This week sees a whole host of seasonal slot games released by suppliers including NetEnt, iSoftBet, Pragmatic Play, Microgaming and Habanero, as well as integrations for Nektan, ELK Studios, Wazdan, ORYX Gaming, Evoplay Entertainment and Red Rake Gaming.

NetEnt’s Jingle Spin

NetEnt is getting players into a festive spirit with the launch of its Jingle Spin slot game.

Christmas characters and decorations take over the reels, and together with the loud and quirky Santa Claus and his helping dwarves, players must collect baubles to unlock a series of festive features.

The 5-reel, 3-row, 20-fixed line slot also features a free spin mode with infinite retriggering free spins that deliver exciting action.

Jingle Spin adds to NetEnt’s seasonal slots portfolio, which includes Secrets of Christmas, Fruit Shop Christmas Edition and Flowers Christmas Edition.

“Players love to play our themed games throughout the year – they are always popular around important calendar events as well as a good time afterwards – who doesn’t want that Christmas feeling in June?,” said NetEnt director of game products Bryan Upton.

“Jingle Spin captures the magic of Christmas and, with people getting in the holiday spirit, is a fun addition to our other festive titles.”

iSoftBet’s The Nutcracker

iSoftBet is giving its operator partners an early Christmas present with its festive release, The Nutcracker.

The slot is an adaptation of the popular fairy tale and filled with festive surprises for players to unwrap, including Fairy Free Spins, with increasing win multipliers, and a unique Nutcracker Bonus that offers multiple respins with sticky symbols to help improve winning spins.

The Nutcracker is a five-reel, 20-line game that features symbols such as the Wild that can replace any other symbols, except the Scatter, to form winning combinations and The Nutcracker himself, who will award his Gift Bonus when landing stacked on Reel three.

Three or more Scatter symbols in view will trigger the Fairy Free Spins, during which the stacked Nutcracker on Reel three will increase the win multiplier and any further Fairy Scatter symbols will award extra Free Spins.

“The Nutcracker is an iconic story that everyone knows or has heard of,” said iSoftBet chief commercial officer Michael Probert. “Based on a proven math model and game mechanics that we know players love to play, it includes both classic and original game features and remains true to the fairy tale theme.

“With its seasonal setting and multiple bonus features containing exciting win potential, we are confident the game will be a festive hit with our operators and their players.”

Pragmatic Play’s Leprechaun Carol

Pragmatic Play has added a new festive-themed slot to its portfolio with the launch of Leprechaun Carol.

Alongside a traditional Christmas feel to the reels is a jovial leprechaun figure, whose snow-covered village is the site of his cheerful singing and lucky spins.

The slot features three separate reel modifiers, including a wild modifier, cash prize modifier and giant symbols. Alongside these reel modifiers are three bonus features, including free spins, coin collector and giant symbol modes.

“We are excited to release Leprechaun Carol, our Christmas-themed slot game for this season, complete with the mischievous leprechaun character and wintry setting,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “As well as containing innovative reel modifiers, the interactive bonus modes make the spin of each reel more immersive than ever, and gives players the opportunity to capitalise off the Leprechaun’s lucky singing to win big.”

Habanero’s Happiest Christmas Tree

Habanero is another supplier getting players ready for the festive season with the launch of its latest slot game, Happiest Christmas Tree.

The slot features tinsel, bells, toy trains and a nutcracker among its themed symbols. Three Christmas tree wilds on the screen unlock free spins in a special festive bonus round.

“We place a lot of emphasis on ensuring our games are immersive, entertaining and topical,” said Habanero head of corporate communications Toni Karapetrov. “The Happiest Christmas Tree certainly ticks all three of those boxes and we can’t wait to gauge the reaction from players as they start playing this festive fun-filled slot.”

Microgaming’s Icy Gems

Microgaming has introduced a cool wintry themed game to its portfolio with the latest slot to be developed by independent studio Just For The Win.

Icy Gems is the ninth game created by Just For The Win exclusively for Microgaming. In the game, players can soak up the festive atmosphere as they collect gems and stack up big prizes in the five-reel, 20 payline slot.

Parcelled with big rewards and features, the game includes Re-spins, Superspins, and Wild Symbols. The game features a Symbol Storage mechanic that can be triggered when a win lands on one or more lines. Once triggered, the winning symbol for each line is added to the Symbol Storage panel and a Re-spin is awarded. When three symbols have been collected during the game session, a Superspin is launched for an opportunity to win rewards.

"Bringing the thrill of the casino with proven slot mechanics and optimised gameplay, Just For The Win are back with another dazzling slot exclusive for Microgaming, featuring a cool and clean design suited for players on any device,” said Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds. “Icy Gems is perfect for those looking for fun and enjoyable gameplay that builds anticipation towards big wins during the festive period. Watch this space for more thrilling games from Just For The Win in 2019.”

Just For The Win chief product officer Tiger Holmgren added: “We are thrilled to see Icy Gems released just in time to kick off the festive season.

“Icy Gems is a fast-paced game that builds excitement in multiple levels. The Re-spin feature drives the player to collect winning symbols and launch the Superspin feature for potentially big wins.”

Paf’s Wassberg VS Mieto

Åland-based gaming operator Paf has developed a new slot game based on the legendary cross country skiing rivalry between Thomas Wassberg and Juha Mieto.

The race between Wassberg and Mieto at Lake Placid in 1980 has become part of sport folklore, with gold and silver in the 15km separated by just one hundredth of a second. It is the closest finish in Olympic cross country skiing history.

Bringing their rivalry back to life, Paf’s exclusive Wassberg VS Mieto slot was developed in-house by the Paf Games Studio in close cooperation with the two skiers.

The reels are embedded in snow and feature animated Wassberg and Mieto characters and symbols. In the bonus game their rivalry is renewed and the player gets to pick a winner.

“We produce our own exclusive games right here in the Nordic region with a distinctive Nordic flavor,” said Paf chief gaming officer Kim Johansson. “The story behind this game resonated so much with us.

“Wassberg VS Mieto is an exciting slot that reflects the love everybody has for these athletes and that era of sportsmanship. Wassberg and Mieto really like the finished game and I’m sure our players will too.”

In the advertising campaign supporting the new game, Paf celebrates the lifelong friendship that was born out of a legendary rivalry.

Thirty-eight years after the infamous race, the two skiers compete against each other again in a series of funny commercials, shot in Lapland by Swedish production company Storyfire. They include a steaming hot sauna challenge and a tree hanging competition.

Habanero / Nektan

Habanero’s full portfolio of slots and table games will be made available to the UK market for the first time following an integration with London-listed platform provider Nektan.

The integration will allow Nektan’s white label platform, Evolve, to offer operators more than 150 games from Habanero including titles such as Pumpkin Patch, Ways of Fortune, Knockout Football, London Hunter, Fortune Dogs, and latest release Jump!

“Nektan is among the fastest growing and most reputable players within the iGaming industry and we are delighted to have teamed up with them,” said Habanero European head of business development Arcangelo Lonoce.

“We have made a concerted effort to expand into new markets in 2018, with the fruits of those labours set to be unveiled in the coming months and beyond. Being available in the UK for the first time is a great early example.”

Nektan chief commercial officer Michael Byrne commented: “We strive to offer our operator partners the industry’s richest, most cutting-edge content that is available on the market. Our games partnership with Habanero will help us deliver more great content for the best possible player experience and help us achieve our goal of being the number one global casino platform.

“Habanero offers some of the most engaging and exciting slots on the market. Its
comprehensive array of content ensures that they cater for all tastes and preferences thereby meeting the demands of a wide variety of players.”

ELK Studios / SkillOnNet

Online casino provider SkillOnNet has bolstered its game portfolio through a deal with game developer ELK Studios.

Operators running on the SkillOnNet platform, which include PlayOJO, AhtiGames, DrueckGlueck and Cozino, will be able to offer their players a selection of ELK Studios titles. This includes Wild Toro, Hong Kong Tower, Ivanhoe and recently released slots Vegas Diamonds, Platooners and Joker Gems.

The integration takes the total number of games available through SkillOnNet’s online casino platform to 1,600.

“SkillOnNet supplies some of the most popular online casino brands in the world and a big part of our success is the quality of the content we offer through our portfolio,” said SkillOnNet’s Michael Golembo. “ELK Studios have captured player attention through hits like DJ Wild, Taco Brothers and Bloopers, and they are a fantastic addition to our offering.

ELK Studios sales manager Yrsa Thunholm added: “It’s a great honour and privilege to team up with the award-winning company SkillOnNet. To be able to work with such an experienced software provider and white-label supplier gives us high hopes for a successful cooperation with consistent growth.”

Red Rake Gaming’s Magic Wilds

Red Rake Gaming’s latest release takes players into the mysterious world of dark magic with new slot title Magic Wilds.

In the game, a great magician uses his spells to trigger compelling game mechanics including Astral Projection, Scatters Hocus Pocus, or the magical reels, which reach up to 8 lines during the free bonus spins.

The 5x4 reels and 32 payline slot can also increase to up to 5x8 reels and 100 paylines during the free bonus spins.

One of the features is activated during the free bonus spins, where reels can randomly increase in lines all the way up to 8. During that moment, Scatter +1 symbols can appear on the 5th reel awarding the player with an extra bonus spin.

Red Rake Gaming also agreed a new deal this week to supply its content to operator Interwetten.

Interwetten will have access to Red Rake Gaming’s entire portfolio including games such as Ryan O’Bryan and the Celtic Fairies, Super 7 Stars, and Maya.

“At Interwetten, we never stop working in order to offer our players the best possible experience,” said Interwetten’s Mario Bilic. “One fundamental element of our goal is being able to provide players with the best and most innovative casino games in the market. Red Rake Gaming’s content coincides perfectly with this strategy and we are delighted to begin working with them.”

Nick Barr, managing director for Red Rake’s Malta operations, added: “Interwetten is one of the most renowned operators in the industry world-wide; so, we at Red Rake Gaming are honoured to be working with them.

“Our games are of the highest level in quality and gaming experience and we are sure that they will be a great success amongst Interwetten’s players.”

ORYX Gaming / GoWild Gaming

ORYX Gaming has signed a deal to provide its games to operator GoWild Gaming through an integration with the iSoftBet aggregator platform.

GoWild’s platform, which powers brands such as GoWild.com, GoWild.co.uk, AstralBet.com and WildJackpots.com, now features more than 1,500 games from twenty software providers including Microgaming, NetEnt, Evolution, Scientific Games, Yggdrasil, iSoftBet and Play'n GO.

As part of the agreement, additional games from ORYX’s content partner Kalamba Games will also be made available to GoWild.

“GoWild Gaming delivers a truly premium casino experience so our wide selection of games suit the platform and company ambitions perfectly,” said ORYX Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij. “The business has blossomed and we’re looking forward to being a big part of GoWild’s future.”

Wazdan / Videoslots

Online casino operator Videoslots.com has agreed a deal to integrate a wide range of slots from Wazdan.

The online casino will host a number of Wazdan’s titles, bringing its portfolio to more than 3,000 games.

“Wazdan make some of the most entertaining and immersive games on the market so it’s great to be working with them,” said Videoslots.com head of games William Ahlberg. “It’s important we continue our push to host the industry’s very best games in our bid to stay one step ahead of the competition, and that’s what we have done with this deal.”

Wazdan sales manager David Mann added: “It was important for us to start the second quarter with a bang and our integration with Videoslots.com has achieved that goal.

“Videoslots.com is the world’s largest online casino with more than 3,000 games, and we are proud to see our titles among them as we continue to grow in the industry.”

Evoplay Entertainment / BetConstruct

Evoplay Entertainment has agreed to supply its portfolio of games to platform provider BetConstruct.

The supplier’s games will be added to the BetConstruct Casino aggregator platform, including its first 3D/VR slots game Necromancer

“We are delighted to partner with BetConstruct, one of the industry’s best-known platform providers,” said Evoplay Entertainment CEO Alexander Levchenko. “Our mission is to revolutionise the iGaming user experience for players around the world and we are confident of being able to do that in far more markets thanks to the scope of this deal.”

BetConstruct gaming group product manager Edgar Mkrtchyan said: “Evoplay Entertainment’s games are a fresh update to the BetConstruct Casino aggregator.

“The innovative 3D/VR slots of the provider will be available for our existing and rapidly expanding list of international partners and their players.”

With a development centre in Kiev, Ukraine and an office in Malta, Evoplay Entertainment currently holds a Curacao license, with additional licenses from the Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission expected in early 2019.

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