Friday, October 4, 2019

“GI Games Round-up: Featuring Pragmatic Play, Yggdrasil and more - Gaming Intelligence” plus 1 more

“GI Games Round-up: Featuring Pragmatic Play, Yggdrasil and more - Gaming Intelligence” plus 1 more


GI Games Round-up: Featuring Pragmatic Play, Yggdrasil and more - Gaming Intelligence

Posted: 04 Oct 2019 02:39 AM PDT

Pragmatic Play's Live Blackjack

Pragmatic Play has expanded its live casino offering with the launch of Live Blackjack.

With a wide range of tables with different limits available to players, the new fast-play game includes the Auto-Stand feature, which decreases the game duration by 25 per cent.

This allows players to set a minimum value of card points and for the system to automatically select the Stand option when reaching the respective value.

The Deal Now feature allows players to end the betting time as soon as all players have finished placing bets. Players can also enjoy the Early Decisions feature, which allows them to select the options on their hand without waiting for their turn to play.

"Our live casino offering is one of the most modern and exciting in the market, and we are delighted to further strengthen it with the addition of our new Blackjack titles," said Pragmatic Play chief business development officer Yossi Barzely. "We cater to all Blackjack needs with these new additions, from casual players to high rollers, and look forward to giving our operator partners a truly exciting and innovative live casino product."

Pragmatic Play has also expanded its slot portfolio with Tree of Riches

The 1x3, slot has a Far-Eastern theme, with bags of money acting as symbols. The riches-filled tree allows for big wins, as players can multiply their winnings by up to 10x, thanks to the "Respin" feature.

The tree of riches symbol takes the place of a Wild, and if two or more of these hit the reels at the same time, the "Respin" mode is triggered, activating a 'Spin Until You Win' feature.

"Tree of Riches is a simplistic slot game with all the attention to detail and features that make a Pragmatic Play game so great," said Pragmatic Play chief business development officer Yossi Barzely. "We are consistently developing exciting content for our portfolio, which is rich in diversification, so Pragmatic Play fans can have an exciting gaming experience regardless of their tastes, and Tree of Riches is another innovative take on a 1x3 slot."

Yggdrasil's Golden Chip Roulette

Yggdrasil has expanded its portfolio of table games with the launch of its first roulette game, Golden Chip Roulette.

A twist on the classic game, Golden Chip Roulette includes innovative features such as pinch-to-zoom and random multipliers, as well as its unique Golden Chip feature.

Every chip placed as a Straight Bet turns gold, while an inner wheel generates a random multiplier of x10, x50, x100, x250, or even x500, significantly higher than the x36 on standard roulette.

"This is our first roulette game which we are very proud to add to our portfolio of innovative table game products," said Yggdrasil product owner table games Johan John. "While providing a familiar betting space for all table games players, Golden Chip Roulette is packed full of new features that focus on offering an enhanced user experience across all devices, and that will keep players engaged while significantly increasing acquisition and retention rates for operators."

Patagonia Entertainment's Halloween Groove Bingo

Patagonia Entertainment is getting ready for Halloween with the launch of its new bingo game, Halloween Groove Bingo.

Set in a haunted garden, the 90-ball game with a 30-ball initial draw sees cursed pumpkins on patrol, with players tasked with passing challenges set by the Pumpkin King.

The game also features a bonus round where a wheel of fortune mini-game gives players the chance to win multipliers and build a fortune.

"Halloween Groove Bingo is a terrifyingly fun game for players and is packed with fun challenges," said Patagonia Entertainment global business development manager Victor Arias. "The game is made even sweeter with all the chances for massive payouts and we're certain this will go down a treat."

Habanero's Wizards Want War!

Habanero is giving players the chance to conjure up big wins with its latest release Wizards Want War!

Featuring two wizards, one virtuous and the other villainous, players are tasked with landing both on reel one and reel five to unlock a deadly duel between the two, with up to six wilds awarded after the battle is concluded. 

Duel wins help players accumulate extra wins, with multipliers up to 9x stakes paying out if successive battles are triggered, while 10 free games are awarded when select symbols appear.

"There's nothing more magical than big wins and players can achieve them with our latest release, Wizards Want War!" said Habanero head of corporate communications Toni Karapetrov. "Featuring a virtuous and a villainous wizard, players can watch the two go head-to-head in spell-binding fashion thanks to immersive graphics and sounds. It's sure to prove popular."

NetEnt's Perfect Blackjack and Victorious relaunch

Perfect Blackjack

NetEnt has expanded its live casino portfolio with the launch of a new live dealer game in conjunction with Rank Group's Grosvenor Casinos.

Perfect Blackjack has a return-to-player (RTP) of 99.5 per cent, with the house edged trimmed to just 0.5 per cent, and allows players to develop their perfect blackjack strategy by allowing them to follow, watch and learn. It is also the only live dealer blackjack game to offer optional autoplay functionality, with players pre-selecting whether to auto-split or double down.

"Launching Perfect Blackjack onto the full NetEnt Live customer network means that players with all our live casino partners will be able to be introduced to and enjoy the benefits of the optimal strategy," said NetEnt Live director Andres Rengifo. "Beyond that, this is an innovative game that brings something truly different to the live casino market and we have seen that it's an entertaining and popular product."

Victorious relaunch

NetEnt has also announced the relaunch of Victorious as Victorious MAX.

For more than seven years, Roman empire-themed Victorious has been a strong performer and the addition of the MAX volatility setting gives players a second option of play, increasing the potential win from x1500 bet to x7000 bet. Victorious is the first NetEnt game where players can switch between the two versions of volatility while in the game.

Victorious MAX is a 5-reel slot with 243 bet ways offering slots fans more routes to possible wins. It joins other games such as Dead or Alive 2 that have been boosted with higher volatility as part of NetEnt's MAX portfolio.

"NetEnt has been at the forefront of innovation-first games development for 20 years, leading the way in creating optimized, player driven content," said NetEnt director of games Bryan Upton. "Taking a 2012 classic like Victorious and now adding the game to our high-volatility MAX portfolio means that this Roman empire-styled slot is set to gain a new army of fans."

Evoplay Entertainment's Sprinkle

Evoplay Entertainment has announced the release of its second fully 3D/VR in-browser slot game.

Sprinkle boasts features including wild substitutions and a range of free spins. Taking players into a fully immersive, fantasy world while locked into a VR experience, players can explore the game from the inside by rotating, zooming in and out, and enjoying the intuitive swiping mode to automatically change bets and reveal Payouts.

"We created Sprinkle to offer something entirely new to our players," said Evoplay Entertainment CEO Alex Levchenko. "The gameplay is a dream come true, taking players onto an entirely new level of immersive Gaming.

"The tech that went into its development is some of the best the industry's seen, and we're delighted to become the world's first development studio to have launched two 3D/VR in-browser slots."

Fantasma Games' Medallion

Launching exclusively with LeoVegas Group for two weeks, Fantasma Games' newest slot combines video gaming elements and a rich, immersive landscape for a truly otherworldly experience

Fantasma Games will launch its latest slot release Medallion with LeoVegas later this month, before a wider roll out at the end of October.

Medallion is a 6x6 reel game with expanding wilds, a void respin feature, free spins and cascading reels. It also features Big Time Gaming's innovative MEGAWAYS random reel modifier mechanic, which provides players with the chance to win 23,360x their bet.

"Our vision is to create slots that go beyond gambling, that create something more immersive and memorable for the player," said Fantasma Games CEO Fredrik Johansson. "Medallion is a true reflection of that – a really imaginative and game that has the power to delight and surprise. This is a completely unique game and we're really excited to get it out there to the players."

Other features of gameplay include Avalanche mode, in which symbols in winning combinations disappear, prompting new symbols to topple, creating additional win opportunities. If the new symbols result in a new winning combination, that win is multiplied by the Avalanche multiplier.

"We are delighted to add Medallion to our ever-expanding portfolio of mobile games," said LeoVegas Group casino operations manager Johan Ekberg. "We think what Fantasma Games is doing in the slots space is really exciting, offering titles that have that extra little bit of wow factor, that dare to be different, and Medallion is another amazing achievement."

Microgaming's Boom Pirates

Boom Pirates is the latest online slot created by Foxium exclusively for Microgaming.

Captain Mary hoists the Jolly Roger with her band of pirates in this dynamic slot packed with a shipload of treasures, which include the all-new Wonderways and Foxify features.

The Boom Pirates Wonderways feature sees cannon fire transform the five-by-four reel grid into a nine-by-six reel, offering over 10 million ways to win. Players can activate Foxify to increase their chances of triggering the game's three treasured features, while raising the initial wager by 50 per cent will add extra gunpowder to the pirates' cannons, boosting the chance of a grid explosion.

The fearless Captain Mary features prominently throughout the game, randomly swinging into action to turn non-winning spins into a five-of-a-kind winning combination.

"Boom Pirates is full to the brim with thrilling features, new mechanics and a soundtrack of sea shanties not to be missed," said Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan. "Captain Mary takes players on an exciting adventure as they navigate the game's cannon fire, swashbuckling pirates and quests for treasure. The Boom Pirates feature expands the reels to an astounding nine-by-six grid with over ten million ways to win, offering players the potential for substantial rewards."

Foxium CEO Åke André added: "Boom Pirates is set to be an explosive success and marks the maiden voyage of our new Foxify and Wonderways technologies, which we believe will transform the player experience and enable our creative teams to take game development to the next level."

How Can Poker Sites and Online Casinos Gain and Maintain Players? - Pokerfuse

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 12:00 AM PDT

With so many online poker sites and casinos to choose from, attempting to stand out from your competition is increasingly difficult. While some people remain…

With so many online poker sites and casinos to choose from, attempting to stand out from your competition is increasingly difficult. While some people remain loyal to a few sites they enjoy, others are savvy and want the best offers and best deals, happily dropping sites they have played on for newer ones. So, it's a challenge for an online casino site to try to keep up with the competition while also offering something unique and in line with the overall company and brand. However, there are still a few ingenious ideas that aim to turn the challenge into a solution that casino sites can use to gain and maintain their players. Let's take a deeper look.

Welcome Bonuses

One of the staples of playing online casino is the welcome bonus. The idea is to have an enticing offer that means players will stick with the site once they have explored its offerings with the no-obligation welcome bonus. These range from free spins on slots to money back for the sportsbook and even money to play on table games like poker. As the experts from Online Casinos Canada explain, these welcome bonuses factor into any ranking and rating that the casino sites receive when they are reviewed, both by specialists and private individuals. So, they are actually incredibly important to keeping customers happy. Naturally, many will opt to stay with a poker site if they felt they were given a generous enough welcome bonus.

Live Poker

Poker may be a timeless game that has survived the move from traditional poker to online poker, but the latest technology is giving poker the next level of engagement with fans and providing a live version. This mimics the technology that might be found in popular VR games and allows players to see a live person dealing cards. The psychological feeling of being "watched" as they play poker may also help the player practice their poker face and ability to play under pressure. Indeed, poker star Chris Moneymaker qualified online, via satellite before moving to the big league and becoming a WSOP poker legend. There are also live versions of roulette, baccarat, and blackjack available, which shows a commitment by the site to developing a strong catalog of live games.

Range of Slots

Online casino sites gain a lot of traffic through slot games. Some stick with the standard slot fare, while others experiment with titles based on popular themes or popular franchises. There was a spate of superhero-themed slots around the time of Marvel's cinematic successes, while comedy films such as Bridesmaids and Ted also have slot games that incorporate the feeling of the film into the slot gameplay. Those who might be fans of these films will likely play the game as a way into their slot gaming experience. Moreover, there are a series of timeless slot games themed around the Egyptians, Vikings, Greek gods and adventure heroes which offer something for everyone.

Keeping customers is difficult for any business, but luckily for those in the online casino industry, the tricks to ensuring they keep customers happy are easy to implement. Welcome bonuses allow players to have a test of the site and to see if the games on offer appeal to them. Versions of live poker and other table games like blackjack and roulette also help sites stand out as the technology to do so isn't uniform and those which want to be known for live poker are able to really invest in it and ensure their offering is appealing. Finally, sites that offer a range of slots, including those linked to popular franchises, help attract more customers.

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