This week has seen new slots released by the likes of Blueprint Gaming, Greentube, SG Digital, Lightning Box, and ELK Studios; integrations for Pragmatic Play, Nolimit City, Habanero, Red Rake Gaming and Oryx Gaming; as well as a new brand licensing deal for Microgaming.

Microgaming

Isle of Man-based supplier Microgaming has secured a licensing deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) to develop an exclusive online slot based on the iconic disco group Village People.

Set for release next year, the slot will feature the Village People’s most memorable hits, including dancefloor classics such as YMCA, Go West and Macho Man.

The game will feature all the iconic characters, including the Biker, Cowboy and Construction Worker, who will accompany players on a journey back to the 70s disco scene as they spin to win big rewards.

“Village People is an iconic brand that has created an impact on pop culture with songs that have remained popular with mainstream audiences since the 70s and 80s,” said Microgaming chief operating officer Andrew Clucas. “Microgaming is proud to announce the development of a new game which will feature the band’s greatest hits and members for the first time in online slot form, adding a new dimension to our extensive portfolio of branded content.”

ITVS GE spokesperson Steve Green commented: "A brand as iconic as Village People is sure to lend a great deal of fun and nostalgia to the themed online slot game, and who better to bring that to life than the company that developed the first true online casino."

Blueprint Gaming

Gauselmann Group's UK-based game development studio Blueprint Gaming has released an online version of its popular land-based title Deal or No Deal – The Perfect Play.

Bringing the popular fruit machine style pub game to the online market for the first time, the game draws inspiration from Endemol Shine’s popular Channel 4 gameshow in the UK and features a variety of modifiers and ways for the player to beat the Banker.

The slot is packed with 16 feature games, including Big Money and the classic Deal or No Deal box game. Collecting three or more telephone symbols will gain entry to the prize feature in Super or Mega variation, guaranteeing a huge payout.

“Developing this pub classic for the online environment will mean more players than ever before can enjoy an immensely popular game which they will already be familiar with,” said Jo Purvis, director of marketing and relationships at Blueprint Gaming.

“Leaning on our land-based roots and our ability to develop exciting online content, Deal or No Deal – The Perfect Play is set to capture the imagination of both new and existing players and drive revenues for operators.”

SG Digital

SG Digital’s popular Jackpot Jester series returned this week with the launch of Jackpot Jester 200,000.

Developed by SG Digital’s Nextgen studio, Jackpot Jester 200,000 is the third installment of the series and caters to experienced slot players who enjoy high volatility and snappy gameplay.

While the first game in the series offered up to 50,000 coins in winnings, and the second boasted up to 100,000, this latest title offers prizes up to 200,000.

Like the previous installments, Jackpot Jester 200,000 features Super Game functionality, where players collect coins during the base game. When they collect 100 or more, they can trigger the Super Game and choose when to cash out their winnings.

During the Super Game, higher potential returns are enabled and Wild Jesters become stacked and also play as scatter symbols. The Super Game feature lends some suspense to the experience as players can choose whether to enter the Super Game for a single spin or save coins for multiple spins.

Greentube

Novomatic Group's interactive division Greentube is taking players to a place where their glass is never empty with its Oktoberfest-themed slot game Stein Haus.

The beer never stops flowing in the 50 win line and 5 reel slot that celebrates Munich’s annual beer festival and travelling funfair.

In the game, the bigger the Stein, the bigger the wins. The appearance of the Bonus symbol takes players to the after-party, where Free Games with even bigger Steins await.

The aim of Stein Haus is to line up 5 matching symbols on win lines from left to right. The Stein symbol is the Wild and substitutes for all symbols except for the scattered Bonus symbol. Ten Free Games can be won if three or more Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels.

During the feature, the Bonus symbols become large ‘Wild Stein’ symbols that cover two positions on the reel and stop in random places with every spin, substituting other symbols and increasing the chances of a big win.

Nolimit City

Stockholm-based casino games developer Nolimit City has integrated its full suite of games with operator Betsson Group.

Hosted under the newly established Malta legislation which went into effect on August 1st, the supplier’s portfolio of games have been made available to the operator’s brands including Betsson, Betsafe, EuroCasino, and Nordicbet.

The games portfolio includes titles such as Coins of Fortune, WiXX, CasinoWinSpin, Tesla Jolt, and newest release Hot Nudge.

“The release with such an iconic name in the industry continues to prove our status in the field and positions us as a reputable Scandinavian facing provider – we are striving to continue delivering the best experience to our audience,” said Malcolm Mizzi, head of sales at Nolimit City. “This is only the start for us and we are over the moon our partnership begins with such a bang.”

Betsson Group head of gaming and live, Joey Hurtado, added: “At Bettson Group we always strive to provide the best and most engaging content for our players. Nolimit City’s strong catalogue of content as well as exciting new and upcoming releases are sure to fit the bill and ensure the ongoing growth and success of our casino product.”

Pragmatic Play

Malta-based casino games provider Pragmatic Play has agreed to launch its content in Spain for the first time through a deal with Digital Distribution Management Ibérica, operator of Casino777.es.

Pragmatic’s full portfolio will go live with the operator, including well known titles Leprechaun Song, Jade Butterfly and Madame Destiny.

“We are extremely excited to have signed this deal with Digital Distribution Management Ibérica,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “This represents our first foray into the Spanish market, and we are looking forward to making the most of the opportunities this will present to us, with a brand-new customer base.”

Casino777 country manager for Spain, Rosario Zapata, added: “We are proud to be Pragmatic Play’s first partner in this market, and we are certain their acclaimed range of products will get a great reception. We always strive to give our players the best possible online casino experience, and Pragmatic Play’s games will now add to our collection with their high-quality content.”

ELK Studios

Swedish games developer ELK Studios has released Joker Gems, its first game to feature three fixed jackpot prizes.

Jackpots of €10,000, €20,000 and €50,000 can be won irrespective of bet size, although the larger the bet the higher the chance of winning one of the jackpots. After the first 24 hours in operation, 18 jackpots had been paid out with bet sizes starting from €0.40.

"Joker Gems is a unique highly stylized 5x5 slot game which is the first of its kind,” said Elk Studios casino product manager Chris Whittle. “Not only does this game have incredible win potential it also has a truly individual reel spin, the likes of which we guarantee you have never seen before.

“We have chosen to make the most out of each and every win by awarding a free re-spin from every win meaning your chances for winning big have been massively increased. We're over the moon with how well this game has been received by the gaming and entertainment sector and we are really happy to have made a great difference to the lives of our jackpot winners.”

ELK Studios has also this week launched its new slot tournament tool, ELK Compete, which connects players around a common in-game experience, with challenges to chase down Matadors in Wild Toro or see which player can collect the biggest clusters in Joker Gems.

It is highly customizable with the ability to run individual challenges as well as multiplayer tournaments on any in-game event

”With ELK Compete we wanted to enhance the game experience and create that excitement of being in a race against other players,” said ELK Studios product manager for platform Robin Bergström. “At the same time make ELK Compete as easy as possible for our clients with no integration work needed. We believe we've done that with ELK Compete.”

Stockholm-listed Mr Green, which is celebrating 10 years in operation this week, is offering players that rank in the top of the leaderboards in the ELK Compete tournaments a total of half a million free spins.

”ELK Compete allows us to easily add an additional layer of fun on top of traditional campaign mechanics,” said Mr Green head of games Jacqui Gatt. “The in-game milestones and real-time leaderboard updates add excitement to the customer experience and offer our players more entertainment for their time spent with Mr Green.”

Wazdan

Malta-based slot specialist Wazdan has announced the dual release of its new Chinese-themed slot games, 9 Lions and Double Tigers

9 Lions is inspired by two important creatures in Chinese mythology: lions and dragons. Transporting players to a peaceful temple set in a harmonious Zen garden, the game is a 9-reel video slot filled with action-packed adventure including Lion and Dragon bonuses and a hearty 5000-coin jackpot.

Double Tigers is also set in ancient China and based on the beauty of yin and yang, water and fire, which are represented by two fierce tigers. The slot takes place in an isolated mountain temple and the tigers roar to unlock the bonus wheel. Players are given 3 reels, 8 paylines and two symbols that provide them with unlimited winning streaks for further rewards.

Both games include the supplier’s features, including Volatility Levels, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature.

“We have launched some fantastic new slots this year generating a significant amount of reaction from the industry,” said Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla. “We are absolutely focused on delivering our partners the most immersive content in the market, and look forward to working more closely with all our partners, especially on game development and enhancing the player experience with Wazdan's unique technology base.”

Lightning Box

Sydney-based slot developer Lightning Box has expanded its portfolio with the launch of its latest slot Astro Pug.

The 5-reel slot features Lightning Box’s patented Reelfecta reels and is initially available on an exclusive basis with operator Casumo before general release to all Lightning Box clients via Microgaming’s Quickfire platform later this month.

The game boasts a host of well-known Asian symbols, as well as the canine hero of the title. The Reelfecta feature offers players the chance to turn small wins into giant multiples via the middle reel, which features 16 mini reels, whilst 5 Bonus Cracker symbol guarantees free spins.

“Astro Pug is the latest game for players to get their teeth into and we think it will be a big hit,” said Lightning Box managing director and co-founder Peter Causley. “Lightning-Horseman, which we recently released, proved to be immensely popular, and we hope it can follow suit and be another great success for Lightning Box.”

Casumo casino business producer Andreas Vickman added: “We’re very much looking forward to the launch of Astro Pug, and think it will be an exciting addition to our portfolio. Lightning Box consistently produce games that players love, and we think this one will continue that trend, hence why we are delighted to be able to offer this game exclusively.”

Red Rake Gaming

Spanish casino games developer Red Rake Gaming has signed a deal to provide its portfolio of games to CasinoBarcelona.es, the iGaming arm of Grup Peralada’s land-based venue.

The agreement comprises slots, video bingo and video poker games, including the supplier’s popular titles Ryan O’Bryan and the Celtic Fairies, Super 7 Stars, and the Asp of Cleopatra.

"Red Rake Gaming is delighted about the agreement with Casino Barcelona because they share our vision of constantly improving the customer experience, because they’re a very reputable brand within the Spanish market and because it helps to grow our footprint in the Spanish regulated market,” said Nick Barr, managing director of Red Rake Malta.

Casino Barcelona online director Xavier Ballester commented: “We are really happy with the signing of this agreement with Red Rake Gaming. They have good games, very attractive and with plenty of functionalities. These games will complement casinobarcelona.es offer and we are sure that will be very well received by our users.”

Habanero

Slots and table games provider Habanero has agreed a deal to distribute its products to Bethard Group’s flagship brand Bethard.com and the operator’s portfolio of B2B brands.

This includes titles such as Egyptian Dreams, Four Divine Beasts, and Presto, with games integrated via the iSoftBet platform.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Bethard as we continue to grow our brand,” said Habanero European head of business development Arcangelo Lonoce. “This deal gives us the chance to reach a wealth of new players through one of the most exciting brands out there in Europe. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Bethard Group casino manager Bjørnar Heggernes said: “We are always looking to add the highest quality games to our offering and that’s what we have done with Habanero. Their games improve with every release and we are confident that our players are going to love what they have to offer. It’s going to be a pleasure to hear what they have to say.”

OneTouch

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has launched a new and improved roulette table game with enhanced gameplay and functionality development.

OneTouch Roulette provides players with an intuitive user experience via a single touch on any mobile device.

The supplier says that is has significantly enhanced the product’s overall game performance and game stability, and added a range of new currency options alongside improved back-office management, reporting and game configuration.

OneTouch roulette includes classic features such as previous history and hot and cold numbers, and offers a regular and zoomed-in view of the betting table, ensuring players can quickly and accurately place their bets at the touch of a button.

As soon as the spin button is activated, the view then focuses on the ball as the wheel rotates, while desktop players can watch close-up images of the balls’ final bounces before it comes to a rest.

“We have received huge European demand and, as a result, have invested significant resources into enhancing our leading roulette product,” said Matthew Rochman, head of OneTouch. “The quality on show is clear for everyone to see and we’re very pleased with the result. We pride ourselves on creating mobile-first content that truly immerses players with great graphics, sounds and a range of different views all designed to increase engagement and excitement.”

Oryx Gaming

iGaming platform provider Oryx Gaming has secured a content supply deal with Croatian sports betting operator SuperSport.

The agreement sees Oryx deliver its in-house developed games such as Red Hot Firepot, as well as Gamomat titles such as Royal Seven XXL.

“We’re pleased to kick off our content partnership with SuperSport as we continue our regulated market expansion after a successful launch of our content in the Croatian market earlier this year,” said ORYX Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij. “SuperSport is a leading sportsbook and casino operator in Croatia and we are proud to be a part of their offering."

SuperSport.hr online casino manager Tugomil Cerovecki added: “Integrating ORYX’s cutting-edge casino portfolio will help us build on our recent momentum. Croatia promises huge potential and this deal will help consolidate our position as market leaders.”

Oryx has also this week agreed a deal with operator Interwetten, integrating a wide selection of proprietary games to accompany titles from partners Kalamba Games and Gamomat.

“Interwetten delivers an outstanding iGaming experience and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them as a partner,” said Mazij. “Our very own titles will sit alongside some of our best performing third-party games and we are excited to see the results from the integration once we go live.”

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