Yahoo! pulls US online poker service to help ‘streamline’ product offerings

Yahoo! pulls US online poker service to help ‘streamline’ product offerings

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yahoo! has opted to shut down its play-money online poker offering in the US just one month after it first launched as part of a move to help “streamline” its products and focus on core services.

Launched in late October, Yahoo! Poker is a free Texas Hold’em online poker service that allows customers to take part in games using play-money.

The service forms part of the Classic Yahoo! Parlor range of games on offer from the multinational internet corporation. 

By keeping Yahoo! Poker as a play-money-only service, players from all over the US were able to access games, rather than those located in states that have legalised some form of real-money online gaming.

Yahoo! had planned to expand the service to enable real-money play if the US opted to legalise this form of online gaming on a broader scale that at present.

However, Yahoo! has now opted to eliminate all of its Classic Yahoo! Parlor games from the start of 2015, citing the games’ inability to function correctly with recent technological advancements.

In a statement on its Games Help page, Yahoo! said: “In January 2014, changes in supporting technologies and increased security requirements for our Yahoo web pages made it impossible to keep the games running.

“Following these technological advancements, the old parlor games were incompatible, insecure, and no longer functioning correctly.”

Expanding more on the decision, Yahoo! Games PR manager Sean Hamel told the Forbes business news website that the decision to withdraw the games forms part of an effort to “streamline our product offerings and focus our energy and resources on developing for Yahoo!’s core experiences”.

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