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Ahoy! Stakelogic & Hurricane Games launch Wild Bounty

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This Pirate themed slot promises thrilling gameplay and a trove of bonus features including Free Spins, Wilds and a Bonus Wheel

Stakelogic & Hurricane Games are taking players on a pirate adventure with their latest game release, Wild Bounty.

Players need to set their sea legs as they spin the reels on this 5×3-reel, 20 payline video slot packed with features that will shiver their timbers.

During the base game players may encounter rough seas when the Canon Scatter symbol splashes onto the reels, adding one, two or three bombs to their collection that sits above the reels.

Collecting three canon bombs above any of the reels triggers Wild Stacks where all symbols on that reel will be Wild for the next three spins.

If the player completes another bomb collection while Wild Stacks are active, the counter resets to three – it is possible to complete multiple bomb collections in a single spin.

The Bonus Wheel feature sets sail when three Bonus Scatters land in the base game. It then spins and stops on a segment where it will award Free Spins, Wild Bounty Links or a Minor, Grand or Major prize.

During Free Spins, the reels change to a 5×6 matrix with 50 paylines. Bomb collections and Wild Stacks are carried over from the base game – more bombs can be collected, triggering even more Wild Stacks.

The Wild Bounty Links bonus sees the reels transition to a 3×5 grid with 15 symbol spaces. Three coin icons are awarded and sit above the reels before the reels start to spin.

Treasure symbols can land on all 15 spaces but if no treasure lands, then one of the coins is removed and the spins remaining counter reduces by one.

If treasure does land, the symbol sticks to the reels and the coin symbols and spins counter reset to three. The feature ends when there are no coin icons left.

If all 15 symbols are filled, a grand prize is awarded.

If that wasn’t enough loot for players to claim for their own, the game also features a Wild Bounty Pirate that stands at the side of the reels and at any point during the game, he throws barrels onto the reels which in turn awards one of three bonuses including Random Wilds, Random Bombs and Pick a Barrel.

For the latter, players pick a barrel to award one of three bonuses – entry to Wild Bounty Links, 5/10/15/20 Free Spins or a Bonus Prize of x3/x5/x8/x10/x15/x20/x50 their bet.

Wild Bounty also comes hooked up to Stakelogic’s innovative Super Stake™ feature which allows players to double their bet to be in with the chance of triggering one of the game’s bonus features.

With Wild Bounty, this sees them double the chance of Bonus Scatters landing in the base game.

Players in search of the greatest treasures can gamble their winnings by guessing the card colour or the card suit and if they guess correctly their win will be multiplied by x2 or x4 respectively.

Salvatore Campione, Head of Greenlogic® at Stakelogic, said: “Wild Bounty is our take on the popular pirate theme and with this game we have taken the thrills and excitement to the next level.

“The slot is packed with explosive bonus features including Free Spins, Wild Stack, a Bonus Wheel and of course our innovative Super Stake™ system.

“This, combined with bold and striking animations, helps players to set sail in search of big wins and a fun and exciting online slot adventure.”

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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