This week has seen new slots released by Habanero and Microgaming, a platform integration for Spigo, as well as launches for Nolimit city, Evolution Gaming, and SpottoCash.
Isle of Man-based Microgaming has rolled out four new online slots on its platform, one of which is the first game from developer Just For The Win.
Candy Dreams is a 720 ways to win, variable reel game. Players spin on a colourful reel area filled with candy treats, as they play towards enticing bonus triggers.
Forbidden Throne is a 40-line (fixed) slot which lets players discover the mystery that looms in the kingdom of the Forbidden Throne, alongside two legendary guardians, Wulthor the Elven Lord of Fire and Sorconass the Queen of Ice.
Fortune Girl is a five reel, 15 line game filled with rich features and a 2D manga art style. The slot features a young owner with her collection of traditional treasures as high symbols. The scatter is represented by the Magic Lion, a cultural icon of luck and fortune.
This week also saw the launch of Goldwyn's Fairies, a five reel, 20-line slot developed by Just For The Win.
When Goldwyn appears in the base game on reel three, she enchants the symbol space by leaving a returning wild and starting the re-spin mode. Re-spins continue as long as Goldwyn appears on any reel. During the final spin, all the returning wilds transform into classic wilds. Goldwyn can appear on all the reels during the re-spin mode.
"We're delivering a whole host of games for May, each bringing a different theme and feature set," said David Reynolds, games publisher at Microgaming. "Candy Dreams lends on the popularity of candy-themed games in mobile and social gaming, so we expect this to do particularly well on the mobile platform.
"Guaranteed wilds in the epic Forbidden Throne will ensure players are entertained throughout, while mystery symbols in Fortune Girl and their ability to reveal scatters, we believe will become a player-favourite.
"Goldwyn's Fairies is a beautifully designed game comprising three different wild symbols, with gripping base game and free spin features that will enchant players."
Malta-licensed casual casino games and slots studio Spigo has signed a deal to integrate its content with Finnish platform provider Finnplay.
Spigo portfolio of games will made available on Finnplay's platform, including upcoming in-house developed slots Starlight and Fruits, and casual casino games including Diamonds and Yatzy.
"I'm delighted with the agreement of Spigo, who are a very forward thinking and creative games studio, who have and continue to deliver genuinely exciting gaming content within the gaming industry," said Finnplay's vice president of the white label business unit Carl DeGiorgio. "We are thrilled to distribute their games catalogue on our portfolio of websites."
Spigo's head of sales David Mann added: "Forming a partnership with Finnplay is incredibly exciting for us, as we will be able to reach new markets and top brands.
"Our selection of unique casino games, as well as customised slots, will be a perfect addition to their already impressive game portfolio, and we are delighted to be on board with a company clearly going from strength to strength."
Stockholm-based online casino games developer Nolimit city has signed its biggest deal to date following an agreement with Kindred Group.
Kindred's brands including Unibet, Maria and iGame will roll out Nolimit’s portfolio of slots games, including newly released Kitchen drama – Sushi mania and Oktoberfest, as well as its Creepy Carnival and Space Arcade games.
"This deal is a major coup for us; Kindred is the biggest and possible the best of all operators," said Jonas Tegman, chief technology officer at Nolimit city. "They have a strong and growing presence across regulated European markets and is just the sort of partner with whom we want to work.
"To see our games on large and successful brands like Unibet, Maria casino, iGame and others is the ultimate proof that Nolimit city has the right approach to the online casino market.
Kindred Group's head of gaming Fredrik Kjell said: "Upon reviewing and playing Nolimit city's games we were quite impressed by the quality and the feeling in the games. The content delivered by Nolimit city will be a very nice addition to what we offer to our customers.
"In addition to good content we really like the team behind Nolimit city and they demonstrate professionalism, knowledge and ambition."
Habanero has announced the launch of Panda Panda, the supplier's latest HTML5 release which includes an innovative ways paying feature.
Set against the backdrop of a waterfall and beautiful cherry trees, the 243 ways slot sees the baby bears perform somersaults when they are paired up together. When players hit the big win, the cuddly characters spring to life by sliding down bamboo shoots as coins tumble down around them.
The slot features an innovative way of paying left to right or right to left based on the outcome of the spin, depending on which total pay is the most. Also included for the first time is a preview screen, which provides an insight into what’s in store for the player later in the game.
"Our latest release features stunning graphics and animation, and will surely prove to be a popular hit with anyone who likes pandas, and who doesn't like Pandas?," said Toni Karapetrov, head of corporate communications at Habanero.
Panda Panda is the fourth Habanero title to have gone live this year, with the company scheduled to release ten titles in total during 2017.
Live casino-focused gaming operator Codeta.com has gone live with Evolution Gaming's first title in its new Live Money Wheel series of games.
Dream Catcher is aimed at driving bingo and slots players to live casino for the first time. The game has been developed in-house by Evolution, and features a precision-engineered bespoke wheel built by TCS John Huxley.
The game is hosted from a studio set up to look like a glitzy TV gameshow, with a presenter instead of a traditional dealer. In the game, the wheel is divided into 52 numbers (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 or 40) with a different colour for each. The other two segments are coloured silver (2x multiplier) and gold (7x multiplier). The player simply bets on the number at which they think the wheel will stop.
Play is fast-paced with rounds taking just 45 seconds, with big wins of up to €500,000 up for grabs thanks to the multipliers which act as bonus rounds.
"Dream Catcher is one of the most exciting games to hit the market in recent months, and we are thrilled to be among the first to offer it," said Codeta CEO Edward Ihre "The game is fast paced and fun, and has been designed specifically with slots and bingo fans in mind, allowing us to tap into a new player demographic.
"We believe it will be hugely popular with our players both old and new, and we look forward to hearing their feedback."
Canada's British Colombia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is inviting game developers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to submit their ideas for the next innovative game as part of a new online competition offered on Innovationbclc.com.
In order to entertain customers and sustain long-term business growth, BCLC said that it needs to continue creating new games and entertainment experiences.
To that end, the provincial lottery and gaming operator is launching an online competition to engage game developers and others in creating new games for its customers.
The first step is an online registration to prequalify game developers to receive the online challenge and submit their ideas and demonstrate their games. BCLC will then evaluate the games for entertainment potential and market suitability. The full online competition process will be completed by August.
"BCLC has been a leader in creating entertainment experiences in lottery, casino and online gambling for more than 31 years," said Richard Fenster, BCLC's director of corporate strategy. "We are always looking for new concepts and ideas to create new games and entertainment experiences for our customers, and by engaging with new partners we can infuse innovation into our business."
A new online 'spot-the-ball' skill game is set for launch later this week with former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman serving as brand ambassador for SpottoCash.
Unlike traditional 'spot-the-ball' competitions, SpottoCash is a game of skill in which players place spots where they think the ball is.
Every Monday a panel of judges will decide where they think the centre of the ball should be during a live broadcast. The player that placed a spot closest to the position of the judges wins the £10,000.
"One of my earliest memories – apart from kicking a football around in our back garden – was helping my Dad play spot-the-ball in the local paper," said Seaman, brand ambassador and chairman of the judging panel.
"Every week Dad and I would sit at the table after tea and pore over every tiny detail of a black and white photograph taken from a recent football match. We carefully placed our crosses where we thought the ball was. It was my job to lick the envelope, hand the coupon to the newsagent and then wait agonisingly to see if we had won.
"I was delighted when SpottoCash asked me to join their team, giving me the opportunity to re-live one of my many passions and childhood memories," he said.
SpottoCash's head of operations Reece Campbell, added: "David Seaman is one of the greatest names in English football from the last 20 years and SpottoCash is honoured that David has agreed to be our brand ambassador and chairman of the judging panel.
"SpottoCash is a great blend of football from a bygone era and the 21st Century, a game of skill and knowledge enjoyed by football fans around the world."
Each competition opens at 00:01 (GMT) on Monday mornings and closes at midnight the following Sunday.
Led by Seaman, a panel of judges meet after the competition has closed and use their professional knowledge and skill to debate and decide live online where they think the centre of the ball should be.
By not using the original ball position, the company said that this removes the possibility of anyone knowing or being able to find out where the ball actually was in the original photo.
The spot closest to the judges' position wins the guaranteed £10,000 cash prize with the next closest 100 players getting £10 of game credits. SpottoCash can also be played for free with players earning rewards for taking part in the head-to-head challenges against friends and family.
Online poker giant PokerStars is working with UK casino operator Genting Casinos UK to provide an online qualification route for the Genting Poker Series (GPS), which has returned this year for a sixth season.
Working in conjunction with PokerStars, Genting plans to add four PokerStars MEGASTACK events to complement Genting’s existing mini and main events, with £35,000 and £100,000 guarantees respectively.
The PokerStars MEGASTACK events have a £170 entry fee and a guaranteed prize pool of £25,000 each.
"We already enjoy a strong working relationship with PokerStars and look forward to taking this to the next level to optimise the robust nature of its software for the benefit of our customers," said Genting Casinos UK's poker operations manager Kevin Proctor.
"The link with PokerStars will allow more people to take part in the GPS, through the provision of a clear online qualification route.
"We already have a successful poker tournament, but we’re keen to make sure that we keep things fresh and offer a variety of routes to play. The addition of the PokerStars online qualification route and MEGASTACK events will make sure that our players are constantly delighted with what Genting can offer," added Proctor.