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7 Common Online Gaming Cybersecurity Risks

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When it comes to online gaming, cybersecurity risks abound. This can be attributed to the fact that online gaming gained global recognition, generating vast sums of money and attracting the attention of hackers. Cybercrime has become so widespread that it is expensive for both the players and companies in the gaming industry. In this article, we’ll outline common online gaming security risks.

1.     Phishing

When it comes to social engineering attacks, phishing is the most common form. Criminals build a replica of a popular online game website, then send emails and messages to gamers urging them to either validate their accounts or change their passwords. They use lies and psychological tricks to manipulate their target to divulge confidential information or perform specific actions.

Once the gamer falls for this, the scammers steal their login credentials and get complete access to their account.  The phisher can also get access to some vital information from the player’s information in their account and use it for extortion or fraudulent activities.

2.     Data theft

Online gaming platforms accumulate tons of personal data from their subscribers; hence hackers target the players’ accounts. Gamers’ accounts will have confidential information about their location, media involvement, and payment details for the subscriptions.

Weak security systems of gaming platforms may lead to data security breaches, and in turn, extensive exposure of confidential clients’ information. Hackers use this personal information to infiltrate the player’s financial assets and privacy.

3.     Weak validation process

Multiplayer online games will require a unique password to function, and gamers struggle with password mismanagement. This sees gamers forcibly recall and manage many passwords, which can compromise older games since they can be without updates for years.

Since some games reveal the player’s username and scores, data thieves can use this to choose who to target and use the username details to hack into their accounts. The frail validation process makes it easy for hackers to gain access.

4.     Ransomware

Hackers have been targeting online games providers of all sizes with Ransomware attacks. They usually use purpose-built malware on the target website, lock their network, and encrypt their data. After that, the Ransomware displays a message on the website demanding payment from the gaming provider to restore access. The downside with this is that ransom payment does not always guarantee access restoration.

5.     Spyware

Spyware is a common cyber security issue. Hackers use spyware schemes, especially on those untrustworthy online gaming platforms, without the players’ knowledge. The spyware monitors and records the actions and movements of the players on the internet, and then sells this information to third parties. This is the ultimate breach of privacy.

6.     Trojan malware and computer viruses

Computer viruses are a prevalent form of cybercrime. Players suffer this when they play from unprotected websites, download rogue attachments, or respond to in-game communications. The Trojan viruses are engineered to look like the real software and deceive the player into downloading them or clicking on links. Trojans analyze the player’s password and other information, then send the data back to the hacker to complete the hack.

7.     Trolling and bullying

Most online games have a text or voice-based feature that players use to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, some players can lose it as they battle online and use the chat feature to troll and bully online competitors. These indecent chats can be uncomfortably personal, especially the one dedicated to the virtual life of an online character.

Endnote

Online gaming is all fun until you experience cybercrime. Be on the lookout for these common cybersecurity risks, so you can get to enjoy your favorite online games without giving the hackers an avenue to ruin your moment.

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SkillOnNet Extends Partnership with Stakelogic Via Live Casino Platform

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Stakelogic Live gives SkillOnNet most complete live casino offering on the market

Global entertainment brand SkillOnNet will bolster its casino offering through a strategic partnership with StakeLogic Live, a leading provider of state-of-the-art premium live casino content.

Casinos powered by SkillOnNet, as well as its own brands like PlayOjo, SpinGenie and Bacana Play, now have access to Stakelogic Live’s live dealer games, including American Blackjack, European Roulette and Game Shows. The new content will initially launch in the UK, Mexico and .com countries before being rolled out to Denmark and Sweden shortly afterwards.

Stakelogic Live is streamed 24/7 out of dedicated studios in Malta and the Netherlands. It employs highly trained dealers within a realistic casino atmosphere to offer an authentic and customised live casino gaming experience that meets player preferences in markets all over the world.

StakeLogic Live has also brought unique and innovative concepts to the live dealer space. These include ‘Super Stake’, which allows players to effectively double their bet to increase the chance of triggering bonus features for big wins. As well as, Spin To Win, a plug & play jackpot feature that sits within Stakelogic’s slots that gives players a chance to win big on 2 Mega Money wheels hosted at their Live Studio.

The new deal will enhance an existing content partnership between the two companies, which includes the integration of Stakelogic’s slot portfolio on SkillOnNet’s acclaimed games platform.

Jani Kontturi, Head of Games at SkillOnNet said: “We’re always looking to offer players something a little different, something that breaks the mold. And Stakelogic Live does that with features like Super Stake, which is completely unique to the live casino space. They’re already great partners, and they’ve put so much amazing work into StakeLogic Live that it simply became too good to pass on. We believe this complements our existing live casino offering to make it the best on the market.”

Jose Simon, Commercial Director at Stakelogic, said: “We’re delighted that our live casino games will gain further reach through this deal, and we’re happy to be taking our relationship with a major player like SkillOnNet to the next stage. As companies, we both understand the importance of building truly localised gaming experiences in regulated jurisdictions that resonate with players.”

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QUIK Gaming joins REEVO Aggregation Platform

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REEVO, the B2B content and aggregation platform, has onboarded QUIK Gaming to its expanding roster of partners.

QUIK Gaming, a provider with a unique approach which marries the excitement of slots with live gaming and bonus features, will add its distinct portfolio to the REEVO platform allowing it to extend its reach to REEVO operator partners who will gain access to an even wider content offering. The company has taken their games to the next level and created Live as well as Single Player versions of all their games.

In addition to developing its own games REEVO is onboarding a rapidly accelerating range of the industry’s leading content suppliers to provide operator partners with a comprehensive selection of the most diverse suite of games – all through a single API integration.

Petra Maria Poola, Head of Sales, REEVO, said: “QUIK produces some very distinctive content that sets brands apart so we’re delighted they have joined our growing roster of platform partners who bring great value to our expanding offering.”

Jaco van den Heever, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at QUIK Gaming, said: “We are excited to go live with REEVO as they offer us a great opportunity to expand our reach to their established and new operator base. In return we are confident we will add value to the REEVO games portfolio, through our live and single player games in both live casino and casino categories.”

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Q&A: Chris Armes Takes Charge as High 5 Games’ CTO

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High 5 Games bolsters their executive leadership team with Chief Technology Officer, Chris Armes.

Chris brings to High 5 Games the experience of having managed global engineering teams for several Fortune 100 companies over the past 25 years. Since moving into iGaming in 2017, he’s never looked back and compares the burgeoning industry today to the dotcom business during the boom in the mid to late 90s.

In his position as CTO, Chris works closely with Jerry Wilson, who is in charge of creative strategy for game content and brands at High 5 Games. Another ally Chris counts on to help him meet deliverables is Gino Fratto, who leads the product and project management teams.

We put Chris under the spotlight to answer a few questions about what led him to High 5 Games, his management style and the challenges and opportunities presented by his new role.

Could you please tell us about how you got to where you are now?

Chris: My background is in software development and engineering on large-scale international projects. Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to have been part of and manage many high-performing global teams across the full spectrum of the delivery experience. In every organization where I’ve led technology, my strong suit is the ability to balance product and customer needs to ensure the success and sustainability of any solution my team delivers.

 

How do you see your role as the CTO at High 5 Games?

Chris: I’m responsible for leading the development and implementation of the technology strategy for High 5 Games. This involves overseeing everything from building platforms to developing the technology behind H5G’s industry-leading games. Another key process I must carefully manage and oversee in my CTO role, is taking fresh products and features through the rigorous phases of testing and deployment before they are brought to market for our customers.

 

What is the best way to build and nurture a technical team in the iGaming space?

Chris: As a leader of a tech organization, you and the business are only as good as the team you build, which is why building the best technical team is your key to success. iGaming today reminds me a lot of the dotcom business during the boom when business differentiation was by finding people with the right kind of experience to join their team. Having a globally dispersed business is an opportunity to build a more talent-diverse team but close collaboration must be a focal point to get the most out of every individual.

 

How do you approach the challenge of aligning your engineers and developers with the broader objectives of the business?

Chris: The best way for teams to see the value of their work and how it contributes to the company’s vision, is to communicate these goals across the entire organization. This communication should be ongoing so that it forms part of the culture and everyone is aligned with these objectives. The biggest challenge often lies in balancing technological innovation with time to market. Engineers and product managers must be adept at delivering solutions through a phased approach. Being agile helps to ensure continuous innovation while at the same time preventing bottlenecks when a final product can’t be delivered all at once.

 

How do you balance the need for innovation with the stability and reliability required in a tech environment?

Chris: It’s important to have a regular release cadence for products and features which accounts for factors such as quality and time. If a technical solution is not ready for release, it’s often better to hold off and prevent a negative customer experience. The ‘tech debt’ that can accumulate when choosing an easy quick-fix over a better, more time-consuming solution, is another key consideration when project planning. I strive to create a team environment where we are not only solving problems but continually disrupting, so time is built into sprints for not only addressing the unexpected but innovation as well.

As a leader of a tech organization, you and the business are only as good as the team you build, which is why building the best technical team is the key to success.”

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