In our first games round-up of the new year we see new titles released by Foxium and Yggdrasil, alongside platform integrations by the likes of Booming Games, 1X2 Network, iSoftBet, Evoplay Entertainment, MGA Games, BetConstruct, Wazdan and Groove Gaming.

Foxium / Microgaming’s The Great Albini

Microgaming has released another exclusive game from independent studio Foxium with the launch of The Great Albini.

The five-reel, 25 payline slot transports players into the ultimate theatre of mystery with vibrant symbols including high cards, a thimble, yellow canary, target board and The Great Albini himself. It comes packed with features including wilds, wild reels, free spins and Mystery Box Respins.

The Mystery Box Respin feature triggers when a stack of three Mystery Box symbols appears on the middle reel in the 5x3 grid base game. With the symbols locked into place until the end of the round, players are awarded a total of three respins to try to lock another mystery box.

In addition, the number of respins resets to three with the arrival of each subsequent Mystery Box symbol during the round, giving players multiple chances to reap magical rewards. The feature finishes when the player runs out of respins or fills the entire reel-set with mystery boxes. The Great Albini will then reveal the one symbol that will be inside each mystery box.

“The Great Albini is a glittering mix of gratifying gameplay, stunningly realised visuals and a stirring soundtrack,” said Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds. “Players will feel the glow of the limelight as they are immersed in The Great Albini, with the opportunity to win a staggering 4,000x their bet.

“The addition of the Bonus Box by Foxium alongside the superb respin and potentially very rewarding free spin features makes for an exciting player experience.”

Foxium CEO Åke Andréc commented: “Our latest exclusive game release through Microgaming is set to enchant and entertain players, who will join us on the absorbing adventures of The Great Albini and Lily.

“We are confident that the combination of cinematic visuals and exciting gameplay packed with thrilling and innovative features will prove a hit with a wide variety of audiences.”

Booming Games / Paf

Booming Games has launched its first games with Åland-based gaming operator Paf.

Booming Bananas and Sugar Skulls are among the first games to launch with Paf, with further slots from the supplier's portfolio of more than 40 titles slated for release in the near future. These include Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches and latest release Boomshakalaka.

“We are excited to launch our games on a leading operator like Paf,” said Booming Games chief commercial officer Frederik Niehusen. “This is the beginning of a very fruitful partnership."

1X2 Network / Chippy Software

1X2 Network has secured an integration deal to offer its full suite of slots and table games to iGaming platform provider Chippy Software.

Operators powered by Chippy Software’s platform will gain access to a range of titles from 1X2 Network’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries.

This includes titles such as Blood Queen and Neon Jungle, as well as recently the released Diamond Roulette and The Curious Cabinet.

“This is a great way to start the year for us,” said 1X2 Network chief commercial officer Kevin Reid. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our games to Chippy Software’s operator partners and subsequent players, and we look forward to growing with them in 2019.”

Yggdrasil's Trolls Bridge

Yggdrasil has announced the full roll out of its Trolls Bridge slot game following a successful exclusivity period.

Set within a wooden drawbridge, players are challenged to cross over to meet the trolls and spin the reels to claim some monster prizes. The highlight of the game is the Free Spins round where players can choose five features from 18 face down cards ranging from extra Free Spins to added wilds, multipliers and stacked high-pay symbols.

Players are also given the chance to invest five extra coins per spin to play using the Golden Bet option to get an extra pick. The base game and the feature rounds both allow players to hit the Bonus Pot to get extra Free Spins and coins, or unleash the Bonus Stone that smashes the reels with win multipliers or coin wins.

“What makes this game stand out is the great combination of simple fun and great wins – the goofy characters run amok on the reels, but can also hit you with a win 2000 times your bet size,” said Yggdrasil head of slots Jonas Strandman.

“We always knew Trolls Bridge would be a hit, and since launching, its performance has confirmed our predictions. Thanks to its success it gives us great pleasure to be able to offer the game to all our clients so even more players can enjoy this crowd favourite.”

SoftGamings / iSoftBet / Evoplay Entertainment

SoftGamings has expanded its games platform with the addition of new content from iSoftBet and Evoplay Entertainment.

iSoftBet’s suite of more than 150 games includes slots, table and video poker titles, including Hot Spin and Pearl of the Orient, as well as branded games Paranormal Activity, Platoon and 24.

“iSoftBet is focused on designing and developing innovative and exciting games that are fully compliant with regulations in a growing number of markets around the world,” said iSoftBet chief commercial officer Michael Probert. “This partnership with SoftGamings allows us to offer our games to even more operators and their players, and to further establish ourselves as one of the most popular and successful developers in the market.”

SoftGamings head of partnerships Svetlana Gasel said: “We have built a formidable reputation amongst online casino operators for providing them with access to the hottest games in the market, and our partnership with iSoftBet ensures we keep doing that.”

Evoplay Entertainment will also be providing its portfolio of 50 slot, table and instant games to SoftGamings, as well as its first 3D/VR slot game Necromancer.

“We’re proud to begin 2019 by announcing our partnership with SoftGamings, one of the industry’s most advanced platform providers,” said Evoplay Entertainment chief business officer Kate Romanenko. “Our mission is to revolutionise the iGaming user experience for players around the world and we are totally confident of being able to do that by partnering with a company that has such a strong focus on customer enjoyment.”

SoftGamings director of partnerships Irina Sazonova added: “This is a fantastic partnership for us. Evoplay Entertainment are already famous for developing the industry’s first VR slots game and we are thrilled to offer our clients some of the industry’s most innovative content.”

MGA Games / 1XBet

MGA Games has agreed a deal to provide its online slot and video bingo games to operator 1XBet.

The games will be fully integrated into 1XBet's product offering and include slot titles Lucky Dragon, Wild Africa and Cabaret, alongside the Detective, Zeus and Castle video bingo games.

“Online slots and video bingo games are extremely popular amongst our player base,” said a spokesperson for1XBet. “We are very happy to have MGA in our portfolio, and we hope our players enjoy the content as much as we do.”

MGA new technologies director José Antonio Giacomelli commented: “1XBet is an international operator with a significant presence around the world. We are very proud that they have chosen MGA Games as a partner to increase their collection of reliable, quality content. It encourages us to maintain high standards of product and service quality, which, indeed, open the doors for us to international markets.”

Wazdan / TGP Asia

Wazdan is expanding its presence in Asia through a new partnership with platform provider TGP Asia.

The supplier will provide its range of games to TGP Asia, including 2018 releases Mayan Ritual, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe, and Fruits Go Bananas.

“Wazdan has a buzz about them and the prospect of offering their complete portfolio of the latest HTML5 games to our partners was irresistible,” said TGP Asia chief executive Charles Hwang. “Wazdan has a growing reputation for developing high-quality technology and wickedly immersive games, and that's what players on the move want today. We believe this will give Wazdan the traction they need in Asia."

Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla added: “Asia makes up almost 60 per cent of the world’s population and we see that our games fit well to that marketplace. The deal with TGP Asia ensures we have a significant presence within the region whilst catering to the growing demands of the online gambling communities in Asia."

BetConstruct / CasinoDesignPro

BetConstruct has entered into an agreement to create new games with game development studio CasinoDesignPro.

CasinoDesignPro has designed two new slot games, Mystical Amber and Midsummer Magical Night, using BetConstruct’s SlotBuilder solution, with the games now available on BetConstruct’s games platform.

“We are happy to announce about our cooperation with BetConstruct and developing two games using their SlotBuilder,” said CasinoDesignPro CEO Alesia Ulanova. “After completing the design, animation, and soundtracks it took a week for us to connect all together using SlotBuilder.

“We like the technical solutions of the SlotBuilder very much. The structure of the constructor is easy and intuitive. We are very pleased with the results of the work and are now planning to continue our cooperation."

BetContruct gaming group product manager Edgar Mkrtchyan said: “Thanks to CasinoDesignPro we have added two new high quality HTML5 slots to BetConstruct's wide gaming portfolio.”

Groove Gaming / iDoBet

Groove Gaming has agreed a deal to launch its games with iGaming solutions provider iDoBet.

The agreement expands iDoBet’s platform, which also comprises data from betradar, casino games from Microgaming and virtual games from Kiron Interactive.

"iDoBet continues to move from strength to strength, with more B2B providers choosing our platform for its robust content,” said iDoBet CEO Yaniv Bason. “The addition of Groove Gaming's suite will only enhance our platform further.

“We work hard to maintain the balance between the quality and quantity of the content we offer, which is why we have selected to partner with Groove Gaming."

Groove Gaming head of sales Rebecca Sotomora said: "Any serious operator can get into the groove with Groove Gaming and that's why we signed with iDoBet, they are one of the strongest offerings out there and we've added a lot of new sports content on our platform thanks to our arrangements with iDoBet.

“At the heart of Groove Gaming’s expertise is selecting the highest-quality content to differentiate our offering and to drive player-engagement for clients, which is one of the aspects of this important partnership with iDoBet."

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