This week sees new slots released by Pragmatic Play, Yggdrasil, iSoftBet and Betsoft, as well as platform integrations for the likes of Microgaming, Nolimit City, Relax Gaming, Tom Horn, Genii and InBet Games.
Malta-based casino games developer Pragmatic Play celebrated this week's Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog with the arrival of its latest video slot Lucky New Year.
The 3x5 slot game packs the reels with drums, dragon masks and firecrackers, with the dog itself acting as the game's wild symbol, appearing in stacks and barking when the player lands a successful spin.
The free spins mode merges the middle reels to form one reel of giant super symbols, boosting players' chances of hitting the biggest wins, while six or more lucky lanterns launches the rewarding re-spins feature.
"We are proud to launch Lucky New Year, a game that builds on our reputation for delivering engaging, best-in-breed video slots," said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. "The game cranks up the excitement with an enticing array of bonus features, and we look forward to rolling out the title with our growing number of internationally recognised platform and operating partners."
Online and mobile casino content provider iSoftBet is taking players in search of desert riches in its latest slot release, Wild Wally.
The 5-reel, 20-payline game offers vibrant graphics, colourful animations and quirky characters, with two Free Spins rounds to discover, courtesy of Cash Camel and Wild Wally.
Three or more Scatter symbols in view will trigger the Cash Camel Free Spins, during which any further Scatters will award additional Free Spins. When Wild Wally appears stacked on reel three, the win multiplier will be increased by x1, up to a maximum of x10, for the remaining Free Spins.
Wild Wally can also trigger his very own Cactus Bonus by landing on reel three in the base game. Pick one of Wally's barrels to win 5, 7, 8 or 10 Free Spins, where Wally remains as a stacked Wild and any wins will activate a sticky respin series.
"Cash Camel is the latest addition to a brand new catalogue of games from iSoftBet, and follows the hugely successful launch of Eye of the Amulet," said Michael Probert, head of business development at iSoftBet. "We have a very exciting product road map planned for 2018, and with Cash Camel we believe we have created a slot which will quickly become a firm player favourite."
Games developer Yggdrasil Gaming has announce the release of its latest slot game, Gem Rocks.
In the new game, big wins tumble down the reels with the help of gentle, gem-hearted giants who can turn into colossal symbol clusters.
With each winning spin, the symbols will cascade down, while hitting consecutive wins in a row can guarantee gigantic blocks of up to 4x4 symbols to drop to the most profitable positions for the player.
"Gem Rocks is custom-made for players who prefer high variance slots and love the thrill of big wins," said Yggdrasil Gaming head of slots Jonas Strandman.
"We are sure the exciting win streaks, win-guaranteeing monster clusters and over 9000x bet wins will keep the players coming back to this gem time and time again."
Fair Play Bets has launched Microgaming's portfolio of games via the Quickfire platform across its Malta-licensed VegasPlay.com and DiamondWorldCasino.com sites.
Through the new agreement Fair Play Bets has added an array of new game content including top-performers Jurassic World, Thunderstruck II and Immortal Romance.
"Fair Play Bets are a great addition to the Quickfire platform, with a number of popular online casinos providing entertainment to players," said Andrew Clucas, director of Quickfire. "As per our announcement at ICE, this year we are set to shake up the online slot market by working with a range of new, independent studios on an exclusive basis.
"There isn't a better time to join the Quickfire platform, with an award-winning portfolio of proven games, as well as a very strong content roadmap for 2018."
Fair Play Bets head of marketing Jeremy Fall said: "Our secure casinos are enhanced with the Microgaming portfolio. We are delighted to have such a range of exciting and innovative slots available on our platforms via Quickfire, and look forward to adding more as Microgaming has an impressive release schedule for 2018."
Malta-based iGaming supplier Relax Gaming has signed a deal to provide content to Pomadorro's online casino brands including Casino X and Joy Casino.
"Table games have always been a staple of our online casino offering, with players continuing to support them across our various brands, so to integrate Relax’s new titles will be a significant boost to our portfolio," said a spokesperson for Pomadorro. "Relax Gaming have confirmed their position as a leading gaming provider of late, with high-quality products across various verticals, and we look forward to a successful partnership.
Relax Gaming CEO Patrik Österåker added: "Pomadorro have various established casinos in multiple territories, and we’re sure our content will appeal to their players across the board.
"We've positioned our content at a competitive price point to kick-start partnerships with major operators like Pomadorro. With further content to be rolled-out to their casinos in the coming months, we expect to see robust growth together on the back of it."
Casino games developer Betsoft Gaming has released a sequel to its popular Sugarpop game with the release of Sugarpop 2: Double Dipped.
Similar to the previous game, the 7x7 grid videoslot offers a serene dreamland of clouds and sugary treats.
In this edition of the game, two new cluster mechanics have been added, including a Candy Wild that appears on the board when a cluster of 5 or more is exploded and a Candy Bomb that is created when 5 or more clusters are exploded in a single spin.
Utilizing the proprietary SHIFT platform, the game allows players to level up the supplier's new "trail system", first introduced in Betsoft's Legend of the Nile game.
"Sugarpop 2 is a bright, fun, sequel we really enjoyed developing," said Dan Cooper, Betsoft head of product development. "The original was far more successful than any of us could have imagined. We wanted to stay true to the original game and add another layer of engagement to this game.
"The new candies and new mechanics are engaging, but one thing we incorporated into this version of the game was limitless potential. There is no level cap in Sugarpop 2 and every time a player levels up, there are now even more rewards."
Digitain / Genii / InBet Games
iGaming solutions provider Digitain has agreed deals to integrate content from suppliers Genii and InBet Games.
Among the games made available to Digitain’s operator partners will be Genii’s recent releases, including the 243-winning combo Arcadia i3D and Elementium Spin16, which offers players physical control of the double-directional reels.
The integration adds some extra flair to the Armenian supplier’s casino platform, as it continues to expand in international markets, and brings a new premium range to its existing portfolio.
"We have been working hard to establish new casino alliances recently, aiming to arm ourselves with the prized products from the top suppliers in the business," said Digitain CEO Suren Khachatryan. "Like us, Genii have demonstrated a passion for creativity and innovation, becoming renowned for thinking outside the box of industry convention. Together, we present an engaging platform and content solution to operators. It's fantastic to have them on board."
Genii sales director Nick Barr added: "We're very pleased to have teamed up with Digitain and we can't wait to see how our multi-dimensional games perform when showcased across some fresh markets.
"We have launched some great content over the last 12 months, exploring a variety of themes and formats, without ever deserting our foundations of pioneering tech and maths modelling. We hope these games will quickly become firm favourites with operators and players alike."
Digitain has also agreed to integrate InBet Games portfolio of titles into its platform.
"It's great news to team up with Digitain in a deal which allows our products to be promoted on a thriving sportsbook hub," saidv InBet Games business development director Paul Korolev. "Our unique maths engines and high-octane virtual games are opening up some very exciting gaming possibilities in the B2B world."
Khachatryan added: "Integrating InBet Games' diverse suite - which ranges from slots through lotteries and on to 3D-simulation sports games - gives us the confidence to explore market niches in the gaming sector on a truly international scale."
UK-based slots and table games provider Realistic Games has agreed to roll out its new advanced free spins tool to operator BetVictor.
The supplier's second-generation version of the marketing tool enables operators to access new player and trigger-based free spins, as well as giving them the chance to add wagering requirements of any level, or simply pay a player’s winnings in cash.
The product is similar to Red Tiger Gaming's Smart Spins bonusing platform, Yggdrasil Gaming's Super Free Spins and Blueprint Gaming's Free Spins promotional tools.
The new functionality will initially go live with BetVictor, with the operator running a series of exclusive promotions. It will later be rolled out to other Realistic clients.
"Our cutting edge free spins offering has been in development for some time now and I’m delighted that the functionality will make its debut with BetVictor," said Robert Lee, commercial director at Realistic Games. "We're very confident that our free spins will be enjoyed by players and will prove to be an effective marketing tool for our operating partners for both acquisition and retention campaigns."
Emma Tompkins, director of E-gaming at BetVictor, added: "Free spins are an essential tool in the armoury of any casino and having innovative versions available like Realistic's gives us far more flexibility and are more beneficial to our customers."
Stockholm-based games developer Nolimit City will begin rolling out its games with operator LeoVegas following a distribution deal signed last year.
The supplier’s games will be launched following a successful platform integration with Relax Gaming.
Nolimit's WiXX game will be the first to go live, with further releases to include Oktoberfest, Creepy Carnival and latest release Casino Win Spin.
"Having our games present on another leading brand such as LeoVegas.com, just proves how much our games have been noticed," said Malcolm Mizzi, head of sales at Nolimit City. "We truly believe that there is so much more ahead of us and cannot wait to release more exciting titles with such an acclaimed and recognised partner."
LeoVegas casino manager James Ford added: "We are delighted to release such a young and ambitious game studio. We've kept a close eye on Nolimit's growth and like what we see so far. Their fresh approach in content is something that our players are sure to enjoy."
BetGames.TV / Snaitech
Lithuanian live-streaming games provider BetGames.TV has struck a deal to launch its titles across Italian operator Snaitech's online and retail channels.
BetGames will integrate titles including Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Wheel of Fortune, War of Bets, Dice and Dice Duel to Snaitech's Global Adaptation Network (GAN) platform.
"We are incredibly thrilled to have completed a deal with Snaitech," BetGames.TV head of sales Christian Maglia said. "The agreement will give Snaitech access to our full range of AAMS-certified live presented games via the GAN platform.
"The collaboration with one of the most important operators in Italy and Europe is a very important step for and in our growth in the Region and a compliment to the award-winning BetGames.TV brand."
Tom Horn Gaming / Aspire Global
Malta-based slots developer Tom Horn Gaming has struck a deal to supply a range of video slot games to iGaming solutions provider Aspire Global.
Tom Horn titles such as Monster Madness, Don Juan’s Peppers and Blackbeard’s Quest, will go live with Aspire’s platform.
"We challenged ourselves to hit the ground running in 2018 and the integration of our games with Aspire Global shows we have done exactly that," said Ondrej Lapides, chief executive at Tom Horn Gaming. "Aspire Global's strength among operators will help us continue our growth in the industry and we are delighted to be working with them as we both strive towards a common goal."
Dima Reiderman, chief operating officer at Aspire Global, added: "We're always looking to stay one step ahead by adding the highest quality slots to our portfolio and this addition of Tom Horn will help us achieve our ambitions."
QTech Games / Booongo / Fantasma
Asian-facing games distributor QTech Games has expanded its platform with new agreements with suppliers Booongo and Fantasma Games.
Among the games made available to operator partners via the deal will be Booongo's latest releases Fruity Wild and 15 Golden Eggs, as well as Fantasma Games' hit Super Sumo.
The games will part of QTech's newly released QT Play, a mobile recommendation mobile app which allows players to choose any game from any provider.
"Fantasma Games and Booongo are already reinvigorating the slots space with deeper gaming experiences," said QTech Games CEO Jonas Alm, the former founder of Mahjong Logic. "Combining three-dimensional virtual worlds with more conventional games is crucial to unlocking player engagement across all mobile platforms, so spotting their respective breakout talent was key to getting this thrilling combination on board."
Booongo commercial director Sebastian Damian commented: "We're thrilled about the integration, and view this as a pivotal partnership, having only received glowing feedback from our new gaming audience to date.
"While Booongo is already established in Asia, we feel sure our high-quality games will engage with even more players, now that QTech Games is leading them to market."
Fantasma Games CEO Fredrik Johansson added: "We've launched some superb content of late, premised on our hallmarks of dazzling graphics and maths-enhanced gameplay. With the assistance of QT Play, we hope these games will quickly find a home, becoming firm favourites with players."
Quasar Gaming / Oryx Gaming
iGaming solutions provider Oryx Gaming has agreed to integrate its portfolio of aggregated casino and slot content with Malta-licensed operator Quasar Gaming.
The Quasar Casino and OVO Casino iGaming brands will gain access to Oryx’s exclusive content from Gamomat and Kalamba Games, as well as further titles from Amatic, Evolution, Microgaming, Reel Time Gaming and Game Art.
"It's been a fast start to the year and our content partnership with Quasar Gaming builds on that momentum," said Oryx Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij. "Our content is packed full of innovative and engaging games and we're in an ideal position to help Quasar enhance customer engagement, increase retention, and generate stronger revenues."