Online Gambling Pioneer Dies
Warren Cloud, one of the first online gambling operators, has died of an apparent heart attack while on his boat in Spain.
Cloud, who was also known by the name of Oliver Curran, was near the island of Ibiza when the tragedy occurred. He leaves behind a wife and child.
He had been one of the pioneers of online gambling and real-time gaming, with his casinos reportedly worth £140 million, including Lucky Coin, Crystal Palace and America Online casinos.
Cloud’s reputation had suffered in recent years as a result of rumours about his companies withholding bonuses and locking customer accounts.
The South African businessman was one of the pioneers of the online gambling and real time gaming casino operating business, and his casinos were reportedly valued at £140,000,000. These included the likes of America Online, Crystal Palace and Lucky Coin casino.
He started out in Johannesburg, South Africa a decade ago with one online casino powered by Korean software. It was not initially a success and left many players unpaid when Cloud relocated elsewhere, to London via Australia.
Cloud, 34, had recently taken a far lower profile, leading to speculation that he may have retired despite his relatively young age.