Ubisoft, one of the largest video game developers and an industry leader announced that they won’t be abandoning the last generation of consoles. That means that players can expect to see more Ubisoft developed games on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Fans of Ubisoft developed games have approved of this announcement as the majority of them own one of the two consoles from the last generation. The new consoles cost a large amount of money and the majority of games currently can’t afford to purchase the Playstation 4 or Xbox One.
Ubisoft released a statement on their twitter account saying, “We have been receiving criticism from fans saying that we won’t continue to make games for the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 after this year. We would like to ensure those players that we have plans to create new games for both consoles of the last generation for the next five years. Afterwards we will solely focus our efforts on the Xbox One and Playstation 4. We would never abandon the majority of our fans.”
Currently, Ubisoft has plans to release a new Assassins Creed for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 this year. Watch Dogs is also a new game being developed by Ubisoft that is also being released on both of the last generation consoles. Five years is a long time for a studio as large as Ubisoft to create games, players can expect at least eight more games from Ubisoft for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Microsoft, the creators behind all three Xbox’s announced today that Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now being re-mastered for the Xbox One. This doesn’t surprise anyone as Halo 5 was just announced, releasing the three previous games in the series would allow for people who haven’t experience Halo to catch up on what’s going on without having to purchase any of the old game or consoles.
The Xbox One isn’t being advertised as a video game console but instead as a home entertainment console. People who have never purchased a console in their life are now purchasing the Xbox One due to the mass amount of things that the system can do. Those people are more than likely going to purchase a video game for the first time and Microsoft wants those video games to be the re-mastered Halo games and Halo 5. The reason for this is because Halo is Microsoft’s most popular franchise, making it more popular is only a good thing for Microsoft.
The re-mastered Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4 Games are being called “The Master Chief Halo Collection”. There is no word as to when the game will be released, we suspect that will gain more insight as to the future of these re-mastered Halo games at E3 2014. Microsoft has yet to make any comments regarding the game, instead only announcing the release of this game after a series of rumors arose at IGN regarding four re-mastered Halo Games.
Phil Ivey, a US Professional Poker Player is now being sued by Atlantic City based Borgata Casino. Borgata claimed that Phil Ivey alongside an associate cheated while playing Baccarat Row, winning a total of $9.6 Million from the online casino.
Mr. Ivey and his associate found a defect within the deck of cards. This in return allowed for them to arrange their hands in a certain way in order to win money. While they were gambling, Ivey and his accomplice were wagering $25,000 to $100,000 with each hand they made. This in return allowed for them to win large sums of money from Borgata.
Borgata stated that using this defect in the software to their advantage is a direct violation of the Online Gambling Regulations set by New Jersey. They said that this should make any winnings invalid instantaneously.
Kansas City took it upon themselves to collect all of the defective cards used in the same. A Judge than noted that Borgata’s responsibility is to offer realistic software and that by having this defect in their software isn’t Phil Ivey’s fault. Phil Ivey looks like he will be taking this case as well as the $9.6 Million that he was able to win.
Phil Ivey and The Borgata Casino has refused to make any comments regarding the lawsuit. The reason for this is because Borgata knows that Mr. Ivey will most likely win the lawsuit as it was their mistake in the software.
A lucky player was able to have a wonderful start to the end of their month when they landed on a jackpot win worth $145, 510 while playing Caribbean Stud Poker, a table game developed by RealTime Gaming. This game boasts a red poker table, regular poker cards and various seats for player avatars to sit in. The game feels realistic and boasts an experience that cannot be matched by RTG’s competition.
The jackpot was taken at Bodog, an online casino that is famous across the online gambling industry. Bodog boasts a variety of gambling services which includes Table Games, Card Games, Slots, Arcade Games and many more. You can play Caribbean Stud Poker at Bodog and receive a welcome bonus in order to better the amount of money you can wager with each hand.
Bodog made a statement regarding the win saying, “We love to see our punters win a large amount of money through any of our casino games. It brings great joy to know that we are able to help change the lives of dozens of punters by offering large progressive jackpots such as this one. We are unsure as to what the winning punter plans to do with the money he has won, we haven’t been able to reach him for a public comment as he wishes to remain anonymous to the public eye.”
You can play Caribbean Stud Poker at any online casino that boasts the RealTime Gaming Software.
Over the course of the last three months in 2014 Yggdrasil Gaming has been licensed out by a series of operators. The fourth operator to be added to that list in this short time span in Videoslots.com. The two operators signed a content supply deal with one another, this deal will allow for Videoslots.com to gain all of the 25 games developed by Yggdrasil Gaming. Any new games created by the developers will also be added to the casino.
The three other recent content deals made with Yggdrasil Gaming included Vera&John, Mr Green and LeoVegas.
Chief Executive for Yggdrasil Gaming, Fredrik Elmqvist commented on the deal during an interview saying, “Yggdrasil Gaming has a strict motto that we follow by. That motto is to make sure that we only license out our software to operators that have a strong vision on the future of online gambling. We want to ensure ourselves that we will remain in the market for years to come while at the same time still providing an innovative experience. Videoslots.com follows the same guidelines as our motto making them a perfect operator for our software.”
He continued on by saying, “We are delighted to offer the Yggdrasil Gaming experience to Videoslots.com and the three other operators who have licensed out our software this year. We firmly believe that each one of them will make the experience they offer through our slots unique in their own way. We just hope that their players enjoy the experience as much as the operators did.”
The “American Group Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection” released an Ad Campaign is moving into a series of paid advertisements that will run them a bill of $250,000 in just the first phase. These Advertisements will express how online gambling can be beneficial to the USA and its citizens if it were to be legalized.
The Coalition now has the support of the PPA, the American Gaming Association as well as MGM. The Coalition was created earlier on this year in order to combat Sheldon Adelson’s personal Coalition that focuses on stopping online gambling as a whole. As of right now the battle rages on with both Coalition’s releasing surveys, advertisements and more in order to fight one another.
A spokeswoman for CCOP, Kristen Hawn commented on the announcement of this new ad campaign saying, “As of right now we have finished everything involving Phase One. Phase two is still in the works but is close to being done. All three phases will work to further combat the banning of online gambling which is so strongly supported by Sheldon Adelson.”
She continued by saying, “Online gambling can help the United States of America in a great way. Through tax revenues the federal government would gain billions of dollars a year. That money could be used to pay off our deficit, better our school systems and so much more. Sheldon Adelson is fighting a battle that he cannot win. Even if online gambling is banned now, one day it will be legalized and regulated due to the tax revenues that can be made from it.”
The Gambling Commission for the United Kingdom released a new study which proves that online punters in Britain haven’t wagered as much money this year as online bets have fallen by 2%.
When looking at statistics for the U.K, it was found that only 40% chooses to gamble online. The majority of online players are male with only 10% being female. Those who do gamble online, with the majority being males, wagered their money on payday and decreased their wagers in-between pay periods. Those who are females on the other hand continued a steady betting rate thus allowing for them to wager the same amount throughout the entire month. Due to the males wagering all of their money within the period of a few days the amount of wagers being made dropped by 2%.
This study shows that online gambling in the United Kingdom is still a popular form of entertainment that brings in a large amount of profit for the country but it also shows that males are more likely to spend their money rashly instead of safely.
The study also showed that the majority of online punters preferred to gamble on their mobile devices, wagering more money on the go instead of wagering more money at home. 73% of online punters in Britain said that they don’t even gamble at an online casino anymore but instead have made the complete switch over to mobile gambling. Thus by showing a stronghold in mobile gambling.
Police Authorities from the Philippines announced that they arrest ten individuals South Korean citizens who were involved in the operation of an illegal online gambling ring located in Manilla. This gambling ring primarily focused on video poker, blackjack, baccarat and keno.
The announcement of this raid came from the Senior Police Superintendent Officer Gilbert Sosa. He said that eight of those arrested were male and the other two were female. They were taken into custody from a luxurious apartment complex which they rented from in order to operate their illegal gambling ring. Police made connections between this gambling ring and another gambling ring that was recently shut down in South Korea. Officials from the Philippines believe that these individuals are the last surviving ten from the gambling ring in South Korea and that they moved operations to the Philippines in hopes that they wouldn’t get caught. Two of the suspects who were charged are fugitives in South Korea.
The group would use the Manilla illegal gambling website they owned to receive money from South Korean players, processing their money through banking and making payments back to players. During the gambling raid police were able to seize multiple computers, ID Cards, Networking Devices, Mobile Phones and more.
The authorities from the Philippines have yet to come out and speak about this case, release the names of the ten individuals arrested and let the public know what their punishment will be. As always when new details arise we will keep you updated on new developments.
US Attorney Jeff Ifrah is famous for his representation towards online gambling related cases in court. He has helped dozens of online casinos and gambling properties. He released his own predictions on what will happen with online gambling in 2014.
Jeff Ifrah, the Washington DC Based attorney wrote a post on his blog on what he felt believes to be the results of the US Gambling Market in 2014. The following posts are the major predictions that we believe will also come true within the new year.
Mr. Ifrah said that there will be player pool sharing deals between states that offer legal online gambling. He suspects that Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey will combine the three states as one so that there will be larger prize pools, competitive games, liquidity and larger progressive jackpots.
He continued on in his blog saying that the odds for California to legalize online poker is 50/50 as of right now. If and when online poker becomes legal in the state is unsure right now but if it is legalized California will become the most profitable state ever known to the USA.
Jeff Ifrah also suspects that the US Supreme Court will finally talk about and most likely approve the “Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act” which will allow for sports betting to become legal in the state of New Jersey which in return will allow for the state to grow considerably more in revenue.
Scientific Games, a well known internet gambling software developer announced that they have extended their licensing deal with toy developer Hasbro. This will allow for the software developer to be given access to various new territories and brands.
The new agreement will extend the relationship between the two developed which was set to end at the end of 2013. The new deal will have the two companies working with one another until 2020 with the potential to renew the contract again until 2023. New licenses can include Transformers, Monopoly, G.I Joe and more.
The two companies made their first deal all the way back in 1997 when the online gambling market was still new and young.
Scientific Games Chief Creative Officer Steve Saferin commented on the extension saying, “We have loved being a part of the Hasbro brand for nearly a decade now. It is an honor to continue to work with them in the creation of new slot and casino games. Our long lasting relationship together as partners could last for more than two decades. We hope that the opportunities we receive from this extension will benefit both of our companies as they always have.”
The Senior Vice President of Hasbro Digital Gaming Mark Blecher also commented on the extension saying, “Expanding the time period of our licensing agreement will allow for us to continue to work closely with Scientific Gaming. We will be able to continue to provide online punters with the best experience available for our brands.”