Yggdrasil Gaming has revealed that Northern Lights Gaming has become the first independent game studio to develop content as part of the Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters programme.

The partnership will see Northern Lights' UK-focused slot games made available to Yggdrasil's operator partners.

As part of the programme, Yggdrasil will provide access to its BOOST in-game promotional tools, allowing studios to develop their own versions of these tools within their game clients.

Founded last year, Northern Lights is a slot games studio based in Stockholm and Manchester, established by former executives from Barcrest and WMS (both now part of Scientific Games).

The studio is headed up by CEO Andrew Goodale, who ran the studio that created blockbuster hit Rainbow Riches, and chief technology officer Peter Lundh, who founded Cubeia. Robert Henrysson and Patrik Roos, who co-founded Swedish games developer Jadestone - sold to WMS in 2012 - also serve on the company's board.

"As we are finishing off our first games and preparing to show them to the world, we are extremely proud to be the first external game developer to gain access to Yggdrasil’s innovative platform," said Goodale. "We look forward to building a close working relationship with Yggdrasil and making the most of the powerful tools they have developed. These are exciting times for Northern Lights Gaming."

The agreement is the first of its kind since the launch last month of YGS Masters, an invite-only platform where Yggdrasil will gather content from independent games studios.

"Since launching YGS Masters last month, we have received many enquires and I am thrilled to announce our first partnership," said Stuart McCarthy, head of studio partnerships at Yggdrasil Gaming. "Northern Lights Gaming has built a team with unparalleled expertise when it comes to developing for the UK market, and we've been hugely impressed by what we’ve seen so far.

"We are certain YGS Masters will help take Northern Lights' content to the next level, and we are excited to share the games with customers in the coming months."

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