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Struggles of Online Casino Software Giant Result in a Resignation & Layoffs

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
At this rate, Cryptologic Software may just find a place in the museum...

At this rate, Cryptologic Software may just find a place in the museum...

All I can say is Holy #%&*! When I checked out the news headlines today and saw that top-tier online casino software developer, Cryptologic, reported 2nd Quater losses of $12 million and $16 million in losses for 2010 thus far, my mouth dropped and those were the words that came out. God forgive me. Better yet, God, please forgive Cryptologic’s longtime, now-former CEO, Brian Hadfield, who announced his resignation along with the 2nd Quarter report.

And not that Hadfield personally needs to do any repentance. I don’t know, maybe he does. But to blame a single person for one company’s performance isn’t entirely fair. Mr. Hadfield certainly brought plenty to the table when we was appointed Director of the company little over three years ago and CEO just ten months thereafter. Playing an active management role at Unisys for over twenty years, Hadfield oversaw a workforce of 9,000 employees as Managing Director and grew the company’s revenue nearly a quarter to over $1 billion.

So ya, going from said success to a company which was already sort of in the danger zone, is a big change to say the least. Personally, if I was CEO of a company and had to explain a $16 million quarter loss, I’d probably step down as well. But then again, I guess Cryptologic hasn’t been doing that well for quite some time.

In my opinion, I think it was the passing of the UIGEA and the company’s decision to drop out of the U.S. market that put a major toll on the software developer. Also, other than Inter Casino, Cryptologic doesn’t have an impressive cadre of online casinos and wide area progressive jackpots as say Microgaming or Playtech.

More specifically, it was Cryptologic’s decision to focus on licensing it’s online casino software platform to third party operators, rather than creating an online casino platform of it’s own – a business model which Playtech Software has accomplished with great success – that several industry analysts have blamed Cyrptologic’s woes on. Even with clients the likes of Betfair, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Victor Chandler, not to mention a licensing agreement with Marvel and DC Comics (resulting in some impressive big-brand online slot machines), Cryptologic has remained in the red since 2007.

I mean, at this stage in the game, it really makes you wonder about all those anti-Cryptologic websites out there claiming the company is run by the Russian mafia. Why is Cryptologic reporting all these losses, while the rest of the industry (at least top-tier software developers) are still doing just fine? Why is Brian Hadfield really resigning from his post? Conscience gotten the best of him? Too much vodka breath, aka Russian mafia breathing down his back?

Conjecture aside, Cryptologic is a NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange-listed company and one of the “founding fathers” of the online gambling industry. The “propaganda” out there, however, could be having more of a negative impact than anyone would like to admit…other than those spreading it, of course.

As for the future fate of Cryptologic, that will be in the hands (on a interim basis) of Chairman, David Gavagan. In the meantime, the company plans on making cuts to its 200+ workforce, none of which will take place in the company’s Dublin-based headquarters, where roughly 20-30 employees still hold post.

41st Annual Comic-Con International to Draw Light on Marvel Online Casino Slots

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

InterCasinoMarvelSlotsWith the 41st Annual San Diego Comic-Con International taking place this month, it seems fitting to give a nod to super heroes. More specifically, for the sake of this blog, it seems fitting to give a nod to the original Marvel super hero slots by Cryptologic Software.

Of course, now there is Marvel slots by Playtech – and Cryptologic has even expanded it’s own repertoire to include DC comic book characters – but for now, let’s keep our sites focused on Cryptologic’s contribution to the world of online gambling super heroes. I mean, after all, Cryptologic’s Marvel Slots have become the most successfully branded online slots to date.

Currently, there are seventeen different Marvel comics branded in Cryptologic’s Marvel Slots series, with some superhero’s even getting multiple versions. Hulk, for example, has two titles under his belt: “The Incredible Hulk” and “Hulk – The Ultimate Revenge”. Think of it as just as another comic in the series, or in the case of online casino gambling, more ways to wager.

The indomitable Spider Man also has two titles: “Spiderman” and “Spiderman Revelations”. Again, it’s pretty much the same theme and playing structure but with different ways to wins, bonus rounds, and of course, a slightly different story line told by Cryptologic’s impressive animation graphics.

Other titles in the Marvel Slots series include, “Captain America”, “Blade”, “Ghost Rider”, “Iron Man”, “Silver Surfer”, “Daredevil”, “The Punisher”, “The Sub-Mariner”, “X-Men”, “Electra”, “Fantastic Four”, “Thor” and for when you just can’t get enough Wolverine from the X-Men slot, there is a game dedicated to the razor bandit himself, fittingly titled, “Wolverine”.

Besides the entertainment value itself, another reason why Marvel online casino slots are so popular with players is the fact that they offer random jackpots and are interconnected with their own wide area progressive jackpot of sorts. To win one of three random jackpots, one needs to only be playing. No winning symbol combination is required, and the size of the jackpot depends on the size of the wager.

For more details and information on playing rules and jackpot awards, be on the lookout for a new blog series reviewing each and every one of  Cryptologic’s Marvel Superhero slots.

In the meantime, OCS recommends giving longtime UK favorite online casino, Inter Casino, a visit and opening a free account. Inter Casino allows players to wager in “fun mode”, offering unlimited practice credits to try out all of their online casino games, including their full suite of Marvel Superhero Slots. And if and when you are ready to play for real money, you might want to consider stretching your bankroll with a 100% Match bonus which was recently upgraded from £125 Free to £225 Free (Bonus claim code ICWCB). With hardly any game restrictions and a low 12x play-through requirement, this is certainly a bonus worth claiming. Read the OCS Inter Casino Review for more information.

Inter Casino Gets Makeover in More Ways Than One

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

If you haven’t been over to Cryptologic-powered Inter Casino in the last few months, now is a great time to give the “oldest” online casino in business today, a visit. I say “oldest” in parentheses simply because there are other online casinos sure to argue they were launched before Inter Casino, but if you ask me – all things considered – Inter Casino is the oldest, having launched in 1996.

So, what’s all this fuss about dropping by Inter Casino these days? Well, most importantly, there are some great new bonuses and promotions being offered for non U.S. players right now. Secondly, Inter Casino has received a huge design makeover, pretty much making their website entirely unrecognizable to players who knew it since, well, pretty much since it was launched nearly fifteen years ago.

At first, I thought the extent of Inter Casino’s makeover was a little too much, but then considering how long Inter Casino has kept the same look going, it made more sense they were feeling the need to give their image a complete makeover. It’s like that pair of jeans you’ve grown so used to wearing. Sure, they do the job and stay on your butt, feel comfortable and  look nice. But times are a changin’, and fashion/design is especially an evolving phenomenon.

This also explains Inter Casino’s recent decision to launch a Twitter page and tap into the booming social media networking sector. A smart decision, if you ask me, for there is no denying the role of social marketing in an increasingly competitive World Wide Web. The fast-paced world of Twitter seems especially suited to the ever-changing online gambling industry.

For more information on Inter Casino, as well as all of the new promotions and bonus offers being offered, including a 100% slots bonus up to £125 Free and a 100% games bonus up to £80 Free, read the OCS Inter Casino Review. The new logo will give you a taste of the new design.

Inter Casino Using Twitter Quiz to Give Away Free Bonus Cash Online

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Wanna Follow Inter Casino at Twitter?

Wanna Follow Inter Casino at Twitter?

Using Twitter for business networking certainly isn’t a new concept. In fact, I believe Twitter gets more social networking action than both Facebook and Linkedin these days. However, using Twitter to give away exclusive online casino bonuses, well, let’s just say that’s a little more of a novel approach to sending out the Tweets. As for online casinos using Twitter, I can probably count them on one hand. Ya, I use my fingers to count, so what!?

One of these Twitter-centric online casinos is the highly rated, UK-based Inter Casino, which happens to be a familiar name on the reviews pages here at OCS. Come to think of it, Inter Casino is pretty familiar name period. I wouldn’t necessarily say a household name (what casino is?), but a familiar one at least! In business since November of 1996, Inter Casino is arguably the oldest online casino in business today, and has certainly been around the block a few times.

On one of these recent laps around the block, Inter Casino noticed Twitter – or at least decided it was night time to put the social networking service to the test. Judging by their tweets, it looks like they started using the service less than four months ago. Impressively, they already have over 70 followers, and as of yesterday (that I know of), have begun giving away free no deposit cash bonuses as part of a tweetin’ quiz promotion. Now, 70 followers may not sound like much considering there are tweeter with thousands of user’s. But the fact is that many people use Twitter just to gain a large following, but don’t even listen to the Tweets. Inter Casino seems to be taking the approach of building a steady and community of followers who are either in the business or love to gamble online.

As for their latest tweet quiz, the first person to have tweeted back the answer to how many months Inter Casino has been online was given £10 free. And considering they actually reveal the month they were launched, anyone who can do a little math will know the answer. Read the OCS Inter Casino Review for more information.