Thursday, October 27, 2011 : NO SOFTWARE = NO ONLINE CASINO
 
Class 1 Casino closes down, claiming it has been cut off by Playtech
 
Class 1 Casino, an online operation formerly known as Maxima Casino, has been the subject of player and affiliate reports that it has been offline since October 11.
 
This week the mysterious shutdown was explained in an email from the management, advising that it had been obliged to "temporarily" stop accepting deposits as a result of "unilateral action of Playtech without any prior notice and at the same time grave breach of the contract from the side of Playtech."
 
The email advised that the software company had "decided to shut down gaming servers and prevent all gaming activities in Class 1 Casino," leaving it with no option but to stop operating.
 
"Class 1 Casino management has put a great amount of effort in resolving the matter, but unfortunately with no success," the statement claims. "This has taken longer than primarily expected, therefore we are informing you about this unenviable situation only now."
 
The statement ends on a rather aggressive note, advising that Class I Casino is taking "legal actions in order to restore the gaming activities back to normal."
 
Management at the casino claim it has settled its obligations towards affiliates and players, but beyond the threat of legal action against Playtech it does not elaborate on its future plans.
 
Speculation among industry observers is that the closure is probably related to the Italian market, which was one of Class 1 Casio's prime sources of business.
 
New legalization in Italy opened up casino gaming and this may have persuaded Playtech to shut down any of its licensees operating in that market without an AAMS licence. William Hill and Titan Casinos are understood to be the only Playtech-powered licensees with AAMS approval.
 
When We went to press a response from Playtech on this issue was still awaited.

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