Zynga files Nevada online gaming application
Social game developer Zynga took its first official step toward offering real-money gambling games in the US by filing preparatory paperwork for a preliminary finding of suitability to hold a gaming license in Nevada. The state gaming board said it would examine Zynga's financial standing and regulatory track record as part of the application, and would make a decision within 12-18 months.
Zynga has long expressed its interest in delving into real-money games, but has also cautioned that the US won't likely be one of its initial markets.
"As we've said previously, the broader US market is an opportunity that's further out on the horizon based on legislative developments, but we are preparing for a regulated market," Zynga Chief Revenue Officer Barry Cottle said in a statement.
The move in Nevada follows an announcement by Zynga in October that it plans to partner with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment to offer real-money poker and casino-style games in the UK in the first half of next year.