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Playtika’s Bingo Blitz and Make-A-Wish partner on campaign to grant the wishes of children facing a uniquely challenging Christmas

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Bingo Blitz – the world’s #1 bingo game from Playtika – and Make-A-Wish – the non-profit that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses – have launched a unique holiday campaign this Christmas.

“Virtual dishes for wishes”

From 22nd – 26th December, Bingo Blitz players across the world will be invited to take part in a “virtual dishes for wishes” challenge.

The in-game event will let players collect ingredients while playing Bingo and use them to cook a wide range of dishes in the app’s virtual kitchen, part of the Chef Feature in the Bingo Blitz game.

The aim is to get players to prepare 300,000 virtual dishes and Bingo Blitz will donate $100,000 to Make-A-Wish. A virtual meals counter will be introduced to allow players to see their collective progress, and the donation will be used to fulfil as many wishes as possible for children with life-threatening illnesses.

This is the second year in a row that Bingo Blitz has organised an in-app donation event for Make-A-Wish, strengthening the partnership between the two organisations.

Bingo Blitz will also be raising awareness of the charity across its app, website, and social channels to encourage millions of players around the world to donate directly to the global charity. Players and non-players alike can visit www.worldwish.org/playtika to donate.

Inspiration from a 12-year-old with a passion for food

In the United States alone, three children are diagnosed with a critical illness every hour – that’s 27,000 children every year[2].

This means that thousands of children will face a very difficult Christmas. In honor of them, Bingo Blitz’s virtual kitchen is going to become a place where wishes can come true for children with critical illnesses.

One young person whose own wish came true has been a particular inspiration for this campaign, and in particular, the decision to use Bingo Blitz’s virtual kitchen to support Make-A-Wish.

Joshua was 12 when he underwent a bone marrow transplant as part of treatment for childhood leukemia. Recovering in hospital, North Carolina wish kid Joshua spent hours watching cooking shows from his hospital bed.  His wish revolved around his passion for food, and his dream of sampling and creating amazing dishes.

After a request was submitted to Make-A-Wish, he was given the chance to visit some of the best restaurants and food trucks in LA and to participate in cooking some incredible street food. He also graced the red carpet and plated dishes at a food festival in the city.

“Joshua’s wish came on the heels of his bone marrow transplant,” said his mother, Rashelle. “It was so positively overwhelming it almost overshadowed what he had gone through.”

For children dealing with a critical illness, a wish is more than just an incredible experience. Especially over the holiday season, a wish creates strength, hope, and transformation, in a child and in a community.

Giving through gaming

Bingo Blitz is part of Playtika, a leading gaming company with a passion for mobilizing gamers to make a real difference.

This motivation meant that, during 2020 and in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bingo Blitz partnered with Feeding America to donate one million meals to help tackle hunger[3] and Playtika partnered with the World Health Organization’s #PlayApartTogether campaign[4], which encouraged gamers worldwide to socially distance but also to combat loneliness and social isolation through gaming.

This second year of partnership between Bingo Blitz and Make-A-Wish is a continuation of that work, in order to change lives and give back to communities through the power of gaming.

For every wish granted, at least three more children are waiting

Despite the pressures of the pandemic, Make-A-Wish has continued to make a life-changing difference. Make-A-Wish granted more than 25,000 wishes globally in 2020 and over 500,000 wishes since 1980.

But for every child like Joshua who has had their wish come true, there are at least three more children waiting.

That is why Bingo Blitz is calling on its players across the world to be part of this campaign over the holiday season and to help make dreams come true for children facing a very difficult Christmas.

“We are very proud to be supporting Make-A-Wish for the second year in a row to help grant more wishes for children with critical illnesses, who are facing a uniquely challenging Christmas. The holiday period is all about giving, and we know that our wonderful community of Bingo Blitz players really care and want to make a difference”, said Dudu Dahan, General Manager at Bingo Blitz. “It is inspiring to see what Make-A-Wish achieves for thousands of children. Being able to contribute to that is a privilege.”

Luciano Manzo, CEO of Make-A-Wish International said, “We thank the Bingo Blitz community for embracing Make-A-Wish for a second year – the money they are raising allows us to bring hope, strength and joy to our wish children during a very meaningful time of the year. The power of wishing is life-changing and this support from Bingo Blitz will enable us to grant more wishes for children with critical illnesses when they need it most.”

 

 

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GAMSTOP wins British Data Award for “Data for good initiative 2022”

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GAMSTOP, the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling, has won this years “Data for Good initiative” at the 2022 British Data Awards.

GAMSTOP successfully enables over 280,000 UK adults to protect themselves from gambling related harm and this award further validates the significant impact a data initiative like this has on potentially vulnerable people.

GAMSTOP is the UK’s free online gambling self-exclusion scheme. Users sign up by filling in personal details, and selecting a period of six months, twelve months, or five years. Once complete, they are self-excluded from all online gambling sites in the UK until they chose to remove it after their chosen exclusion time has elapsed.

Responding to last night’s win, Fiona Palmer, GAMSTOP CEO, said:

Winning this award alongside our technology partners, The Datashed underlines our capability to use data safely and effectively to help potentially vulnerable individuals. I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement and the team who have worked so hard to continuously improve the GAMSTOP scheme.

Thank you to the judges for seeing the value of the GAMSTOP system and congratulations to all other winners at last night awards.”

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World’s largest arcade platform offers retro gamers Epic deal – giving access to over 1300 Games

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The world’s largest library of retro games, Antstream Arcade, will be slashing the price of its annual premium subscription to just $19.99 as part of Epic’s Spring Mega Sale. Between Thursday 19th May to Thursday 16th June, this discount will be available on the Epic Games Store and across all other platforms, giving retro gamers around the world ad-free access to over 1300 games. 

This world leading library of games includes retro classics like Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Monkey Island and Earthworm Jim – all of which can be streamed from the cloud without the need for additional downloads or for microtransactions. 

Players from around the world will also be able to compete in Antstreams global tournaments, moving up the global leaderboards and engaging in game exclusive  “Challenge Modes” – modes that put new spins on old classics. Like Pac-Man Hide and Seek, or Mortal Kombat On The Ropes challenges. Players will also be able to enjoy Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community to beat their high score in a game of their choice – bringing the joy of the classic Arcade to the modern gaming audience.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “Our goal as a company is to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a global community through the medium of cloud gaming. Unlike other cloud gaming platforms that might have only 100 games, Antstream currently offers players over 1200 titles – with a price tag that sits well below our competition. And with this latest deal alongside Epic’s Spring Mega Sale, we are excited to make retro gaming more accessible than ever”.

Outside of the premium subscription option gamers are still able to access their favourite retro games on their computer, mobile, tablet or other devices through the free, ad-supported tier. Antstream Arcade features fully licensed and fully playable retro games from publishers including Disney, Warner Brothers, Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from the arcade era and beyond. 

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Week 20/2022 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

GAMOMAT, one of the leading independent software developers for slot games, is releasing its delectable title, Divine Fire. Set on Mount Olympus, Divine Fire is a book game which welcomes players to the abode of the gods. A powerful soundtrack complements the gameplay which helps create a dynamic experience and one that heightens tension on the reels. The game has a 5×3 design with 10 paylines and symbols that include an anvil, a mighty hammer, Hephaestus himself and a menacing bull.

GAMOMAT releases delectable Divine Fire title

As curious creatures make their way from the sea and into the fjords, Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to journey to the summit of the falls alongside a mystical Shaman to catch these bountiful beasts for great rewards. Water Blox Gigablox™ is a mid-high volatility 6×6 Gigablox slot featuring 50 paylines, Wild Re-Spins and a Monster Free Spins bonus game that boasts a lucrative Monster Multiplier.

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to fish up big wins in Water Blox Gigablox

 

Game developer Expanse Studios has added another title to its slots portfolio with its latest release – Odd One Out. A perfect blend of old-school gameplay with modern features, Odd One Out is a five-reel video slot that includes 243 ways to win along with Magnetic Wild and Free Spins. Within the title are two special features, the first one being called Magnetic Wild.

Odd One Out – Expanse Studios’ 243 Ways To Win

 

 

Golden Rock Studios is proud to announce the release of Bonus Only, available now via Caleta Gaming Platform. Bonus Only is a first of its kind slot game featuring nothing but bonuses. That’s right, a slot game in which every win takes you to a bonus round. Trigger up to three different bonus rounds and take a trip around some of the most iconic casino locations in the world. Perfect for entertainment hungry players and bonus hunters due to the frequent bonuses available, all this makes for an exciting slot game with anticipation levels reaching fever pitch with every spin.

Golden Rock Studios rolls out Bonus Only

BGaming, a dynamic iGaming provider converting gambling into gaming, presents its new slot Penny Pelican with 20 paylines, well-loved features, and up to 3525x bet exposure. Penny Pelican is a 5×3 slot with 20 paylines and 13 colorful marine symbols that bring players into the atmosphere of a harbor on a sea beach where the main character Penny Pelican lives.

BGaming Delights Summer Slots Lovers by Releasing Its New Title Penny Pelican

 

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio. A farmer’s work is never done… From tending to your livestock to growing crops, it can be a little hectic keeping things in order. There’s always a job to be done at this madcap farm. Animal Madness does an amazing job of replicating the hectic nature of farm life. Light-hearted gameplay progresses the narrative for immersive player engagement.

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio

 

No one likes to pay a visit to the doctor but those that are brave enough to follow the sinister medical man into the operating theatre may emerge with potentially big wins in the latest slot launch from Stakelogic. Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols is not for the faint-hearted and promises to test the constitution of players who dare to pick up the scalpel and join the not so good doctor in his quest to become rich. In the base game, there are 20 fixed paylines and all symbols pay left to right.

The doctor will see you now: Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols from Stakelogic

 

Red Tiger has launched an exciting new big cat slot game, and players who have been fans of the Carole Baskin story so far are going to love her in the slots universe with Big Cat Rescue Megaways. Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary has captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide. As a not-for-profit organisation providing a permanent home to abandoned and abused big cats, a portion of the proceeds from this latest slot offering from Red Tiger, will go towards supporting the sanctuary’s work – a cause that Red Tiger is proud to be backing.

Carole Baskin comes to the slot world with brand new Red Tiger launch of Big Cat Rescue Megaways™

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, welcomes players to a rustic American town where bandits lurk around every corner in its latest crime-thriller, The Great Stick-Up™. Landing three, four or five scatters – which appear in the form of police sirens – will trigger the Free Spins bonus round, awarding payouts worth 2x, 10x and 100x the bet, along with seven free spins. 

PRAGMATIC PLAY FOILS THE PLOT IN THE GREAT STICK-UP™

 

Push Gaming has announced the network-wide release of Fat Banker, the latest in its player favourite Fat series of titles. The 1920s-themed game will be available to all partners across regulated markets and releases hot on the heels of recent hit titles like Nightfall and Fire Hopper. Players will be exploring a life of opulence in Fat Banker with gameplay set in front of the iconic Manhattan skyline. This 50 pay-line game is home to symbols depicting top hats and cigars, alongside the banker’s wife and dog, which must all form matching combinations to award a win.

Push Gaming adds to hit series with Fat Banker

 

Kalamba Games has launched Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll, an enhanced version of one of its most popular titles, with the new iteration including new mechanics and features. The slot delivers fans of the original game a higher max win and upgraded volatility along with numerous gameplay enhancements, the highlight being the addition of the new Hit ‘n’ Roll wheel mechanic.

Kalamba Games upgrades fan favourite title in Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll

 

Evoplay has announced the launch of its latest slot, The Greatest Catch, which follows the footsteps of an elderly fisherman named Harry as he scours the pond for big wins. The fishing veteran spends most of his time snoring away in his wooden boat, surrounded by water lilies and the croaking of frogs. Occasionally, Harry will hook himself an impressive catch, relying on the assistance of players to help reel it in.

Evoplay provides the bait for The Greatest Catch

 

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