July 15, 2009 (Stockholm, Sweden) – Jadestone Networks, the Nordic based owner and operator of multiplayer gaming networks GamArena and DiceArena, announced today that the World Series of Backgammon (WSOB) is joining their new backgammon network.  The official launch will take place on Friday July 24, 2009 in Cannes at the WSOB live event.

The backgammon network, built on Jadestone’s cutting edge DiceArena multiplayer platform, was launched in June and it already includes partners such as bwin, Nordicbet and PAF. The WSOB joins it during a period of rapid growth in player numbers and it will bring with it significant backgammon expertise and a large base of keen backgammon players.

“We’ve already seen that backgammon is a tremendously popular game,” said Robert Henrysson, CEO at Jadestone. “All of our partners are hungry to launch our new version and player numbers in the network have grown every day since early June. We want to become the largest network and to be the first choice for dedicated backgammon players across Europe and this partnership with the WSOB underlines just how serious we are.”

Andy Bell, Managing Director of the WSOB, is also excited about the new partnership and said that: “We’ve been building up to this online backgammon launch on our WSOB site for some time, but we think it was worth the wait; the Jadestone platform is absolutely the right solution for us. From July 24 all backgammon enthusiasts will be able to play online via our site and qualify for WSOB offline events in cities such as Cannes and Prague and for the WSOB Championship in London this October where the expected prize pool will top €300,000. We have a strong field of players lined up to get rolling on our new online site.”

The Jadestone backgammon network is fully compliant with all commonly used competition rule sets and includes the same extensive operations and anti-fraud systems as other DiceArena games. It is an integrated part of the Jadestone Arena games ‘super network’ which means that it shares the player identity system and liquidity with other multiplayer games networks including GamArena. It is available across Europe with support for 25 languages.

On July 24, 2009 the WSOB and Jadestone will officially launch the WSOB branded backgammon site during the Cannes WSOB event at the Palm Beach Casino. Qualifying tournaments for the Prague WSOB event will be online and open from that day.  

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For more information please contact:

Andrew Pegler
UK Director, Jadestone
andrew.pegler@jadestone.se
+44 7793 00 58 64

Andy Bell
Managing Director, WSOB
ab@worldseriesofbackgammon.com
+44 7980 12 23 44

About Jadestone
Jadestone is a leading developer of fully managed online game solutions. From great games to secure backend, Jadestone delivers quality services to both players and distribution partners. Jadestone's expanding portfolio of products include the award winning DiceArena(TM) dice games network; the acclaimed GamArena(TM) skill games network; Championship Manager Online(TM) – the football management game; and several innovative mobile games. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company is privately owned and funded. For more information about Jadestone and its products, please go to www.jadestone.se.

About World Series of Backgammon
The WSOB was launched in 2006 and has established itself as the premium backgammon tour and competition organizer on the planet. Its offline tournaments have attracted more than 200 of the world’s best backgammon players to events in Cannes, London and elsewhere and such events have been broadcast on TV in more than 60 countries. www.worldseriesofbackgammon.com


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