London, 22 May, 2008– King ( www.king.com), the world’s leading online social gaming company, has received certification by German technology and privacy authority, TÜV Rhineland, for their conformation to the strictest European regulations for data privacy and classification as an official skill games site.
King is the only online games provider to have successfully undergone an official examination by TÜV, which officially declares that King’s games are in fact certified as skill games, as they contain no random processes and are therefore not games of luck. Players at King can play games whereby small amounts of money change hands between players, but these games are not affected by chance or luck. Players are classified according to their playing ability so they are always evenly matched.
“We are very pleased to receive the TÜV skill games certificate. We know this certificate will be mark of quality for our customers and partners alike”, explains Toby Rowland, co-founder and co-CEO at King.com.“As a provider of tournament games in which money is also involved, this certificate is important for creating transparency among our users“, Rowland continues.
The TÜV certificate spells it out– Wagering money on King’s games is not permitted when there is a random element involved. So games of chance, like Backgammon or Yatzy, cannot be played for money. All 80 games on www.king.com can also be played free of charge. A free registration is all it takes.
King is the world’s leading social gaming company. Launched in 2004, King is the exclusive provider of skill games for Yahoo’s gaming portal and has groundbreaking partnerships with; NBC, Endemol, Fremantle Media, and other leading international media companies. King is the exclusive provider of skill games for brands such as American Idol, Deal or No Deal, and 1 vs. 100 and is the first company to bring such brands online. King’s premier destination site King.com is the world’s largest social games site with more than 80 games to play and over 196 million games played per month. King is also the owner and operator of MyGame.com, the first social games site to bring together user-generated content, casual games, and revenue-sharing.
King is incorporated in the state of Delaware and the company has offices in Los Angeles (US), London (UK), Hamburg (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden). King.com does not offer money tournaments in the states of Alaska, Iowa, Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maryland, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, Delaware, South Dakota, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois or Vermont.
About TÜV Rheinland Group
The TÜV Rheinland Group is a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Founded in 1872 and headquartered in Cologne, the Group employs more than 12,500 people in over 360 locations in 62 countries and generates annual revenues of over€ 984 million. The Group’s mission and guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology and the environment. The employees of the TÜV Rheinland Group are driven by the conviction that social and industrial development can only be achieved through technological progress and the safe deployment of technical innovations, products and facilities. To put it another way, TÜV Rheinland believes that the concepts of growth and accountability are inextricably linked. For this reason, the company became a member of the United Nations Global Compact initiative in 2006.