In our final games round-up of the year we showcase new slots from Gameiom Technologies, iSoftBet, World Match and Magnet Gaming; a mobile app from the Kentucky Lottery, and new product launches from Inspired.

Capping off a busy year, the past week has also seen a new platform launch by Blazesoft, the release of a new chatbot social casino feature from Tangelo Games, and platform integrations for the likes of Pragmatic Play, Red Tiger Gaming, Betsoft, and Kiron Interactive.

Gameiom

Isle of Man-based Gameiom Technologies has announced the launch of its first online slot game on William Hill’s Macau tab.

Fortune Cats has gone live across mobile and desktop and is the first slot to be released through the supplier's Remote Gaming Server platform.

The game is a five-reel, fifty-line slot with a unique sixth reel feature. Based on some of the luckiest cats the Orient has to offer, the supplier describes the game as a long-time favourite in Macau's land-based casinos.

“This is the initial launch of what will be many games that will be harnessing the true potential of GAMEIOM,” said GAMEIOM chief product officer Steve Calvert.

“This successful release is testament to the efficiency of the platform, and we will be launching a vast array of quality content, both proprietary and also from some highly significant third party providers over the coming weeks and months. It is a true ‘watch this space’ moment.”

iSoftBet

Casino games specialist iSoftBet has released a new Robo Smash slot that will initially be launched as a special Christmas edition.

Robo Smash Xmas, unveiled just ahead of the festive season, is a 5-reel, 15-line slot that is available on mobile as well as desktop.

It is a sci-fi adventure featuring two robot tribes battling each other on a snow-covered scrapyard world, with Christmas music, holly, festive lights and snow added to the original game.

Robo Smash offers players Free Spins and Multipliers every time the robots fight, with the game offering several chances to win up to 7,500 coins.

The initial Christmas version will run until January 5th, with the slot to continue without its festive touches after that date.

“iSoftBet is again illustrating its versatility, creativity and imagination through the launch of Robo Smash Xmas,” said Nir Elbaz, managing director of iSoftBet. “Packed with features like Multipliers, Free Spins, Sticky Reels, Stacked Wild and numerous opportunities to win big, we believe this unique and engaging game will be a hit among players.

“After huge success with Paranormal Activity, which we released at Halloween, launching a game with a Christmas touch was an easy decision,” Elbaz added.

Magnet Gaming

Magnet Gaming, the Danish slots provider owned by Danske Spil’s CEGO, has launched a new detective-themed game, Inspector.

The nine-reel game boasts two progressive jackpots and three bonus games, with every spin giving players a chance to win the biggest prize.

Designed for desktop and mobile, it features a hapless investigator and dastardly crime-scene icons, including a meat cleaver, revolver, and bottle of poison, with the reels embedded in a moonlit shop-front.

“Inspector is our best game yet and has plenty of features to keep people entertained, culminating in those two fantastic progressive jackpots,” said Thomas Nielsen, head of game licensing at Magnet Gaming. “The inspector in the title may be a bit clueless, but there is plenty of evidence in the game to explain why our slots have great retention rates and are enjoyed by players and operators alike.”

The supplier said that its in-house design team is currently working on a number of further games to distribute to partners over the next 12 months, as it looks to expand its operations into international markets.

World Match

Malta-based casino games developer World Match has released its latest offering, taking players to the South Pole with the launch of The Pinguizz HD slot.

The game is a 5-reel, 3-row slot set in the South Pole, featuring a crazy penguin family attempting to take care of their lively children.

The Pinguizz HD also features Free Spin which awards up to 60 free spins and the Magic Wild, where a baby penguin throws a snowball and hits a symbol that will be transformed into a Wild.

A Winter Olympics Bonus Game sees a diving competition among the penguins who jump from the top of the icebergs with stunning manoeuvres.

“Our games are designed to be loved by players and with The Pinguizz HD they explore the South Pole, have great fun and maybe scoop big winnings all from the comfort of their home,” said Andrea Boratto, executive director of World Match. “I really think players cannot help falling in love with this slot.”

Inspired/Ladbrokes/Betaland

Gaming supplier Inspired launched its portfolio of HTML5 slot games with Ladbrokes this week, while expanding its virtual sports offering in Italy across Betaland’s retail estate.

Inspired’s mobile games have gone live with Ladbrokes via the supplier’s Virgo Remote Gaming Server (RGS), featuring titles such as Henry VIII, Rise of Anubis and Centurion, with virtual games such as Rush Football and Rush Horses to be rolled out in the near future.

Inspired’s managing director of mobile Lucy Buckley said that the successful deployment of its content with Ladbrokes was testament to the efficiency of the Virgo RGS technology, which “enables easy integration with existing platforms”.

“Inspired’s award-winning games will undoubtedly prove popular with players and drive revenues, as they have done for our other customers,” said Buckley. “We look forward to soon adding our range of Virtuals On-Demand products to the growing portfolio of content we currently have live with Ladbrokes.”

Inspired also announced this week that its virtual sports products have gone live in Betaland’s retail venues.

In partnership with Isibet, which provides services to over 25 concessionaires in Italy, Inspired has begun the roll out of its games to 50 Betaland retail venues across the country.

“Via Isibet’s distribution network, we are able to deliver content to more new venues, and I hope that the number of retail channels we reach with them will continue to grow in 2017,” said Paolo Scipioni, general manager for Inspired Italia. “Inspired is proud to deliver entertainment with an edge to its customers, and I am confident that Betaland players will be impressed by this new product offering.”

 

Pragmatic Play/Betsson

Swedish gaming operator Betsson has rolled out a selection of online casino games from Malta-based developer Pragmatic Play across its iGaming brands.

The operator’s 20 brands, including Betsson.com, Betsafe.com and Nordicbet.com, now have access to the majority of Pragmatic Play’s 120 mobile and desktop titles.

The supplier’s library of games include popular titles such as Hot Safari, Aladdin’s Treasure, Orbital Mining and 7 Monkeys.

Betsson’s director of games of chance Andy Braithwaite said he was excited about the potential of the partnership with Pragmatic Play.

“Our aim has always been to provide our players with the best gaming experience possible by constantly looking at ways to innovate, whether through the platform itself or in-game options,” he said.

Yossi Barzely, head of business development for Pragmatic Play, added: “Betsson is a global leader within our industry, so working with it is both an honour and indicative of how far we have come. We will be able to offer our games to millions more players based on a shared focus on the player experience and mobile use.”

Betsoft Gaming/Microgame

Casino games developer Betsoft Gaming has gone live with its first games in the regulated Italian market in partnership with Italian platform provider Microgame.

The launch follows a supply deal signed in July, with Betsoft providing Microgame with some of its most popular games including SugarPop!, Alkemor’s Tower and Mr. Vegas, among others.

Microgame is the first to distribute Betsoft content in the Italian regulated market, with games now live across its People’s Network of 130 iGaming brands. Betsoft said that it will look to expand its range of partners in the country during 2017.

“MicroGame is an important partner for Betsoft and their esteemed position in the Italian gaming market makes them an excellent choice for the roll out of our range of premium casino content,” commented Francesca Raniolo, sales executive at Betsoft.

“Italy will be a key territory for Betsoft in the next 12 months and we are delighted to make our games available within the Italian licensed market, especially with such a respected partner as Microgame.

Red Tiger Gaming/Matchbook

Triplebet-owned exchange betting operator Matchbook has expanded its casino offering with the addition of new content from Isle of Man-based Red Tiger Gaming.

Red Tiger will provide its full portfolio of slots to the operator, including popular titles Lucky Wizard, Rainbow Jackpots and Jingle Bells.

Matchbook will also integrate Red Tiger's progressive jackpot system and bonus management application Smart Spins, a marketing tool which enables the operator to target specific groups of players with bonuses that can be delivered during a game.

Matchbook’s chief operating officer Cian Nugent said the Red Tiger deal would help take the company to the next level.

“Red Tiger Gaming was an obvious choice for us once we saw the product,” he said. “The company's unique and scientific approach to building games is amazing and we’re confident the content will drive huge player engagement.

“The RGS platform is also very flexible, offering tremendous opportunities for acquisition and retention marketing. Red Tiger will inevitably help us to grow our business across the board.”

Kiron Interactive

Virtual games developer Kiron Interactive has agreed a deal to integrate its content with Malta-based 1Click Games, with the supplier also adding Link2Win’s Supervivo product onto the Betman platform.

Kiron will supply its portfolio of virtual sports products to white label platform provider 1Click Games, including ten virtual sports games covering horse racing, football, greyhound racing, car racing, archery, cycling and table tennis. Additional sports are due to be added during the first quarter of next year.

“We are delighted to enter into this partnership that will strengthen our offering and further drive our growth,” commented Maxim Terehovich, CEO of 1Click Games. “Kiron’s virtual sports games are highly interesting for our clients’ retail and online operators. We are looking forward to a successful partnership, increase in player engagement and revenue.”

Kiron Interactive CEO Steven Spartinos added that his company was excited to partner with 1Click Games and make its products available to their B2B customers in new territories.

“We are confident that our games will provide their players with a unique innovative virtual gaming and betting experience while also delivering an attractive complimentary revenue stream,” he said.

Kiron also announced a deal this week with Isle of Man-based Link2Win, which will see the Supervivo product integrated onto the Betman platform.

Supervivo provides a draw mechanism that gives players the opportunity to win large fixed or progressive jackpots alongside their regular bets. The betting system, which can be applied to instant and schedule based games, ranks each player from first to last creating the possibility of a sole winner.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to give our customers something new and exciting and we have done exactly that with Supervivo,” Spartinos said. “Virtual games are becoming an ever more important vertical within the industry, and it’s vital we continue to drive innovation to keep virtuals at the forefront of gaming.”

 

Kentucky Lottery

The Kentucky Lottery has launched a new mobile app, allowing players to purchase a range of instant games as well as traditional draw games through their mobile device.

Available for iOS and Android users, the app offers a selection of 20 instant play games, ranging in price from 50 cents to $5, including Cash Spectacular, Monkey Drop and Spiral Spin.

Tickets for traditional draw games Powerball, Mega Millions, Kentucky Cash Ball and Lucky for Life can also be purchase via the app.

It also allows players to find a Kentucky Lottery retailer, see their favourite wagers, scan tickets to see if they are a winner, and check their lottery numbers at any time.

Winnings under $600 are deposited directly into players’ Kentucky Lottery online account, with the app also allowing players to manage personal spending limits.

To play via the mobile app, players must be over the age of 18, be a member of Fun Club Rewards, and be physically located in the state at the time of purchase.

Tangelo Games 

Toronto-listed social casino operator Tangelo Games (formerly Imperus Technologies) has launched a new chatbot feature via Facebook Messenger, opening a new channel of communication for its Best Casino social gaming platform.

Available on mobile and desktop, Rich the Cat is a computer program designed to resemble a lucky Japanese cat, which simulates conversation with players through the Facebook Messenger app. Powered by the Facebook API and Tangelo’s in-house AI system, Rich the Cat interacts with users offering automated customer service responses, exclusive offers and a game which picks up their existing bonuses.

The company plans to release a new game featuring Rich the Cat as its main character, in which loyal players are rewarded with access to Facebook Messenger features.

Tangelo Games president Vicenc Marti said it would be the first of several social casino projects that the company aimed to launch in 2017.

“The social casino industry needs to push its boundaries in terms of new platforms, territories and genres and we want Tangelo to lead this revolution," he said.

Oscar Fonrodona, managing director of Tangelo Games, added: “Tangelo has always placed tremendous importance on connecting with gamers wherever they are. By tapping into new resources like Facebook chatbots, we engage both our fans and the huge audience that Facebook has. This will definitely improve the overall customer experience and thus increase our business metrics.”

Blazesoft

Ontario-based gaming software developer Blazesoft has announced the launch of a new platform for game developers.

Blazesoft will provide its gaming backend as a service platform for new and existing games, a move which it claims could save game developers hundreds of development hours and unlock powerful backend features for their apps.

“This service can give game developers an unbelievable technical advantage and significantly reduce R&D time and cost,” said Blazesoft CEO Mickey Blayvas. “We can work with any developer, whether it is their first game or their hundredth, to help them access features and analytics that have previously only been accessible through huge development investment.”

Blazesoft said that its new service also helps provide a more consistent way for developers to manage their backend data by providing a robust, enterprise level backend platform.

“Many developers have partial in-house backend solutions for their games, but above saving development time, our service will also make the process of launching, monitoring, adjusting, and monetizing their games much faster and much more straightforward,” Blayvas explained.

The backend platform also includes player management systems, game management features, BI and analytics, as well as marketing and reporting features.

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