This week has seen new games released by Playtech, Microgaming, Blueprint Gaming and Playson, as well as a whole host of platform integrations for Red Tiger, Quickspin, Pragmatic Play, Iforium, Evolution Gaming, Betsoft Gaming, Stakelogic, High 5 Games, Habanero and Swintt.
Microgaming’s Magic of Sahara
Microgaming is taking players into the searing heat of the Northern African desert with its latest slot Magic of Sahara, developed exclusively for the supplier by All41 Studios.
The five-reel, nine-payline slot is the second game developed by All41 Studios for Microgaming following the release of Le Kaffee Bar.
Conjured up with lavish art and music, the game invites players into a desert wonderland filled with stacked wilds, free spins and a Token Chain feature. Casting a spell during the base game are valuable super stacked wilds, which can materialise on reels three and four, invoking magical rewards.
An appearance from the enigmatic merchant symbol grants the player a collectible token, which is added to a Token Chain above the reels and awards one free spin. Collecting 25 or more tokens or landing three or more scatters instantly triggers up to a maximum of 34 free spins.
Upon entry into free spins, five extra free spins are awarded. During the free spins round, all wins are multiplied by 2x and wilds can appear super stacked on every reel.
“Magic of Sahara brings the wonder of the desert sands to life,” said Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan. “All41 Studios have crafted a truly immersive world, with the game’s excellent soundtrack and detailed artwork, which dynamically transitions between day and night cycles, creating a spellbinding atmosphere.
“As well as providing a feast for the senses, Magic of Sahara delivers engrossing features in the form of the Token Chain collection mechanic and a highly rewarding free spins round, complete with the win boosting 2x multiplier.”
All41 Studios head Julia Saburova added: “We’re excited to take players on a mystical journey to experience the Magic of Sahara. Our latest slot adventure celebrates the enchanting fables of African nomad culture, combining detailed and dynamic graphics with engaging game mechanics. It has been a real thrill for us to capture the unique mystery and allure of the warm sands.”
Microgaming also this week announced the return of Jungle Jim in his second epic quest for lost treasure.
Developed exclusively by Stormcraft Studios, the studio behind successful Microgaming titles such as Fortunium, Agent Jane Blonde Returns and Dragon Shard, the latest Jungle Jim slot takes players to Ancient Egypt.
Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx is a 5x5 reel, 50 payline slot set for release in November.
“The new game includes outstanding artwork and entertaining mechanics, including the popular Rolling Reels feature, and Stormcraft Studios have set a new benchmark in visual storytelling in our industry,” said Microgaming chief commercial officer Jean-Luc Ferriere.
Playson’s Solar Queen
Playson has also released an Egyptian-themed slot game with the launch of Solar Queen.
The game is a 4x5 slot with 20 lines, featuring a progressive accumulation of Wild symbols and winning multipliers, while the sun symbols trigger the Flaming Frames feature and increase multipliers.
“With its stunning graphics and progressive gameplay, we’re expecting Solar Queen to be a big hit with slot fans,” said Playson head of product Vsevolod Lapin. “This exciting new game is bound to bring out their adventurous side and will be a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio.”
Red Tiger / Aspire Global
Aspire Global has expanded its B2B platform with the addition of Red Tiger’s slot portfolio.
Red Tiger’s games will be made available to Aspire Global’s partner network in the UK, Denmark and internationally, including the supplier’s popular Pirates’ Plenty slot.
“The addition of Red Tiger games is a further enhancement to our strong portfolio; and enables players to choose from the best providers in the industry direct from the Aspire Global platform,” said Aspire Global vice president of sales Jov Spiero. “We are confident that the combination of Red Tiger’s record of innovation and quality game development and our growth-driven platform will be a great success.”
Red Tiger commercial director Chris Looney added: “We are very pleased to sign up with such a strong platform provider like Aspire Global. We are always looking to expand the reach of our industry leading content portfolio and products into regulated markets and we believe a strong relationship with Aspire will provide that."
Blueprint Gaming’s Deal or No Deal: Double Action
Blueprint Gaming is inviting players to beat the banker once again in the latest addition to its popular Pub Fruit Series, Deal or No Deal: Double Action.
Following the success of last year’s debut release, The Perfect Play, the next incarnation of the slot game under the Deal or No Deal license delivers even more features from the classic pub fruit gaming format.
Players can collect five or more telephone symbols to trigger the Double Action feature, experiencing two games at the same time and doubling the chances of picking a box filled with top prizes.
Additional features include the new Red Alert mode, which when activated sees the reels turn red and lets players spin to win again and again.
The gameplay is packed with 16 feature games, which can be won from the Super Board. Reaching the top of the feature ladder gains entry to the Big Money round where a large payout is guaranteed.
“Our Pub Fruit Series has caught the attention of our operating partners and more importantly, the imagination of the players who love the retro-experience we’ve bought to online gaming,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis. “With additional features and even more ways to beat the banker, Deal or No Deal: Double Action is set to provide even more tension when opening those boxes.”
Blueprint Gaming has also agreed a content distribution deal with iGaming aggregator GrooveGaming.
Blueprint will make its entire portfolio of content available to GrooveGaming, including popular releases Mars Attacks!, Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its series of Megaways titles licensed from Big Time Gaming, such as Slots O’ Gold MegaWays and Vikings Unleashed Megaways.
“We’re delighted to have secured this partnership with GrooveGaming, one of the industry’s most highly recognised up-and-coming casino providers,” said Blueprint Gaming head of business development Siôr Walbyoff. “Our expansion with the world's top aggregators gives us the opportunity to supply best-performing content into new markets.”
Groove Gaming chief operating officer Yahale Meltzer said: “We have received strong interest from operators who are looking to improve their portfolio of casino games. This partnership further strengthens our reputation as an aggregator of choice for tier one operators.”
Playtech has expanded its live casino portfolio with the launch of three new and updated games.
American Roulette is a new roulette variant, based on Playtech Live’s luxury Grand Royale room. Featuring a double zero roulette wheel, the game has been developed to complement Playtech’s existing range of table games, such as Soiree Roulette.
The new Hi-Lo room has a 1980s Miami theme with neon detailing, an updated ‘table top’ and a new integrated soundtrack, complemented by new themed dealer uniforms.
The third game, Spread-Bet Roulette, adds a new twist to traditional roulette play with a unique side bet feature. It features both a physical wheel and an RNG ‘Spin a Win’ reel, with the combination of the two offering players seven different side bet options with the potential for wins of up to 400x stake.
“The demand for experience-focused gameplay amongst the modern generation of Live Casino players is stronger than ever,” said Playtech head of innovation for live casino Kevin Kilminster. “Live casino is part of the entertainment industry as well as the gambling industry – the presentation and atmosphere we can deliver is what makes players choose live over standard RNG games.
“With the addition of American Roulette, Hi-Lo Club and Spread-Bet Roulette to our range, we can offer players an even more immersive and exciting entertainment experience.”
Iforium / Slot Factory
Iforium has expanded its Gameflex casino aggregation platform with new content from Slot Factory, the B2B division of operator Intouch Games.
The deal will see Slot Factory’s 65 games made available to operators via Gameflex, including Cat and Mouse, Vegas Vegas, Pocket Fruits, Wild Funland and Cowboys & Indians.
“We’re delighted to be integrating Slot Factory’s innovative portfolio into our platform and are sure they will prove to be an instant hit with operators and players alike,” said Iforium CEO Phil Parry. “We look forward to a long and productive working relationship together, as well as assisting Slot Factory in its ambitious plans for global growth.”
Slot Factory head of commercial Charles Mott added: “Partnering with Iforium is a significant step towards our plans for increasing our reach across regulated and newly regulated markets. It’s leading casino aggregation and bonusing platform is the industry gold standard and we look forward to reaping the benefits.”
Pragmatic Play has launched its live casino portfolio with Cyprus-headquartered operator Parimatch.
Parimatch customers now have access to a selection of live casino products, including Live Blackjack and Live Roulette delivered from Pragmatic Play’s state-of-the-art studio in Bulgaria.
“We are proud to be accelerating the growth of our live casino product with Parimatch,” said Pragmatic Play chief business development officer Yossi Barzely. “They are an operator who mirror our passion for delivering top quality gaming experiences, and it is fantastic to be working with them.”
Parimatch head of gambling products, Eugene Saveliev, commented: “Live casino is a hugely important vertical in the modern iGaming marketplace, and Pragmatic Play’s slick, advanced offering has the potential to significantly enhance our rates of acquisition and retention.
“We are delighted to have rolled out their content and will continue to build on this promising partnership.”
Playtech-owned Quickspin has expanded its presence in Denmark’s regulated iGaming market with operator LeoVegas.
The majority of Quickspin’s portfolio, including 43 slots and its gamification tools within Quickspin Promote, have gone live on LeoVegas’ licensed Danish site.
“We’ve had a fantastic partnership with Quickspin for many years now,” said LeoVegas casino operations manager Johan Ekberg. “It’s great to be able to expand our offering in the Danish market with Quickspin’s outstanding portfolio of games and gamification tools.”
Quickspin CEO Daniel Lindberg commented: “We’re very excited about this deal with LeoVegas. They’ve been one of our key customers for many years now, and we’re thrilled that they want to expand our offering into the Danish market. Our products have always been really popular in Denmark, so it’s great that we can expand our presence there and reach even more players.”
Logrand Entertainment Group’s iGaming arm Strendus has agreed a deal to expand its Mexican-facing offering with new games from Spanish video bingo supplier Zitro Interactive.
Following a platform integration, Zitro will initially launch 29 of its bingo games on Strendus’ licensed online gaming offering, Strendus.com.mx.
“We are confident that choosing Zitro Interactive to help us incorporate bingo video games into Strendus will help us to become the reference platform for online entertainment and one of the most important online casinos in Mexico,” said Logrand Entertainment director of online operations Lenin Castillo.
“We know that this combination of content is a success story, in which the real winners are the users who will enjoy the highest quality bingo video game.”
Zitro CEO Sebastian Zalat added: “We are very pleased and grateful to Logrand Entertainment Group for giving us the opportunity to have our video bingo offer at Strendus.”
Betsoft Gaming has signed an agreement to launch its portfolio of games with operator OGaming Group.
RioAposta will be the first of OGaming’s brands to launch Betsoft’s games, with the operator set to launch EagleBet in the coming weeks and a third brand later this year.
The launch includes the supplier’s popular slots Spinfinity Man, Viking Voyage and Chillipop titles.
“We are delighted to partner with OGaming, who are one of the industry’s most innovative, up-and-coming operator groups,” said Betsoft Gaming sales executive Francesca Raniolo. “We have made it a key point to expand in a number of growing markets, and this is yet another statement of intent from Betsoft.”
OGaming Group CEO Thomas Golding commented: “We are very pleased to be offering Betsoft games across our brands, as they have some of the most exciting content in the industry.
“We are always looking to add new, dynamic content that will enhance our customer experience, and Betsoft’s award-winning portfolio of immersive games will give our players some fantastic new titles to play.”
High 5 Games / White Hat Gaming
High 5 Games (H5G) has signed a deal to integrate its slots portfolio with platform provider White Hat Gaming.
White Hat Gaming’s growing roster of clients now have access to H5G’s top-performing games including Way Out Wilds, Midnight Eclipse, The Green Machine Deluxe and Silver Enchantress.
“We are delighted to be launching our games on White Hat Gaming’s proprietary platform, which opens the door for a host of new players to access and enjoy our popular titles,” said High 5 Games CEO and founder Anthony Singer. “Partnering with a well-respected brand such as White Hat Gaming is a great opportunity for us and we look forward to growing the relationship together.”
White Hat Gaming CEO Phil Gelvan added: “High 5 Games has built an excellent reputation for providing popular and engaging games.
“The content will allow us to bring yet more innovative gaming experiences to our operator partners and their players, and we very much look forward to rolling out their slots.”
Stakelogic / Oryx Gaming
Bragg Gaming Group’s Oryx Gaming has signed a new agreement to integrate content from Stakelogic onto the Oryx Hub platform.
The integration includes popular Stakelogic titles such as Book of Adventure, Book of Cleopatra, Classic Forties and Encharmed, as well as new releases Mayan Wild Mystery and Wild Stallion.
“We welcome Stakelogic to our platform and are excited that our partners will be able to access its extensive games portfolio through one simple integration,” said Oryx Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij. “Stakelogic is widely recognised and respected in the industry and considering their Dutch roots we believe we have found a really good partner, which is going to be one of our top performers, especially after the Dutch market opens as is expected in 2021.”
Stakelogic CEO Stephan van den Oetelaar added: “We are proud to add Oryx to our list of partners and to be able to reach a wider audience with our portfolio of games.”
Evolution Gaming / Sportingtech
Sportingtech has expanded its platform with the addition of Evolution Gaming’s portfolio of live casino games.
Following an integration, Sportingtech’s operator partners will have access to Evolution games such as Live Roulette, Live Blackjack, Live Casino Hold’em, and Live Three Card Poker.
“To sign a deal with the company like Evolution Gaming, sure is a major milestone in Sportingtech’s market expansion,” said Sportingtech head of business development Elvis Džombić. “What’s important to highlight is the aggressive growth we have in the casino vertical.
“With plenty of casino deals in our pipeline, this is one of the most important we bring to the operators. We want them to be able to offer the world’s best online live casino games to the players. The deal we have made with Evolution Gaming will provide them exactly that - as close as it gets to playing in an actual top-class casino.”
Habanero has expanded its presence in Italy though an agreement with operator Betflag.it.
Habanero’s full Italian certified portfolio will be made available to Betflag, including titles such as Ways Of Fortune, 5 Lucky Lions and Jump!
“Betflag is one of Italy’s fastest-growing operators and we can’t wait to see our games go live on site,” said Habanero European head of business development Arcangelo Lonoce. “They host titles from some of the industry’s biggest providers and it’s really exciting to see our titles sit alongside them. We look forward to a great partnership together.”
Betflag.it head of casino Dario Rusconi said: “It’s important to ensure we offer our players fresh and quality content and we have certainly ticked both boxes with this deal.
“Habanero know exactly what it takes to tailor their content for specific markets and their wide range of offerings means there is something for everybody to enjoy.”
Newly established supplier Swintt has signed a long-term agreement to distribute popular Central European land-based game titles for the online market.
The deal will see an initial portfolio of 20 games launched on Swintt’s B2B platform, including titles such as Master of Books and Heart of Earth.
“At Swintt our focus is to deliver solutions and content for our customers which help them grow in their chosen target markets,” said Swintt CEO and co-founder David Flynn. “This partnership agreement will provide an initial portfolio of 20 recognized, leading games which hold a significant land-based market share in Central-Europe.
“The partnership agreement enables an online premiere for this leading content. Given its recognized position in the local land-based market, I’m confident it will be a successful partnership for all involved."