Mark Pincus Says Online Gambling Is A 'Natural Fit' For Zynga's Games

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Zynga CEO Mark Pincus thinks online gambling is a “natural fit” for its games, he said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference today.”I think it’s a good natural fit. I think, philosophically, the part people haven’t noticed yet, real money gaming is the perfect with virtual goods and social games.”

Online gambling represents at least a billion-dollar opportunity for the social gaming company. Some recent changes in laws could open the door for online gambling games on platforms like Facebook, which represents a golden opportunity for the now-public social gaming company.

Zynga is already well-positioned, Pincus said, because Zynga Poker is the largest online poker game in the world. It has more than 30 million monthly players, and Zynga is releasing other casino-related games like Zynga Bingo.

Don’t expect them to focus on solely traditional gambling games, though, he said.

“We’re interested, but you should expect to see us do a lot more than what you’ve seen in offshore casinos,” he said.

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