The release of King Kong Cashpots marks the latest outing for Blueprint Gaming’s ever-popular Kong character, bringing with it huge win potential including a host of features and the studio’s Jackpot King progressive system.
Utilising the Cashpots play mechanic that was a hit with players in previous successful titles such as Deal or No Deal: Golden Game, Blueprint has this time combined the format with its Kong IP to bring players a fresh dose of jungle-themed slots action.
The gameplay takes place across five reels and 20 paylines where landing three or more Golden Kong symbols awards one of seven instant cash prizes worth up to 1000x the stake.
Three Kong gold-plated medallions in view takes players to the bonus round where they can try their luck on the Free Spins Wheel, with a combination of up to 30 Free Spins and a 10x win multiplier to be potentially won.
The industry-leading Jackpot King functionality is again in play for Kong’s latest title, offering the chance of cash prizes or one of three progressive jackpots on any spin.
King Kong Cashpots has been designed to engage with existing Blueprint players and attract a wider audience through its immersive Cashpots mechanic.
Jo Purvis, Director of Key Accounts and Marketing UK at Blueprint Gaming, said: “We’ve taken a trio of our most popular assets – Kong, Cashpots and Jackpot King – and fused them together to present players with an incredibly entertaining jungle adventure with big wins.
“The Cashpots format has proven popular among operators and players alike since we introduced it and we’re excited to have incorporated the feature into one of our most iconic game franchises.”
A unique World Cup – on and off the pitch!
The World Cup is held every four years and this edition of the most famous football tournament on the planet is unique given the venue and the fact it sits right in the middle of the domestic season.
With that in mind, how does this affect user engagement and betting patterns over the course of this prestigious competition? We spoke to BETEGY CEO, Alex Kornilov who gives his insights into how successful engagement with players could be.
With football already Europe’s most popular sport, what new ways of user engagement have you put together for the World Cup?
This football season brought many ways to explore user engagement into the industry. The World Cup in Qatar is the real test to show the best approaches to customers’ experience. At BETEGY, we knew that online betting would thrive during the tournament, and we have managed to deliver creative visuals with live data from all the matches, which can be used in various formats and presented on different platforms.
The World Cup is being hosted right in the middle of the domestic football season across Europe. Does this make the World Cup more or less popular from a betting perspective?
The World Cup has always been one of the most significant events in the betting industry – and I see no reason for this iteration to be less popular than before. In addition, the tournament duration has been decreased to 28 days, meaning more matches squeezed into a shorter space of time. This is definitely going to help keep the audience’s excitement and engagement at their highest.
The only competitor for the attention of sports punters will be the upcoming holiday hustle when people will be getting all set for the festive season. However, I don’t see that as a big risk. With football fans watching the biggest football event of the year from the comfort of their own homes, it’s an excellent opportunity to attract a new audience to the betting market.
A Middle Eastern country is hosting the World Cup for the first time. How is this unique environment playing to BETEGY’s strengths, given the majority of fans are watching from home?
With more fans watching football from home, keeping them entertained with the most high-quality offering and products is very important. Players in the industry will compete for the fans’ attention and will do their best to build a scalable relationship with them beyond the World Cup. Live scores, statistics, and betting prices in various markets must be delivered to the users’ screens with no delay and with the best look and feel. This is one of the aspects BETEGY is the best at – and we have thoroughly prepared to help our clients solve the pain points related to it.
With Europe not due to host another World Cup until 2030 at the earliest, is it a positive for technology and engagement that the tournament is being held in nations where football popularity is on the rise?
The next World Cup will take place in 16 different cities across North America. This tournament is probably the most important in the context of how “soccer” has been promoted in the United States recently. On one side, the USSF and the MLS clubs have been working a lot to promote soccer locally by bringing top-class players into the league. On the other hand, the US has rarely stuck to the traditional European perception of sport and football in particular. Sport in the US serves its goal – to entertain the audience. Strategists at NBA or NFL would do almost anything to keep fans engaged and ensure all the remote viewers are enjoying the show.
Also, this new, next-gen audience is highly discerning – which pushes the market to deliver innovative solutions and ideas to engage, excite and entertain. For sports tech and entertainment companies, it’s a huge opportunity and a challenge at the same time to find a key to the hearts and minds of potential new football fans. Some best practices for the US market are already known, so bringing football to new horizons is a certain path to making this game even more beautiful.
How can companies capture this new wave of interest?
US sports fans are already used to high standards of the content delivered to them. Everyone who wants to surf this wave of delight should definitely focus on innovation and quality. I’ve noticed that people love to know what’s happening on the pitch and, at the same time, are always willing to guess what’s going to happen next. The rise of technology helps to understand the game better, it gives birth to new betting markets, but it also helps companies enhance the users’ involvement in the game.
With the US online betting market opening, many players from the industry are seeking an opportunity to test their best offering on new audiences. Since soccer is undoubtedly on the rise, a chance to attract American bettors became a significant pull factor for most industry members – and we’re very excited with what we’re doing at BETEGY.
It has been 20 years since a non-European country won the World Cup. Do you think a European nation will win this prestigious tournament this year given the first round of results?
The first round has shown that football has advanced at all levels, especially geographically. For example, some national teams from Asia have had tremendous results against supposedly much stronger rivals from South America and Europe. And it’s not only about the result – those teams’ performance and style of play are a delight to watch. At this stage, almost any underdog has the chance to proceed to the knockout stages and refute the odds.
In my opinion, some Latin American national teams have a high chance of winning the World Cup. Still, they’ll need to deliver their best performance against the highly-experienced European contenders. It will be fascinating to watch it all happening. And may the best team win!
QTech Games recruits Martin Trang for the role of Global CMO
Leading distributor for emerging markets secures respected marketing head to continue expansion of its brand and global footprint
QTech Games, the number-one games distributor across Asia and all emerging markets, has appointed Martin Trang to the full-time position of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
Trang possesses a wealth of international experience within marketing and sales, product management and business development, having served with success across similar roles at respected event organisers (CMO at M&SE), front-end developers (Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Frosmo), FMCG (Country Manager, Norway at British American Tobacco) and Pharmaceuticals (Vice President and Global Brand Manager at Orion Pharma). This eclectic body of work affords Trang unique bird’s-eye view and insight into stewarding the immediate future of the QTech Games brand and its varied digital assets.
Trang’s academic background also speaks to a strong command of business acumen and analytical rigour, having completed marketing and business courses with honours in California, alongside a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Materials Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology. Trang additionally holds an Executive MBA in Finance from Hanken School of Economics.
More broadly, Trang brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales across varied sectors, including igaming, to bear at QTech Games, bolstering and diversifying its C-Suite’s core competencies. Leveraging deep experience alongside an extensive network of long-standing relationships, Trang is well-versed to lead on commercial and marketing strategies at a time when acceleration in the digital-entertainment sphere is at its pinnacle.
The Board of QTech Games commented: “Following on from Daniel Long’s recent appointment at CCO, we’re thrilled that Martin has agreed to now join us in a permanent, full-time capacity at CMO. It means we can really hit the ground running next year, and refine our commercial pathway and brand strategy ahead of ICE London and numerous other consequential trade shows from Asia to Africa and Eastern Europe to LatAm over the coming 12 months. His background also advances a keen analytical eye, sound commercial judgement and savvy stewardship of our burgeoning QTech Games marketing team.
“Together with Daniel, their array of multifaceted knowledge, coupled to staff leadership and flair for bottom-line accountability, make these guys the perfect partnership to oversee the next phase of our worldwide expansion into new territories. In short, it’s a timely hiring move that helps consolidate and re-ignite the QTech platform’s position in the vanguard of the industry for taking the best online games to market across emerging territories. We’re confident these appointments will assist us in achieving our goals, chiefly powered by clear tactical focus around the customer experience, innovation tech and, of course, our own brand and its resilient values.
“To have a proven performer take the reins in one of the most important domains of discourse for any distributor is a mark of how far we’ve come as a company and indicative of our established status in the market as the number-one distributor for all developing markets.”
Trang added: “I’m delighted to be joining such an established and progressive company full-time. Implementing the correct strategy for its ‘two keystones’ model has been pivotal to QTech Games’ sustained success. Firstly, beyond the great games, fully owning the technology sets QTech Games apart, enabling us to offer a number of flexible features which no competitor can rival. And secondly, outside of Asia, we’ve secured strongholds in all the important “margin” markets, demonstrating organic growth across channel and border. It grants us a unique position and status in the space.
“Ultimately, QTech Games is not a mere Asian aggregator but a true international distributor of digital entertainment that’s continuing to attract clients from all over the world. From LatAm to the CIS-facing countries and even the Indian market, we’re stealing a march on the competition. I’m sure that we can now build on this success and gain even more market traction and brand recognition, as one of the largest providers of digital entertainment on the market.”
Draft agenda available for Prague Gaming & TECH Summit 2023 (29-30 March)
- Draft agenda of the 2023 Prague Gaming & TECH Summit is now available
- Leading speakers from globally recognized companies confirmed
- Early Bird rate available until the end of the year
The success of the PRAGUE GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results the team at HIPTHER Agency has seen in the past 7 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during their summits and meetups. Without any doubt, the #hipthers always strive to bring quality discussions for the audience.
In 2023, the 2-day event will feature even more forward-thinking discussions, bring quality compliance reports and share the latest market-related information from Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and more.
The event takes place at the Vienna House Andel’s Prague between 29-30 March, and the delegates are invited to take part in an upgraded event that has always been considered as a must-attend conference in the region for many leaders.
The draft agenda is now available and the organizers invite you to register at the discounted Early Bird rate that is available until the end of the year.
The draft agenda includes the following panels and topics:
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: Czech Republic
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: Slovakia, Poland
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: D-A-CH
- Fintech in the CEE region and beyond
- Fintech-bank partnerships
- Emerging Risks in the Convergence of Payments and Commerce
- The risks that are ahead for Fintech, increased exposure to regulatory requirements, sanctions, and legal actions
- Thrive in a more regulated business environment
- Blockchain in the CEE region and beyond
- European Union wanting regulations on crypto
- Digital Euro
- Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA)
- Blockchain for Supply Chain Transparency
- Sustainability, and the blockchain
- IMGL MasterClass
- The opportunity and challenges of entering the US, iGaming market trends and global expansion
- Preparing for Quantum Times
- Quantum computing and Quantum technology
- 10. How is the technical SEO setup different for affiliates versus operators and what to watch out for?
- 11. VRevolution – XR, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in their golden age
- AI and automation, ethics and barriers
- The Ongoing Democratization of AI
- Generative AI
- Ethical and Explainable AI
- Augmented Working
- Responsible Gaming
- Marketing in the metaverse, how will Web3 and NFTs help define the future of iGaming and sporting events
- NFTs – unlocking the potential of digital assets
- Esports in the CEE region
- The Slots Business, game development, streaming
- Cybersecurity, a growing need
75 speakers are already confirmed, here are some of the names from the extensive list:
- Claire Osborne – Vice President of Interactive, Inspired Entertainment
- Hayley Brady – PARTNER, HEAD OF MEDIA AND DIGITAL, UK at Herbert Smith Freehills
- Deborah Boecha – Founder and CEO at Onit Center
- Viktoria Soltesz – Founder at PSP Angels
- Ivana Flynn – SEO Director at ComeOn Group
- Rita McClelland – Principal Analysts at VIXIO
- Jose Uribe – Head of Innovation at All-in Global
- Daniel Gunba – Founder / CEO of NFT project TRIIONFT
- Conrad Bugeja – Group Head SEO at LeoVegas
- Vadim Aidlin – Chief Executive Officer at Mamuta Media
- Milorad Matejic – Director of SEO & Publishing at Gaming Innovation Group
- Robert Lenzhofer – Co-Founder & CEO at Hölle Games
- Dr. Arthur Stadler – Attorney and Founding partner at STADLER VÖLKEL Attorneys at Law
- Alexis Wicén – CEO and Founder of Unibo and Scatters
- Dimitris Panageas – Group General Counsel of KAIZEN GAMING
- Marek Plota – Founding Attorney at RM Legal & Gaming In Poland
- Amir Mirzaee – COO & Managing Director of Bayes Esports
- Dr. Joerg Hofmann – Partner at MELCHERS LAW
- Sönke Kirchhof – CEO at INVR.SPACE
- David Stancel – CTO & CIO at Fumbi
- Jakub Kolomicenko – Senior Compliance Officer at Kaizen Gaming
- William J. Pascrell, III, Esq – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
- Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling
- Piotr Dynowski – Partner/Attorney at Law/Head of IP/Media/Tech&Comms Practice at Bird & Bird Poland
Besides the speakers and moderator, the top decision-makers and business influencers are joining the key event of the Central and Eastern European region during Spring time and be ready to gain access to a wealth of information while also enjoying some quality networking.
C-level executives, compliance experts, government officials who are active in the iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, and many more are going to share their knowledge and are ready to meet you in Prague between 29-30 March 2023.
Participants also have the opportunity to explore the future by entering the metaverse via virtual reality goggles onsite during the show.
At the moment you can enjoy a substantial discount by opting for the Early Bird Rate when registering your Delegate Pass or opting for the Combo Pass (which includes 3 nights of accommodation at the official hotel). You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/events/prague/regprague2023/
As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity
Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.
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