CASUAL CONNECT: crowns growth boom

Skill-based casual game site sees 190m games played in January 2008
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British-born skill games portal has announced that 190m games were played on its site in January 2008 - a 138 per cent increase from the same period last year.

The sites rapid growth was driven by the introduction of games and a new back-end architecture, said the firm. also forged a number of relationships with portals and media firms in 2007, launching its Deal or No Deal game and signing partnerships with the likes of Yahoo and MTV.

" continues to move from strength to strength," said Toby Rowland, co-founder and co-CEO of "People who like to compete at casual games are finding and staying there."