Maryland Live! launch new social casino; Yahoo Games to close Friday the 13th

maryland-live-social-casino-yahoo-games-friday-13thMaryland’s leading brick-and-mortar casino has rolled out a “new & improved” GAN-powered social casino offering.

On Wednesday, Maryland Live! officially unveiled its new Live! Social Casino in both website and app (iOS and Android) form, but don’t look for it on Facebook, cuz the casino thinks Mark Zuckerberg already has enough money. – top-level domain and all – is billed as a cross between a freeplay website and a ‘freemium’ social casino, with a generous assortment of slots and table games available for both solitary and tournament play. You don’t have to be a member of the Live! Rewards Club to play, but members’ online game play will earn rebates on real-world purchases at the casino.

The new site is powered by GAN, which inked a deal to provide its Simulated Gaming product for the casino one year ago back when GAN was still known as GameAccount Network. GAN has inked similar deals with a growing number of brick-and-mortar casinos in New Jersey, Nevada, California, Ohio and other states.

As one exclamation point site launches, another closes. Internet giant Yahoo! recently announced it would be shutting down its venerable Yahoo! Games portal effective Friday, May 13.

The pioneering site had been entertaining gamers since 1998 but its Java- and Flash-based luster had long since worn off, despite recent efforts to appeal to a broader audience via the addition of a swathe of third-party social casino titles. In February, Yahoo telegraphed the site’s imminent demise by labeling it a “legacy product.”

Yahoo Games stopped accepting in-game purchases on Monday and players holding in-game purchases have been instructed to come to some arrangement with third-party game publishers. Yahoo’s “end-of-life FAQ” says the company has asked publishers to develop a “transition plan” for gamers who have made in-game purchases.