This week has seen new games released by PokerStars, Big Time Gaming and Microgaming, alongside deployments for Revolver Gaming, Ezugi, 1X2 Network, Kiron Interactive, Platin Gaming and Betsoft Gaming.

PokerStars

The Stars Group-owned online poker giant PokerStars has launched a new game which is a pot-limit hybrid of Hold’em and Omaha.

In Fusion, players are dealt two hole cards before the flop, just like in Hold’em. The twist occurs post-flop when remaining players are also dealt a third hole card face-down, magnifying the potential for making bigger and better hands.

On the turn, each player is again dealt another facedown hole card to complete their hand, finalizing the transition from Hold’em to Omaha.

Just as in all Omaha variants, each player must use two of their four hole cards, which they will receive regardless of whether they are all-in before all cards are dealt. The operator said that this has a massive impact on strategy, with equities running much closer together.

“We want to give our players games that they have never played before and bring a unique offering to the table,” said Severin Rasset, director of poker innovation and operations. “Fusion mixes two well-loved formats together, giving an exciting twist to the game. We eagerly await player feedback and look forward to seeing everyone joining the tables and giving Fusion a try.”

PokerStars said that the Fusion format was a first for online poker, following on from a variety of limited-time, cash game innovations released by the operator this year. The game is available now for players in Denmark and will launch on the operator’s .com, .net, .eu, and .uk sites shortly.

PokerStars has also announced that its latest innovation, PokerStars VR, is now available for play- free in all of PokerStars’ global markets. It follows a well-received closed beta test which saw more than 150 invitees play and test the game using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

PokerStars VR was developed in collaboration with virtual reality developer Lucky VR and provides a mix of serious gameplay, fun interactivity and social engagement that adds a whole new poker realm for players and gamers to explore.

Players have the chance to become fully immersed in a variety of social poker scenes, choosing their own environment to play in, such as Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void.

Using intuitive controls for easy gameplay, they can also handle chips and cards, and pick up on tells, talk and interact just as they would at a live table. The game also features voice command and integrated Twitch broadcasting and media streaming on Oculus Rift for those who wish to play and stream.

“When we showcased the product it was amazing to see people really enjoy and become engrossed in the game,” Rasset said. “We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it.”

Big Time Gaming

Sydney-based supplier Big Time Gaming has rolled out its popular Bonanza slot game for the first time with Microgaming and its Quickfire platform.

Bonanza was first released in 2016 and features Big Time Gaming’s MegaWays mechanic, a random reel modifier system that sees any given spin produce a different number of symbols across the reels, allowing players to experience a totally different game with every spin.

The mining-themed game sees players encouraged to excavate monster wins from deep inside the Bonanza mine, where if lucky they can extract gold and set off the free spin multiplier.

Building on a six-year partnership between the developer and the platform provider, the slot will now be launched with Microgaming’s operator partners.

The launch of Bonanza will be followed by the release of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which will be available via Microgaming and Scientific Games from the end of the month.

“Bonanza is one of the most successful online slot games of all time and adding it to the Microgaming portfolio will ensure it continues to reach new players around the world,” said Big Time Gaming CEO Nik Robinson. “We have a longstanding partnership with Microgaming and the launch of Bonanza and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has garnered a great deal of interest with casinos we have not been able to reach up until now."

Microgaming director of global operations, James Buchanan, commented: “The release of Bonanza via our Quickfire platform is a great addition to our diverse portfolio of games, offering a new feature driven experience with Big Time Gaming’s MegaWays mechanic.

“We look forward to adding more content from Big Time Gaming, especially with the anticipated release of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire online slot later this month.”

Microgaming

Isle of Man-based supplier Microgaming has rolled out another game developed exclusively for it by games studio Just For The Win.

Reel Talent is a five-reel, 20 line online slot that features an eclectic group of talented performers battling it out for a spot on the big stage.

The game incorporates a Symbol Storage feature, which can be activated by any win in the base game. When activated, the symbol type from the winning line is collected in the Symbol Storage and a respin is awarded. When three symbols are accumulated during a game round, the player is given a Superspin for a shot at stardom on the main stage.

Reel Talent’s Superspins feature grants players the chance to wow the audience on three different stages, which will depend on the number of different symbols stored during the base game. Three different symbol types will award the Showtime Superspin, two symbol types will unlock the Big Stage Superspin, and one type of symbol will activate the Solo Performance Superspin.

“Continuing to build on its other stellar game releases, Just For The Win have created another feature driven experience for Microgaming, this time showcasing vibrant graphics reflecting the glitz and glamour of popular talent shows,” said Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds. “Focusing the game experience on Symbol Storage and Superspins, Reel Talent’s mechanic sets a thrilling momentum for epic rewards, complemented by dynamic animations to ramp up anticipation.”

Just For The Win chief product officer Tiger Holmgren added: “We are very excited to see Reel Talent being rolled out to the public. The game offers the highest frequency of big wins in our portfolio to date, which brings plenty of excitement from the very first spin.

“The Symbol Storage feature leads the player through respins to the game’s thrilling Superspin feature where the bright lights, animations and sound effects pave the way to the next level of the game where the main show awaits.”

In other news, Microgaming has launched its games in Colombia’s regulated iGaming market with operator Wplay.co.

Operated by Aquila Global Group, Wplay.co was the first operator to be granted an online gaming license in Colombia by regulator Coljuegos, and has now gone live with Microgaming content following a successful integration with the supplier’s Quickfire platform.

Wplay.co players now have access to a range of Microgaming’s most entertaining slots, in addition to popular roulette variants, with more content due to be added in the coming months.

“Going live with Wplay.co marks a significant occasion that further solidifies our expansion in the Latin American market,” said Microgaming chief operating officer Andrew Clucas. “The launch of our diverse library of games with Wplay.co, operated by the first Colombian gaming licence holder, also marks a strategic relationship that we look forward to continue cultivating as we both grow our presence in the region.”

Wplay.co general manager Julio Tamayo said: “Adding the different games of Microgaming to our platform means our players remain completely engaged with Wplay. Innovation is key in all we do, and we want our players to have the best experience possible in our platform. This deal helps us diversify our offering further to meet the demand of all Colombian players. We are very satisfied with this new alliance.”

Revolver Gaming

Asian-facing games distributor QTech Games has signed a deal to integrate the full portfolio of content from London-based games studio Revolver Gaming.

Among the games made available to QTech’s operator partners will be Revolver Gaming’s latest releases Reign of Gnomes and Parrots of the Caribbean, alongside popular titles such as Wishes.

QTech Games chief executive Jonas Alm said the deal welcomed a fresh premium range to its existing portfolio as it continues to expand in Asian markets.

“It’s been a year of huge growth at QTech Games, and we’re keen to build on that momentum,” Alm said. “Revolver Gaming are reimagining the slots space with immersive gaming experiences which unlock player engagement across all mobile platforms. It’s another key partnership.

Revolver Gaming director Daniel Lazarus commented: “Asia offers a burgeoning and bustling online casino market, so we are thrilled to have teamed up with the distributor best-placed to deliver our content to operators and players across the region. We feel sure our high-quality games will connect with even more players, now that QTech Games is leading them to market.”

Ezugi

Live dealer specialist Ezugi has agreed to launch a new Over-The-Table (OTT) roulette game streamed from the Casino de Talavera in Castilla la Mancha.

The live roulette stream will be available to Spanish operators through the R. Franco Digital platform from next month.

The new game adds to Ezugi existing live casino streams from the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City; Palace Casino in Romania; 69 Casino in Latvia; Queenco Casino in Cambodia; and Portomaso and Oracle Casinos in Malta, offering a range of products that include multiple roulette and baccarat/punto banco variants.

“At Ezugi we believe in an ongoing merger between land-based and online businesses, and we are proud to be the first to bring our famous OTT solution to Spanish players,” said Ezugi vice president for land-based Anton Bargel. “Spain’s fast-growing regulated market is opening up a lot of possibilities for new products and services, as well as more secure and engaging options for the players.”

R. Franco Digital managing director Miguel Ángel Lázaro added: “We are proud of incorporating Ezugi OTT in our IRIS platform. It is a unique solution that adds great value to the ample portfolio of content already on the platform. We are looking forward to providing our players on Wanabet.es with the stunning gaming experience of Ezugi OTT.”

1X2 Network

Casino games supplier 1X2 Network has been certified to launch its first titles in the regulated Spanish iGaming market.

The first games released will be Diamond Roulette from studio 1X2gaming, along with a portfolio of games from Iron Dog Studio, including popular titles Neon Jungle and Blood Queen.

This will be followed by a wave of titles from both studios in the coming weeks and months.

“We have been working very hard in the past few months to bring our content to new markets around the world and we are very pleased to have our content certified for Spanish clients and players,” said 1X2 Network chief commercial officer Kevin Reid.

“The Spanish gaming market is a fast growing one which offers great opportunities, therefore this was a very important jurisdiction to add to our recent international growth. Our 1X2 Network content is very popular in Europe and we are very confident that our games will be a hit with players in this new market.”

Kiron Interactive

iGaming platform provider BetConstruct has enhanced its sports betting platform with the addition of virtual sports games from Kiron Interactive.

BetConstruct’s product range will be expanded with Kiron’s portfolio of virtual games covering football, horse racing and greyhound racing.

“It’s very satisfying for our games to have been recruited by such an established name as BetConstruct, whose Central Asian credentials will combine to broaden our global reach,” said Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive. “Their innovative approach can help us connect with fresh audiences in different territories. Our RGS provides a wide range of sports such as football, basketball and numerous forms of racing , all of which we hope will be in demand across a raft of new markets.”

BetConstruct product owner of virtual sports, Armenuhi Khachatryan, said: “Kiron is renowned for offering the most realistic virtual sports content around, so we’re delighted to supply these diverse betting options to clients as a complementary product to our sportsbook and casino platform.

“This multi-channel partnership gives us another string to our bow across online and retail, providing our operator partners with truly immersive content as they look to acquire and retain customers in an increasingly competitive space.”

Betsoft Gaming

Malta-based casino games developer Betsoft Gaming has signed a deal to provide its games to operator Royal Spinz.

Royal Spinz will gain access to the supplier’s full suite of content, including the SLOTS3 series of games, and the provider’s popular table games.

“As a rapidly-growing operator, Royal Spinz has worked incredibly hard to acquire and support players throughout Europe,” said Betsoft marketing director Annamaria Anastasi. “Across many different jurisdictions, the company has built its reputation by providing the right variety of slot and table games, tailored to meet players’ demands.

“To continue this pace of expansion, and to satisfy content-hungry audiences in existing markets, Royal Spinz required a new content partner with the right quality and quantity of games, delivered according to a reliable roadmap. Betsoft were thrilled to able to meet all of Royal Spinz’ requirements.”

Platin Gaming

Malta-based B2B sportsbook and casino provider Platin Gaming has launched its first slot games in partnership with games provider WeAreCasino.

Nine slots have initially been rolled out, including Fruit Arcade, Arabian Legacy and The Legend of Pirates, following a collaboration between the design team of Platin Gaming and WeAreCasino’s in-house Slot Builder program.

“We are very excited that our work with Plating Gaming came into fruition with the launch of nine new games, all displaying successful themes and classy choices,” said WeAreCasino chief commercial officer Christian Maglia.

“Working with Platin Gaming has been extremely rewarding and the attention to detail of their design team makes us confident that these newly-released games are going to receive the success they deserve to.”

Platin Gaming commercial director Matthijs Vogelenzang added: “I am extremely proud of the team here at Platin Gaming and our partners at WeAreCasino who have worked tirelessly on this project. 2019 is not too far away and our roadmap features promising additions to our portfolio. We are looking forward to a long-lasting partnership with WeAreCasino to share our success and keep providing operators with great content.”

Connective Games

Malta-based Connective Games has entered the Spanish market for the first time with operator partner Aconcagua Poker Network.

Connective Games has powered the Aconcagua Poker Network since its launch in 2014, and will take the brand into the regulated Spanish market after being awarded a licence by Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego.

“We are delighted to be taking Aconcagua Poker Network into the Spanish market for the very first time after the operator received its licence from the country’s regulator,” said Connective Games CEO Serge Mukhanov. “Aconcagua Poker Network is one of the most popular and successful operators in core markets all over the world. Powered by our impressive poker platform, players in Spain will now be able to enjoy the same award-winning experience.”

Aconcagua Poker Network chief executive José María Rossi added: “Our plan is to expand into regulated poker markets around the world, and we believe the Spanish market has plenty to offer in terms of potential, growth and excitement.

“Our success in other markets has come from offering the most advanced poker products in the world, and that would not be possible without Connective Games. We look forward to working with them on our Spanish offering, and to continuing our successful partnership.”

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