Swedish online game developer Jadestone has developed a suite of new dice games for online gaming operators which will be offered on the fully managed game network DiceArena due for launch at popular European online gaming sites in autumn 2008.
Jadestone designers have both casual and hardcore players looking for something new and different in mind during the development process. The DiceArena network, operated by Jadestone Networks, will feature a range of carefully selected dice games starting with the all-new Dice Hold'em and casual-friendly, fast paced Shoot the Moons. These will be followed by the classic board favorite Backgammon and Liar's Dice, which will let players test their bluffing skills.
"Billions of people have played with dice," said Robert Henrysson, CEO of Jadestone. "We all know how to shoot dice and immediately associate it with exciting social gameplay. We're now taking that feeling online with DiceArena. With quick and easy gameplay, it'll be enjoyable for casual players but will also be a fun diversion for the more seasoned poker pros."
The DiceArena suite of games has been in development at Jadestone for almost two years, and the company claims that a large number of network partners are already lined up for the DiceArena games, which constitute one of the biggest new product introductions in Jadestone's history.
"We're really trying to create something new with this product," said Linus Dalin, Product Director at Jadestone. "The whole experience is designed to be about fun and excitement rather than hard competition. We want the gameplay to be accessible and the look and feel to be really inviting. We've also seen in user tests that casual players enjoy the social features, like playing with the avatar editor to create their own in-game image."
The DiceArena game service is built on a proven platform specifically designed for multiplayer turn-based games. It is heavily based on experiences from the online poker industry and contains all the usual functionality and more from regular poker systems.
The business model is based on in-game rake and tournament fees. Rake is taken from every real money game pot. The model is the same as for online poker. For tournaments, there will also be fees paid by each entrant.