This week saw a host new launches ahead of the ICE Expo in London next week by the likes of NetEnt, Quickspin, FlowPlay, and Vermantia, among others.
Swedish slots supplier Quickspin has launched its games with Danske Spil in the regulated Danish iGaming market.
The provider’s complete portfolio is now available to players on the former Danish gaming monopoly’s Vegas.dk site.
This includes popular titles such as Big Bad Wolf, The Wild Chase, and Crystal Queen, as well as brand new releases Phoenix Sun and Dragon Shrine.
Quickspin CEO Daniel Lindberg commented: “We’re very proud of our portfolio and are very confident that they will be popular with Danish players, who can also look forward to a host of new titles over the coming months. We also have some great promotional tools which benefit both players and operators, and will be revealing more about our new Achievements Engine at ICE. For operators like Danske Spil it will be a real game-changer.”
NetEnt’s games are now live in Mexico following a successful integration with licensed operator Codere.
NetEnt signed a license agreement with Codere in December to enter the regulated online casino market in Mexico.
Codere is an existing customer of NetEnt and has a significant presence in the land-based casino markets in Spain, Italy and Latin America.
Casino games developer Nolimit city has signed its second major deal this year with an agreement to supply its portfolio of games to platform provider Gaming Innovation Group (GIG).
Following an integration with GIG’s iGaming Cloud Platform, Nolimit’s HTML5 slot games will be available to the supplier’s B2B partners as well as through its own B2C brands including Guts.com and Rizk.com.
Titles such as Oktoberfest, Space Arcade and Creepy Carnival will be made available across desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Nolimit city’s chief technology officer Jonas Tegman said the deal marked a strong start to the year for the company.
“We are delighted to have signed a deal with the Gaming Innovation Group to offer our games to their B2B partners as well as players on their flagship brands Guts and Rizk,” said Tegman. “It is great to sign such a big deal ahead of ICE. We’re also looking forward to being at the show for the first time, and meeting industry friends old and new over the three days.”
Isle of Man-Based table games developer OneTouch Technology has released a new version of baccarat with a focus on single-touch ergonomics.
Embracing a mobile-first philosophy, OneTouch Baccarat lets players place bets and play on their smartphone with one finger, which the company describes as "perfect for on-the-go betting".
For seasoned players, OneTouch has developed its “squeeze” feature, where players can gradually roll any edge of the card to reveal, heightening the suspense and thrill of the game.
The game, which is being integrated with some leading Asian-facing, Isle of Man-licensed operators, also offers a range of side-bet options and features the two most popular roadmaps: Bead Road and Big Road.
Matthew Rochman, head of OneTouch, commented: “OneTouch Blackjack has already proved a huge success for operators looking to offer players an innovative and mobile-focussed take on classic table games.
“OneTouch Baccarat is perfect for those betting on smartphones across a number of important jurisdictions, and I am sure it will prove extremely popular.”
Athens-based games developer Vermantia has made its first move into the eSports sector with the launch of a new betting solution in partnership with PvPRO Gaming.
Vermantia eSPORTS is a new omni-channel solution which has been added to the supplier’s CONNECT gaming platform, initially offering betting on the popular Counter Strike (CS:GO) game, with more titles to follow.
The solution is based on eSports events from single games to tournaments taking place on the PvPRO Gaming platform.
It will utilise data, statistics and results from more than 1m eSports games per month to create a broad range of tailored bet markets and odds, adaptable to any regulatory framework.
The betting events vary from highlights of CS:GO games to bespoke live tournaments between professional teams. Vermantia will offer both pre-game and live betting.
“We are excited to embark into eSports, with a fully customizable and all-inclusive betting product, to enable our customers to expand their offering and address millennials alongside their existing client base.” said Vermantia’s chief product officer Yiannis Gangas.
Virtual games specialist Kiron Interactive has added two new winter sports titles to its portfolio of games.
Hockey Shots uses high-quality graphics and sounds to immerse players into a sudden death ice hockey shootout. With games every few minutes, multi-concurrent events of six games are scheduled into each time slot, means ice hockey lovers will never have to wait too long to play.
Speed Skating, which offers a realistic 3D representation of the sport, is designed to appeal to players who love the excitement of the Winter Olympics, as well as those who enjoy other racing titles.
“We have brought the Ice to ICE, we love innovating and we have done that once again here with industry-first titles Hockey Shots and Speed Skating,” said Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive. “Kiron Interactive is the first to introduce these new winter sports to a virtual sports portfolio and we’re confident that both games will help us tap in to new markets and customer bases.”
Another game being showcased at ICE next week by Kiron is the revamped Raceday, which offers players a suite of virtual racing products while promoting spend and loyalty in gaming venues.
Platform provider Iforium has signed a deal to add Relax Gaming’s portfolio of games to its Gameflex casino platform.
After integrating with Relax Gaming’s Silver Bullet open gaming platform, Iforium will be able to offer customers content from suppliers such as Genesis Gaming, Push Gaming, FUGA Gaming Technologies and Nolimit city.
Relax Gaming CEO Patrik Österåker said the partnership was a logical decision given the complementary reach and ease of integration between the two companies.
“Linking in to Iforium’s prominent Gameflex platform will further increase the uptake of our portfolio and at the same time add value for all parties involved. I am confident this will be a great partnership with Phil and the Iforium team,” he said.
Iforium CEO Phil Parry said he was delighted with the partnership and welcomed the connection between the respective platforms.
“Iforium and Relax are like-minded companies as we share a similar technical DNA which is combined with a mutual desire for continual innovation in the gaming platform space,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with the Relax Gaming team and assisting them in the distribution of their growing content portfolio across multiple markets via Gameflex.”
Spanish gaming technology provider Mediatech Solutions is expanding its offering with a full suite of Asian-themed slots from Philippine-based developer Digital Graphix Hub Technologies (DGx Hub).
Following an integration with Mediatech’s IRIS gaming platform, clients will have access to popular titles from DGx Hub including Dragon Master, Tiki Quest and Ninjizzu.
The games will be offered alongside Mediatech’s existing content which includes titles from the likes of NetEnt, Microgaming, NYX, and Habanero.
Andy Kim, business development manager at DGx Hub, said the deal was significant as it put the DGx Hub brand in front of operators and players around the world.
“Mediatech Solutions are one of the most authoritative and successful platform and service providers in the market, so it’s great to be able to offer our content to their partners,” he said. “Our games are unique, and we are sure they will become player favourites in no time.”
“We are thrilled to bring even more Asian-themed content to our partners via this deal with DGx Hub,” said Tom Moester, head of Asia-Pacific at Mediatech Solutions.
“This is a great deal to sign ahead of ICE Totally Gaming, where we will be showcasing our IRIS Core Gaming Platform alongside the other products and services we offer our partners.”
Malta-based casino games developer World Match has reached an agreement to provide its complete portfolio of games to Latvian platform provider SoftGamings.
SoftGamings’ operator partners will have access to World Match’s suite of casino, table and slot games such as Arena de Toros, SuperHeroes, Need for Spin and its most recent release The Pinguizz.
World Match executive director Andrea Boratto said the agreement was part of the company’s broader commercial strategy towards new markets.
“We chose to partner with SoftGamings because their key market is the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), while they also have a good position in Turkey, Greece and Eastern Europe,” he said.
SoftGaming’s clients include operators Pari-Match, TonyBet and FavBet, among others.
Casino games developer Betsoft Gaming has reached a deal with iGaming operator EverRich to supply its full suite of games to Asia-facing site Bet98.
Bet98 customers will have access to Betsoft’s complete portfolio including table games, video poker, 3D video slots and the ToGo line of mobile games.
The deal strengthens Betsoft’s presence in the region following a similar supply deal with Asian-facing systems developer Asia Weinet Digital Technology in July last year.
“We are truly thrilled about partnering with Bet98,” said Betsoft account manager Joya Zhang. “They place a strong emphasis on using the combined force of innovation and new technology to provide an exceptional iGaming experience to their players, an aspect that we greatly admire as industry leaders.”
Vermantia has expanded its partnership with Leap Gaming to add the supplier’s instant racing virtual games to its portfolio.
Leap’s instant virtual games are on-demand with advanced graphics and fast-bet options, suitable for online and mobile channels, as well as retail self-service betting terminals.
The deal sees games including Horse and Greyhound Racing, Trotting, and Cycling integrated onto Vermantia’s proprietary Connect platform.
The agreement follows an initial agreement between the two parties in November last year which saw Leap provide a number of its virtual sports games including Virtual Tennis and Virtual Speedway.
“The addition of Instant Virtual Games on Vermantia Connect is aligned with our strategy to meeting the constantly evolving needs of leading operators for top quality gaming content,” said Vermantia’s chief product officer Yiannis Gangas.
Seattle-based social games studio FlowPlay has launched a mobile version of its American football fantasy card game, Dynasty Football.
Launched for desktop in 2016, the free-to-play strategy game is one of FlowPlay's most popular social sports titles and the first to be made available for iOS and Android devices.
“Over the past year, we have built out a robust suite of social sports wagering games that cater to the one-third of the US population that considers themselves casual gamers and the 60 percent that consider themselves sports fans,” said FlowPlay CEO Derrick Morton.
Similar to the desktop game, Dynasty Football players draft a seven-card deck from a set of more than 350 cards that feature a fantasy value based on the player's real-world statistics. With 30-card offense and defensive decks, the player must trump their opponent’s card to advance the ball toward the opponent's end zone and score a touchdown.
The head-to-head battles are designed to replicate a real-world game including touchdowns, interceptions and game winning passes. By winning games and completing daily challenges, players earn virtual currency to purchase new card packs that will help them create the ultimate team.
“This game started as a passion project to provide a fantasy sports game unlike anything readily available, inspired by collectible card games but for football fans," said Justin Eggert, lead game developer at FlowPlay.
“Our games provide one-of-a-kind experiences that allow fans to engage with their favourite sports anytime, anywhere, giving the immediate gratification they can't get with daily or season-long fantasy leagues,” added Morton. “Dynasty Football is a fast and fun game that is well-suited for mobile, and is the first of several social sports games we plan to launch on this platform.”