New free casinos have launched in Australia to encourage people to play games online.
Key points:The games are available in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and New ZealandSome of the games are free to play while others cost $7.99The games will be available for purchase in the United States, UK and Canada, but players will be able to download them to their smartphone and play for free when they’re ready.
“This is really about taking what people are doing and turning it into something that’s not only entertaining, but also an investment,” said Gary MacLean, the chief executive of mobile game company i-Casino.
“We’ve seen a lot of the game-loving community turn to mobile gaming as a way to get around the boredom of online gaming, which is a big part of why we are launching this in the States.”
The games include titles such as poker, blackjack, black-jack games, roulette and slots.
Some of them are also available in Japan and China, but not all of them.
In the US and UK, they will be free to download.
In Australia, they include games such as Pictionary, Scrabble, Football Manager, Pool Tables and the Poker Room, as well as games such and poker games as Slots and Craps.
The games, which will be offered free of charge to Australian customers until they are removed from the iTunes store, are part of a wider strategy by the gaming industry to attract more people online.
The launch of the US games comes as online gambling becomes more mainstream.
“We believe that it is time to move the industry forward and provide people with the opportunity to enjoy the games they love without being put off by the risk of their money being lost,” said Mr MacLean.
“And it is vital to our industry to provide the gaming community with a safe and easy way to gamble without fear of being caught.”
In the UK, free online casinos have been available since October but they will only be available to players in the UK.
A similar free casino in the U.K. was launched last month.
In France, online gambling is illegal, but licensed gaming companies can still offer games to people, albeit at a higher cost.
Casino mogul Pierre Lefevre has said he wants to open 50 to 60 of the more than 10,000 casinos in France by 2020.
“Casino players need to be in control of their own destiny and they should not have to be on the receiving end of decisions that are based on personal preferences,” he said.
“It’s about the right choice for the player, not necessarily the right decision for the company.”