It is full steam ahead for Full Tilt as the online poker room was approved to offer play-money games and is now live on Steam to more than 100 million video gamers.
Full Tilt games ,which will be offered on FullTiltPoker.net, will be available to players around the world thanks to shared liquidity. Full Tilt now joins a library of over 3,500 games after a multi-month process to become what is believed to be the first "large multiplayer real-time poker app" according to Poker Industry Pro.
While the games are only available in play-money, players are able to also purchase play-money chips via the Steam payment system. Additionally, players using the Mac, PC, and Linux will be able to partake in the virtual action.
The public became aware of Full Tilt's intentions to join Steam back on Oct. 12, 2015 when the online gaming room became listed on Steam Greenlight. Full Tilt then campaigned for votes before being accepted a month into the Steam store after it received approval from the gaming community.
After Full Tilt was accepted to join the Steam store, Full Tilt Managing Director Dominic Mansour commented that, “The opportunity to introduce our game to the millions of players who make up the Steam gaming community is really important to us.”
Amaya Making Inroads in the United States
This is believed to be another opportunity to make inroads in the United States for Amaya, the parent company of Full Tilt and the bigger PokerStars after both sites were shut down to American residents as a result of Black Friday on Apr. 15, 2011.
Players in New Jersey are eagerly anticipating the return for PokerStars for real-money games after it was granted a license by the state's gaming regulator, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), last year. It is believed they will need to wait a few years before being allowed into Nevada, one of the two other regulated online poker markets in the US, due to the state's gaming regulation's bad actor clause.
Additionally, late last summer Amaya purchased daily fantasy sports site Victiv and rebranded it to StarsDraft. However, less than two months later, StarsDraft pulled out of all but four states due to the uncertainty of the regulatory environment.