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Zynga pays $75,000 for online gambling lobbyists

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Public documents are revealing Zynga spent some $75,000 in lobbying fees last quarter in order to have its voice heard in Washington and California. Its presence in the latter centers around a bill that would let companies offer online poker in the state after passing a thorough background check and ponying up $30 million for a 10-year license.

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Zynga is looking to expand from in-game purchases to in-game wagers. After revealing its ambitions for real-money gambling in an earnings call last month, public documents are revealing Zynga spent some $75,000 in lobbying fees last quarter in order to have its voice heard in Washington and California, reports The Wall Street Journal. Its presence in the latter centers around a bill that would let companies offer online poker in the state after passing a thorough background check and ponying up $30 million for a 10-year license. Zynga currently offers Zynga Poker on both desktop and mobile, and although it doesn’t allow players to cash out their virtual chips, the game already accounts for 18 percent of the company's revenue.