bwin.party has announced the closure of its Facebook social betting game known as Sportster 'betandwin' only four months since it launched the product.
Sportster was launched in September 2014 and allowed users to place virtual currency bets on real sporting events such as English Premier League and German Bundesliga matches as those events took place. Users of the Sportster app could also bet this virtal currency on virtual matches whose results were determined by statistic gathered from the real-world.
The app, believed to be the first of its kind, was launched as a joint venture with renowned game developer Nordeus. At the time of Sportster's launc, Nordeus's project manager Nebojsa Djuric said:
“Nordeus fans requested the ability to bet on sports matched, and we've been hard at work designing a dynamic new gaming experience for them.”
Those fans now look set to be left high and dry with Sportster being removed from Facebook on January 30, 2015. According to the readily available information from Sportster, the app has more than 30,000 likes and more than 7,900 active players during a typical month.
A message at the Sportster facebook page reads:
Dear users we are sorry to inform you that we are shutting Sportster down on January 30, 2015. Please note that you will not be able to log in into the game after the scheduled date. This is your last chance to put your final bets, and take top position in the leaderboard. Thank you for playing Sportster!
The move comes a few weeks after bwin.party admitted it was looking to offload its Win social gaming development studios. Win looks set to lose approximately €7 million during the current financial year and will no longer receive the €50 million investment that bwin.party had early committed to.
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