MahjongTime does a lot more than just making money
- Created on Friday, 06 November 2009 11:20
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Martin Rep
Every mahjong player should cross his fingers that MahjongTime will stay alive and kicking. The internet mahjong server is more than a company which just tries to make money by seducing players to spend money on its server. MahjongNews counts the blessings for the international mahjong society.
If MJT is in trouble, the mahjong world is in trouble
COPENHAGEN - If MahjongTime really is in trouble, this would mean a great loss for the mahjong world. Not only since the online tournaments which it organizes are a relative success, but in the first place because the ‘premier online mahjong community in the world’ is one of the very few sponsors of international mahjong events in the West.
MahjongTime’s core business is having people played for money on its server, for a small subscription fee. People can play in fun games or in cash games. But MahjongTime does a lot more than just making money. It is one of the very few companies which are willing to sponsor miscellaneous activities such as the first European Riichi Championship, the Open European Mahjong Championships 2007 and 2009 and the Golden Dragon Jubilee Tournament 2008. MJT not only is an advertiser on MahjongNews, but also took care of a new design for this mahjong newspaper some years ago, without charging anything. Furthermore, on many occasions, participants to tournaments who are also members of MahjongTime could win special prizes. On various of these occasions, Mr. Slava Novozhenya of MahjongTime was present to hand over the trophies and to talk with the representatives of mahjong organizations.
The forthcoming World Mahjong Championship 2010 was to be sponsored by MahjongTime. The San Diego company promised to take care of the mahjong sets and promotion stuff, such as T-shirts, mugs etcetera. Besides, MJT would offer a number of exclusive arrangements as prizes for future online tournaments. But, according to EMA-president Robert Rijnders, this sponsorship has been cancelled by now.
The German Online Open would have been the twelfth online tournament, organized by MahjongTime. These tournaments are formally acknowledged by EMA. The most recent one in this series was the European Open 2009, which was held in September. EMA and MJT together maintain the European online ranking system (MORSE).
Not all MahjongTime activities are as successful, though. The North American Mahjong Federation, launched by MahjongTime in 2007, looks like a dead horse since nothing is heard from it since its foundation. Also, a promised ‘great update’ of the MahjongTime website, which was to take place last September, still has to be carried out; it is now promised for ‘soon’.
Recently, fierce competition for MahjongTime emerged when online gaming software developer Mahjong Logic announced the launch of their network. Mr. Jonas Alm, CEO of Mahjong Logic, in an interview with Mahjong News, claimed that this new server also intends to sponsor mahjong events, just like MahjongTime.
Maybe this would mean good news for EMA. President Robert Rijnders says that EMA already is trying to contact new sponsors, out of sheer necessity.