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How the Gaming Industry Utilises the Power of Football 



Barca V Milan never looked so good! Photo Credits: BagoGames, CC BY
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After a glorious FIFA World Cup summer, we once again make the return to domestic matters with all of Europe’s elite leagues now underway. Yes, the football season has resumed in all its relentless glory, and while not all of us can be top players, earning millions and enjoying the Instagram lifestyle, we can, in part, join in. How? Through video games where football isn’t just about pretending to be Mo Salah or Pep Guardiola—it’s about so much more.

Following the success of the World Cup-based, free-to-play competition, the “$100 MILLION Challenge”, The Stars Group rebooted their Spin & Go games into Spin & Goals—and their game Football Star is just the latest example of the gaming industry piggy-backing off of football’s popularity to promote its products. However, when it comes to video games, there are two staples of any new football season, the first of which is Football Manager. This year’s management sim is released on November 2 and will be titled “Football Manager 2019”. Evolving over the last 25 years from the original title “Championship Manager”, this game created—and then defined—the genre, and since its conception, no one else gets remotely close. For those of you looking for the ultimate football management experience, you need Football Manager 2019 in your life.

This game covers everything from on-field tactics to squad management. You must ensure that you keep rested players happy while working with the medical staff to maintain peak squad fitness. The real beauty of the game, though, comes from the transfer market where you get to scout, buy, and, of course, sell players in order to construct your winning team. Makers Sports Interactive have produced a game so definitive that scenarios mirror real-life situations that today’s managers have to deal with. It also comes with an accurate global database so massive that it contains pretty much every player in every league around the world. The only major league that the game didn’t hold the licence rights for was Germany’s Bundesliga, but that, too, will now be added in this year’s edition.

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The other staple of a new football season is EA Sport’s FIFA 19 (as it will be titled this year). The makers spare no expense, and it shows. It’s expensive and luxurious and it is unquestionably the “football game of football games”. Popular the world over, and now considered to be an e-sport, FIFA 19’s graphics are so accurate that you feel like you could be watching a live match. And the commentary comes off as real and authentic, too. Thanks to the related mini-game, FIFA Ultimate Team, the game also encourages you to purchase in-game Panini-style stickers to build up your dream team. This feature also works on mobile. Also popular is the “journey mode” that puts you in control of an aspiring pro’s career; it’s your job to turn him in to an international superstar. FIFA 19 is due out on September 28, and, for the first time, it will include the full Champions League licence.

The other sim, very much in FIFA’s shadow but still very much loved, is Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. There was a time when Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) and FIFA were going head-to-head, but this feels like a long time ago now, as FIFA has pulled away in such style. This is largely due to budgets, as Konami never had all the licences that its richer rival had. Whereas FIFA offered all teams, PES offered “North London Reds” and “Man Blue”. They do, however, have Barcelona and Liverpool (whom they sponsor) on their books so it’s not all bad. And, for the record, the gameplay is not bad either—thanks to the silkiness of its passing system and the on-pitch feel— which is why PES still has many fans. PES 2019 is already available for the loyalists among you.

90’s Arcade Classic

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Sensible Soccer ruled the nineties. Photo Credit: Gary Denham, CC BY

Speaking of loyalists, back in the 90’s there was a cherished classic, pixel-heavy, no-frills football game that gained an army of fans, thanks to its vastly different offering. Back then, Sensible Soccer was considered to be the king of football games, even when considered among better-looking releases. Now, almost 25 years on, the arcade-style game will soon be making a return under the name Sociable Soccer. And, comfortingly, this will be released using 3D tools from Jon Hare’s Tower Studios, the studio that brought us its beloved predecessor. However, this is very much a “watch this space” matter at the moment, as Sociable Soccer is currently only available via Steam Early Access for PC. One early teaser to look out for is a player-card in-game feature similar to FIFA’s Ultimate Team, and while it looks as though it will initially be a PC game, console versions are also planned. These new releases and rebooted, old favourites just go to prove that there remains a healthy appetite for football games and, quite frankly, long may that continue.





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Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™



Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™
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Life just suddenly got so much better. The legendary Mr. Vegas is back and bringing the ultimate Vegas experience to players’ fingertips.

With five reels and 60 paylines, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ delivers a feature overload with Stacked Mystery Symbols, Free Spins, a Pick Bonus and the innovative Big Money Tower for gold, silver or bronze winnings.

The sequel to Mr. Vegas™ – one of Betsoft’s most popular releases of all times – Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ takes our handsome hero back to the high rollers’ casino for some serious action.

The Mr. Vegas icon and his two beautiful companions are surrounded by the classic symbols of dice, diamonds and casino chips. With the Big Money Tower symbol, Roulette Wheel Wild and neon Las Vegas sign Scatter, there is no doubt that players have joined Mr. Vegas in gaming heaven.

Each reel contains Stacked Mystery Symbol positions that will not only be replaced with a random symbol before each spin but can turn into Wilds. As the positions are always filled with the same symbol, the winning chances just get better with each spin.

Wilds can appear on any reel and substitute for all symbols except the Scatter and the Big Money Tower.

Naturally, Free Spins is the V.I.P. version in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower. Trigger the round when three Scatters or more appear on reels two, three and four. Two face-down playing cards will appear. Click one to discover your Wilds Bonus and get ready to win.

Will you receive Sticky Wilds which give 10 Free Spins and stay in place throughout the round on winning combinations?

Perhaps Expanding Wilds with 12 Free Spins will appeal more? These cover the reel, sticking in place for one Free Re-Spin. Should you trigger another Wild, then one more Free Spin is added to the counter.

Or could 15 Free Spins with Random Wilds and the chance of two to six Wilds just appearing with each spin be your ticket to big wins?

For those who want immediate access to Free Spins, the Buy feature enables players to specifically choose one of the three Wilds Bonuses without the random flipping of a card.

However, in Vegas there is V.I.P. and then there is V.V.I.P. and finding three Big Money Tower symbols simultaneously on reels one, three and five moves players straight into the casino super league.

Three Towers – Bronze, Silver and Gold – are available. Triggering the feature means a random Tower will open in a new screen as Mr. Vegas welcomes players into his marble columned private casino.

Flip a coin to climb the Tower for the big money prizes. Each rung climbed takes players up a level to a new Multiplier value of their stake. However far players get, there is always a win, but the higher you climb, the more guests arrive at the party and the bigger the multiplier!

Who will make it to the top of the Golden Tower for the ultimate 1,000x stake payout? Flip the coin to find out your fortune.

Alongside the stunning graphics and mellow, jazz inspired soundtrack, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ brings very high volatility play and the chance for mega wins on the nail biting flip of a coin or turn of a card.

Why go to Vegas when Vegas can come to you? And with a default RTP of 96.08% and a max win of 2601.66x, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is the sequel that is well worth the wait.

Anastasia Bauer, Head of Account Management, Betsoft Gaming, said: ‘Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is a slot that players can truly own. The many different features and winning opportunities ensure the gameplay constantly provides action and engagement. Players will love the connection with the high roller casino vibe that they originally found in 2012’s Mr. Vegas™. This time, a more personalised experience ensures that players can set their own path to even bigger wins.’

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iGaming content provider BGaming has donated $5,000 to UNITED24, a charity raising money for medical aid and critical needs in Ukraine.

At this year’s ICE London, the fast-growing firm gave visitors the chance to receive merchandise featuring designs by renowned London artist Thumbs.

As an alternative they pledged to give $50 to the charity instead, which more than 70 generous partners opted to take up.

After boosting the final amount, BGaming has now pledged to continue its fundraising drive at IGB Live! Amsterdam, SBC Barcelona, and SiGMA Malta later this year as part of a commitment to ‘create positive change’.

UNITED24 was set up by the Ukrainian government to provide a secure platform for donors to raise funds for medical aid, defence and demining and rebuilding Ukraine.

Currently, they are running two medical aid projects which seek to raise money for more urgently needed ambulances in the war-torn country.

At the time of writing, it is estimated more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while more than 13,300 are believed to have been injured.

Catherine Puteiko, CMO of BGaming, said: “Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world, from caring for others to creating positive change. BGaming’s recent charity initiative at the ICE London exhibition was a shining example of this ethos.

“Our partners had the option to donate to a worthy cause or receive our branded merchandise, and we’re thrilled to share that this simple initiative raised 5000 dollars for victims of war in Ukraine. Let’s continue to think big and act small to make a positive impact on the lives of others!”

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian presented the chairman’s report which cited that the risks of allowing the continuous operations of offshore gaming operations outweigh their benefits to the country. Citing R.A. No. 11590, he further states that offshore gaming should be shutdown, now that there is no third-party auditor monitoring their income.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its firm commitment to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry in the Philippines, including offshore gaming.

After determination of Global ComRCI’s default in its obligations and commission of unlawful acts under R.A. No. 9184, a Notice of Decision to Terminate the Consultancy Contract was served to third-party auditor Global ComRCI on March 9, 2023, effective upon thirty (30) days from receipt thereof.

PAGCOR is now in the process of engaging a capable and reputable third-party auditor who can independently and accurately conduct verification of the offshore gaming licensees’ gross gaming revenues.

Further, PAGCOR reassures the public that to maintain the integrity of regulated gaming in the country, the state-run firm will not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions or penalties to erring licensees or service providers. We will ensure that all revenues from regulated gaming will continue to support the government’s nation-building efforts and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

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