Quickspin comes alight with Northern Sky launch

New launch incorporates stunning visual gameplay

Quickspin, the Swedish slots specialist, has officially launched Northern Sky – one of its most visually alluring releases so far. The game entails uniquely shaped animal representations, with a variation of colour and radiance; reflecting against the night sky when stimulated.

Northern Sky is aesthetically top notch, with a Scandinavian natural environment as the backdrop. The graphics are ensured to be of high quality, guaranteeing spectacular views of a virtual Aurora Borealis. The 5×3 slot has nine paylines, entailing re-spins on all wins, as well as a free spins bonus, using just the illustrated symbols.

Northern Sky has been developed using HTML5, which certifies the best quality graphics, and utilises a suitable soundtrack. Quickspin’s recently launched promotional tool, Achievements Races, will also be used by Northern Sky, making its first debut.

The CEO of Quickspin, Daniel Lindberg, added: “Northern Sky is one of our most spectacular slot releases yet, the graphics are just incredible. 

“We’re certain players will appreciate the beautiful scenery, while the bonus rounds and free spins are sure to be an attractive proposition for them.”

The newly added slot comes just after the recent releases of Mighty Arthur, Pied Piper, and Mayana all joining the chain of revenue.

Quickspin is considered a leading development studio, founded in 2011 and acquired by Playtech in March 2016. The studio’s  games are integrated into customers’ casino through their own platform, which includes ground-breaking promotional tools to help attract and retain players.

 

 

 

Videoslots extends portfolio with Nolimit City games

Industry leader to roll out new content

Videoslots.com, known for their pioneering approach and for hosting one of the largest casino games portfolios in the entire gaming industry, have announced their launch of Nolimit City games following a signed multi-year agreement between both parties in March 2017.

Daniel Hansen, Chief Product Officer at Videoslots, added: “Nolimit City has established itself as a progressive games developer with the release of various enjoyable titles which we’re pleased to showcase at Videoslots.com.

“We’re always looking for ways to expand our gaming portfolio to ensure we provide our players with the most expansive and quality range and integrating Nolimit City’s titles will help with this.”

Nolimit City makes its mark with successful partnerships, and is due to deliver more direct integrations through an array of innovative games and a proprietary-owned RGS platform. With seven state of the art games currently available to the market, Videoslots players will enjoy some exceptionally popular titles. These include WiXX, Oktoberfest, Creepy Carnival, and the Kitchen Drama series. Punters and can now also look forward to the series of exciting titles in the software provider’s pipeline, scheduled across 2018.

Malcolm Mizzi, Head of Sales at Nolimit City, said: “Working with such a key operator in the industry was an important goal for us and having a direct partnership only strengthens our drive to deliver more premium titles.”

“We are very pleased to see our games live with Videoslots and welook forward to future partnerships together.”

 

 

Lotto Warehouse and Platin Gaming Partnership


Lotto Warehouse on the success streak

Lately, it seems as if there is nothing stopping the B2B lottery betting provider Lotto Warehouse. Within less than a month, the company announced several deals with Kootac, Platin Gaming and Giant Gaming Group.

The Platin Gaming deal is truly a success for Lotto Warehouse and the company does not plan to hold in. CEO Thomas Biro made hints that there will be new announcements in the near future.

Thomas Biro expressed, “Platin Gaming are a long established global brand with an outstanding reputation as a first-class provider of turn-key solutions for the gaming industry. We are very pleased that really soon we will be boosting their offering with our world-class selection of lottery betting products.

“The popularity of lottery betting continues to soar and we are perfectly placed to provide operators with an unbeatable solution that can be tailored to suit specific requirements and any platform.We look forward to making more announcements in the future.”

Since its establishment in 1995, Platin Gaming has developed into a powerful global operator.
Besides offering a wide range of white label and B2B services across casino, slots, sports book and virtual racing the company also runs and-based solutions. Platin Gaming powers Tipbet, a well-known sports betting operator.

As part of the new agreements, Lotto Warehouse will become Platin Gaming’s  exclusive provider of lottery betting products. Lotto Warehouse is the only provider holding both, MGA Class 4 and UK GC licenses.

Soner Gurelli, Platin Gaming COO said, “As a pioneering brand it’s important for us to stay ahead of the field. Our success has been built upon forward thinking and high-quality solutions, which is exactly what Lotto Warehouse bring to the table.

“We are very confident the Lotto Warehouse deal will have a very positive impact for our business.”

 

Ladbrokes Coral to Make Job Cuts after GVC Takeover

1,600 employees stand to face redundancy under proposed deal

GVC Holdings’ ongoing takeover of the UK’s largest high street bookmaker could eventually result in up to 1,600 employees being made redundant, as per official merger documents. A scheme document issued to investors by the two organisations notes that the total headcount reduction “will be less than 6%” of the combined group’s employee base of 26,800.

Most of these cuts would occur in the UK, and they are not expected to affect the currently employed staff until next year. It is unlikely that the Ladbrokes network of high street bookmakers will be affected, but the Ladbrokes Coral head office is expected to close – some of the staff therein would relocate to the GVC head office when this occurs

According to industry reports, GVC’s offer is worth up to £3.9 billion, but could fall by £800 million. The UK government might yet opt to slash the maximum permitted fixed-odd betting terminals stake to £2. Since the machines bring in more than half of bookmakers’ revenues, a big chunk of Ladbrokes’ income could disappear.

More takeovers could be in the pipeline, as William Hill, online casino 888 and Mecca Bingo firm Rank are all potential merger or acquisition candidates.
Ladbrokes also revealed information about of its recent trading, showing that revenues rose 12% in the final quarter of the year on the back of a series of unexpected football outcomes.

 

30,000 Foreigners to Join Maltese Workforce as iGaming Flourishes

Number of foreign employees in Malta expected to increase

Only 25% of the roughly 10,000 new jobs created in Malta yearly go to Maltese nationals, according to economist and JobsPlus chairperson Clyde Caruana. In an interview published today by the Malta Independent, Caruana gives an overview of the Maltese employment landscape, and the influence of the iGaming sector.

At the current rate, the island could be looking at 28,000-30,000 additional foreign workers within three years. According to Caruana employment of foreign nationals in such quantities is essential to maintain the level of growth required for economic development.

JobsPlus is currently pursuing employing third country nationals and only this week emails are being sent to European non-EU countries seeking to attract employees to Malta.

Caruana seemed unfazed by recent news of redundancies at a leading iGaming firm, stressing that such developments are not out of the ordinary in the industry. He made it clear that if the entirety of the industry had to relocate, the effects would be more harshly felt.

“If, hypothetically, all iGaming companies decided to all just lock up and leave, then yes. That would leave prominent effects, and it is important not to put all our eggs in the same basket. In the past iGaming took up 4 per cent, today it takes up 12 per cent of our GDP which is quite a sizeable number,” Caruana explains. “Companies now and then will make some of their employees redundant for various reasons. But if we had to look at the sector as a whole the number of employees are still going up, so it does not mean that if there some redundancies this is a symptom which is the norm for all”.

 

iGaming Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

The moment the 2017 Malta iGaming Summit came to a closure, people began to speculate about what the next convention will include

Although there is no way to predict the future (yet), it is safe to assume that upcoming tech developments will hijack the show. So if you are wondering what the 2018 summit will include – it is time to review the possible tech changes that will occur this year in the iGaming industry.

With each passing year, new technology emerges practically out of thin air, while older tech gets better and better with time. Both old and new kinds of tech have a great influence on the online gambling industry, so what changes could we expect to witness in upcoming months?

What to Expect

By how things look right now, there are a few iGaming trends that seem set to become a big part of the industry, and they are bound to develop into something even bigger in time. So what kind of tech are we talking about?

  1. Artificial Intelligence – Various types of AI can prove to be useful in the iGaming field: chat-bots, AI betting assistants, automated sports traders, and more. Although this kind of tech is far from becoming the perfect gambling tool, many experts believe that AI is the future of gambling, and big companies are working hard to make this dream come true.
  2. Blockchain and cryptocurrenciesBitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are all people talk about in recent months. The idea behind blockchain is idyllic – it is all about making safe and secure transactions without communicating with the recipient through a third party. Everyone knows that the current payment options aren’t ideal, especially since the verification process can last for days, and it can hold back the payers. If experts incorporate the blockchain method in the industry, people will be more inclined to participate in online gaming, as the process of placing bets won’t look so troublesome anymore.
  3. VR and AR Virtual reality and augmented reality already have a big part in the gaming industry, but online gambling venues haven’t used those tools to improve iGaming as of yet. AR is probably more suited for the iGaming industry than VR since it requires fewer gadgets and players can access it from any mobile device they have at hand, but the possibilities related to VR are quite exceptional as well. If AR is incorporated into the gambling world, there will be endless gaming options for you to enjoy. Think about all the casino games that you love and how they can improve with the help of such tech. Every gambling session you will have while using your phone will turn into a full-blown adventure – realistic and exhilarating. Let’s all hope that this kind of tech will be immersed in the industry as soon as possible.

Each of those tech trends can bring something new to the online gambling arena, and when they become a reality – the iGaming world will never be the same.

At the End of the Day…

Those three trends are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to upcoming iGaming tech. And hopefully, by the next Malta iGaming summit, there will be more breakthroughs to talk about and discuss, but until then – we can only dream big and encourage the best minds in the industry to keep developing the most thrilling tech possible.

  1. Recipient through a third party. Everyone knows that the current payment options aren’t ideal, especially since the verification process can last for days, and it can hold back the payers. If experts incorporate the blockchain method in the industry, people will be more inclined to participate in online gaming, as the process of placing bets won’t look so troublesome anymore.
  2. VR and AR Virtual reality and augmented reality already have a big part in the gaming industry, but online gambling venues haven’t used those tools to improve iGaming as of yet. AR is probably more suited for the iGaming industry than VR since it requires fewer gadgets and players can access it from any mobile device they have at hand, but the possibilities related to VR are quite exceptional as well. If AR is incorporated into the gambling world, there will be endless gaming options for you to enjoy. Think about all the casino games that you love and how they can improve with the help of such tech. Every gambling session you will have while using your phone will turn into a full-blown adventure – realistic and exhilarating. Let’s all hope that this kind of tech will be immersed in the industry as soon as possible.

Each of those tech trends can bring something new to the online gambling arena, and when they become a reality – the iGaming world will never be the same.

At the End of the Day…

Those three trends are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to upcoming iGaming tech. And hopefully, by the next Malta iGaming summit, there will be more breakthroughs to talk about and discuss. But until then – we can only dream big and encourage the best minds in the industry to keep developing the most thrilling tech possible.

While you wait, you can keep playing and enjoying all the new online slots games that gaming companies release on a monthly basis. Remember that every single one of those games could look a whole lot different if the right tech comes along, so keep dreaming big, and maybe by next year, the iGaming world will change completely!

Wazdan Reveal ‘Volatility Level’ at ICE

Producer keeps up steady interest in London

Malta-based Wazdan, the major casino games producer with products covering slots, table games and video poker has attracted a steady stream of visitors to their stand at ICE Totally Gaming 2018 – thanks in no small part to the announcement on the cusp of ICE that the company has been awarded a UK license. With a little magic, Wazdan made it possible to celebrate on their stand a range of ‘Volatility Beers’ created in conjunction with passionate British brewers, that highlight Wazdan’s world’s-first ‘Volatility Level’. Wazdan is now licensed in the UK, Malta and Curacao.

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Wazdan at SiGMA17

Jeremy Fall, Head of Brand and Marketing said, “We’re overwhelmed with the response to our UK license and the British Volatility Beers we’ve been offering on the stand to our partners, customers, affiliates and those who can now do business with us because we have our licensing right. Our series of magic games are very casino-friendly and the Wazdan ICE Hosting Team have really enjoyed handing out the Volatility Beers and explaining the benefits of Volatility Level, it’s an industry breakthrough that brings benefits for players and operators alike.”

The magic doesn’t stop there. Wazdan has a series of magic games that are proving to be very popular with operators, platforms, aggregators and affiliates such as Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Fruits 4 Deluxe, Magic Hot 4 Deluxe, Magic Stars 3, Magic of the Ring Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe and Magic Fruits Deluxegames that take the magic arts into immersive experiences for players across Wazdan’s portfolio of over 100 engaging and innovative HTML 5.0 slots that can be enjoyed on mobile, desktop and tablets.

The latest version is Great Book of Magic Deluxe, a popular slot filled with spells written down on its pages that invigorate 5 reels and 20 paylines to win amazing prizes. Great Book of Magic Deluxe has just about everything for a top performing video slot; players are immersed in spells cast by a wily wizard whose magic creates free spins while Wazdan’s Unique Features, Volatility Level, Energy-Saving Mode, Double-Screen and Unique Gamble Feature enhance the newly released Deluxe game for operators and players alike.

Wizards, castles, owls, cobras and old books abound. The old magic book is the most important symbol in Great Book of Magic Deluxe. It not only awards scattered prizes when at least three symbols appear anywhere on the reels, but it also triggers 10 Free Spins if at least three symbols appear on the reels. That’s not all! This symbol is also ‘Wild’ and can replace all other symbols on the reels both in the main game and in the Free-spins mode.

Importantly Great Book of Magic Deluxe is available in three different Volatility levels. Wazdan’sVolatilityLevel lets players set to a low variance where the game has frequent but smaller wins in Low Volatility or feweralthough bigger wins with the High Volatility setting. Leaving the setting at ‘Normal’ Great Book of Magic Deluxereverts to its standard volatility.

Wazdan has ushered in a new era in the development of slots games through Wazdan Unique Features, which gives players more control over the outcome. This breakthrough is based on Wazdan’s legacy of innovation as well as an advanced development lab that produces outstanding research into slots technology.At the heart of slots gameplay is the concept of slot variance, or as Wazdan call it ‘Volatility Level’, that is fundamental to how a slot game ‘feels’ to play. Slot volatility is a measure of risk associated with playing a slot machine.

Wazdan’s games are powered by their innovative suite of added-value tools, Volatility Level, Double Screen Mode, Unique Gamble Feature and Energy Saving Mode, which provide operators with the ability to activate multiple features designed to enhance customer experience and engagement, improve retention, encourage extended play and produce higher yield.

 

Habanero to Launch Content With Eurobet.it

Full suite of games available to Italian giant

Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has reached an agreement to launch its content with Eurobet.it, one of Italy’s most important operators.

Alfredo Melloni, Head of Gaming at Eurobet.it, said: “Habanero has built up a reputation for developing quality slot games within the iGaming industry and it was important for us to join forces as we look to expand our casino offering. We’re thrilled to be able to offer their games to our players, who I’m sure will become big fans of the slots they produce.”

As per the terms of the deal, Eurobet will integrate the supplier’s full suite of games, including latest releases 5 Mariachis, Rolling Roger and Cake Valley. The new partnership follows recent certification of Habanero’s content in the region by the Italian regulator AAMS, as they look to target the growing market during 2018.

This is being spearheaded by former BetVictor executive Arcangelo Lonoce, who was appointed as European Head of Business Development in November 2017.

“We’re thrilled to have put pen to paper on this significant deal with Eurobet, which strengthens our position not only in Italy but in Western Europe,” said Lonoce.

“Supplying our games to one of the region’s biggest operators is a fantastic way to kick-start our ambitious expansion plans over the next 12 months. We’re confident Eurobet customers will enjoy the depth and breadth of our slots, and we look forward to a long and successful working relationship with the operator.”

The supplier now offers over 80 video slots titles, 10 table games, and 10 video poker titles, which are integrated with over 60 operators and aggregators and available in 24 European and Asian languages.

 

European Commission Expects Malta to Lead EU in GDP Growth

5.6% forecast more than double the European bloc average

The Maltese economy outperformed predictions in 2017, registering 7.2% over the first three quarters of the year. European Commission experts expressed some surprise at the rate of growth, and chalked it up to the export services sector going from strength to strength.

Now, the Commission forecasts a 5.6% growth rate for 2018, a figure that leads the EU at more than twice its average predicted growth rate, according to the Winter 2018 Interim Economic Forecast.

Private consumption is expected to become more of a driver of growth in 2018, as strong employment growth, improved consumer confidence and growing disposable income start to tell.

The European Commission forecast follows a similar pronouncement by the Central Bank, touting the expected growth leading up to 2020.

 

Yggdrasil Gaming Reaching for the Spanish iGaming Market

Yggdrasil Gaming entered the Spanish igaming market by reaching an agreement with existing partner GVC

GVC has a strong presence in Spain including its leading bwin brand, and will be the first operator to offer Yggdrasil titles in the market.
Yggdrasil games are expected to go live in the market during Q2 2018, in full compliance with Spanish requirements. The Spanish online gaming market has enjoyed impressive growth in recent years, particularly since it added slots to its offering in 2015.

According to regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), online gaming revenues were up 37% year-on-year for Q3 2017, to €140.5m.

Yggdrasil Gaming‘s CEO Fredrik Elmqvist stated, “Spain has quickly emerged as one of Europe’s fastest-growing and exciting jurisdictions, making it a perfect environment for Yggdrasil’s award-winning slots and promotional tools.

“To enter Spain with GVC, a long-time partner across multiple jurisdictions, will ensure our games are enjoyed by slots fans across the country. Following recent entries into Denmark and Italy, it also underlines Yggdrasil’s commitment to expanding its footprint in Europe’s regulated markets.”

GVC’s Head of Content Andrew Whitworth, expressed, “We were not going to pass up the opportunity to be the first operator to bring Yggdrasil’s slots to Spain, and we are certain they will perform strongly in the market.”

The move into Spain is the latest example of Yggdrasil’s regulated strategy, which saw it enter Denmark earlier this year and Italy during Q2 2017.