Zynga has withdrawn its application for an interactive gaming license in Nevada. Zynga appears on the September Nevada Gaming Control Board preliminary agenda. The action listed is a “request to withdraw applications”. Zynga’s request to withdraw its application was granted, according to the current agenda. A source at Zynga also confirmed the news to USPoker today.
Zynga announced its intent to abandon real money gaming plans in the US during its Q2 2013 earnings report. An excerpt from the report states:
“Zynga believes its biggest opportunity is to focus on free to play social games. While the Company continues to evaluate its real money gaming products in the United Kingdom test, Zynga is making the focused choice not to pursue a license for real money gaming in the United States. Zynga will continue to evaluate all of its priorities against the growing market opportunity in free, social gaming, including social casino offerings.”
Zynga’s move to withdraw its Nevada interactive gaming license application confirms that the company’s intent to stay out of the real money gaming market in the US has not changed. The company continues to operate ZyngaPlusPoker, a skin on the Party Poker Network that offers real money online poker to UK players.