In a bumper games round-up to end the year we see new games released by Booming Games, Play’n GO, Habanero, KamaGames and UltraPlay, and a whole host of platform integrations by numerous iGaming suppliers.
Those to have secured new integrations include the likes of Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, Betsoft, Kiron Interactive, Kalamba Games, BetGames.tv, VSoftCo, Patagonia Entertainment, Spinomenal and Big Time Gaming.
Game development studio Yggdrasil Gaming has further extended its reach in Italy with a deal to provide content to one of the country’s leading operators, Snaitech.
Snaitech players will have access to Yggdrasil titles certified under Italian regulations, as well as the supplier’s collection of in-game promotional tools, BOOST and social sharing tool BRAG.
“To agree a deal with Snaitech, one of the most respected names in European gaming, shows that our approach is being welcomed by both operators and players in Italy,” said Yggdrasil CEO Fredrik Elmqvist. “This partnership with Snaitech is the latest step in Yggdrasil’s ambitious plans for the Italian market.”
Snaitech chief executive Fabio Schiavolin added: “We always work to offer our customers the best selection of content available. So it is with great pleasure that we are able to add Yggdrasil games to our offering.
“The new titles, the promotional infrastructure and above all the smart approach of Yggdrasil team, will add a further innovative boost to provide a complete, safe, engaging and entertaining gaming experience to our customers.”
Swedish slots specialist Play’n GO has announced its final game release of the year with Mystery Joker 6000.
The 3-wheel, 5-payline game reinvigorates the traditional fruit slot classis, with the introduction of the Joker symbol triggering free spins and big wins.
When players land a Joker on a payline that runs across reels one and two, the third will re-spin while the rest are held. If a third Joker is found, the innovative Mystery Wheel feature is triggered, potentially paying out up to 6,000 times the coin value.
Mystery Joker 6000 allows players to transfer winnings from the main game into the Super Meter mode, where bets cost double but wins are even bigger with the Mystery Wheel even easier to find.
“The traditional fruit slot has been a mainstay of the casino space for decades with players loving its simplicity and regular payouts,” said Play’n GO chief executive Johan Törnqvist. “We’ve decided to add the Play’n GO creative touch to the classic and reinvigorate the genre for today’s player, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy Mystery Joker 6000’s much-improved gameplay.
“The Super Meter mode will offer players constant choice between big wins or potentially even greater ones should they feel lucky, particularly as the Mystery Wheel will come into play when finding just two Jokers.”
Mystery Joker 6000 marks Play’n GO’s final release of the year, which has seen the supplier launch 60 new titles across various genres.
Isle of Man-based games developer Booming Games is taking players to England’s capital city with its latest release, Royal Wins.
Following the launch of Vegas Wins, Royal Wins is the second game to be released as part of the supplier’s Neon Signature Series, based on the lights and sights of the world’s biggest cities.
“We are delighted to be adding another game to the Neon Signature Series to create our first collection of themed slots,” said Frederik Niehusen, head of business development at Booming Games.
“Everything you’d expect to see in London is present, with Big Ben, double decker buses and the Queen’s Guard, all in stunning neon.”
The game includes a number of features such as Free Spins, Gamble, Stacked Symbols and Wilds. Three or more Scatters will award ten Free Spins which can be retriggered without limit.
The Gamble feature lets players enter a double-or-nothing round where they have the chance to double their winnings if they guess correctly. Additionally, there are Stacked Symbols which are identical symbols in stacks of three, which can land partially or completely on the game board increasing the chance of those lucrative wins.
Social poker specialist KamaGames has further expanded its social casino game Pokerist with the launch of the new player versus dealer game Set Poker.
Based on the casino favorite 3 Card Poker, Set Poker brings a whole new dimension to the classic card game where players are taking on the dealer while seated at the same table. There are also side bets available to boost the action further.
Players can make parallel bets on either side of the main deal. These side bets, Lucky 3 and Lucky 6, each have a set of winning combinations.
To help players get to grips with the game quickly, they are told when they’re holding a good hand and are able to instantly consult instructions and a list of combinations while playing. This accelerates the learning curve and helps players to enjoy the nuances and depth that Set Poker has to offer, KamaGames said.
Casino games developer Habanero has launched a new Mexican-themed slot game, 5 Mariachis.
The 5x3 slot features a fast-paced party atmosphere including well-known Mexican symbols such as chili peppers, cactae, and the mariachi band’s very own guitarróns.
“5 Mariachis is sure to heat our players up over the winter months, with a quirky design that is built to bring the Mexican fiesta to whichever device players choose to play it on,” said Toni Karapetrov, head of corporate communications at Habanero.
“It’s a slot purist’s dream with its great maths and feature rounds, and a fitting way to sign-off the increasingly diverse portfolio that our studio has presided over during 2017.”
Habanero has also agreed to integrate its full suite of slots and table games with platform provider Digitain.
“We have been working hard to forge fresh casino alliances recently and are aiming to arm ourselves with the prized products from the best suppliers in the business,” said Digitain CEO Suren Khachatryan.
“Like us, Habanero have been very successful in their expansion during 2017 and together we present a compelling platform and content solution to operators. We’re very pleased to have them on board.”
Stockholm-listed supplier NetEnt has revealed that it paid out €78.3m this year in jackpots to players.
A total of 321 jackpots have been paid out so far during 2017 across the supplier’s Mega Fortune, Mega Fortune Dreams, Arabian Nights and Hall of Gods jackpot games.
Earlier this month, two Mega Fortune Dreams players won €3.3m and €3.5m via their mobile devices, with the game having paid out a total of €30.4m this year.
The highest jackpot of the year - and the fourth-highest payout in NetEnt history - was won by a lucky player scooping €7.5m on Hall of Gods back in June.
“Our games are continuing to pay out life-changing winnings to players and to be able to win them €78 million in 2017 makes us all very proud,” said NetEnt chief product officer Henrik Fagerlund. “Mega Fortune Dreams alone has paid out around €30 million, but we must not forget Mega Fortune, Arabian Night and Halls of Gods, showing there’s more than one opportunity to win a life-changing amount of money with our pooled jackpots.
“Being able to offer players the chance to win big is what keeps them coming back and we’re over the moon that we can repay their loyalty.”
Malta-based slot developer Pragmatic Play has integrated its slot portfolio with Malta-licensed operator Twin.com.
Twin has initially gone live with seven of the supplier’s titles, including recent releases Vegas Nights, 7 Piggies and Wild Spells, as well as Wolf Gold and Dragon Kingdom. More video slots from Pragmatic Play’s catalogue of more than 80 HTML5 games will be released every week in January.
“We are very proud of the commercial momentum that we have built up in the last year, and this deal with Twin is an excellent marker of our ambitions as we enter 2018,” said Yossi Barzely, chief business development officer at Pragmatic Play.
“Expanding our reach with respected operators like Twin has been a key part of our growing success, and we are certain their players will love the quality and innovation offered by our varied slot portfolio.”
Twin.com head of casino Alex Ratcliffe added: “Twin is excited to welcome Pragmatic Play to our portfolio. The addition of their suite of games offers our players a wider variety from an innovative studio.
“Our aim to ‘Twinify the world’ is underpinned by bringing players the most exciting video slot content, and we are looking forward to doing so in partnership with such a fast-growing provider.”
BetConstruct / Spinomenal
iGaming technology provider BetConstruct has expanded its casino platform with the addition of new content from Spinomenal.
The agreement will see Spinomenal’s entire suite of 87 games made available to operators through BetConstruct’s game aggregation platform.
“We are excited that BetConstruct will be offering our cutting-edge HTML5 content to their distinguished list of licensees and operators. BetConstruct has proven to be one of the iGaming industry's most innovative companies and we are looking very forward to working with them,” said Spinomenal business development executive Derek Bloom.
BetConstruct casino product owner Edgar Mkrtchyan added: “Spinomenal is producing the most innovate HTML5 content, with various themes - from Oriental to Western, that has already grabbed a lot of attention in the industry. I'm more than sure that our operators will welcome this addition to their casino offering."
Live games supplier BetGames.tv has entered the regulated Bulgarian iGaming market for the first time following a deal with bookmaker EFbet.
Efbet.com will offer BetGames.tv’s omni-channel games including Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Dice, Dice Duel, Lucky5, Lucky6, Lucky7, War of Bets and Wheel of Fortune, which will be made available to players across online and mobile, as well as at the operator’s 21 land-based casinos and 13 sports bars.
“We have been looking to extend our offering with live games for online and retail and we are happy to have chosen BetGames.tv as the provider with its market-leading B2B multi-channel offer of video-streamed live games to the biggest lottery, casino and betting operators around the world,” said Martin Simonov, CEO of EFbet.
BetGames.tv head of sales Christian Maglia added: “We are excited to be able to launch our games for the very first time to a Bulgarian operator. It’s our aspiration to provide our partners the best live games that market has to offer.
“The integration of BetGames.tv live games will enrich the services Efbet offers to its customers and will strengthen their portfolio significantly. I am convinced the players of EFbet will enjoy the new addition of our live games.”
Big Time Gaming / SkillOnNet
Online gaming platform provider SkillOnNet has added new slots from Big Time Gaming, which have been rolled out to operators including PlayOJO.com and DrueckGlueck.de.
This includes more than 20 of the supplier’s top-performing video slots, including Bonanza, Danger High Voltage and White Rabbit.
“We are delighted to have integrated our games with SkillOnNet and to make them available to players on their large range of successful casinos,” said Nik Robinson, CEO of Big Time Gaming. “Brands like PlayOJO, DrueckGlueck and new Japanese casino LuckyNiki have taken the online casino market by storm in recent months, much like our latest games which have gone on to smash records. I believe our titles will be just as popular with SkillOnNet’s partners and their players.”
SkillOnNet sales and marketing director Michael Golembo commented: “We are committed to launching the best games across our network of brands, and Big Time Gaming are rolling out some of the most popular titles in the market at present. Their games offer players something a little bit different, via their high volatility and innovative reel structures and features. We are delighted to be offering such popular slot games to our players and we know they will be a huge success.”
Video bingo specialist Patagonia Entertainment has agreed a partnership with newly launched Latin American-facing operator Alegriabet.com.
The supplier will integrate its full suite of video bingo and pachinko products with the Curacao-licensed operator, including Pachinko 3D, Farm Bingo, Pirates and Candy Bingo 3D.
Patagonia Entertainment manager and general coordinator Pedro Baldriz said: “Alegriabet.com has huge potential to be a major player in the LATAM online casino market and we look forward to integrating our full suite of games onto the platform as they expand into the region.”
A spokesperson for Alegriabet.com added: “We are very excited about this new partnership with Patagonia Entertainment as their games fit Latin American players’ culture perfectly.
“Patagonia Entertainment has always focused on exciting and engaging video bingo and pachinko games. We’re sure this will be a fruitful and long term relationship.”
3D slots developer Betsoft Gaming has signed a deal to launch its games with Italian operator BetFlag.
BetFlag will offer its players a selection of Betsoft’s AAMS-approved Slots3 games, including popular titles Giovanni’s Gems and Fire & Steel, as well as the supplier’s ToGo mobile games.
“BetFlag have significant reach throughout the Italian market,” said Miguel Micallef, account manager at Betsoft Gaming. “They provide a full-service iGaming experience to their players that will be further enhanced with the addition of our AAMS-certified suite.
“Known for their strong commitment to customer service at every level of their operation, BetFlag is an ideal partner for us and we are confident in the future success of this deal.”
BetFlag CEO Domenico Galizia added: “We are extremely happy to be adding Betsoft’s amazing games to our current offering. It is rare to find such a high level of quality spread over so many different titles.”
Kalamba Games / Oryx Gaming
iGaming platform provider Oryx Gaming has expanded its offering through a development and licensing deal with Malta-based games studio Kalamba Games.
Kalamba’s titles have been made available on Oryx’s RGS platform and feature the supplier’s unique in-game Mission features and promotional tools, which have been designed to drive player engagement, retention, and increase deposit frequency.
“Kalamba Games has a vision to create the world’s most engaging slots,” said Alex Cohen, chief operating officer and co-founder of Kalamba Games. “We have built a new framework that works seamlessly across all channels and we have the agility to scale easily.
“We found a great partner in Oryx that enables us to build the games and the promo tools at a highly competitive pace. Integrated features like Missions, also give our partners the ability to run many new types of acquisition and retention initiatives, that are designed to improve important metrics. We will be bringing a regular dose of interesting features over the coming months, so we are just at the beginning of an exciting year ahead.”
Oryx Gaming chief executive Matevz Mazij added: “Oryx understands the importance of providing the best player experience possible and adding Kalamba’s games helps us achieve our goal.
“The Mission feature and the in game promotional tools not only provide an extra layer for increasing player engagement and more win opportunities, but help our operators build successful businesses around conversion and retention.”
Virtual sports provider Kiron Interactive has signed an agreement to provide its full portfolio of games to operator Pinnacle.
Kiron will make its Betman Online platform available to the operator through the Iforium platform.
“Pinnacle is one of the industry’s fastest-growing and most highly-regarded operators, making them the perfect partner with whom to integrate our growing portfolio of best-in-class gaming content,” said Kiron Interactive CEO Steven Spartinos.
“We are committed to building our global reach in line with our potential, and we hope to enjoy a rewarding relationship as we move forward.”
Pinnacle chief executive Paris Smith added: “Providing our players with the most engaging and exciting selection of games is a priority, and partnering with innovative providers like Kiron Interactive is a big part of that. We are certain our players in regulated markets across Europe will enjoy Kiron’s diverse suite of virtual games.”
VSoftCo / Twelve40
Jersey-based online gaming business Twelve40 has added VSoftCo’s complete portfolio of games and virtual football content to its platform.
The integration includes the developer’s league and single game formats, as well as its new Spot the Ball game. In addition, a range of instant win games from Linked2Win will be made available to Twelve40 operator partners, having recently been added to VSoftCo’s remote gaming server.
“This strategic partnership supports our vision to empower our clients with a range of exciting content and gaming entertainment to complement our lottery offering,” said Nigel Renouf, business development director at Twelve40. “It underlines that we are executing on our objectives and expanding our game portfolio with world-class content.
“In the case of VSoftCo, I am particularly excited with the content and its applicability to provide complementary revenue streams to a number of our clients, and I believe this will be a hugely beneficial partnership for both Twelve40 and VSoftCo.”
Simon Westbury, chief commercial officer of VSoftCo, commented: “I am delighted to have secured this partnership with Twelve40. We are partnering with a platform that provides a cutting edge and agile solution to lottery operators globally.
“Additionally, this partnership continues a very strong growth period for VSoftCo in 2017, and we look forward to working with Twelve40, who have demonstrated the versatility of their platform when delivering a bespoke gaming solution to different partners in differing geographical regions.”
Bulgarian betting solutions provider UltraPlay has added a new game to its esports betting portfolio.
The supplier becomes the first to offer betting on free-to-play turn-based card game Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, which brings its esports portfolio of games to 25.
UltraPlay’s games coverage includes diversified options of games’ genres, modes, different ways of betting, and a wide variety of markets covered by the company’s in-house traders.
“Gwent is a perfect choice for a card game that offers endless fun to the players,” said Peter Ivanov, head of esports trading at UltraPlay. “The esports betting brands using UltraPlay’s products will be one step ahead of the competition providing another exciting option to their players.
“We believe that the game holds a great potential to attract many eSports punters with passion and experience in card games.”