Wireless gaming takes off in the US
By Paul
The market for wireless gambling is starting to take off. Earlier this month World Gaming signed a three-year licensing agreement with wireless company Sona Innovations to build wireless applications for World Gaming's gambling outlets -- blackjack, slots and sportsbook.

'The wireless market is growing exponentially, and it represents a very real opportunity for World Gaming to expand its global presence -- particularly in Europe and Asia, where wireless gaming is more advanced,' said World Gaming chief executive Michael Aymong.

Internet analysis company Datamonitor has predicted that by 2006, Europe will have more than 150 million wireless gamers, while the wireless gaming market in the United States is expected to reach 124 million users.

The US has always been the benchmark for new consumer technology, with the exception of mobile phones. That may changing - as of today, Verizon wireless customers can play black jack on their Get It Now(SM) mobile phones, courtesy of wireless media company, Mobliss.

The game, Wild West Black Jack, features old west style graphics and animations, including a sneaky looking dealer and saloon style background waitress. The game is available for a one-time fee of $4.99, or a monthly fee of $1.99, both options providing users with unlimited game play.

While this is the first Mobliss game to be available through Get It Now from Verizon Wireless, Mobliss is expected to provide additional mobile games including game show competitions, like the ever-popular Family Feud.

Brian Levin, president and co-founder of Mobliss said of the deal: 'It's the most familiar and traditional games that seem to generate the greatest interest from wireless customers, and Wild West Black Jack is the first of many established, easy-to-play mobile games that Mobliss will be providing Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers.'

Wild West Black Jack and other mobile games and applications will be available on the Verizon Wireless Z-800, the Motorola T720 and the Kyocera QCP 3035B.

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