With Euro 2016 kicking off in Paris later today, a number of suppliers have been getting in on the action with new football-themed games rolled out by the likes of XIN Gaming, Genesis Gaming, and Yggdrasil.
The past few weeks have already seen a number of football-themed games go live ahead of Euro 2016, including a virtual football game from Inspired, daily fantasy football games from Oulala.com and Fanto, a new slot from Realistic Games for BetVictor’s The Million Pound Goal promo, Colossus Bets pools for Betclic and Expekt, and a Camelot-powered app from Switzerland’s Loterie Romande.
As well as these new releases, this week has also seen a title released by Loto-Quebec, gaming content partnerships involving iSoftBet and Pariplay, as well as a new poker game from Connective Games.
Yggdrasil has released its latest slot which is a Euro 2016 themed offering. Bicicleta is named after the iconic bicycle kick, and will launch with a half-time network campaign which will see the provider sponsor a €10,000 prize pool.
The new slot includes a new trophy feature and a football match atmosphere with the crowd reacting directly to in-game action. Meanwhile in the free spin mode, players execute acrobatic bicycle kicks which turn into sticky wilds whenever a goal is scored. The medium variance slot also offers the chance to win up to 24 free spins, with extra free spins, coins and wild reels up for grabs during the trophy feature.
During the 15-minute half-time break, any spin on Bicicleta can result in a direct cash prize, with players able to win up to €1,000 of the Yggdrasil-provided €10,000 prize pool. From June 11th, the tool will be available for operators to run their own Cash Races for Bicicleta and seven other Yggdrasil releases.
Bicicleta is supported by Yggdrasil’s newest BOOST promotional tool, Cash Race, which allows operators to define a period during which any spin can be awarded with a mystery prize from the operator’s prize pool.
Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “We cannot wait for the big kick off in France, and the launch of Bicicleta is only going to make the summer of sport even more memorable. There are huge opportunities during major football tournaments to drive sportsbook traffic to slots, and Bicicleta is the ideal product to do exactly that. We expect it to become a fan’s favourite very quickly.
“The launch of the Cash Race tool during the first match of the Euros is set to be our biggest launch ever and our team has been working extremely hard over the past few months to prepare.”
Bicicleta is the first Yggdrasil game to be certified to go live simultaneously in Malta, the UK and Gibraltar.
Genesis Gaming has released its latest video slot to coincide with the beginning of tournament.
Euro Golden Cup has been rolled out across multiple platforms, developed in HTML5 for desktop and mobile play, and comes with a range of features including Play Maker Free Spins, where a sliding goal awards up to 15 free spins with stacked wilds sliding to fill the reel.
The game's Striker Feature sees the player attempt to make bicycle kicks hit targets to reveal symbols or wilds to secure larger jackpots.
Players can also collect flags of different countries to unlock levels for enhanced features and improved return-to-player (RTP). The unlockable levels change the gameplay with enhanced features such as more free spins and added wilds. The game's final level ends with a climactic penalty shoot-out feature, where players attempt to score up to five times, with their winning sum multiplied by the number of goals they score.
Scott Sims, head of global design for Genesis Gaming, said: “Our Graduated Features mechanic is a powerful player retention game mechanic. Improved RTP and the power to choose favourite ways to win drives game play.”
Genesis’ director of European sales James Watson added: “Released the same week as the kick off of Euro 2016, Euro Golden Cup keeps the football buzz going. Players can engage in football fun and be in control of all the suspenseful events commonly seen in a championship.”
Asian games and systems developer XIN Gaming has also launched a Euro 2016-themed football slot.
Euro Football Champ, a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line slot, includes special features such as random wilds and penalty-shooting random wilds. Players are also offered a free spin feature through which they can choose the country they wish to play for.
Mathias Larsson, chief executive of XIN Gaming, believes that the release of Euro Football Champ will strengthen the company’s position at the top of the Asian slots sector.
“We are now showing our ability to deliver not only a great game, but also provide it for a special event,” he said. “Not many companies are able to pull this off, but I believe we have done a great job with Euro Football Champ. Players will love the special features, and it’s a really fun way to keep on enjoying the football even when the 90 minutes is over.”
The Canadian provincial lottery operator has rolled out a new version of one of its popular scratchcard lottery game across its land-based gaming establishments, and its Espacejeux.com iGaming platform.
From today, Loto‑Québec will offer two new ways to play the Gagnant à vie! Lottery game. In addition to the popular scratch ticket, the game will now be available in Québec’s four casinos and two gaming halls, with an interactive version launched on Espacejeux.com.
All the new versions of the game offer the attractive $1,000‑a‑week‑for‑life grand prize (or a lump sum of $675,000). During the operator’s most recent fiscal year 2015/2016, the ticket’s grand prize was won 13 times.
“Gagnant à vie! is one of Loto‑Québec’s best known products, but it is unique in that it is popular among all segments of the population,” explained Marie‑Claudel Lalonde, director of marketing communication and strategy for the Lottery sector.
SoftSwiss has signed an agreement with iSoftBet to distribute the Alderney-licensed online and mobile content developer's games to customers.
The deal will see iSoftBet's portfolio of HTML5 and Flash titles, including a selection of branded games from iconic film and TV shows, made available to SoftSwiss' operator partners.
iSoftBet will also offer its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), which enables SoftSwiss to add even more games from another 20 third party content providers through a single integration.
SoftSwiss CEO Ivan Montik said: “We are thrilled to cooperate with iSoftBet because we know their game content is of the highest quality and very enjoyable for players. What is more exciting is that under our partnership iSoftBet games will now become available via Bitcoin, which will introduce them to an even wider audience.”
"We trust that our partnership with SoftSwiss will be a profitable one as both companies are customer-focused and believe in delivering a high-quality service," iSoftBet managing director Nir Elbaz said.
"SoftSwiss has been a great partner to deal with from the very first time we met, and we are looking forward to building a long and productive relationship with them," he added.
Gaming platform provider Pariplay has agreed a deal to integrate its gaming products with Iforium’s casino platform.
The integration will see Pariplay’s portfolio of branded and proprietary online casino, instant win and scratch card games added to Iforium’s Gameflex platform, which currently features over 3,500 games from suppliers such as Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, and NYX.
Pariplay’s real-money online branded slots include the Atari Black Widow game, launched in Q1, Sharknado, and The Three Stooges.
In addition to the company’s branded titles, Pariplay’s complete range of slots will feature in the partnership, including Las Cucas Locas, Fish & Chips, alongside classic slot titles such as Red Hot Chili Chips and Poker Spins.
Pariplay’s development studio will also provide instant win titles and online scratch cards including Atari Asteroids, Tiki Madness, and Arctic Madness, and scratch cards such as The Alchemist, and Zodiac Fortune.
Adrian Bailey, general manager at Pariplay, said: “We see our gaming partnership with Iforium as a long-term venture with great potential for both companies.
“An iGaming platform provider with major industry recognition, Iforium will extend the reach of our sophisticated gaming content globally in 2016 and beyond.”
Pariplay content currently being developed will also integrate with Iforium as the titles are released. Upcoming titles include the Atari Asteroids 720-way slot, set to be launched in Q3 of this year.
Russian based software platform provider Connective Games has launched Windfall Tournament, the latest initiative for customers who have integrated its poker software.
Launched initially for Pokerdom and Aconcagua, Windfall Tournament is an adaptation of the “Sit and Go” tournaments. It is a “Sit and Go Hyperturbo” for 3 players with a randomly determined jackpot prize before the first hand is played. The prizes can be up to 2,500 times the original buy in amount.
Nazim Izmaylov, managing director at Pokerdom commented: “We are also very excited upon the launch of the Windfall Tournament and expecting more growth on Pokerdom with further new implementations with Connective Games.”
Connective Games CEO Serge Mukhanov said: “We listen to our clients and develop bespoke software that players will love and that is ultimately profitable for operators.
“We’re delighted that Windfall Tournament is going live with two most exciting operators and look forward to delivering more quality products this year.”