This week's games round-up sees NetEnt roll out its games with PokerStars in Portugal, the launch of a new sports betting feature for Mr Green’s live casino, and platform integrations for Pragmatic Play, Leap Gaming, MGA, and RISQ.
NetEnt has become the first casino games developer to launch its games with The Stars Group in Portugal’s regulated iGaming market, with a selection of popular titles now live on PokerStars.pt following a successful technical integration.
“I am very pleased and proud that The Stars Group have selected NetEnt as their very first go-to-market partner for the regulated market in Portugal,” said Carl Silverstolpe, managing director for NetEnt Malta and chief of European market operations.
“We are working in very close and trustful collaboration with The Stars Group worldwide and already have most of our best-in-breed games available to their players. I am confident that our market-leading portfolio of games will support PokerStars Casino’s strategy to deliver the ultimate player experience to its customers in Portugal.”
Stockholm-listed iGaming operator Mr Green has teamed up with Netent Live to launch a new sports betting feature in its exclusive Live Beyond Live casino environment.
The Quickbet widget for Live Beyond Live Sports Roulette allows players to seamlessly place bets on a selection of popular sporting events without having to navigate away from the roulette table.
“The Quickbet widget gives us the ability to offer our sportsbook players a live casino experience that is relevant to their primary product of choice,” said Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink. “At the same time it allows our live casino players to discover our sportsbook offerings. This seamless cross-product experience is a perfect example of how we as a multi-vertical operator can entertain our customers in an innovative way."
NetEnt’s Silverstolpe added: “This is a product unlike anything the market has seen before and we are releasing it at a very exciting time, with the World Cup around the corner. We see major cross selling opportunity with this widget and we’re happy Mr Green is making it a feature in their Live Beyond Live Casino.”
Implementation of the betting feature with the live casino was facilitated by sportsbook supplier Kambi.
“In an evolving marketplace, it’s crucial operators have the ability to innovate and differentiate to stay ahead of the competition,” Kambi chief commercial officer Max Meltzer commented. “It is for this reason Kambi decided to provide our open APIs, to give operators the ultimate freedom to develop unique sports betting experiences for their players. As industry innovators, Mr Green continues to show what is possible.”
iGaming platform provider Bede Gaming has added to its platform with a range of slots from Malta-based development studio Pragmatic Play.
Pragmatic Play’s suite of games, including titles such as Wolf Gold, Chilli Heat, and Gold Rush, have been integrated onto Bede’s PLAY content aggregator platform.
“We have been privileged to work alongside a platform provider as forward-thinking as Bede Gaming throughout this integration, and I am certain our games will be a big hit with its operating partners,” said Melissa Summerfield, chief commercial officer at Pragmatic Play. “Our games are consistently proving popular with players and profitable for operators.”
Mark Rehorst-Smith, head of play at Bede Gaming, added: “In a short period of time, Pragmatic Play has built a deserved reputation as one of the industry’s most innovative developers of high-quality game content.
“We are very happy to have put its games live to our operator partners through Bede PLAY, and look forward to growing our business alongside this fast-growing provider.”
Gaming solutions provider ORYX Gaming has signed a partnership with Spanish video bingo and slots specialist Grupo MGA.
The deal will see ORYX integrate a wide selection of MGA’s best titles, including Robin, Champion Slots, Bicho Farm and Bikers.
“ORYX is always working hard to develop our turnkey solution offering and our partnership with Grupo MGA means some of the best video bingo and slots titles are now easily accessible on our platform,” said ORYX Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij.
MGA general manager José Giacomelli added: “This partnership is a key milestone for MGA Games. ORYX’s Platform is one of the fastest-growing in the industry and its expertise, capabilities and quality are well recognized in the gaming industry and will be, no doubt, key to our success.”
Global media company IMG has entered into a strategic partnership with virtual sports and casino games supplier Leap Gaming.
IMG said that the partnership further strengthens its ongoing commitment to providing the broadest portfolio of betting and gaming solutions for its customer base, with Leap’s products highly complementary to IMG’s existing streaming and official data services. In addition, the partnership will facilitate the rapid expansion of Leap’s portfolio of virtual sports titles across online and retail platforms.
“Our partnership with Leap Gaming significantly expands IMG Gaming’s touchpoints with the sports betting and gaming sector,” said Freddie Longe, IMG Gaming senior vice president and managing director. “We are excited to begin the journey of executing against our shared strategic vision focused on unlocking further value for our global customer base.”
Leap Gaming CEO Yariv Lissauer added: “The strategic partnership with IMG Gaming will accelerate Leap Gaming’s growth story and provide substantial benefit and value to Leap Gaming and IMG Gaming's customers.”
Austria's Rabcat has become the second game development studio to sign up for Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters, the supplier's open platform programme.
Through the partnership, Yggdrasil will make Rabcat titles available to its operator clients while also providing the studio with access its in-game promotional tools, Boost.
It is the second studio to sign up for YGS Masters after UK-based Northern Lights Gaming.
"I am proud to announce Rabcat as the second studio partner to join the YGS Masters program. Rabcat epitomises what the YGS Masters programme is all about," Yggdrasil head of studio partnerships Stuart McCarthy said.
"They are recognised market leaders with a fantastic reputation for delivering beautifully realised, highly innovative and entertaining slot games with the highest production values. We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Rabcat, as a we continue to open our platform to a select band of world-class games developers."
Rabcat chief executive Thomas Schleischitz added: "We are delighted to join the YGS Masters programme. We aim to produce the highest quality, most innovative games on the market, and for that to be recognised by Yggdrasil – themselves a leader in casino innovation – really validates our approach."
Slots and table games provider Habanero is getting in on the World Cup action with its latest release, Knock-out Football.
The five-reel slot features boots, balls and whistles and sees players aim to add six cups to their trophy cabinet to unlock the free knock-out feature. Players also have the option to slot home three or more wilds to activate the super striker feature.
“We’ve some great football to look forward to over the next few weeks and we’ve backed a winner with Knock-out Football,” said Toni Karapetrov, head of corporate communications at Habanero.
“The game features our latest cutting-edge graphics and if players can find the target and add the cups to their collection, then they’ve got the chance to win big through the free knock-out game as well as the super striker feature.”
Keeping with the football theme, Malta-based supplier Booming Games has launched Winner’s Cup.
Winner’s Cup is a 5x4 reel, 30-line slot featuring the supplier’s new vertical multiplying pay-lines and free spins.
“Winner’s Cup introduces vertical multiplying pay-lines,” said Jerry Seelig, chief product officer at Booming Games. “This game has a winning possibility on any reel on every spin.”
Lottery platform and games provider Twelve40 has rolled out a new instant win title Lucky Shootout.
Taking the form of a penalty shootout, Lucky Shootout gives players the opportunity to select their favourite teams and challenge a goalkeeper in the ultimate test of nerves.
“Lucky Shootout gives players the opportunity to experience the pressure of a penalty shootout for themselves, lacing up their proverbial boots for engaging and visually arresting gameplay,” said Andrew Jarrett, CEO of Twelve40.
“An instant win opportunity is a great way for players to get a quick football fix between games, and have an even more exciting World Cup experience.”
Chopsticks in the Apps
Blockchain-powered online casino Wild Crypto has gone live with a selection of skill-based games from Czech Republic-based developer Chopsticks in the Apps.
Three titles from Chopsticks in the Apps have initially launched, including Lutty Bird, a skill-based game similar to the Flappy Bird social game.
The others games to be launched are Fruit Road, influenced by the viral hit Crossy Road, and QO, a racing game where the player must steer a panda-driven car to avoid crashes.
Further titles will be released later this year, including a licensed adaptation of social gaming title Drag Racing.
“As part of Wild Crypto’s commitment to offering the very best casino content in the world, we are thrilled to be the first to launch these fantastic skill-based games from Chopsticks in the Apps,” said Wild Crypto chief executive William Trentini.
“Skill-based gaming resonates with our users, who tend to be younger and more tech-savvy than traditional casino users. We expect these games to be a huge hit and we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Chopsticks in the Apps.”
Chopsticks in the Apps CEO Michal Palecek added: “The gambling industry has talked about skill-based gaming for many years, and these titles finally deliver on that promise. Our games combine the engaging nature of the very best social apps with the thrill of real money play.”