Studio team talks about groundbreaking solutions and innovative classics in graphics and design for iGaming products
Generous with high RTP and sophisticated features, quick and modern but, first of all, eye-catching! Excellent graphics is one of the key criteria for successful online casino games. A dynamic market requires not only a creative but trailblazing approach to game design. Being an innovative and fast-growing iGaming content provider, BGaming has gathered interesting trends in the design and graphics of online casino games.
More and more players prefer to play on gadgets. According to the corporate report, today more than 94% of the BGaming’s audience choose to play on mobile devices. This is the common tendency that influences almost every stage of the production process.
“iGaming providers began to produce vertical online slots and games similar in logic to Match-3 games. Accordingly, the graphics adapt to these requirements. This is an important point because it is familiar and convenient for the player”, notes Alexey Ulanov, Art Director at BGaming, “As for the classic slots, we can see some simplification, providers have to reject small details that were important on desktops and slot machines, but are hardly distinguishable in mobile devices.”
Mix of styles
Minimum effects and elements, as well as the absence of gradients or mixed colours – to coincide with the contemporary flat style of design. With primitive graphic art, the hyper casual design still allows the provider to bring their own vision, making a game unique.
Due to the influence of crypto gambling, the share of games having these two styles is rapidly growing. As a result, this impacts not just crypto games but all areas of iGaming design.
“Speaking about BGaming, now we’re working on the hyper casual title called Space XY. It will be a good example of a crypto game. In general, we expect to see the development of both graphics-intensive games and games with flat, and hyper-casual design. There will be attempts to mix styles, and create versions of the same game in adjacent styles. That’s an intriguing challenge and only the analysis will show us how it works”, says Alexey Ulanov.
At the same time, the casual design with its similarity to the cartoon style is still mostly in favour among the leading iGaming providers.
“This approach gives artists the opportunity to bring different ideas and game themes to life. Dig Dig Digger, the latest release by BGaming, is a shining example of a casual-style slot”, further highlights Alexey Ulanov.
VR/AR in iGaming: games of the future?
While the world doesn’t expect new types of devices, like iPhones and iPads once were, providers can continue attempts to go into the niche of AR and VR games. 3D visualisation of poker, slots and other casino games is supposed to regale completely new impressions to players.
“This is a very promising area for iGaming in general and BGaming in particular. This can become a new breath for online games. We’re currently working on VR games but do this in our own way, it will be something completely different. We would like to give players another way to play their favorite games and have fun. To make it possible, we need to have more convenient devices but, for sure, this issue will be solved soon”, noted Alexandr Shavel, Head of BizDev Department at BGaming.
New vision of classics
Being in demand for all times, traditional fruit slots are a huge part of all online casino games. It seems that it’s almost impossible to bring something new to this kind of game but providers are looking for new solutions.
For example, BGaming was the world’s first studio to offer a concept of a chameleon-style slot. The studio prepared a few packs of graphics for one game. As a result, Fruit Million, released in December 2020, celebrates every holiday along with the world.
Yulia Aliakseyeva, Game Producer at BGaming, comments: “The game is going to change its look more than 5 times throughout the year, sharing the festive mood of Christmas, St, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and other big days. BGaming’s art team created different graphics for the slot to bring players festive mood. Thanks to this, the game always stays relevant.”
BGaming will continue to analyze and share industry trends. Thanks to an expert team and a player-driven approach the studio creates innovative and engaging products featured on reputable platforms and online casinos worldwide. Being the world’s first game studio to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games, BGaming is one of the trendsetters in the industry.
Casino Slots & Product Focus: Technical Talks Take Centre Stage at CasinoBeats Summit
The visitors of the SBC’s CasinoBeats Summit (23-25 May) can expect a comprehensive examination of the technical aspects of online casino gaming, through expert-led panels covering the latest technologies, game design and mathematics shaping the industry’s future.
Held at Malta’s InterContinental Hotel, the central stage (Conference Room 1) of the event will feature two tracks, each for a day: ‘Casino Slots Focus’ track on Wednesday, 24 May and ‘Casino Product Focus’ track on Thursday, 25 May, providing valuable insights based on years of experience and research.
The star-studded lineup of speakers will include industry creatives and tech-savvy profiles such as CTOs, product specialists, game developers, and casino experts, who will help the audience get a better grasp of the cutting-edge ideas and innovations shaping the future of casino games. Topics of discussion will include creating immersive player experiences, player psychology and game RTP complexities, incentivising players responsibly, new game releases and components, the future role of aggregators, and crash games, among others.
Top industry CTOs will take the stage during the ‘CTO Panel: Integrating Emerging Technologies’ panel session to discuss their plans for incorporating cutting-edge technologies at a time when Meta is working towards bringing VR technology to the mainstream. The operator perspective will be presented by Jacinto Barbosa (CTO, Solverde) and Julian Jares (CTO, Bingosoft), with Clinton Cutajar (CTO, Media Troopers), representing the affiliate view. The panel will be moderated by David Alamango (CTO, Videoslots).
The ‘Game Mechanics – Pushing Innovation vs Going Back to Basics’ panel will offer an inside look into the technicalities of casino games. Top casino game specialists will be posed with the million-dollar question: While other industries (like video gaming) are incorporating new and innovative approaches, traditional fruit slot games remain the most popular in the online casino worlds. Can we strive for more innovation in game mechanics and move away from the basics? Asko Heiskanen (Head of Game Studio, Veikkaus), Elena Shaterova (CCO, 7777 Gaming) and Daniel Eskola (Head of Research & Development, Relax Gaming) will offer their perspectives.
Ending the first day of the conference, the panel ‘Know Your Player – What to Do With All That Data?’ explores how accessible data is analysed for personalised experiences and differentiation in product offerings via the creation of behavioural profiles. Operator representatives Alexandru Ababei (ROW & Canada Campaign Manager), James Zerafa (COO, Winners.bet), and Jennifer Duarte Ceballos (Head of CRM & Casino, Cashmio) will share their insights.
The ‘Crypto vs. FIAT Casino – Is the Gap Narrowing?’ panel will compare traditional FIAT casinos to crypto casinos, as the latter are growing substantially, in terms of reward systems, promotions, game mechanics and compliance. Panellists Lars Rosenberg (CEO, oshi.io), Christoffer Andersson (COO, 500 .casino), Matej Novota (Head of Data and Complaints, CasinoGuru) and Christopher Dalli (CEO, L&L Europe) will discuss which type of casino offers the best player experience. ProdMark 365 Founder Mark Grech will moderate the panel.
Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said: “CasinoBeats stands out as one-of-a-kind event that facilitates targeted discussions on the future of the casino industry and delving into the technical details and innovative thinking behind developing new casino titles in a rapidly growing and competitive landscape. I am impressed with the topics and the speakers on this agenda and cannot wait to welcome some of the savviest tech people in the industry on stage.”
The Conference Room 1 agenda concludes with the ‘Developer Pitch Competition,’ where ten rising studios will battle it out for the newly-introduced ‘Game Studio Spotlight’ award. Each studio pitches their slot game to expert judges after showcasing it to the audience in the game lounge the previous day. The winner, determined by a 50/50 combination of public votes and judge scores, will be announced at the Thursday evening Game Developer Awards (requires a separate ticket).
GRID and DATA.BET Enter Strategic In-Game Data Partnership
GRID, the game data platform, partners with DATA.BET to power its portfolio of renowned B2C betting providers such as GG.BET. The partnership covers extensive in-game data services operating on the GRID Data Platform.
In the long-term agreement, GRID will provide DATA.BET with the GRID Data – official data assets with high speed, accuracy, and granularity supported by the strong modeling capabilities on the platform. This will enable DATA.BET to improve the offer for esports betting operators and deliver its partners precise, quick, and high-quality outcomes. Through an exclusive data partnership with Riot Games for Valorant, GRID will additionally provide in-game data for the title’s main regional and global events for DATA.BET.
“This collaboration with GRID has given DATA.BET an even wider set of opportunities to advance the use of official data. We strive to push the value boundaries of our product even higher for our partners, and since GRID is a holder to a wide range of official data, we are very proud to launch this beneficial partnership. We are looking forward to the bright future that we will build together.” – says Alex Kozachenko, Cief Product Officer at DATA.BET.
DATA.BET is a new company on the B2B betting scene that consolidates the portfolio of renowned B2C companies such as GG.BET, well-known in the esports industry thanks to the collaborations with leading esports events such as the Dota 2 The International and PGL Antwerp, both also partnering with GRID for the exclusive in-game data services.
“We are excited to welcome DATA.BET as our in-game data B2B partner. The diversified portfolio of DATA.BET and their understanding of esports fans and their needs is exceptional and we are thrilled to provide them with GRID Data to power their solutions and enable expansion to more events and new titles.” – says Mikael Westerling, Chief Sales Officer at GRID.
In recent months, GRID has strengthened its in-game esports services portfolio, entering the 5th year of the partnership with Pinnacle and announcing new B2B partnerships with betting and live odds providers, Beter and Oddin.gg.
Red Bull Solo Q Kicks-Off This February, bringing the best duelists to London with Epic LAN Final In London, May 18-19th!
Red Bull Solo Q, the official 1v1 League of Legends tournament, has revealed details of its return in 2023! Red Bull Solo Q is the ultimate grassroots 1v1 League of Legends tournament, giving talented duelists around the world the chance to shine on the world stage. This year, the Red Bull Solo Q World Finals will be held at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London, a state-of-the-art gaming and event venue in the heart of the capital, on May 18-19th, alongside the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), one of the biggest events on the global esports calendar featuring the best teams in the world.
Starting from February, national events in 18 countries across Europe, MEWA, North and South America will commence, with additional international regional qualifiers for players in NA, EU and LATAM to secure the final lineup headed to the Red Bull Solo Q World Final in May. The Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London will host the pinnacle of the competition. The winners of each national and international qualifier will also be offered an exclusive experience at MSI, alongside the Red Bull Solo Q World Finals, where players will represent their country and region with hopes to follow the footsteps of Red Bull Solo Q Champions who have continued their success in the League of Legends scene.
Players from the countries listed here can look forward to their national campaigns starting shortly: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia and Turkey.
More information about each national campaign can be found on the Red Bull website.
For those not part of the listed countries above, they will still have a chance to participate in regional qualifiers with a spot at the Red Bull Solo Q World Finals up for grabs. Regional qualifiers will begin on April 13th, with the first qualifier taking place in North America. Additional qualifiers for EUW, LATAM and NA will take place throughout April and May.
Red Bull Solo Q adds a unique twist to traditional League of Legends gameplay with a 1v1 format which paves the way for new strategies and methods to be deployed and offers fans the unique opportunity to see champions and approaches they might not otherwise see. As well as the unique format, Red Bull Solo Q also offers a different way of winning, where players win by securing First Blood, taking down the opponent’s tower, or reaching a 100-minion score to claim victory.
Red Bull Solo Q returns from a successful 2022 season which saw an all-Greek final in New York. The 2022 Red Bull Solo Q Champion, Ahilleas ‘SneakyLemon’ Natsis, put some incredible skill and resilience on display, as he saw off fellow Greek player Arnas “arnax” Stepanauskas. “Having people in the background cheering for me, waving at me and applauding me was the highlight of the entire tournament,” said SneakyLemon following his win. “Winning feels amazing, it’s the best feeling. I can walk down the street and know that I’m the winner!”
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