Rolls out New Games

24 October 2000
Sitting still is never an option for successful gaming software suppliers. Thanks to the growing popularity of both the Internet and e-gambling, game developers are constantly forced to come up with newer, faster, snazzier and better games. Because of this, a handful of Net betting companies have debuted new software products in the last month or two, and among them is, a Java game developer with more than 40 licensees. The company recently released several new games, including multi-player pai gow, Spanish 21, pull-tabs and multi-player Texas hold 'em.

Promoted as the first ever Java-based multi-player card game, multi-player Texas hold 'em was introduced during last week's World Gaming Congress and Expo in Las Vegas. Players from anywhere in the world can join in the multi-player games and use the in-game chat feature. "We're very excited about the introduction of Texas hold 'em," said Mark Waters, director of business development for "It's the fourth in a series of new interactive games that we have developed to add to our commonly known casino games.

The game has a table limit of 10 players and offers minimum bets from $2-$4 up to $50-$100, with a maximum rake of $3 per hand or $1 for one-on-one games. The games also offer private online poker rooms. The game is currently undergoing beta testing and is likely to be available on all licensees' sites by the end of the year.

Additionally, some clients asked the company to develop slot games, leading to the release of the Classic, Wild West, All-American, grand slam, cherry pie and pirates of the Caribbean slot games. The slot games have proven particularly popular, according to Jodie Thind of Thrive Media, which handles marketing for "These new games have increased the sites' deposits by up to 20 percent since the beginning of October," she said.

Thind attributes GamblingSoftware's success to their superb game offerings. The factors she believes that sets GamblingSoftware apart from competitors include richer graphics, fast play, instant play (no downloads), fully customizable games (which can be done in-house and takes only two to four weeks to accomplish), along with very user friendly games. "The multi-player Java games give us a competitive edge," she added.

GamblingSoftware is one of the best-known software suppliers in the industry. It was founded in 1997 and was one of the first companies to develop Java casino games. The company boasts that it offers e-gamblers an experience filled with rich sounds, graphics and eye-catch animations. The company is located in Grenada, where licensees can obtain a virtual casino license as part of's turnkey offering. Operators can also choose to locate in other licensing jurisdictions with the company's assistance.

Vicky Nolan joined the IGN staff in October 1999. She's best known for inventing fire, the wheel and swiss cheese. She can be reached at