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The Growing Trend for Faster Gaming

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Mobile phones have helped gaming to become portable (photo source: unsplash.com)
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The modern world is growing ever faster and with it is the trend for speedy gaming. Whereas it used to be most gamers’ preference to sit down for a good couple of hours’ session on their favorite console game, with the rise of portable gaming, people are often choosing to play on the fly. This has lead to frequently interrupted gameplay and quick 2-minute sessions between trains being far more commonplace. Why has this occurred and what are gaming companies doing to address this new need?

Warp Speed World

Although it sometimes seems like it, the world isn’t actually speeding up, it’s just that we’re getting rapidly worse at concentrating. Research from the Technical University of Denmark suggests that our attention span is narrowing on a global scale. There are, of course, a myriad of reasons for this, but one of them is our constant bombardment with new information. This idea of constant novelty has lead to a quantifiable decrease in attention span. One of the results of the study showed that in 2013 a global Twitter trend would last on average for 17.5 hours, compared to nowadays when it lasts 11.9. In such a short space of time, this shift is remarkable. In terms of gaming, this means that our want to skip ahead, seek new challenges and move between games is ever increasing.

Making Skipping Ahead Simpler

Everybody remembers skipping through the lengthy dialogue on old Gameboy games. (photo source: unsplash.com)

Poker in the physical realm can often be quite a drawn-out process; players spend a long time trying to work out each other’s cues and tells. In the mobile world, however, several companies have realized that people don’t always want it to be and therefore, it doesn’t have to be. PokerStars recently released its Zoom feature, which allows players to skip through the remainder of the game after seeing their cards. This is a simple fix, that allows players to spend some time figuring out their options if they want to or to skip through quickly when they don’t have the luxury of time.

Increasing Novelty Value

One of the methods that gaming companies are using to keep our attention for longer is increasing the feeling of novelty. As mentioned before, one of the reasons for our desire for quick play games is that we are becoming used to seeing new information more and more frequently. So, if you can provide new content more frequently, then it stands to reason that people will spend longer on your game. Pokémon is one such company who are masters of capturing novelty. Although the main gameplay aspect of all of their games is the Pokémon battle, this feature on its own would quickly become tiresome. Realizing this, the company gave players the ability to collect, initially, 150 different magical creatures, some easy to find, some much harder. As a result, people will happily play through battle after battle, searching for the elusive rare Pokemon. All the time that they are doing this, they are building up what is known as a ‘teddy bear’ effect with the Pokémon used most often, in that players develop a connection with them. This connection, teamed with the promise of novelty, is what keeps us playing a fantastically simple game for such long periods of time. With each release of the game, new Pokémon and new features such as virtual reality are released, keeping that same anticipation of the unknown high.

Breaking the Rules

Another quick play game that is wildly popular is Subway Surfers. This game allows you to ‘surf’ on the top of subway trains, collecting points along the way. This game is the perfect format for quick play fans, as you can pause at any time. However, one thing that is interesting is that, despite its quick play format, many users can spend literally hours on it. But why? One of the great things about gaming is that there’s no punishment for breaking (most of) the rules. If you were to surf the subway trains in real life, you could seriously injure yourself, or risk imprisonment. However, in this game, there’s none of that real-life worry. Players can rebel against authority without any real threat of punishment – that is, of course, unless the in-game policeman happens to catch up with you! This heady mixture of safety and risk comes together to create a game that is endlessly playable. It seems that many of the attributes that make up a quick play game are, in fact, just the things that keep us playing them for longer.

 

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Week 22/2020 slot games releases

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Week 22/2020 slot games releases
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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Microgaming has introduced its newly revamped version of its classic Immortal Romance game. The original Immortal Romance online slot game has been remastered to a new HTML5 format to support a host of performance and feature upgrades, including free games and autoplay, quick spin, enhanced animations and improved audio to complement the universally celebrated original soundtrack.

Microgaming - Immortal Romance Slot Game

 

MGA Games is going to launch its latest hyperrealism series named Samantha Fox. This latest release is a tribute to the famous singer Samantha Fox. Samantha Fox hyperrealism series includes 4 mini-games that relive the career of the sex symbol with photo-shoots, recording studio, concerts and autograph signing. And, the figures of the 5 reels remind us of the personal objects of the artist and of the time period, such as leather jackets, record players and cassettes. Wild figures are especially important; they act as wildcards and substitute all others except Scatters and Bonus. Additionally, all prized spins with Free Spins have a ×2 multiplier.

MGA Games Hyperrealism Series Samantha Fox

 

Love is in the air at Greentube’s Home of Games with the addition of the romantic new slot, Romeo & Juliet – Sealed with a Kiss™, now available for all B2B partners! Players accompany the two romantics in the fair city of Verona and help them find love across 5 reels and 30 win lines in the captivating new online casino game. As the reels spin, Romeo tries to woo Juliet with all manner of wonderful and exciting features that make this slot a must-have, including reel modifiers, a Free Spins Bonus, and the show-stopping ‘Sealed With a Kiss’ feature, in which Romeo writes a love letter to Juliet.

Greentube's Latest Slot Release - Fall In Love With Romeo & Juliet – Sealed With A Kiss™

 

Swedish slot specialist Quickspin has released its latest slot game “Diamond Duke.” With a look and feel inspired by the 50s, this game will transport players to the heyday of American diners and classic cars with chrome and wings. The inspiration has been taken from jukeboxes, vintage cars and classic 3×3 slot machines.

Quickspin Releases Diamond Duke Slot Game

 

High 5 Games (H5G), the industry’s leading independent casino games provider, droped its latest hit on May 27th that will have players dancing worldwide! The latest release to the company’s tentpole library is jammed pack with fun features that will keep the players grooving to the spinning reels of this 4×5 slot game. Beat the House debuts this week, featuring H5G’s newest game feature Beat Boxes. Players can hit the turntables and land a “beat” symbol to leave behind a Beat Box. Each symbol with the highlighted Beat Box are now doubled when a win is landed. When the player gets a full reel of Beat Boxes, the entire reel turns into a Locked Wild, which will lock for the next three bets. If the player activates all five reels with Locked Wilds, they will enter the Free Games bonus!

Turn up the winning sound of Beat Boxes in High 5 Games Rocking New Game!

 

Genesis Games launches a brand-new online casino slot game that features extendable paylines from 30 to 80 that can pay up to 3000x your bet. This latest addition would be the 12th game under the Radi8 series. Tiki Tower, a 5×3 online casino slot game, starts with 30 pay-lines and reveals a new row by landing Tiki Tower symbols on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reel in the game. These towers will magically convert to a set of random symbols for a chance at stacked line wins. At 5×8 reels, when players hit the 3 Tiki Towers, they will enter free spins that sends players into a re-trigger frenzy.

Tiki Tower, new game release by Radi8 with an extendable reel up to 80 pay-lines!

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has released its colourful new title, Fruit Party. The 7×7 videoslot is packed with fruity flavour and colour, with a cluster pay mechanic setting it apart from your traditional game. With every successful spin, more fruit cascades down onto the reels with Pragmatic Play’s tumbling wins feature.

Pragmatic Play Gets Summer Started With Fruit Party

 

iSoftBet, the leading online and mobile casino content provider, has launched Hot Shots 2, inviting players to lace up their boots and score huge wins in this supercharged sequel. Always at the forefront of innovation, iSoftbet has included their new Ultra Bet* feature on this slot-based football extravaganza, allowing players to place a single wager to unlock 50 high-octane games, collecting wins, multiplier stars and bonus rounds along the way. Ultra Bet offers a unique way to play, prioritising the most exciting game features for a more engaging player experience.

iSoftBet scores slot hit with Hot Shots 2

 

Red Rake Gaming has just announced the release of a new and spectacular game, a 6×5 reel video slot with a free spin feature where players can multiply their winnings. 1st of the Irish is a video slot loaded with different features, including bet multipliers, Wild symbols on one single reel, Sticky Wild symbols and a free spin feature with multipliers that players will find very appealing. This new video slot has 5 meters that fill up bit by bit each time these symbols appear: pipe, beer, shamrock, hat and rainbow.

1st of the Irish, the new cluster video slot from Red Rake Gaming

 

Play’n GO have announced their latest release this week, another chapter in the adventures of their most prominent character Rich Wilde titled Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena. Rich Wilde has spawned a string of successful games for the slot supplier, with previous adventures including Pearls of India, Book of Dead and his most recent outing Tome of Madness. Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena is a 5×3 slot that sees the infamous explorer travel to the lost city of Atlantis in search of the legendary Shield wielded by the goddess Athena.

Play’n GO Release another ‘Wilde’ Adventure Slot

 

 

Realistic Games has launched its next Game Changer title, Bar–X™ Game Changer, based on the iconic land-based brand. After announcing a landmark partnership with Electrocoin, the supplier has taken the classic Bar-X™ brand to online slot players, featuring the ground-breaking Game Changer bonus round to add a unique and modern twist to the gameplay. The 5-reel, 20-win line title features over two million game boards in the bonus round, which is triggered by any combination of boxed symbols forming around the edge of the reels.

REALISTIC GAMES LAUNCHES BAR-X™ GAME CHANGER IN COLLABORATION WITH ELECTROCOIN

 

 

Spearhead Studios is pleased to announce the launch of the bespoke title Book of Gates on the successful German casino operator Wunderino. The new slot release sees British explorer, Sir Percy Forcet, on a quest to discover the treasures hidden deep inside the tomb of a powerful pharaoh, using the ancient Egyptian scroll as his guide. Book of Gates was specially developed to rise to the high expectations of Wunderino’s players. The title has high-volatility and features a 5X3 videoslot with ten paylines and a maximum win of over 11,000X.

Spearhead Studios launches bespoke title Book of Gates on Wunderino

 

 

Booongo is aiming to brighten up the evening sky with its latest slot, Moon Sisters, with cash prizes and three lucrative jackpots on offer for players. The visually stunning Asian-themed 3×5 game features 25 paylines and is the newest addition to the developer’s Hold and Win portfolio. Collect six moon symbols to gain entry to the bonus round, where multiple respins provide the potential for players to claim the three in-game jackpots – Grand, Major and Mini.

Booongo illuminates the night sky with latest release Moon Sisters

 

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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MGA Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Gaming Sector

Niji Narayan

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MGA Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Gaming Sector
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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has conducted a survey among its licensed online operators to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the gaming sector.

The results of the survey show that the worst-hit sector is projected to be the B2C sector, in particular the operators exposed to Type 2 game types. Indeed, the gaming revenue for this sector is projected to be 40% lower than that projected in earlier budgets for the same full year 2020. Most of the operators are considering postponing investment plans for a later date, subject to a notable degree of uncertainty.

The survey covered the areas including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on gaming revenue, operating costs and investments. It also focused on the industry concerns and actions taken by operators during this pandemic.

 

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