It has been a long time coming, but we all knew that it would happen eventually. Facebook has launched its first real-money gambling application, allowing players to earn real cash prizes for playing online bingo games. It is a ground-breaking development, and will likely open the floodgates for real-money gaming on the social networking site.
The application is called Bingo Friendzy, launched by Jackpot Joy. With an existing Facebook following that is already millions strong, Jackpot Joy was certainly the front-runner in the race to launch real-money gambling on the site. Jackpot Joy also operates its own online casino website, which offers hundreds of unique games designed by GameSys.
A number of fun features will be available on the new application, including Community Progressive Jackpots and Bonus Games. Like all online bingo games, Bingo Friendzy offers players the ability to chat amongst themselves while playing, highlighting the social aspect of the game. As such, it seems to be the perfect choice for Facebook’s first real-money social casino game.
Initially, the game will only be available to players in the United Kingdom. The country is one of the few that has liberal gambling laws, allowing its residents to take part in regulated online gambling activities offered by a wide range of operators. The UK’s online gambling laws also ensure that safe and responsible gambling tools are available to all of the application’s players.
To ensure that underage gambling is not an issue, a number of safeguards have been employed. Firstly, players will have to undergo strict identity verification measures to ensure that they are of age. Additionally, all news feed activities for the new application will not be viewable by individuals who are under the legal gambling age. Geo-location technology will also prevent players outside of the UK from access the new real-money bingo application on Facebook.