Here are this weeks latest slots releases!
Belatra Games’ fresh new slot, 500 Juicy Fruits, has burst into life and is available on the specialist online slots developer’s portfolio just in time for the summer. 500 Juicy Fruits is a tasty video slot set against a rich tapestry of eye-popping colours and a mood-lifting soundtrack. Lucky7 symbols are blended on the reels with a cocktail of Watermelons, Lemons, Oranges, Plums, Grapes, Strawberries and Cherries.
WorldMatch has released its new online slot, DiWINity. This new 5×3 slot reprises the theme of Greek opulence and unbridled luxury in which the gods would bask. There are 20 fixed winning lines. Reels are filled with letters in screaming colours, decorated with Hellenic designs. Players will see Zeus and his children appear, every one of them accompanied by elements that distinguish them: Artemis with the arch, Athena with the sparrow (ready for a fight), Apollo with the harp, Zeus with the thunder and Aphrodite in her shell.
Yggdrasil and YG Masters partner ReelPlay have released their latest Infinity Reels creation, Tiki Infinity Reels Megaways™. Taking place in a south pacific island, the 3×3 grid adds an extra reel for every winning combination, while also triggering a respin. This sees reels expand continuously until wins are no longer possible, adding an increasing multiplier for every successful spin for huge wins. The Gold Tiki symbol acts as a Wild across the reels, while a Volcano symbol acts as a scatter, with it also paying anywhere, rather than the traditional left-right.
Lightning Box is set to delight players with Enchanted Waysfecta, a stunning new title that marks the debut of its exciting Waysfecta mechanic. Set in a magical forest and inspired by the Nutcracker Suite ballet, it features a host of colourful characters including a young woman, wise owl, key-carrying mouse and an evil stepmother. It also features Lightning Box’s exciting new Waysfecta device, which is primed to deliver up to 15,552 ways to win!
Inspired Entertainment, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of Big Spin Bonus™, a classic fruit slot with a unique bonus mechanic, available online and on mobile. Big Spin Bonus is a descendant of Inspired’s exceedingly popular hit, Big Bonus. With 50 win-lines and a 6×4 reel configuration, Big Spin Bonus offers players a visually impactful and thrilling iGaming experience.
Turning up the heat this summer is SPICY MEATBALLS™, a sizzling hot new slot from Big Time Gaming that launches today exclusively with Unibet. From the groundbreaking team that brought you Who Wants to be a Donuts and Extra Chilli, BTG‘s latest food-themed offering promises that “every bonus adds an extra meatball“, which begs the question: how many meatballs can you handle?
Wazdan, is set for a brand-new claw-some Asian adventure in its latest hit Midnight in Tokyo. The supplier’s immaculate new game is a 5-reel, 243+ ways to win escapade combining a number of the developer’s most popular features in the latest instalment in its Hold the Jackpot series, with players being able to win up to 3,000x their stake. Two types of innovative Wild Splitters are present in the game, both of which increase the number of ways to win using Wazdan’s splitter mechanic.
Stakelogic, the pioneering online casino game developer, has debuted the latest title in its suite of popular classic slots, Joker Wild Blaster. The game has been developed in partnership with Hurricane Games, which was recently acquired by Stakelogic, and via the provider’s innovative Greenlogic® Program. As the name suggests, Joker Wild Blaster is all about landing Wilds to trigger big wins. Wild symbols can Expand and there is also a Wild Multiplier that can turn a big win into a mega win.
Green Jade Games is encouraging players to step into the ring and fight for big wins in the latest title in its innovative knockout series, Prizefighter K.O. The game uses a 6×4 reel matrix with 50 ways to win with every spin. Players are very much the favourite to emerge victorious and are helped through the bout with three bonus features. The one that packs the biggest punch is EverWin. This is active during Champion Mode Free Spins and sees the player receive their biggest win throughout the bonus applied to each Free Spin.
The newest game in Play’n GO’s portfolio, Hotel Yeti-Way, gets us in the mood for summer. The treacherous Himalaya trail is full of peril. Many unsuccessful adventurers have had no option but to turn back before reaching the top. After a Yeti comes across a discarded case of supplies and money, he decides to take a break from the icy mountains and head to a tropical paradise, we mean… Who wouldn’t? An already action-packed slot game, the use of the Dynamic Payways heightens the thrill further as it gives players more ways to win with every Free Spin.
Push Gaming has launched a pirate-themed slot with a difference in its latest title, Booty Bay. Swashbuckling adventures are abound in a tropical cove that’s full of hidden plunder buried beneath the sun-drenched sands of the Hotzone, where players will find the biggest win potential. To make the most of this loot-laden section, the base game is transformed by triggering different features when the moving Booty Wilds land in the 3×3 square. Unlike typical pirate themed slots, progressive unlimited respins are then generated.
Kalamba Games is bringing out of this world excitement and galactic wins to players in its latest title, Cosmic Charms. Set in the vast emptiness of space, the game offers a classic fruit slot experience but with added features that take excitement to astronomical levels. Cosmic Charms introduces a brand new Cashpot mechanic with five available levels set above the reels waiting to be claimed if the Quasar symbol behind each column is revealed.
Booongo, has released its latest creation in partnership with the boutique studio Kendoo, Pearl Diver. The 3×5, 10-payline underwater adventure slot provides a huge win potential of 3,000x, with the gameplay focused on a Diver who acts as both a Wild and Scatter as he attempts to unearth valuable pearls hidden in the depths of the ocean. Three or more Diver symbols trigger the Free Spins mode, during which further appearances of Divers will grant additional spins for players to enjoy.
Pragmatic Play, has launched its new Viking-inspired venture Lucky, Grace & Charm, headed by an all-female group of warriors. The highly volatile slot takes on a stunning Norse theme and is played on a 3×5 layout, overlaying a mystic harbour filled with Viking longships. The title’s striking visuals are complemented by a stirring soundtrack and innovative features that ramp up the excitement on offer.
NetEnt, the premium casino content supplier, which is part of Evolution Group, has launched Starburst™ XXXtreme, the follow-up to one of the most popular online casino games ever. The celestial sequel retains the much-loved and instantly recognisable Starburst™ experience and turbo-powers it to a different dimension. StarburstTM XXXtreme is a kaleidoscopic 5×3 slot that includes the iconic Wilds of Starburst™ that award re-spins, random multipliers and spontaneously activated Random Wilds. The game sees the debut of XXXtreme Spins, which players have the option of purchasing to guarantee Starburst™ Wilds when activated.
True Lab presents a new, top-notch quality adventure game, inspired by a classical Egyptian theme. Battle-seasoned treasure hunters will fall for its immersive blend of canonic setting, spellbinding visuals, and an unconventional approach to game mechanics. The Bonus Buy feature is aimed at purpose-oriented players, who prefer instant access to Free Spins. No more beating around the bush!
Yggdrasil, has rolled out the first YG Masters hit incorporating its thrilling Game Engagement Mechanic (GEM) MultiMax™, Crystal Falls MultiMax™, together with Bulletproof Games. The 3×5 slot features cascading reels, where all winning symbols are removed, allowing new symbols to fall in their place. Cascade+ is a mechanic where the chaining of multiple wins increases the players’ position on the free spins trail – the further they climb the more spins are awarded.
Behind The Popularity of Online Casino Games in Europe
In recent times, Europe’s gaming landscape has experienced a notable increase in the popularity of online games, significantly altering the gaming dynamics across the continent. Online casino games have gained increased interest due to their accessibility, wide selection of game offerings and integration of cutting edge technologies. Online platforms which provide games combine classic casino gameplay with cutting edge digital elements to attract players of all backgrounds.
Trends in European Online Gaming
Due to affordable smartphones with Internet access, Europe’s online gaming market is experiencing exponential growth. This evolution has led to a diverse range of gaming experiences, from casual to complex titles, enhanced by the freemium model which offers free gameplay with optional in-game purchases. This approach has resulted in an expanded player base and more inclusive gaming community.
Europe’s gaming environment is greatly benefited by its cutting edge technological infrastructure. Fast internet and advanced gaming devices give gamers access to an experience they will find truly immersive.
European game development is distinguished by its creative prowess, leading to the creation of several globally acclaimed games. During the early part of 2023, Europe’s gaming market was dominated by several bestsellers, including “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” and “Far Cry 6” by Ubisoft. These games demonstrate the creativity and appeal that European developers bring to global gaming.
The gaming landscape has been profoundly impacted by the shining esports sector. Esports events draw substantial crowds, effectively transforming gaming into a sport enjoyed by spectators. Investments in esports infrastructure and the attraction of sponsorships have been key drivers in the growth of the gaming sector. Gaming has transformed from an individual passion into an engaging community activity, providing shared experiences among gaming communities.
Innovations in Online Casino Gaming
The European online casino landscape is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements and the introduction of unique game offerings. These innovations are not just about enhancing visuals or gameplay, they also focus on creating a more engaging, personalized and interactive gaming experience.
One trend worth noting is the increasing convergence between augmented and virtual reality technologies. Immersive technologies transport players into realistic casino environments that recreate an experience similar to being physically present at a casino. Live dealer games represent another significant innovation, offering both convenience and authenticity of live action for players to interact with dealers and opponents in real time.
Artificial Intelligence algorithms monitor player behavior and preferences to provide customized game recommendations and experiences to each individual player. This personalization not only enhances player engagement, but also helps in responsible gaming initiatives by monitoring player habits and offering support when unusual patterns are detected.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies provide additional security and anonymity when conducting transactions, offering enhanced protection and anonymity when conducting business. This technology ensures players of the security and integrity of their financial interactions, creating trust within the platform.
These technological innovations are creating a new era in European online gaming. Games also cater to players’ varying preferences and offer them a safe, exciting and tailored gaming experience. This evolution is central to the growing appeal of online casinos in the European gaming market.
Player Experience and Community
Online casino gaming in Europe has quickly become an essential hub of vibrant communities. These platforms enhance player engagement by fostering a sense of belonging and interaction among players. With the chat features and multiplayer games, players can connect, exchange information and form new relationships. Socializing transforms an activity from a solitary pursuit into a communal experience.
Community plays an essential part in online casinos, with players joining forums and social media groups on Twitter or Instagram to discuss strategies, share wins and offer support. These interactions create a supportive environment, enhancing the overall gaming experience. Tournaments and leaderboards add an exciting element, encouraging participants to engage more deeply with the community.
These platforms have become vibrant social ecosystems where players not only play games together, but also connect and expand alongside one another. This communal dimension has become a core element of their appeal, elevating online casino games from mere entertainment to an integral part of the gaming community’s social landscape.
The Future of Online Gaming in Europe
Projections for the European online casino gaming sector suggest a trajectory of rapid growth. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies promise to transform gaming experiences by creating engaging environments. Social gaming promises to play an increasingly significant role, with community driven features and multiplayer formats providing more engagement. Integrating blockchain technology could revolutionize security and trust in online transactions. Online casino gaming will remain an influential presence in European gaming culture quickly adapting to technological advances and shifting player preferences.
Aspire Global Facing Pair of Legal Battles
Prominent online gaming software and platform provider Aspire Global has been named as the defendant in a pair of court cases that could potentially result in it being ordered to pay compensation totaling up to €101 million ($109 million).
In the first complaint, Aspire Global is being sued in the United Kingdom by the founders of sports betting software, solutions and services provider BtoBet, Alessandro Fried and Igor Lestar, for €36 million ($39 million). This pair inked a deal in 2020 to sell their company to the Malta-based defendant in exchange for an upfront payment of some €20 million ($21.6 million) as well as an earn-out consideration tied to future earnings before tax.
However, Fried and Lestar through their Sousa Enterprises Limited and Eltsar Limited entities are alleging Aspire Global, which was last year acquired by NeoGames as part of a deal worth some €402.3 million ($423.5 million), violated the terms of this share purchase agreement by spending too little and not charging enough so as to deliberately decrease revenues and the subsequent earn-out sum.
The complex case with its many intricacies is not expected to go to trial before 2025 but could well result in Aspire Global being ordered to pay more than the €36 million headline figure. The financial implications are even more concerning as the defendant’s NeoGames parent is currently in the process of being acquired by Aristocrat in an arrangement valued at north of €1 billion.
In the United States and Aspire Global has also been separately named as the offender in an action brought by Ebet Incorporated, which is the operator of the Karamba, Griffon Casino, Hopa, Generation VIP, Scratch2Cash, Gogawi, Dansk 777 and Bet Target iGaming brands. This Nevada action is seeking some €65 million ($70 million) embracing compensatory damages, punitive fines and other financial penalties to be proven at trial and moreover names AG Communications and other affiliated entities as defendants.
Ebet Incorporated acquired specific business-to-consumer (B2C) assets and associated websites from Aspire Global in 2021 and simultaneously entered into a ‘white-label’ operator agreement embracing collaborative efforts on the future running of the purchased assets. The plaintiff is claiming the defendants breached these deals by manipulating their books to falsify and overstate active player data and exaggerate the health of the acquired properties.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Aspire Global is furthermore being accused by Ebet Incorporated of violating the terms of the agreements by materially failing to maintain necessary operations in Germany, falsifying records and violating industry regulations. The allegations could potentially shape the future trajectories of these companies as they also run to reputational harm, fraud, breach of contract and other unnamed violations due to be proven during the course of the trial.
Secure and Streamlined: PlaytestCloud’s launches Live Playtesting for Game Developers
Berlin-based PlaytestCloud’s newest addition lets game developers quickly and easily run live playtesting sessions thanks to its biggest feature update so far
Berlin, 5 December – PlaytestCloud, the dedicated platform for game developers to gather player feedback and insights for their mobile games, has launched the first live, moderated playtesting service built from the ground up to meet the specific needs of game companies. The new feature – simply called Live Playtesting – allows game developers to run live playtesting sessions over a secure video link with gamers drawn from a pool of more than one million pre-approved playtesters worldwide – or invite their own playtesters using the ‘Bring your own Player’ feature.
The new Live Playtesting feature is fully moderated, meaning that the developer or publisher can test directly with the players, guiding them through the playtest and asking questions as they go. All the logistics of recruiting and scheduling the sessions are handled by PlaytestCloud, including recording, transcribing and analysing the session to capture the key insights.
Testing and player feedback are crucial aspects of game development, and the ability to observe and interact with players in real time while they play is especially valuable. However, this has traditionally been costly and time-consuming to coordinate, making it inaccessible for many smaller and medium-sized developers.
PlaytestCloud’s Live Playtesting has been built from the ground up for the games industry; developers can specify what type of player they’d like to talk to and when, and PlaytestCloud takes care of logistics such as NDAs and payment for the testers and even ensure that game builds are pre-installed in a secure testing environment to make sure no time is wasted.
“Playtesting directly with your players and being able to watch exactly how they feel and react to your game in real-time is the best possible feedback tool – which is why this is possibly our biggest feature launch so far,” said Christian Ress, Co-Founder at PlaytestCloud. “Live playtesting has been our most requested feature from our customers, so when we found that there was nothing else like this available to developers, we set out to create the best possible service, fully integrating it into our platform so that it seamlessly works alongside all our existing features, from simple surveys to AI-Powered Analysis.”
Before today’s launch, PlaytestCloud has been trialling Live Playtesting with several existing customers, including UK studio Included Games:
“PlaytestCloud has been essential to our development process, and Live Playtesting itself is a game changer. The ability to just schedule and jump into a live playtest allows us to gather more insights than ever, making iteration and testing faster and more efficient. Along with that, the fact that everything happens with no work from our side and inside the platform makes it both easy to use and very, very convenient,” said Michael Heywood, Co-Founder and CEO at Included Games.
The new Live Playtesting feature is intended to be an extension of the existing PlaytestCloud platform, which is already the most comprehensive set of testing and feedback tools available to game developers. Live Playtesting is also designed to be collaborative, allowing colleagues from different teams or based in other locations to join in on live playtests and easily share the insights and post-session recordings.
Perhaps most importantly, Live Playtesting is linked to PlaytestCloud’s player panel, which has more than 1 million pre-vetted players from around the world. This means that developers can quickly set up live playtesting sessions with gamers that are specifically chosen based on demographics and game preferences, matching the right players to the game being tested.
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