Our final weekly round-up of the year sees new game launches for Quickspin, Blueprint Gaming, High 5 Games, Stakelogic, Betsoft Gaming, and Portomaso Gaming, as well as integrations for NetEnt, Ezugi, Booming Games, Plank Gaming, Inspired and Wazdan.
Nektan has expanded its games portfolio with the addition of NetEnt’s live casino offering.
NetEnt’s live dealer games, including Roulette and Blackjack, have been integrated onto Nektan’s white label casino platform, Evolve, which powers a global network of 152 brands.
“NetEnt has a strong reputation for developing high-quality live dealer games,” said Nektan B2C chief operating officer Michael Byrne. “Adding its games onto the Evolve platform fits with our strategic ambitions of offering the widest range of premium content on the market for our customers.
“We’re sure they’ll become an instant hit with our operator partners and their players, providing one of the best live casino experiences available on the market.”
NetEnt commercial director Christine Lewis said: “We look forward to further deliver on our strategy to expand our live casino footprint. Evolve has global reach and we are happy to deliver our range of live casino games to Nektan’s network of white label casinos.
“NetEnt’s Live Casino offering is all about the player experience, so we are convinced that players around the world will enjoy playing our games on Nektan’s Evolve platform.”
ORYX Gaming / Videoslots
ORYX Gaming has agreed a deal to integrate a wide selection of its casino titles onto the Videoslots.com platform.
Accompanying ORYX’s games in the integration will be a selection of top-performing titles created in collaboration with Gamomat and Kalamba Games.
The integration includes Gamomat's new Crazy Chicken Shooter jackpot side game, an action-packed adventure based on the highly popular computer game from the early 2000s.
“Videoslots.com has a cracking offering of casino titles and our games will suit its platform perfectly as we add further fantastic content partners," said ORYX Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij.
Videoslots.com head of games William Ahlberg added: “We are delighted to be working with ORYX Gaming as we continue to grow our offering and further cement our position as the best."
Playtech’s Quickspin is readying the launch of its content in the re-regulated Swedish iGaming market, with a selection of games set to go live in January.
Licensed operators will have access to 30 of Quickspin’s most popular titles, including Sakura Fortune, Big Bad Wolf, Eastern Emeralds and Ivan and the Immortal King.
Swedish players will also have access to Quickspin’s bonus provisioning and features, including Achievements, Achievements Races, Tournaments and the newly launched Challenges.
Quickspin chief executive Daniel Lindberg said the move was one of the supplier’s most significant in recent times.
“Being one of the first slots to go live with Swedish players is incredibly exciting for us. As well as being our home market, we have been preparing for this opportunity with our operating partners – and are delighted to have first-mover advantage,” he said.
“We live and breathe slots and are especially proud of our Swedish origins. Our mission is to create games that players love, and we’re looking forward to bringing our games home as soon as the year begins.”
This week also saw Quickspin launch its latest loyalty tool, Quickspin Challenges. The customer retention tool enables an additional level of gameplay for players on top of Quickspin’s existing titles.
Challenges is a mini-game displayed on top of each slot, with the extra level of gameplay fuelled by the outcome of spins from the game below. The player’s aim is to guide an in-play character through a maze to a final prize, allowing participants to unlock prizes as the path through the maze is generated, even if they might not hit that final big win.
“We are absolutely delighted to launch Quickspin Challenges,” said Lindberg. “We’ve designed the retention tool to offer some extra excitement with our slots, and hope that it will give our players the chance to enjoy playing them that extra bit more.
“Challenges will add another layer of entertainment on top of your usual gaming experience. Gamification is the future of our industry, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of this trend. Stay tuned for lots more exciting developments from us in 2019.”
Challenges has been launched on Quickspin’s Dwarfs Gone Wild and Goldilocks games, and will soon be available on the supplier’s other titles.
High 5 Games
High 5 Games is also aiming to launch its games in Sweden on January 1st, with 15 titles set to go live.
Through an integration with SG Digital, High 5 Games will roll out an extensive portfolio of HTML5 games for the Swedish market.
Operators will initially have access to 15 games, including Valkyrie Queen, Joker's Riches and Silver Enchantress, with another 40 games set to follow.
High 5 Games said that it continues to actively develop regulated market opportunities, with Pennsylvania, Denmark, Spain and Italy in its sights for 2019.
WeAreCasino / Ezugi
WeAreCasino will be expanding its aggregator platform with the addition of content from live dealer specialist Ezugi.
“I am happy to have our portfolio growing constantly and have new ways to satisfy our clients' needs adding content from a live dealer provider such as Ezugi," said WeAreCasino key account manager Francesca Badon. "It’s very exciting also to have Ezugi’s unique games such as Unlimited 21 Blackjack, Knockout Baccarat and Casino Holdém. Another added value I would like to mention is the fact that Ezugi is entering the Italian market which is also our goal for the next year.”
Ezugi business development director Pangwee Goh said: “The partnership with WeAreCasino is very important in Ezugi’s plan as it opens up several major opportunities to further our growth in the regulated markets.
“On top of that, with the new Ezugi flagship studio’s completion in Bucharest, we’re constantly searching for the right strategic partners such as WeAreCasino, as I’m sure this would bring fantastic opportunities for both companies.”
Portomaso Gaming / BetFashionTV
Portomaso Gaming has launched a live casino offering in partnership with FashionTV Gaming Group (FTVGG), which is backed by fashion and luxury lifestyle broadcasting TV channel FashionTV.
The branded live casino tables are streamed live from the BetFashionTV VIP Lounge at Portomaso Casino in Malta, and include Roulette and Punto Banco games.
“These are very exciting times for us at Portomaso Gaming. FashionTV branded tables will help us expand and enhance our library of real live casino games with top quality new games,” said Portomaso Gaming operation manager Edgar Portelli. “We worked very hard to present players and operators from around the world with an online experience that comes as close to a real live casino as possible.”
BetFashionTV.com chief marketing officer Sarah Psaila commented: “FTVGG is bringing the glamour of FashionTV into the gaming world with a variety of luxury gaming products, and we are proud to collaborate with a trusted and reputable partner such as Portomaso Gaming on this unique branded live dealer venture.
“The coming year will also see the FashionTV Gaming Group launch a full range of branded games across all international markets and we look forward to some busy yet very exciting times ahead.”
Booming Games / Star Casino
Booming Games has launched its first games with Betsson-owned Italian operator StarCasino.
Booming Games’ Italian slot portfolio comprises more than 30 HTML5 slot games including popular titles such as Booming Seven Deluxe, Sugar Skulls and latest release VIP Filthy Riches.
The supplier will also release its upcoming titles Boomshakalaka, Show me the Mummy and Cheeky Monkeys, to the Italian market in the near future.
“We are excited to launch our portfolio on a leading operator like StarCasino,” said Frederik Niehusen, chief commercial officer of Booming Games. “StarCasino will further strengthen our presence in Italy."
Inspired / planetwin365
Inspired has launched its virtual sports products for Italian operator planetwin365.
The virtual sports offering includes three different versions of soccer, horse and greyhound racing games, motor racing and motorcycling competitions, as well as cycling and tennis.
"The arrival of the new virtual sports represents an important step forward of our product, in terms of supply, which becomes increasingly complete and organic,” said Francesco Gaziano, marketing director of planetwin365 operator SKS365. “We are now collecting the first results of a path of differentiation and renewal that the company has undertaken and will continue during all next year.
“The launch of virtual sports, together with a technological partner like Inspired, fits perfectly into the strategy of innovation of the planetwin365 offer. The goal is always to guarantee our customers new, fun and safe entertainment."
Inspired Italia general manager Paolo Scipioni added: “We are excited about the launch of our virtual events in the planetwin365 rooms. And we are proud to collaborate on this renewal path of our current portfolio of games, together with new and innovative virtual products which are expected to be launched during 2019."
Plank Gaming / Betsson
New Malta-based game development studio Plank Gaming has launched its first game with Stockholm-listed operator Betsson Group.
Plank’s Puffer Goes Wild slot has gone live with the operator, with further titles to be rolled out in the coming months.
“Betsson and their tech partner REACH are the perfect partners for us as they have such a broad reach in terms of geographical location and different types of sites,” said Plank Gaming CEO Liam Mulvaney, who previously worked for NetEnt and Quickspin.
“This partnership will give us exposure to a wide range of slot players and we are confident that our games will prove to have very broad appeal.”
Betsson Group director of gaming Andy Braithwaite added: “We’re always on the lookout for strong content that truly appeals to slot players across our markets. I’m confident that in Plank Gaming we’ve found a strong long-term partner that will excite our players.”
Blueprint Gaming’s Slots O’ Gold MegaWays
Blueprint Gaming has launched an enhanced version of its popular Slots O’ Gold title with the addition of Big Time Gaming’s Megaways mechanic.
Part of Blueprint Gaming’s Jackpot King Progressive system, Slots O’ Gold Megways sees the return of the cheeky leprechaun, with the inclusion of the MegaWays tool creating 15,625 ways to win.
The game includes all the well-known features of the original title, including the eye-catching six-reel mechanic that ensures an even bigger pot of gold can be found at the end of the rainbow.
All Rainbow Gold symbols within the game transform to reveal a random symbol, while the Leprechaun Wilds activates the Rainbow Respins round, with further wilds appearing to trigger extra respins.
“Following the huge success of Slots O’ Gold, we’re thrilled to have unveiled a new and improved version of this Irish-themed slot,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis. “Integrating the highly popular MegaWays mechanic will give the game an added dimension and enhanced user experience, which we’re sure will appeal to fans of the original release, along with new players.”
Stakelogic’s Book of Cleopatra
Stakelogic is taking players on an Egyptian-themed adventure in its latest slot release, Book of Cleopatra.
Players must search for the book which holds the key to riches beyond their wildest dreams. The book points the way to Cleopatra’s palace, which is filled with ancient-Egyptian artefacts.
Once inside the palace, players can unlock a treasure trove of prizes and big wins. The game offers several features to help players on their quest to discover the book, with the Wild symbol awarding Scatter prizes and Free Spins.
There are also special expanding symbols on the Free Spins reels and players have the option to Buy Free Spins instead of waiting for the bonus feature to be triggered randomly.
“Egyptian themed slots are hugely popular with players, but with the Book of Cleopatra we have taken this theme and ramped up the excitement with two innovative bonus features,” said Stakelogic CEO Stephan van den Oetelaar. “These features put the power in the player’s hands and allow them to take more control over how and when they access the Free Spins bonus round as well as providing additional wagering opportunities.”
Wazdan / River iGaming
Wazdan has agreed a deal to provide its portfolio of HTML5 games to VegasCasino, a brand operated by Oslo-listed River iGaming.
Vegascasino.com will add over 100 additional titles to its platform, including Wazdan’s popular games Mayan Ritual, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe and Fruits Go Bananas.
“At VegasCasino we always strive to offer the best customer experience and a high level of service at all times,” said Vegascasino.com casino manager Nora Fagereng. “We chose Wazdan above other providers in the market because of the great player experience their titles offer, and we’ve added a lot of great games for our players to choose from.”
River iGaming’s Ismael Diagne said: “Wazdan is one of the latest new-generation companies to bring technology into play to use as a differentiator. As an asset manager it makes sense to do business with companies that possess in-built value-added. Their slots and the technology platform that powers them offer operators very good player retention rates and excellent revenue generation.”
Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla added: “Wazdan’s tried and tested slots concepts and innovative features have been successful in casinos around the world and I'm sure Vegascasino.com customers will really enjoy them. Our slots surely create the feeling of Las Vegas everywhere."
Betsoft Gaming’s Yak, Yeti and Roll
Betsoft Gaming has launched a seasonal winter-themed slot with the rollout of Yak, Yeti and Roll.
Set in the Arctic circle, Yak, Yeti and Roll invites players to join an Inuit inventor, known for his wild creations. Together with his long-suffering Yeti sidekick, they set out to traverse the wintry wastes in an ornate sled through the snow.
As the spiked wheel of the sled rolls over a gem, it is crushed into the snow and the player earns a prize from a pool containing instant cash, cumulative cascade multipliers, and free spins – with a maximum win of 200x their total bet.
In the game’s free spins feature, players can build up big reserves of free spins on the trail, add free-spin-specific multipliers, then also apply cascade multipliers. The game also includes the supplier’s feature-buy-in mechanic, allowing players to trigger free spins and improve their win potential on demand.
“Yak, Yeti and Roll is releasing at an exciting time,” said Annamaria Anastasi, marketing director for Betsoft. “Not tied to any particular celebration, the game is designed to evoke feelings of warmth in winter, which are common across the entire holiday season.
“We built that atmosphere with larger-than-life characters, jolly artwork, a wonderful soundtrack, and a clear paytable – creating a game with the broadest possible appeal for winter 2018/19 and beyond.
“At the same time, Yak, Yeti and Roll comes at a vital juncture for Betsoft, incorporating our full range of newly-developed proprietary technologies. We have also just released our genre-redefining Max Quest title, and Yak, Yeti and Roll demonstrates that, as well as introducing all-new experiences, we also lead the industry in character-driven traditional slots.”