Zynga has begun the process of bringing real-money gambling to its users in the United States. The San Francisco, California-based social game company has filed the necessary paperwork in Nevada, in a time when the company faces a high-profile lawsuit from Electronic Arts and frequent defections of high-level employees.
Zynga’s application for a preliminary finding of suitability from the Nevada Gaming Control Board is expected to be reviewed in the next 12 to 18 months. If the company’s application is successful and Zynga is granted a gambling license, it is unclear just what Zynga will offer.
Currently, Zynga Poker allows players to use real-world money to buy extra chips, but users are only able to cash out with virtual currency. Zynga has long been interested in bringing real-world money games to its users, though legal hurdles in the United States have led to delays.