Spanish gaming machine specialist the R Franco Group is planning to launch its own internet gaming service in September 2015.
The announcement was made by Alejandro Casanova, head of R Franco’s Digital division at a recent conference organised by law firm Ramon y Cajal – “Apps: a world of opportunities and risks” – in Madrid.
Casanova also said R Franco would be making other steps into the digital sector. He talked of “an open platform to create and distribute games, an incubator, an accelerator and a fund to invest in projects”. Casanova explained that the development and application of new technologies is changing the gaming customer’s profile and there is a need to attract them “with more social games that entertain more people”.
R Franco Group had already become a sponsor of the Conector start-up accelerator in Madrid, with the aim of helping online gaming start-ups become fully-fledged businesses.
Casanova explained R Franco’s involvement with the accelerator: “gaming is an ever-changing business and offline companies like ours need to renew themselves in order to be at the forefront of this industry. The New Business Development area within the R. Franco Group perceived this as a great opportunity to get together and launch Conector’s programme in Madrid, as it is led by Carlos Blanco, one of the references of online social gaming in Europe. This will provide greater strength to our move into the digital industry.”