iPhones will soon be used as mobile
iPhone userswill soon be able to bet with real money at online slots , after the American company Big Fish Games will introduce in the UK a version of its Big Fish Casino, where such games are legal.
The application will be available in the Apple App Store in the coming weeks, and the company Betable, partner of London ‘s Big Fish, will process bets in the program, reports Bloomberg .
Game developers are building digital versions of the casinos in Las Vegas, given that, according to Juniper Research, users of smartphones and tablets will bet 100 billion dollars annually through such devices by 2017, up from about 20 billion dollars last year .
“It is the greatest opportunity for game developers since the apparition of the Internet ,” said Christopher Griffin , CEO of Betable.
In the UK, companies like Betfair Group and William Hill are makeing casino applications for iPhone. Betabile collaborates with several other game manufacturers to launch real money games this year, Griffin said .
Apple Stores are hosting a growing number of casino applications, but the company does not receive a portion of the money from their sale, said Tom Neumayr, a spokesman for the company. These games are allowed in the App Store as long as local laws are complied with, he said.
Last year, Apple prevented Big Fish to operate a subscription- based service that would have given iPad users access to dozens of video games.
Many users pay for virtual currency to bet on slots, poker and other games of Big Fish, although they can not collect winnings. These users are likely to participate in real bets in casinos, said Paul Thelen, general manager of Big Fish.