This week has seen new slots released by Microgaming, SA Gaming, Pixiu Gaming, IGT and Pragmatic Play, integrations for Evolution Gaming, Wazdan, and OneTouch, as well as a new football betting competition from operator BetVictor.

Microgaming

Isle of Man-based supplier Microgaming has announced the release of its latest slot Exotic Cats.

Set deep in the jungle, Exotic Cats is a five by three reel, 243 ways online slot featuring vertical wilds and a host of majestic creatures including a lion, tiger, panther, leopard and cougar guarding the reels and acting as symbols.

In the base game and the free spins round, the vertical wilds feature can be activated if the player lands the exotic cat symbol on the reel that is being protected by its corresponding species – the lion on the first reel, the tiger on the second, the panther on the third, the leopard on the fourth and the cougar on the fifth reel.

When the cat symbol lands on its associated reel, the big cat guarding it will spring to life and turn the entire reel wild to create winning combinations that can reveal generous prizes. Free spins can be unlocked by landing three, four or five scatter symbols in the base game, and acquiring three or more scatter symbols during the bonus will trigger five additional free spins.

“The vertical wilds feature gives players the opportunity to earn some spectacular prizes in the exotic cats’ den, where up to five reels can be turned entirely wild by the powerful felines with a single swipe,” said David Reynolds, games publisher at Microgaming. “With a friendly minimum bet of 0.15 and wins up to 106,000, Exotic Cats is the perfect game for first time adventurers as well as more experienced players looking for wild wins.”

Pragmatic Play

Malta-based slots developer Pragmatic Play has launched its latest Irish-themed slot game with the release of Leprechaun Song.

Set in the green fields of the Leprechaun’s homeland, the 3x5 game features a jaunty Celtic tune and colourful Irish-themed symbols including the leprechaun’s hat, pots of gold and pints of stout.

When the Leprechaun sings, treasure chests can be triggered raining wilds and giant symbols. On entering the bonus round, a random feature will be triggered, including giant roaming symbols or free spins, and the possibility of a progressive free spin cycle.

“We are delighted to unveil our new slot game, Leprechaun Song. Its exhilarating and uplifting nature makes us confident that it will be a hit with players,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “With exciting wilds that can be triggered at any time, and a host of exciting bonus features, it is a worthy addition to our premium suite of games.”

Pixiu Gaming / The Games Company

London-based iGaming consultancy Pixiu has joined forces with games developer The Games Company (TGC) to launch a new game on Lotoquebec.com, the iGaming site of the Canadian provincial lottery operator.

Lucky Lily Jackpot Keno is the second game released by Pixiu in collaboration with Loto-Québec (LQ), and includes a progressive jackpot and a 5 Lucky Lilies prize at every draw, offering players multipliers of up to 16 times their bet.

“We wanted to give LQ’s players exactly the type of game entertainment and jackpot buzz they desire,” said Pixiu founder Tony Plaskow. “Working with the excellent team at TGC we are proud of the second Keno game in this strategic partnership and look forward to more exciting launches in the future.”

Incorporating Québec’s floral emblem, Lucky Lily has been designed specifically for Québec’s interactive lottery players.

“Once again, after the success of Lucky 8 Keno, we are very happy to have worked with Pixiu in developing this exciting game,” said TGC managing director Hans Winkelmann. “We look forward to extending the opportunities into other verticals in the future.”

Loto-Québec director of online operations Robert Lalonde added: “After the success of Lucky 8, we are happy to be able to provide our players with another exciting and innovative Keno game and look forward to launching more innovative games in the near future.”

SA Gaming

Asian-facing supplier SA Gaming has launched its latest slot with the release of Double Happiness.

The 3x5-reel slot plays 243 ways, and is based on the five-fold happiness concepts in traditional Chinese culture - luck, prosperity, longevity, happiness and wealth.
The game includes the supplier’s Wild Substitute, which can appear on the second, third and fourth reels to give players huge winnings.

Double Happiness is also paired with a new Double Reel feature. This appears at every game; at the start of a spin, there are at least two adjacent reels identically duplicated. Reel duplication can be applied on up to 4 reels, creating big prizes in pairs for players.

International Game Technology (IGT)

New York-listed supplier IGT has partnered Sony Pictures Entertainment to launch a new land-based 4D slot game based on supernatural comedy franchise Ghostbusters.

Based on the original 1984 film, the Ghostbusters game has initially been rolled out at venues across three US states, including D Las Vegas ((Nevada), Bear River Casino in Loleta (California), Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque (New Mexico), and Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park (California).

Ghostbusters 4D leverages IGT's True 3D technology to deliver 3D graphics without the use of glasses, and features ghostly characters such as Slimer, the Terror Dogs, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The game also includes classic movie footage from the film, featuring the Ghostbusters, Zuul, the Terror Dogs, Slimer, and Ecto-1 among others.

Evolution Gaming

Online casino operator Videoslots.com has agreed a deal to integrate live casino content from Evolution Gaming.

The supplier’s live casino products, including Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat, will all be integrated by the operator, as well as Evolution’s Casino Hold ‘em, Three Card Poker and Dream Catcher games.

“We are always looking to add high-quality content to our portfolio and Evolution Gaming has exactly that,” said William Ahlberg, head of games at Videoslots.com. “The demand for live casino games has never been higher, so with this partnership we are able to offer more than ever as we continue to grow our portfolio of titles.”

Evolution Gaming chief commercial officer Sebastian Johannisson added: “A lot of work has gone into developing the best live offering possible, and being able to offer that through Videoslots.com is very exciting for us.

“Our live offerings are some of the best on the market and we are sure Videoslots.com players will love trying them out as we look to build a long relationship together.”

Wazdan

Malta-based casino platform provider and games aggregator SoftGamings has added content from supplier Wazdan to its platform.

SoftGamings platform comprises more than 3,000 games from more than 40 gaming suppliers, including NetEnt, Microgaming, BetSoft, Endorphina, Habanero, Booming Games and WorldMatch among others.

Wazdan will provide the supplier with its portfolio of over 110 games, including Fruits Go Bananas, Spectrum, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Corrida Romance Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe, and Highway to Hell Deluxe. Upcoming titles include Los Muertos, Mayan Ritual and and Slot Jam.

These games also come with the supplier’s leading features including Volatility Levels, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature.

“Online casino is increasingly important, and our partnership with Wazdan ensures we keep highlighting that,” said Irina Sazonova, director of partnerships at SoftGamings. “Wazdan’s high-quality games, especially their mobile-friendly technology and award-winning content will significantly enhance our players’ casino gaming experience as well as satisfying operators with the world's first Volatility Levels, a feature we've been wanting to introduce on the B2B side since we saw it at ICE.”

Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla said: “We’re very excited to see our casino portfolio go live on SoftGamings platform, and we’re confident that our cutting-edge technology and content will add additional dimension to the casino offering.

“We are also delighted to start working with such a respected and well-established platform as SoftGamings. Our mission of making Wazdan's games available to the biggest operators in the industry is closer with deals like this one. 2018 is a great year for us to keep expanding our reach."

Earlier this week Wazdan’s games went live in the UK with Alea’s two online casino brands, LadyLucks and SlotsMillion.

"On Ladylucks we have more than quadrupled the number of game suppliers including Wazdan, rolled out games on desktop as well as mobile, and given players access to free spins for the very first time,” said SlotsMillion co-founder Alexandre Tomic. “We are delighted Wazdan's games are live on both SlotsMillion and LadyLucks, as we wanted something really new, fresh and exciting encompassing all of the important performance elements and features."

Wazdan’s Hyla added: “The online gambling landscape is changing as more and more operators focus on mobile and innovative ways to attract potential players, and those market conditions play to our strengths.

“We are looking forward to working on the UK market with forward thinking partners who also happen to be one of the most innovative companies in the industry.”

OneTouch

Table games developer OneTouch has agreed to provide a range of its games to Solid Gaming’s Asian-facing content aggregation platform.

Solid Gaming will distribute OneTouch’s portfolio of mobile titles, including No Commission Baccarat, Banker Commission Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack, Sic Bo, and the newly released Russian Poker game.

“We’re delighted to have agreed terms with Solid Gaming, enabling us to broaden our reach even further into Asia where our games already do exceptionally well,” said Matthew Rochman, head of OneTouch. “We’re looking forward to a long and mutually prosperous relationship with Solid going forward.”

Solid Gaming CEO Thomas Nimstad added: “OneTouch adds a new segment to Solid’s portfolio, offering Asian players the best mobile RNG games experience on the market and we’re very pleased to be partnering with them.”

BetVictor

Gibraltar-based betting and gaming operator BetVictor has launched a new competition, Best Bet Wins, ahead of the start of the new Premier League season this weekend.

Best Bet Wins replaces Golden Goal, which the operator has been running for the last two seasons, and works in the same way as the successful World Cup campaign, The Million Pound Bet, with the customer who has a winning single bet with the biggest odds scooping the £5,000 prize fund.

A real-time leaderboard will allow customers to track their own progress in the competition and see what bets are currently leading. In addition, £5,000 in casino bonus funds will be shared each week by those customers occupying a top 50 position on the weekly leaderboard. Customers need to stake a minimum bet of £1 on any market within a football fixture to qualify.

“The success of our World Cup campaign, The Million Pound Bet, encouraged us to continue with this competition format into the forthcoming domestic season,” said Eoin Ryan, head of product at BetVictor. “We saw how popular the competition was in attracting new customers and retaining existing ones and how much excitement it generated during the tournament.

“We want to build on the positive momentum generated by The Million Pound Bet during the World Cup as we continue to listen to our customers’ needs and expectations and constantly strive to improve the customer experience. As with The Million Pound Bet, our best-in-class #PriceItUp Builder is likely to be a valuable tool to customers when building their best bet.”

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