LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Dec. 13, 2010) – GameAccount Network, the leading software developer of skill and casino games, has formally announced the opening of its proprietary Internet Gaming System (“IGS”) to third party content developers, ahead of the Italian Government’s decree to regulate cash play casino and slots in 2011, a market analysts estimate at up to €20billion annually.
Since 2008, GameAccount Network has supplied leading Italian operators starting with SNAI and followed by Lottomatica, Sisal, Intralot Italia, Eurobet Italia and Cogetech and the company is responsible for the majority of the €8,8m ($11.7m) wagered on Italian skill games such as Briscola, Scopa, Blackjack and Burraco during November 2010 (source: Agicos). In the same month the company launched a suite of ‘for-free’ Casino Games specifically optimised for the Italian market with SNAI, and another major licensee is expected before the end of the year.
These preparatory steps are towards the launch of real money Casino Games and the company has announced an open door policy to partners with best-of-breed gaming content, ensuring compelling choices for its Italian licensee’s. Indeed, integration with some European third party content platforms and the selection of localised casino games is now underway, with the first partnerships set to be announced in early 2011.
Deployed on hardware in the UK, Alderney, Gibraltar and Italy, today’s announcement allows GameAccount Network IGS to provide a valuable distribution opportunity to third party developers with compelling gaming content, in to regulated markets such as Italy and through its existing licensee operators.
The company’s fully integrated software solution is compatible with the stringent requirements of the Italian and Alderney Regulators.
“By developing a competent API (Application Protocol Interface) for both third party integrations and the localised rollout of casino games, GameAccount Network is ready and waiting to bring regulated Italian gaming operators the best platform and gaming content available today. We’ve already completed our first bingo product platform integration and in contrast to other platform providers, we are opening our doors to developers of other exciting casino content.” commented Dermot Smurfit, Managing Director of GameAccount Network.
“Our mission in 2011 is to bring our licensees in the emerging Italian market, and indeed, for all markets, best-of-breed Casino Games.”