o make that happen, gambling firms in Britain are set to launch in 2009 casino and bingo mobile phone applications. One of them is Mfuse, a mobile gaming software developer. According to Charles Palmer, co-founder of Mfuse, quoted by Bloomberg, "In the past year our clients have taken more than us$ 153.7 million in bets through mobile devices, which suggests the market is developing very quickly."
Five years ago a similar forecast was made, but did not materialize. Panelists at the conference explained the prediction will likely come to pass next year as a generation of tech-savvy youth reach 18, and could legally place bets through their cellular phones.
This development will likely redefine the gaming industry, which had been hit hard by the global economic slow down. In the US, casinos reported a third quarter income of us$ 8.4 billion or 4.6 % less compared to 2007 levels.