. The first gambling application on the social network was added this morning.

The Mark Zuckerberg-run company has "age-gating" and "geo-location" technology to help determine that anyone wishing to play real cash games on the site is least 18 years old and living in Blighty.

London-based Gamesys, which runs online bingo for Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun, added its Jackpotjoy gaming app – dubbed Bingo & Slots Friendzy – to Facebook's UK App Centre earlier this morning.

"People love playing new types of games with their friends on Facebook and real money gaming is a popular leisure activity in the UK," said the dominant social network's head of EMEA gaming, Julien Codorniou.

Gamesys, which also has offices in Newcastle, Malta and Gibraltar, said that a "series of controls" would be put in place to prevent youngsters and "vulnerable people" from playing the bingo app on Facebook. Among other things, identity checks will be carried out.

For Facebook, the decision to add a gambling app to its network is a bit of a no-brainer in terms of generating new revenue streams from its users in the UK. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.