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Why Do Slot Game Developers Shrug Off RNG Virtual Games

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One of the most common mysteries surrounding gambling or betting is that slot game developers don’t look at RNG virtual games as much as they see slots as an advantage. That’s even though they both obviously use a random generator in generating combinations.

Virtual sports usually use Random Number Generator (RNG) to generate results, while slot machines use it to produce a pattern. Using RNG in virtual games makes the results more random and unpredictable.

But why do game developers shrug off RNG virtual sports? Let’s get to know the reason why.

 

Virtual Games and Slot Machines

First, let’s know how each of them specifically works, and let’s identify their differences.

Virtual sports rose to fame as it combines sports betting, esports, and slot machines. You can think of it as if you’re watching a demo of a video game. Then the operator of the virtual sports sets a line for the matchup where players then place their bets on the possible results of the game.

Contrary to esports where players face and fight one another live, the algorithm dictates the virtual sports results, making it unpredictable. That’s the role that RNG plays in finding the winner for virtual games.

It’s also worth noting that virtual sports games have more in common with their real-life counterparts than typical slot machines.

Meanwhile, slot machines work by hitting the spin on the slot. Slot reels will then rest in a certain pattern after spinning, and that will decide whether or not you hit the slot’s jackpot. The pattern will also be generated by the RNG, which is its key function.

Compared to the old mechanical slots where the possibilities are limited and thereby making the jackpots smaller, the rise of electrical slot gaming became a game-changer in the world of gambling.

With the first slot games made of mechanical gears, you’ll need to turn the reels once the lever is pushed. They have to be rotated orderly, from left to right until it’s back to their first position, at which point the reels cease successively in the same order wherever they begin to rotate.

This process of generating random symbols was generally the fairest during that time.

However, while this process has long served its purpose for slot machines, it doesn’t work for all online games. That’s why digital RNG was designed which changed the gears using microchips that allow generating random numbers, letters, and symbols.

Electrical slot gaming, as well as the development of the microchip, had paved the way for higher numbers of possible combinations and outcomes. With that, an increase in the value of prizes is expected with electrical slot gaming.

 

Differences Between Slots & Virtual Sports

At first, you may see no difference between virtual sports and slot machines. Their functions are simple, one is a computerized sporting event (i.e., RNG virtual sports) that offers a wide range of bets at different odds, while the other makes use of reels and symbols to generate a wide range of possible combinations and outcomes (slot machines). But the most obvious similarity between the two is their usage of RNG in generating results.

Although both may share more similarities than differences, we can’t deny the fact that the differences are strong enough to make some people choose one over the other. Both industries are thriving, with premium virtual sports deals being signed worldwide, and new slot gameplays appearing every year!

Jackpots are very common in slots. Much rarer in other RNG virtual games, including virtual sports. “Slots offer incredible headline prizes and payouts with jackpots which create a massive draw from hardcore and new casino goers! Virtual sports are not yet offering anything close to that that would offer a similar pull.”, said Stuart Smith from betandbeat.

For instance, many people may prefer slot machines over virtual sports as slots are just simpler and easier to play. Slots have much fewer cognitive prerequisites! People enjoy the convenience of just clicking the spin button and make no other decisions aside from that. Some may also choose slot games as it has a faster pace compared to virtual sports that usually lasts for about three to five minutes.

Regarding the return to player (RTP) rate, virtual sports gamblers may expect about 80%-90% on average while some slot machines may offer about 95%-99%. RTP is the projected percentage of wagers that a game may give back to the player later on.

When it comes to the odds of winning, players of live slot machines are said to have higher chances of winning than in online casinos. No online jackpots had come close to reaching the progressive jackpots on any Las Vegas Strip. For instance, the world record for the Megabucks slot is $39.7 million payouts. It was the biggest slot win ever.

Though your chances of winning a headline prize from progressive jackpots may depend on where you live as some local casinos may not have progressive jackpots that could beat the five-figure progressive jackpots from online casinos.

Given the differences between the two, it’s clear why game developers favor slots over RNG virtual sports. However, this is slowly changing as iGaming operators try to integrate more and more virtual sports in their inventory!

Since many gamblers opt for slot machines more than virtual games, casinos will obviously prefer to cater to the category that’s appealing to many people. The more people play a certain game, the more casinos profit from it. The more they invest in it, and here goes the virtuous cycle. And so far, virtual game developers have not yet cracked the code.

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Making a Bang in Bulgaria! Hacksaw Gaming goes live with Alphawin

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Hacksaw Gaming and the swiftly up and coming Alphawin solidify their new partnership with the launch of 12 of Hacksaw’s top picks on their site.

As of the 10th of April, Alphawin’s players will be able to enjoy the likes of Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild, RIP City and many others. Set to be a hit amongst Alphawin users in Bulgaria, we are anticipating the launch of even more of our fan favourite games in the near future. In a market that has been dominated by local well-known brands for a while, we look forward to seeing how Hacksaw games make waves with Alphawin’s players.

Founded in 2007, Alphabet Gaming now has a sizable network of over 10 land-based casinos and has easily been named one of the region’s industry leaders with its growth. Moving and adapting with the evolution of online gaming, they established Alphawin in 2021. They currently boast one of the largest online casino portfolios in the region, featuring 27 slots and 6 live casino providers. With hopes to add more before the close of 2024, the future is looking like a bright one for Alphawin.

“We are very excited to start our partnership with Hacksaw Gaming.” Alphawin’s spokesperson stated that “the company offers an innovative and unique take on the concept of casino gaming and is an excellent fit for us!”

Set for star positioning, Hacksaw Gaming’s games will see the spotlight in the initial launch with banners, targeted ads and top lobby positions. CEO Marcus Cordes shares Alphawin’s positive outlook on the partnership – “Another strong collaboration under our belts! We’re absolutely sure that the avid Alphawin players will enjoy our artistic visuals and enticing bonus features of our most loved games. With of course plans to expand the Hacksaw portfolio in the future”

As both parties broaden their horizons and look onwards, what do we foresee? Well, we see Hacksaw Gaming and Alphawin, a truly prime pairing.

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IOC and UEFA host joint betting integrity workshop

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Sports betting entities and international federations joined UEFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 11 April for a full-day workshop focused on how sport and the sports betting industry can work together to fight match-fixing. Co-organised by the IOC and UEFA, and held at Olympic House in Lausanne, the workshop explored opportunities for cross-sector collaboration with a focus on integrity exchange in support of the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the UEFA Euro 2024.

The workshop kicked off with presentations by the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC) and UEFA’s Anti-Match-Fixing Unit, exploring each team’s strategy for combatting match-fixing, engaging with the sports betting industry, and detecting and investigating potentially fraudulent betting activity.

UEFA promotes integrity through dedicated education, prevention, and awareness raising programmes and by detecting, investigating, and sanctioning match-fixing. Collaboration with stakeholders within football, particularly the network of integrity officers who work for UEFA’s 55 member associations, as well as the wider sports community is vital to this work.

UEFA upholds the integrity of all UEFA competitions via tailored, competition-specific integrity measures. Building on the integrity success of previous UEFA competitions, UEFA’s approach for EURO 2024 will feature close collaboration with host and participating nation stakeholders, public authorities, and sports betting entities as well as real-time betting market monitoring. Our secure UEFA integrity website will allow players, referees, officials, and members of the public to report suspected cases of match-fixing confidentially and anonymously. During the workshop, UEFA shared its competition risk assessment and mitigation strategy and explained the escalation, triage, and assessment approach for any potential integrity concerns.

“Sport alone cannot eradicate match-fixing. We must work together – raising awareness, sharing information, ensuring robust prevention and detection systems are in place – to protect sport and athletes. During the UEFA EURO 2024, our Germany-based staff (supported by the entire Anti-Match-Fixing Unit based in Nyon) will work hand-in-hand with betting integrity entities, betting operators and regulators, public authorities, and the national associations.” Vincent Ven, Head of Anti-Match-Fixing at UEFA

“The main objective is to ensure robust 24/7 monitoring of the competition in compliment to our dedicated prevention and education programme for all participating athletes and officials. UEFA’s multi-stakeholder Anti-Match-Fixing Assessment Group will manage pre and in-competition monitoring, ensuring that UEFA can immediately review and address any potential integrity threats to the tournament.”, Ven added.

“Collaboration is essential. During the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, we will work together with a series of betting operators, associations and major betting regulatory authorities to exchange relevant information about irregular betting patterns or suspicious betting activities detected that might imply competition manipulation.” Friedrich Martens, Head of the OM Unit PMC

Panel discussions with several sport governing bodies and betting integrity entities provided insight into best practices, trends, and success stories from each sector’s perspective, whilst two betting operators took the floor to share examples of recent fruitful cooperation with UEFA and the IOC on prevention and investigations.

The afternoon featured frank discussion regarding how to enhance cooperation between sport and sports betting entities, recent trends in sports betting and their potential impact on sport integrity, and how to improve information sharing in support of match-fixing detection and investigation.

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Sortium Revolutionizing Video Game Development with Groundbreaking AI Tools Launch and $4 Million+ Funding Round

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In a significant leap forward for the gaming and entertainment sectors, Sortium, a leader in the wave of generative AI within gaming, has launched innovative AI tools for artists and game developers, marking a new era of creativity and efficiency. These tools, leveraging the Polkadot infrastructure, are set to transform the gaming industry by enhancing the creative process, streamlining production workflows, and producing high-quality user-generated content.

This transformative step is supported by a successful funding round Sortium just closed, surpassing $4 million. The round was led by industry stalwarts such as Signum Growth, with significant contributions from a diverse array of investors, including Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment Management LLC, IDG Blockchain, IVC Fund, Polygon, and 1881 S Group AG. This wide-ranging support underscores the industry’s confidence in Sortium’s potential to revolutionize 3D video game design and entertainment production.

Sortium’s AI tools integrate seamlessly into existing game production ecosystems, automating challenging content creation tasks. This innovation enables studios to significantly speed up production times and reduce costs, allowing them to focus more on innovation and design while empowering users across any system to design their own characters, thereby opening new creative freedoms and revenue streams for developers and individual creators alike. Sortium’s team, with deep expertise in game development, AI, and IP rights management, ensures the smooth adoption of this technology.

According to Angela Dalton, CEO & Founder of Signum Growth, “The Sortium team’s technical capabilities are impressive. Perhaps even more importantly, they possess deep expertise, relationships and understanding across the traditional gaming industry. Generative AI is in its broader market experimentation phase, leading many to ignore IP rights in the spirit of progress and innovation. Sortium’s believes that IP rights will ultimately matter – baking them into the technology at the outset, and respecting artists’ work, are core tenets of the company that we fully support.”

Building on this foundation of technical excellence and ethical commitment, Sortium’s innovations also translate into tangible benefits for the gaming community.

“Sortium is leading the frontier of AI in gaming and creative applications. Sortium gives creatives unparalleled freedom in leading gaming environments like Unreal,” said Lex Avellino, Founder & CCO at Passage, one of Sortium’s partners. “The team is breaking technical barriers, and it adds a huge value for our consumer audiences who want to take advantage of the latest virtual tech but need to act with speed and simplicity.”

Sortium is actively forming partnerships with major intellectual properties and leading gaming platforms. A recent major collaboration with Bit Brawl, a game utilizing Sortium technology to deliver live content to over 5,000 users, showcases the versatile application of Sortium’s tools across various gaming environments. Its technology’s wide compatibility with leading development platforms ensures extensive adoption potential and effortless integration into professional industry practices. Sortium’s enterprise solutions, such as the LiveOps API, aim to enhance gaming experiences and enable continuous creativity through endless, tailored content generation.

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