Playtech Technology to Provide Online Casinos with Mahjong
Online casino technology firm Playtech has announced that it intends to offer Asian casino fans a new range of games based on the Chinese game of mahjong. The technology firm, in conjunction with Korean developer Tanksoft, will initially provide eleven online casinos with a series of mahjong games, including country-specific versions. Chief executive of the online casino technology firm, Avigur Zmora, says that licensees can expect to receive the games by the end of the year.
The announcement is expected to prompt further orders from online casinos for mahjong, including some of Playtech technology’slargest customers, Empire Online and Bet 365. The game of mahjong, traditionally played by several players using tiles and cards, has made a successful transition to online casino sites in the last year, and has proved especially successful with Asian fans of online casinos.
The online casino technology firm’s shares, which listed on the London Stock Exchange at 257 pence in March, closed at 338 pence on Thursday. Playtech is one of the four largest software providers for the online casinos industry and is valued at around 720 million pounds.