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World Series of Backgammon joins Jadestone network

16/7/2009
Jadestone Networks, owner and operator of multiplayer gaming networks GamArena and DiceArena, have announced that the World Series of Backgammon (WSOB) is joining their new backgammon network. The official launch will take place on Friday 24 July in Cannes at the WSOB live event.

The backgammon network, built on Jadestone’s cutting edge multiplayer platform, launched in June and already includes partners such as bwin, Nordicbet and PAF. “The WSOB joins it during a period of rapid growth in player numbers and it will bring with it significant backgammon expertise and a large base of keen backgammon players,” said a company statement.

“We’ve already seen that backgammon is a tremendously popular game,” said Jadestone chief executive Robert Henrysson. “All of our partners are hungry to launch our new version and player numbers in the network have grown every day since early June.

“We want to become the largest network and to be the first choice for dedicated backgammon players across Europe and this partnership with the WSOB underlines just how serious we are,” he said.

WSOB managing director Andy Bell said: “We’ve been building up to this online backgammon launch on our WSOB site for some time, but we think it was worth the wait; the Jadestone platform is absolutely the right solution for us. From July 24 all backgammon enthusiasts will be able to play online via our site and qualify for WSOB offline events in cities such as Cannes and Prague and for the WSOB Championship in London this October where the expected prize pool will top €300,000. We have a strong field of players lined up to get rolling on our new online site.”

The Jadestone backgammon network is fully compliant with all commonly used competition rule sets and includes the same extensive operations and anti-fraud systems as other DiceArena games. It is an integrated part of the Jadestone Arena games ‘super network’ which means that it shares the player identity system and liquidity with other multiplayer games networks including GamArena. It is available across Europe with support for 25 languages.

On 24 July the WSOB and Jadestone will officially launch the WSOB branded backgammon site during the Cannes WSOB event at the Palm Beach Casino. Qualifying tournaments for the Prague WSOB event will be online and open from that day.
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