Facebook has added a third partner to their real-money gaming fold, that partner in this case being Bonza Gaming. Bonza joins Gamesys and 888 as the only companies authorized by Facebook to provide real-money gaming opportunities.
Gamesys and 888 have both used those deals to launch real-money bingo games thus far, which are currently only open to UK residents (as per Facebook’s current policy), but should be extended to other regions in the future.
Bonza immediately launched their real-money offering, Bonza Slots following the finalization and announcement of the partnership. Those games have been developed in partnership with Net Entertainment, who will continue to develop and add more slot and casino offerings to the Bonza Slots app in the future.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Net Entertainment, which after a thorough supplier selection process was the clear winner, and the supplier which could provide our venture with Facebook the best long term strategic value and stability. We are now focused on delivering a successful commercial launch, and with our combined knowledge and experience, I am very positive about this long term partnership”, said Rick Brownlow, CEO at Bonza Gaming.
Net Entertainment is no stranger to real-money gaming, which made them an attractive and experienced partner for Bonza. Net Entertainment boasts over 15 years in the casino gaming industry as a developer of both online and offline slots and casino games. They also operate several online casinos themselves (which naturally use their own software).
For their part, Net Entertainment is also thrilled with the deal, and look forward to expanding their offerings to Facebook users through Bonza Slots.
“Net Entertainment is one of the first suppliers of online casino games to enter real money gaming on Facebook and I am very pleased that we are partnering with Bonza Gaming as their casino platform provider of choice,” said Per Eriksson, president and CEO at Net Entertainment.
“Net Entertainment’s gaming portfolio contains several of the world’s most popular games on the traditional online casino market and I am positive that the users on Facebook will be provided with a great experience. Real money gaming over Facebook is a new exciting distribution channel for Net Entertainment and is closely linked to the company’s existing core business.”
Bonza Slots will use advanced age verification and identity confirmation tools to ensure their platform isn’t being abused, and that it offers a safe social gaming environment for everyone involved. The company will initially focus on Barclaycard as their major payment service provider, with additional options planned for the future.
The launch of Bonza Slots is a great achievement for the young London-based startup, who began development on the product just 6 months previous, with backing from Sportingbet and Plumbee, two companies with expertise in the online gaming sector. And as the first company to offer a wide selection of real-money games on Facebook, they are poised to be at the forefront of this exciting and brave new social gaming world.