Zynga Inc., the social gaming giant, made an announcement Thursday that it will soon launch a brand new gaming platform, separating it from the social networking site Facebook.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, this move on the part of Zynga will one day enable it to launch a real money online gaming site without the assistance of Facebook. Based in San Francisco, Zynga, which has presented to millions of Facebook users popular games such as CastleVille, Words with Friends, CityVille, and Zynga Poker, is closely associated with Facebook and will continue being associated with Facebook in future too.
In a recently issued press release Mark Pincus, the co-founder of Zynga, said, “In 2007 Facebook changed the game with their courageous move to open their platform to us all. We’re proud to be a part of Facebook’s ecosystem and we built Zynga.com to complement their pervasive social graph. Zynga.com will be one of the first sites completely integrated with Facebook which has become the world’s social dial-tone.”
A Facebook spokesman has revealed that the social networking site is not interested in the real money gaming business.
Zynga Poker had made public its intention to explore possibilities of launching real money online poker back in January. However, this is easier said than done in the US, where the company has to get a license from a jurisdiction that has legalized and regulated the online poker gaming industry.
Fortunately, Nevada has recently prepared a regulatory framework for the online poker industry and is currently processing applications from operators who wish to launch real money gambling businesses in Nevada. If Zynga Poker wants to grab a share of the online poker market in Nevada, it has to get into a partnership deal with a land-based casino in Nevada. So far, Zynga has not shown any interest in entering the US intrastate poker market.
On Wednesday, however, a Dow Jones Newswire report quoted Pincus as suggesting that the company might get into a partnership deal with Wynn Resorts. This land-based casino gaming company has not made public any intention to get into a partnership deal with any online gaming operator after it broke all connection with PokerStars following the federal government crackdown of April 15, 2011.
Meanwhile California, the place where Zynga is based, has expressed its intention to follow in the footsteps of Nevada and draw a regulatory framework for online poker.