This week sees new game releases from IWG, Evolution and Fantasfida, as well as platform integrations for Pragmatic Play, Playson, Habanero, Zitro, and Betsoft.
Online instant win games developer IWG has released Cash Buster Towers, the latest title in its Cash Buster suite of games.
The game is themed around explosive coloured bricks, with players blowing up the bricks and toppling the towers to win.
Cash Buster Towers features a range of new features, including a spin button that explodes blocks arranged in towers which when collapsed release huge prizes up to £1m.
The unique bonus rounds are triggered on the main reels when 4 stars or arrow symbols are awarded, offering players the chance to unlock free spins, explode more tower blocks or win cash. Collect 4 or 6 circle symbols and players can win instant cash up to £1,000, while they can also buy an extra spin to keep playing.
“Cash Buster is the most successful instant win game in the lottery space and we’re really excited to be launching Cash Buster Tower to both the lottery and commercial sectors,” said Leon Thomas, IWG’s newly appointed chief commercial officer. “This is the most interesting version of the Cash Buster series and we’re sure that it’s going to prove hugely popular with players all over the world.
“The instant win vertical is growing rapidly and we will be signing major deals with a number of leading operators over the coming weeks and months. They have seen the value that games like Cash Buster Towers offers.”
Pragmatic Play/Mr Green
IBID-owned Pragmatic Play has integrated a range of its online casino games with operator Mr Green.
Mr Green’s players will have access to Pragmatic Play’s content portfolio of more than 150 HTML5 titles, including Queen of Gold, Hot Safari, Mighty Kong, Magic Crystals, Sugar Rush, Lady Godiva, and 7 Monkeys.
“We continue to invest in research and development, and to invest in our people, in order to support our customers’ diverse business needs,” said Yossi Barzely, head of sales and business development at Pragmatic Play. “It is, therefore, a testament to this strategy that Mr Green has decided to provide Pragmatic Play’s games content for their players.”
Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink added: “Pragmatic Play has demonstrated that their business is one of the fastest growing casino games providers.
“Their portfolio of unique games content allows our brand to continue to improve our casino product offering and user experience, which are key elements in our business and market expansion strategy.”
3D casino games developer Betsoft Gaming has signed a deal to supply a selection of its games to Ladbrokes Coral brand Eurobet.
The agreement will see the Italy-facing brand offer a range of Betsoft’s Slots3 titles to players, including SugarPop!, Alkemor's Tower and Mamma Mia!, as well as its ToGo collection of mobile games.
The titles included in the deal have all been certified by Italy’s Agency for Customs and Monopolies (ADM), with additional games expected to be approved in the near future.
“Eurobet has set a high standard for quality, ease of use for their players and a diverse variety of available igaming content,” said Betsoft sales executive Francesca Raniolo. “Our suite of ADM-approved Slots3 titles offers a broad range of themes and innovative bonus features that are certain to do well with Eurobet's players.
Malta-based Playson has agreed a deal to deploy its casino games with Italian platform provider Microgame.
Microgame will be the first licensed Italian provider to distribute Playson’s portfolio of more than 35 HTML5 games, including popular titles such as Art of the Heist, Down the Pub, Dracula’s Family, as well as latest releases Space Lights and Dancing Dragon Spring Festival.
“When it comes to the dot.it market Microgame are a hugely desirable company to work with,” said Playson managing director Adam Daniel. “They have built a widespread network of quality AAMS licensed operators who now have first-come access to the Playson library of game content.
“We are really looking forward to working with the guys at Microgame over the next few months to launch our products across their network.”
Microgame’s general manager Marco Castaldo added: “Playson has developed very successful and sophisticated games, and we at Microgame are very pleased to make them available for the first time to our network of over 40 AAMS-licensed online operators. We believe this is the start of a very fruitful partnership.”
Habanero has signed a deal to roll out its portfolio of games on iSoftBet’s platform.
Popular Habanero titles such as Koi Gate, Jugglenaut, Fenghuang, and Roman Empire will be available alongside third-party games from more than 25 providers.
“We pride ourselves in offering our partners the widest selection of certified games in regulated markets, and we’re very pleased to be able to add Habanero’s products to our ever-growing portfolio,” commented Michael Probert, business development director for iSoftBet. “Their games have a great reputation and they will be a welcome addition to our stable of high-quality content.”
Daniel Long, head of sales at Habanero, commented: “This is a great deal for Habanero, allowing us to tap into iSoftBet’s extensive reach across key regulated European markets, as well as further afield.”
Spanish bingo supplier Zitro Interactive has rolled out a number of additional online bingo games with France Pari-owned operator Suertia.es.
Zitro Interactive will supply the operator with up to 14 HTML5 video bingo games for online and mobile play in Spain.
“Zitro Interactive is a key player in transforming Zitro into a global leader in the gaming industry, and in order to become one, we need to make our games are available to all consumers, anywhere, anytime,” said Zitro CEO Sebastián Salat. “The expansion of our commercial agreement with Suertia is an important step towards that goal that we have set.”
Pere Moliné, general director of Suertia.es, added: "Thanks to this important expansion of our offer with Zitro, we can continue to grow in the casino and slots category providing our users with one of the largest multi-terminal offers on the market.”
Seattle-based RumbleMonkey is preparing to launch a new eSports platform which will allow players of the popular Hearthstone video game to play head-to-head for real-money.
RumbleMonkey operates within the US legal system as it only supports multiplayer titles that offer contests of skill. Players must pay an entry fee to compete for prizes, with the game available across all US states except Illinois and Arizona.
"We're excited to make real-money eSports accessible to everyone,” said Jacob Rapoport, CEO of RumbleMonkey. “The beauty of our platform is that anyone can put their skills to the test and compete for money, without having to invest the time needed to go pro.
“Playing for money adds an extra level of intensity to competitive play. We also think streamers will find our platform particularly exciting."
Hearthstone players will be able to compete on RumbleMonkey in a closed beta version of the game later this month on March 27th.
Originally known as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, it is an online collectible card video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment which builds on the existing lore of the Warcraft series.
Online casino operator Videoslots.com is giving players the chance to double their winnings on Battle of Slots with the launch of a new Joker feature.
Battle of Slots is a recent gamification concept from the operator which allows players to compete and socialise with one another in a poker-style lobby as they go head-to-head for large guaranteed prize pools.
Players who pre-register for their chosen tournament will now be placed in a draw for the chance to become the game’s Joker, which doubles their prize if they go on to win the ‘Battle’.
The new feature is designed to encourage more registrations for Battle of Slots, which Videoslots claims has “dramatically” increased the lifetime value of players since its launch.
“Battle of Slots has been an amazing success since launch and we are sure our new Joker feature will be an incredible addition to our Battles,” said Videoslots CEO Alexander Stevendahl. “We expect the Joker feature to double our pre-registrations, which will result in even bigger prize pools and more winners.
“Plus, with buy-ins to suit any bank roll, Battle of Slots appeals to a wide range of players – with freerolls available to those who wish to give it a try.”
Numerous Battles take place every day on a range of titles including NetEnt’s Starbust, Neon Staxx, Guns N’ Roses and Jimi Hendrix games, with buy-ins ranging from €1 to €100 and regular freeroll tournaments available.
Prizes range from €50 to €1,000, while freerollers trying Battle of Slots for the first time can win between 500 and 1,000 free spins to use on a range of titles across the Videoslots platform.
Malta-licensed gaming operator Codeta.com has launched Evolution Gaming’s new Double Ball Roulette game.
The live dealer game features two balls with the possibility of two winning numbers from a single spin, and has been developed by Evolution in partnership with Games Marketing.
The dealer pushes a button on a patented device on the wheel to release the two balls, which travel in the same direction and at the same speed.
“Double Ball Roulette is a brilliant new product and we are thrilled to be able to offer to it to our players at this early stage,” said Codeta.com CEO Edward Ihre. “It shows how respected Codeta.com is fast becoming a go-to operator for live table games, and that feedback from our players is valuable to the likes of Evolution Gaming.
“Ground-breaking games such as this will be key to driving the live dealer sector forward in 2017, and we are excited to be working with Evolution to remain ahead of the curve.”
Amy Riches, marketing manager at Evolution Gaming, added: “Double Ball Roulette is an exciting and innovative addition to our portfolio, upping the ante for players and delivering an immersive and engaging experience.”
Italy’s Digital Bros has launched its Fantasfida online daily fantasy football app in the United Kingdom.
Developed and distributed by UK-licensed Game Network, Fantasfida is a skill-based fantasy football game which was first released in Italy in 2015.
Using live match data from OPTA Sports, it offers players a range of games across various different football leagues, including the Premier League and Serie A.
With both single game and multi-game options, Fantasfida includes a head-to-head feature allowing players to directly challenge each other. Individuals can view past games to see how players perform, and look up the statistics for each football player in the ‘Locker Room.’
Digital Bros, which also distributes video games and operates the 505Games.com and Halifax.it gamer sites, said that Fantasfida will help it gain a larger share of the fantasy football market.
“Fantasy football, especially daily fantasy football, is on the rise,” said Raffi Galante, managing director of Digital Bros. “We saw the evolution in the sports market, consumers are gravitating to faster play, they want to see instant success.”
Galante said that the company’s experience in the digital entertainment industry had been a key factor in creating the user-friendly daily fantasy sports game.
“Fantasy football games are already very popular in the UK, but with daily play and real money up for grabs, there’s even more to play for with Fantasfida,” he added.