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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, received esteemed industry recognition by winning 3 awards last week.

They took home the prestigious prize of Casino & Games Supplier of the Year at the SBC Latino America Awards held in Miami. While the multi-product provider also picked up Slots Provider of the Year and Bingo Supplier of the year at the Starlet Awards ran by 5 Star.

These wins are testament to the hard work and innovation that has made Pragmatic Play a leading force in the industry. In what has been an incredible 2021 from a commercial perspective, receiving formal recognition in this way adds to an already exceptional year.

Lighting up LATAM

Pragmatic Play’s diverse, innovative and highly successful portfolio made them a strong choice for Casino & Games Supplier of the Year at the SBC Latino America Awards. Pragmatic Play has seen huge growth in this region in the past year and have made deals with numerous key operators such as Codere, Group Cordalito and Apuesta Total. Add to this the scale of their overall expansion in key countries and it was a deserving win for the powerhouse provider.

Shining Star

Pragmatic Play also won Slot Provider of the Year at 5 Star’s Starlet awards. The provider’s roots are in slot production and despite their growth in other verticals, they have still delivered unrelenting quality to operators. 2021 has been no different with successes like Gates of Olympus™, Fruit Party 2™ and Chilli Heat Megaways™ building on the long-term performance of iconic titles like Wolf Gold™ and Sweet Bonanza™. With a portfolio of over 200 proven HTML5 titles, it’s easy to see why Pragmatic Play remain such an attractive option for operators looking to enhance their slot offering.

The work Pragmatic Play have put into their bingo product was also recognised and it marks the third year in a row that Pragmatic Play have won the Starlet award for Bingo Supplier of the Year, giving them the rare Stardust award. Pragmatic Play’s bingo offering has seen huge developments in the last year with innovative new features such as Drop Pots and Reels Rooms, which allow for a faster iGaming experience in conjunction with classic bingo gameplay.

Their commercial success was also recognised, with the highlight being a partnership with the Heart Bingo brand which is part of BetVictor. Heart Bingo is one of the UK’s most iconic bingo brands and will be relaunched using bingo technology from Pragmatic Play. The partnership was a huge statement of intent from Pragmatic Play and signalled that the largest bingo brands recognize real value in the providers portfolio.

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play said, “We’re delighted to receive two Starlet Awards along with an SBC LatinoAmerica award win. These wins give a real example of Pragmatic Play’s trajectory as a company, as we continue to deliver excellence on our foundation of slot production, while also showing our growth as a multi-product provider with our bingo product giving real value to clients.”

Pragmatic Play currently produces up to five new slot titles a month, while also delivering Live Casino, Virtual Sports and Bingo games as part of its multi-product portfolio, available through one single API.


Betsson Group: Two Wins at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2022



Betsson Group: Two Wins at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2022
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Betsson Group have won two awards at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards! Launched in 2019, the BSG Awards ceremony are held as part of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the leading boutique style gambling industry conference of the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

This year’s Awards and 5th edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit were held on 12th May in Vilnius (Lithuania). The BSG awards aims to reward the hard work of companies within iGaming that are active in the Baltic and Scandinavian region. For a fully transparent process, the final winners of each category are decided by a special voting session during the conference.

Betsson was awarded as the Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics 2022, while Betsafe was awarded as the Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics 2022.

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Huawei to Showcase Opportunities for Developers at Leading Games Conference, Nordic Game



Huawei to Showcase Opportunities for Developers at Leading Games Conference, Nordic Game
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Huawei, the world’s leading technology company, is returning to live events with its gaming team’s presence at Nordic Game, the expo and conference dedicated to the Nordic and Central Eastern Europe gaming industry.

The event, which takes place at the historic Slagthuset venue in Malmö, Sweden, from 17-20 May, will allow Huawei to demonstrate how the rapidly growing user base of its app store, AppGallery, delivers multiple benefits to game developers.

Huawei is inviting developers and gaming studios to meet with its team at the event. The focus of these meetings will be how AppGallery and Huawei’s growing gaming hub GameCenter can deliver a new opportunity to expand their user-base. Experts will be on hand to discuss the simple integration process and how promotions are set up to benefit both customers and developers.

Gaming has become the fastest growing and one of the most successful categories on AppGallery, with some of the world’s leading content developers in the sector now reaching the platform’s 580 million global monthly active users (45 million in Europe, +7% YoY) with new and existing gaming apps.

At Nordic Game, Huawei, which is a Platinum Sponsor of the event, will be involved in several key activities:

· Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, VP Consumer Mobile Services at Huawei will be part of the conference roster, providing a presentation on effective ways to market games on AppGallery, featuring some real success cases of popular game companies.

· Huawei will also welcome on stage Outfit7, a global game developer behind the award- winning series of Talking Tom & Friends and its much anticipated RPG Mythic Legends, to outline their experiences of working with AppGallery since joining the platform.

· At its booth (10B) Huawei’s dedicated team will provide visiting developers with insight about growth opportunities, the benefits of the Huawei Ads scheme for gaming and details on how Huawei facilitates straightforward technical integration for developers.

· Huawei is also the sponsor of the Best Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen award category as part of the Nordic Game Awards (19 May at 18:00 CEST).

“We are very excited to be part of the Nordic Game community once again. We understand how developers, caught up in their passion for their art, can sometimes get a reality check when it proves difficult to acquire and retain gaming customers. We listened to them, and provided an easy, reasonably low effort solution which capitalises in a new untapped channel to reach a tens-of-million high value active user market,” commented Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, VP Consumer Mobile Services Europe at Huawei. “We have prepared this event with those game developers in mind and we therefore invite and welcome new and existing developer partners to talk to our experts and get a deeper understanding of how we can work together to grow their businesses.”

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GameRefinery unveils the finalists for its annual Mobile GameDev Awards, celebrating the best in mobile game design



GameRefinery unveils the finalists for its annual Mobile GameDev Awards, celebrating the best in mobile game design
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The 2022 Mobile GameDev Awards finalists announced in seven categories covering different aspects of mobile game innovation and feature design, in USA, Japan and China.

Today, mobile game analytics specialist GameRefinery, a Liftoff company, is excited to announce that its jury has decided on the finalists for its second annual Mobile GameDev Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation in mobile game design amongst developers in the USA, China and Japan.

The seven categories are:

Innovation and Excellence in Core Gameplay, (all regions)

Most Promising Soft Launch Game, (all regions) Biggest Evolver individually in USA, Japan, China Best Newcomer individually in USA, Japan, China

Best Feature Innovation, Best Event individually in USA, Japan, China and

Best Use of IP in Collaboration Events (all regions).

GameRefinery will announce the winners on the 24th of May 2022.

The 2022 Mobile GameDev Awards finalists have been selected by a panel of GameRefinery analysts, drawing on their extensive experience and expertise in games analysis.

GameRefinery’s platform tracks over 100,000 mobile games for market research, competitor intelligence, and player insights while providing more than 2,500+ in-depth game feature deconstructions and analyses.


Mobile GameDev Awards 2022 Finalists

Innovation & Excellence in Core Gameplay

The most innovative and well-executed core gameplay seen in 2021:

  • 无尽的拉格朗日 (Infnite Lagrange, China)
  • Gold and Goblins: Idle Merge
  • 哈利波特:魔法觉醒 (Harry Potter Magic Awakened, China)
  • Kingdom Guard: Tower Defence
  • ウマ娘 プリティーダービー (Umamusume Pretty Derby, Japan)
  • The Ants: Underground Kingdom
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift


Most Promising Soft Launch Game

The 2021 soft launch game most likely to be a breakout launch success based on gameplay:

  • Apex Legends
  • Clash Mini
  • Star Blast
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Star Wars: Hunters


Biggest Evolver

The game that has developed the most during 2021 in terms of gameplay:

USA Finalists:

  • Merge Dragons!
  • Clash Royale
  • Garena Free Fire
  • Lords Mobile: Tower Defense
  • Rise of Kingdoms
  • Yahtzee® with Buddies
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom


Japan Finalists:

  • ステート・オブ・サバイバル (State of Survival)
  • Shin Sangokushi
  • ドラゴンクエストタクト (Dragon Quest Tact)
  • パズル&ドラゴンズ (Puzzle & Dragons)
  • プロ野球スピリッツA (Pro Yakyuu Spirits A)


China Finalists:

  • 植物大战僵尸2 (Plants vs. Zombies 2)
  • 谕 (Revelation)
  • 原神 (Genshin Impact)
  • 跑跑卡丁车官方竞速版 (PopKart Mobile)
  • 魂斗罗:归来-特战集结 (Contra Returns)


Best Newcomer

The best new entry into the market during 2021:


USA Finalists:

  • Beatstar
  • The Ants: Underground Kingdom
  • Royal Match
  • Kingdom Guard: Tower Defence
  • Family Farm Adventure
  • Zen Match – Relaxing Puzzle
  • The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War
  • No Limit Drag Racing 2
  • Idle Lumber Empire
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift


Japan Finalists:

  • ウマ娘 プリティーダービー (Umamusume Pretty Derby)
  • 二ノ国:Cross Worlds (Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds)
  • ガーディアンテイルズ (Guardian Tales)
  • グランサガ(Gran Saga)
  • Nier Re[in]carnation


China Finalists:

  • 哈利波特:魔法觉醒 (Harry Potter: Magic Awakened)
  • 王牌竞速 (Ace Racer)
  • 幻塔 (Tower of Fantasy
  • 无尽的拉格朗日 (Infnite Lagrange)
  • 英雄联盟手游 (League of Legends: Wild Rift)
  • 重返帝国
  • 铲铲之战 (Battle of the Golden Spatula)


Best Feature Innovation

The most innovative new feature introduced in a game during 2021

  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan, China) – Login calendar meets IAP offers
  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan, China) – Innovative limited-time gacha event
  • Garena Free Fire – Special PvP modes
  • Cooking Diary – Social hangout areas
  • Yahtzee® with Buddies – Kingdom feature
  • Rise of Kingdoms – MOBA mode
  • Puzzle & Dragons (Japan) – Synchronous PvP mode
  • PUBG MOBILE – RP Activity Packs in Battle Pass
  • Highrise – NFT cosmetics
  • XFLAG’s Kotodaman and Monster Strike (Japan) – New gacha type with a social twist
  • Ensemble Stars!! Music (Japan) – Music co-op newcomer tasks


Best Event


The best in-game event held during 2021:


USA Finalists:


  • Yahtzee® with Buddies – Derby event


  • POP! Slots™ Vegas Casino Games – Win Zone event


  • Gardenscapes – Klondike Expedition event


  • Genshin Impact – Midsummer Island Adventure


  • Call of Duty®: Mobile – Anniversary event


  • Garena Free Fire – Pet Mania event


  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang – Aspirants Unite event


  • State of Survival – 2nd Anniversary Airship Building event


Japan Finalists:


  • プロジェクトセカイ カラフルステージ! 初音ミク (Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku) – New Year’s event


  • ドラゴンボール レジェンズ (Dragon Ball Legends) – Legends Festival


  • 妖怪ウォッチ ぷにぷに (Youkai Watch Punipuni) – Collaboration event with Neon Genesis Evangelion


  • 二ノ国:Cross Worlds (Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds) – General events


  • NieR Re[in]carnation – Collaborations events with the earlier titles in the series (NieR Automata (launch), NieR Replicant and Drakengard 3)


China Finalists:



  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan) – June 2021 Gacha event


  • 龙在天 (Legend of Yulong) – Fight the Landlord-card game event (doudizhu) in Jan


  • 神武4 (Shén wǔ 4) – Event with a real-life map to beat monsters and get points


  • 阴阳师 (Onmyoji) – recurring event with event-only customizable character


  • 富豪麻将 (Fuhao Majiang) – collaboration event with China Mahjong Masters Tournament


Best Use of IP in a Collaboration Event




  • 跑跑卡丁车官方竞速版 (PopKart Mobile) & Ali the Fox (China)


  • 肠派对 (Sausage Man) & Pizza Hut (China)


  • Top War: Battle Game & Transformers


  • 江南百景图 (Canal Towns) & Kentucky Fried Chicken (China)


  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang & Hello Kitty (Sanrio Characters)


  • Roblox & 24kGoldn Concert Experience


  • PUBG MOBILE & Arcane (League of Legends)


  • 獅子の如く~戦国覇王戦記~ (Shishi no Gotoku – Sengoku Haousenki) & Rurouni Kenshin (Japan)


  • State of Survival & The Walking Dead (US)
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