This week has seen new slots rolled out by Yggdrasil Gaming, World Match, and mFortune, while PokerStars unveiled its latest social casino game and GameCo announced a new brand licensing deal.
New York-based gaming supplier GameCo has partnered Paramount to develop new branded content for its skill-based video game gambling machines (VGMs).
Under license from Paramount, GameCo is in the process of developing a racing game based on the popular Mission: Impossible franchise, a hidden object game themed to Paranormal Activity, and a platformer experience adapted from the cult classic comedy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
"We are always seeking ways to bring our iconic film properties directly to fans," said LeeAnne Stables, president of worldwide marketing partnerships and licensing for Paramount Pictures. "These new products bring them to life in classic arcade gameplay formats."
GameCo CEO Blaine Graboyes commented: "We're thrilled to be working with Paramount to bring these brands to the casino floor. Video game gambling addresses the largest opportunity for casinos and studios in attracting the next generation of gamers.
“At GameCo, our vision is to create a VIP experience for gamers. Brands like Mission: Impossible, Paranormal Activity, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off speak to my generation that grew up with these films and love playing video games.”
PokerStars has officially launched a new social casino game which aims to combine the best of poker, casino and slots.
The free-to-play Casino Rush mobile app was soft-launched in August and is now available on iOS and Android app stores.
The game sees players go up against the house across a broad range of games, and unlike most social casino games, play is available offline.
“We spent a lot of time assessing the social casino market, what was missing and what players wanted,” said Lloyd Melnick, director of social gaming at PokerStars. “Our analysis found that our social players want a poker experience that they can enjoy quickly whether or not they are connected to the internet.
“That’s why we created Casino Rush. It is the best of poker, casino and slots all fused into one great game, just what gamers in 2016 are looking for.”
New players will receive 75,000 free chips and will be credited with more free chips when they unlock new games, such as Swap the Flop Poker, All In Split and Lucky Hands.
Yggdrasil Gaming has released a sequel to its popular video slot Vikings Go Wild.
Vikings Go Berzerk takes players on an adventure as the Norse seamen battle seductive sea sirens in search of untold riches.
The game features a Berzerk mode with Rage Meters and Ragnarök free spins. In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is an epic battle that brings about the end of the world. During Ragnarök free spins, the Vikings defeat the sirens to create sticky wilds.
Jonas Strandman, product owner for games at Yggdrasil, said the company wanted to build on the success of Vikings Go Wild, which was released in September of last year.
“Vikings Go Berzerk takes things up a gear, and features the most mesmerising graphics we have ever produced,” Strandman said.
Built on HTML5 for mobile and desktop, the game uses the same core mechanics as the original and includes Yggdrasil’s collection of in-game promotional tools, BOOST and BRAG.
“By sticking to the same maths model, we know players will enjoy the flow of the game, with new features adding to the excitement. Sequels tend to boost the performance of prequels, so we are expecting to see both titles receive some major traffic in the coming months,” Strandman concluded.
Malta-based casino games developer World Match has rolled out its first slot through a partnership with Games Farm, the subsidiary of Italian arcade video and amusement games supplier Dalla Pria Entertainment Group.
Scary Fruits HD is a 5 reel, 3 row slot, with special features including free spins and a stacked wild. In the bonus game, five different rounds reward players with prizes at each spin.
The launch follows an agreement between the two companies in March of this year, with World Match developing online versions of Dalla Pria’s popular land-based games.
World Match executive director Andrea Boratto said that he expects the partnership with Games Farm to be “substantial and fruitful.”
“Straight after Scary Fruits we will release many other titles, thanks to their great willingness and our high production capacity,” he said.
UK-licensed mobile casino operator mFortune has released its latest slot game Hansel and Gretel.
The in-house developed game includes up to 15 win lines and an autospin feature. Cute wildlife, teddy bears, killer bees and a haggard old witch all appear as players hope for five buckets of jewels to trigger the jackpot.
Also included are two minigames which give players the chance to enhance their winnings. Win Peaks begins after the player spins two or more bird symbols in a win line, while Witches Trail is prompted by the appearance of two or more compasses.
Players are able to make deposits of £3 or more via phone billing and also have access to mFortune’s reward system.
It is the latest addition to mFortune’s portfolio, which offers over twenty slots and a range of casino games including Double Your Honey, Bake Me A Winner, and Gold MacDonald.
“We are constantly working toward improving the gaming experience for our players and thinking of ways to keep it fresh and entertaining, while catering to technical limitations on a different array of devices,” the company said.
Casino software supplier SkillOnNet has agreed a deal to integrate content from Gauselmann’s UK-based game studio Blueprint Gaming.
Blueprint's portfolio of slots will be made available to SkillOnNet’s operator partners, including third-party branded titles such as Happy Days and Top Cat.
“We are delighted to be adding the exciting slots catalog of Blueprint Gaming who have a reputation second to none,” said SkillOnNet’s sales and marketing chief Michael Golembo. “The slots are really special and cater for all kinds of online slots players. Our customers will be happy to know they will soon be able to play these slots at our casinos."
Jo Purvis, head of online sales and marketing at Blueprint, added: “At Blueprint we are dedicated to working with the best operators, so we are excited to have reached an agreement with SkillOnNet.
“This partnership further strengthens our reputation across Europe and allows Blueprint to feature our content on some of the best supported casino sites available.”
Virtual sports provider VSoftCo has collaborated with EFL League One club Sheffield United FC to provide new material for its virtual football product.
As part of the continued upgrade of its Fantastic League fixed odds game, VSoftCo undertook a week of motion capture filming with professional footballers at the South Yorkshire football club.
The footage, which includes injury sequences and the use of red cards, will be incorporated into its virtual football game to offer players additional betting markets and an improved sense of reality.
VSoftCo managing director Simon Westbury said the company was delighted to combine its experience in developing virtual football products with Sheffield United, a club with a deep and rich history.
“It is beyond doubt that the work that we have undertaken will be of great benefit to our existing Fantastic League virtual games portfolio as well as our branded virtual football game VStriker,” he said. “By constantly improving our product we are demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that our virtual games remain at the forefront of the virtual gaming space.”