Betfair, one of the major online betting providers in Europe, have today launched an application built using Flex 2. The Blackjack game, developed by an in-house team of designers and developers, is now available to their 1,000,000 registered users on Betfair.com.
We started working with the guys at Betfair about 15 months ago, introducing Flex to both the development and business teams, so it’s great to see the first of their online games built in Flex go live. You can access the game here (you’ll need to register first), but for those of you based in the US (who won’t be able to see the site due to US legal restrictions) I’ve provided some screen grabs below:
Flex version of the Blackjack application (above)
The game was built by a team of 2 designers and 5 developers over a six month period – built using Flex 2, the application makes use of the Flex Component Kit so that the designers could create visual assets in Flash CS3 that were fully integrated into the Flex application. I think you’ll agree the result shows how visually rich you can make a Flex application; with Flex 3 making this process even easier, we should continue to see an increase in the number of expressive Flex applications on the web.
Betfair has some pretty amazing stats about their site, so this is also a great example of Flex being used in a high-volume, business critical environment. Here are a couple of facts I received from Betfair:
- Betfair processes over 5,000,000 transactions per day (1000 per second)
- Betfair does 15 times as many transactions as the London Stock Exchange
- Over a billion bets were placed on the exchange platform in 2006
- £2,000 a minute is deposited on the site
Hopefully this will be the first of many Flex applications that Betfair releases 🙂
It’s not just the games team at Betfair that have leveraged Flash, there is also a trial taking place on Betfair’s Labs site using Flash Player and Flash Media Server to stream their radio content – you can checkout the trial and provide feedback (the existing service uses Windows Media) at http://labs.betfair.com/Project+and+Discussion+Viewer/?contentId=572
Thanks to Graeme Harker at Betfair for providing some background info on the Flex application – checkout Graeme’s blog at: http://graemeharker.blogspot.com/.