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The Best New Slot Releases of 2021

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As 2021 draws to a close, it’s always interesting to look back at the year and think about what has changed, which were the greatest sporting events, and how the year was different from what came before it. As slots players, there is one definite area of interest that is never lost on us – which were the best new online slot machines to find their way onto the web this year?

Admittedly, there are so many games released each year that you’d probably have to spend the entire year slotting to really give the most reliable verdict – therefore, we looked at a few of the biggest online casino sites and determined a selection of the best new slots through player numbers and revenue figures instead.

So, have you tried each of these new games? We all have our favorites – those games which we tend to fire up every time we make a deposit. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and try a new machine or two before the end of the year? If you do, these four titles might be a great place to start…

Power of Thor Megaways (Pragmatic Play)

Megaways slots have been some of the hottest games around for years now. The creators of Big Time Gaming changed the industry forever when they created Extra Chili – the sequel to their previous smash-hit Bonanza – and decided to patent many aspects of the way the game worked. Collectively, these ideas defined a new type of slot game – the Megaways slot.

When slot producers such as Pragmatic Play want to create a Megaways slot, they need a license from Big Time Gaming. The fact that other slot producers are willing to pay just to attach the “Megaways” moniker to their machine demonstrates just how much money their Megaways slots were stealing away from other developers.

What to do with a Megaways Title?

Whilst some developers such as Blueprint are happy just to completely copy the Extra Chili formula – that is what they are paying for after all – others such as Pragmatic Play do interesting things with the Megaways concept, as they have in Power of Thor.

The only downer to this six reel, two-seven row game with up to 117,649 paylines is the limit on how much you can win – the bonus round can hit 5,000x your stake – Pragmatic Play are even kind enough to tell you the odds of hitting such a win – 1 In 867,302.

The RTP depends on whether you chose to play the game normally or go for purchasing the bonus rounds. The top figure of 96.55% isn’t bad at all, and of all the Megaways slots released in 2021, this one is surely the most interesting.

Amulet of Dead (Play’n’Go)

First a warning: one of the reasons Play’n’Go have become the formidable force in slots that they have so quickly is that they offer a wide range of RTP options to online casinos who license their slots. This one, Amulet of Dead, can be set to one of five different settings – roughly 96%, 94%, 91%, 87%, and… 84%! I’m guessing the last option isn’t intended to be used online, as it is very greedy indeed, and every time I load up this slot at an online casino it seems to be set to one of the top two modes. Look out for the 96.29% version – it makes a big difference to your playtime.

 

Is Amulet of Dead Really Just Book of Dead 2?

Amulet of Dead borrows more than a few hints from Play’N’Go’s smash hit Book of Dead slot – it uses the same symbols, the same five by three layout, but has a much higher maximum win of 5,000x your stake – typical of slots being made in 2021. You might well say that Amulet of Dead is really just a sequel or update to Book of Dead – but in truth, it really doesn’t matter, Amulet of Dead is one of the best slots of 2021, period.

Big Fin Bay (Thunderkick)

Thunderkick has been producing smash hit slots for a while now, and Big Fin Bay has more than a few similarities to the Megaways range of slots – though it doesn’t carry the title, telling you there’s enough new ideas here to get around Big Time Gaming’s licensing rules.

This six-reel, two to seven row slot boasts 5,040 to 117,649 paylines – that magic number that pops up so often in slots these days. The difference with Big Fin Bay is that they haven’t capped the wins you can hit with this slot – this is a super high volatility game with a maximum 2win of 15,040x your stake.

That’s some serious money – even when playing in penny denominations. With such high winnings on offer, you can be sure that Big Fin Bay is one of the most exciting releases to hit the online casino scene in 2021. Give this one a go – you definitely won’t regret it!

Hell’s Kitchen (NetEnt)

Completing our list of 2021’s greatest new slots is NetEnt’s take on the phenomenally successful Hell’s Kitchen – a Gordan Ramsay show that showcases everything we loved about shows such as Kitchen Nightmares. The thing about Hell’s Kitchen is that all of those elements have been turned all the way up to 11, to borrow one of Spinal Tap’s best lines.

The RTP of Hell’s Kitchen ranges from 96.07% to 91.02%, depending on the casino you are playing at, the options you choose to use in the game itself, and whether you prefer to spin the reels normally or skip straight to the bonus using the bonus buy feature.

But it’s a Low Variance Game – Does it Really Deserve a Place on this List?

It’s a five-by-three game with 20 paylines, so the layout will feel instantly familiar to every slot’s player out there. The maximum win is rather low at 500x your stake, though. This can be doubled to 1,000x if it’s your lucky day, and the special feature happens to activate at the same time as your jackpot spin – In truth, however, the probability of this happening is extremely low. It’s best jut to think of Hell’s Kitchen as a low volatility game, but one that offers a ton more fun than games with similarly low jackpots.

What matters is that Hell’s Kitchen is one of the most fun slots you can play right now, and the bonus features will appeal massively to fans of the TV show. NetEnt did an excellent job with this one, capturing the feel of the TV show and infusing it with the best ideas and features from their most successful online slots.

The addition of a huge range of exclusive Ramsay audio quotes makes Hell’s Kitchen one of the best licensed slots we’ve ever seen – not just in 2021. You’d be mad to miss this one, and could well find yourself seeking out the TV show after witnessing the red/blue team rivalry which is captured perfectly by this culinary delight of an online slot.

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SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024: The iGaming and Sports Betting Event where Eastern Europe Meets Central Asia

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The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 is set to bring together the key players in the iGaming and sports betting industries from June 25-26, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace, Georgia. Organized by SBC Events in collaboration with Sports Media Holding, this event promises to be a pivotal gathering for professionals targeting the burgeoning markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

A Gateway to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The second edition of the SBC Summit Tbilisi is designed to offer unparalleled insights into the high-potential markets of the Black Sea, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. This premier conference is a must-attend for those looking to expand their business into complex and diverse regions such as Georgia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and Slovenia. The event provides a unique platform to understand the local regulatory landscapes, cultural nuances, and market opportunities.

Comprehensive Conference Agenda

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 will feature a rich conference agenda that brings together C-Level executives and industry experts to discuss a wide range of topics. Attendees can expect to gain valuable knowledge on:

  • iGaming trends and innovations
  • Emerging market opportunities
  • Regulatory updates and compliance strategies
  • Outsourcing and business relocation opportunities

Who Will Be There?

The summit is expected to attract over 1,500 delegates, including 600 operators, 150 affiliates, 60+ speakers, and 30 exhibitors. This diverse gathering offers a fantastic opportunity to network with key decision-makers, generate leads, and forge meaningful partnerships.

Networking Opportunities

SBC Events are renowned for their exceptional networking experiences, and the Tbilisi Summit will be no exception. From the moment attendees step into the venue, they will be treated to an all-inclusive networking environment. Designated areas on the show floor will provide hot refreshments, breakfast, and lunch, along with various bars offering favorite drinks throughout the venue.

Evening networking events will take place in some of Tbilisi’s most upscale locations, providing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to continue business discussions and build new connections.

Special Features

  • Keynote Speaker: Chris Bird, CEO of The Raheem Sterling Foundation and former COO of Manchester City, will share his insights and experiences, adding significant value to the event’s agenda.
  • VIP Networking: Attendees can look forward to an exclusive VIP networking experience, ensuring they can connect with the most influential figures in the industry.
  • Held in Collaboration with Sports Media Holding: As a leading service aggregator in the EE&CIS region, SMH Global brings a wealth of expertise and networking opportunities to the event.

Why Attend?

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 offers an unmatched opportunity to gain a foothold in the promising markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. With a comprehensive agenda, top-tier speakers, and exclusive networking events, this summit is the ideal platform for industry professionals to learn, connect, and grow their businesses.

For more information and to register, visit the SBC Summit Tbilisi website.

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eGaming Integrity Launches to Enhance Compliance for OGRA Licence Holders and CSPs

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We proudly announce the official launch of eGaming Integrity, a specialised compliance services provider exclusively dedicated to protecting OGRA licence holders and the CSPs that support them.

Our mission is to enable online gambling operators, and the CSPs that support them, with the tools they need to thrive in the Isle of Man, ensuring integrity, transparency, and adherence to industry standards.

The Isle of Man eGaming sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, with the number of OGRA licensees more than doubling in recent years. With the sector having grown so quickly, it has led to a shortage of highly qualified, well trained, and egaming experienced compliance and AML professionals locally. This skills shortage presents a significant challenge for online gambling operators licensed here.

With our team of industry experts and former regulators, eGaming Integrity enables businesses to remain compliant with the stringent regulatory requirements under the Isle of Man licence through our tailored services which include mock audits, remediation, and internal audits.

Speaking about the requirement for such services, Emma Shilling, eGaming Integrity director said “licensed online gambling operators and local Corporate Service Providers have been looking for a credible provider to offer specialist services beyond day-to-day compliance. We’ve already helped several CSPs navigate the sector in previous roles, where eGaming isn’t always the primary area of expertise so businesses have sought our experience and industry knowledge to help them service their clients more effectively.”

Fellow director, Nick Bowden added “our in-depth evaluations prepare operators for regulatory visits, remediation support to bring businesses back into good standing with the regulator, and independent assurance makes sure risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.

eGaming Integrity are now working with a number of OGRA licence holders and local CSPs, providing customised compliance and regulatory advisory services that align with business objectives and operational intricacies.

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Week 24/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

ELA Games, announced the release of its conceptually new game “Joker Cashpot”. The new slot game aims to attract players with its exciting mechanics, a balance of strategy and randomness and traditional colourful design by the studio’s artists. Joker Cashpot is a rare example of a creatively modified slot where the player can accumulate and multiply rewards.

 

Yggdrasil has partnered with ReelPlay to offer up to 10,000 ways to win in feature-filled dystopian release Armageddon 10K WAYS™. The cascading slot transports players into a hellish oblivion where spinning the reels can stave off otherworldly invaders and rack up prizes by way of Bonus Respins, 10K Ways and four local jackpots. The Bonus Respins feature is triggered whenever players land six or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay unleash hell on earth in Armageddon 10K WAYS™

 

Habanero brings fairytale magic to its latest slot Waltz Beauty, where mystery symbols and multiplier rewards await players. Set on a 6×4 grid, the game sets the scene with an enchanted palace where a host of princesses populate the board as its symbols which must form matching combinations across 25 paylines.

Habanero dances with the beast in new release Waltz Beauty

 

Booming Games is proud to announce that its highly-anticipated title, Ronaldinho Spins, is now available to players worldwide. Ronaldinho Spins is the first slot game ever created featuring the image of international football superstar Ronaldinho Gaucho. After months of development and refinement, the slot is now set to deliver entertainment and joy with its stunning visuals and exciting features.

 

Amusnet brings you a fruity delight with its new classical video slot. The 5-reel 10 fixed paylines game offers colourful and yummy-looking gameplay. Packed with fruity symbols, sizzling design and captivating sound effects, 10 Power Hope promises a thrilling gameplay experience filled with fiery wins.

Go Hot or Go Home with Amusnet's newest slot release 10 Power Hot

 

Thunderkick has released the newest addition to its expanding collection, Sword of Arthur, taking players on a journey to King Arthur’s Ancient Briton. King Arthur himself features as the game’s highest-paying symbol, followed by his armour and shield, while the low-paying icons are represented by fantasy-style playing card symbols. The legendary sword of Arthur takes centre stage as the Wild and Scatter, helping to form wins and trigger the Bonus Game.

Thunderkick reignites Arthurian legend in latest slot Sword of Arthur

 

With the cream of European football preparing to showcase their skills on the grass at Euro 2024 in Germany starting this week, Apparat Gaming icon, Jack Potter, has set out on a mission to spread the beautiful game to ancient Egypt in the quirky new adventure, Jack Potter and The Book of Football.

 

Triple Edge Studios, part of Games Global’s exclusive studio network, has launched its latest feature-filled title, Goal Strike Rising Rewards™, kicking off the excitement ahead of a big summer of football. Set within an electrifying football stadium and showcasing five reels with varying rows of 3-4-5-4-3, players spin the slot’s unique reelset that is adorned with football shirts, boots, and whistle symbols for the chance to unlock a variety of innovative multiplier and free spins features and win increasing jackpots via the Rising Rewards™ mechanic.

 

Not all pigs are happy in mud and that’s certainly the case for the two porkers in the latest slot from Fantasma Games. Gold Pigger is already live with a limited number of operators, and a truly flying start with initial key player KPIs up +100% from an already very successful 2024 game release performance.

 

 

PG Soft has released its highly infectious video slot, Zombie Outbreak. The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels, featuring a layout with 4 rows on reels 1, 3, and 5, and 5 rows on reels 2 and 4. One of the many electrifying features of Zombie Outbreak is the Expanding Wild symbol, which replaces all symbols aside from the Scatter symbol.

The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels

 

 

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