- PokerStars take popular mobile app to desktop via Steam
- App designed to attract more gamers to free-to-play poker
- Game faces mixed reviews from players
Online poker giant PokerStars has sought to increase its presence in casual casino gaming by porting their popular mobile app Jackpot Poker on to desktop computers.
Players using the gaming download site Steam can now access the free-to-play game, which has already attracted millions of downloads on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire. The app allows players to complete in worldwide leader-boards and also offers a number of in-app purchases to enhance the experience.
There are a range of other social casino games including ‘Spin and Go’ tournaments as well as Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker. There are also a range of free-to-play slots on offer to give a rounded casino experience.
Lloyd Melnick, director of social gaming at PokerStars, said: “We are so pleased that players will now be able to experience and enjoy what Jackpot Poker has to offer via their desktops. Having this game on Steam allows us to reach a whole new audience who will enjoy playing the game just as much as our mobile players.”
Not all players are entirely happy
However, the game has already met with some harsh criticism from Steam gamers themselves, the strongest being that it appears PokerStars haven’t made enough effort to re-imagine the app for use with a keyboard or mouse. The simple port of a touchscreen interface has frustrated gamers hoping for something more desktop-friendly.
Additionally, on the desktop platform Jackpot Poker faces opposition not only from other social poker apps, but from PokerStars themselves.
With the availability of play money in their standard app, casual poker is already easily available to their players. However, some players have been pleased with the app, praising its simple set up and good features.
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