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Fly high with FunFair Games’ Hugo: Up & Away

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FunFair Games has announced its latest next-generation title, Hugo: Up & Away, an exciting multiplayer crash-game created in partnership with IP-owner 5th Planet Games.

The story-driven release sees the lovable troll Hugo navigate through perilous storms and thunderous clouds in a plane full of jewels, all while avoiding his foes’ explosive TNT balloons.

A fulfilling multiplier increases the further Hugo travels, with a delightful maximum win worth x2,500. However, should our protagonist be struck by fatal lightning, the rewarding journey comes to an end. Players must decide the best time to parachute to safety in order to earn more rewards.

To support Hugo’s companions, players can place two bets each round and utilise the title’s advantageous auto-eject features that help users receive sky-high wins.

Hugo is a fictional character who was first introduced through a hit interactive live TV show that aired in the 90s and entertained people in more than 40 countries. The franchise also amassed a large following in the video-gaming space, bringing forward a range of computer, mobile and console games that received global recognition.

Thanks to FunFair Games’ recently announced partnership with Hugo’s IP holder 5th Planet Games, the innovative studio has been able to introduce the timeless character to the growing crash-game vertical.

Featuring the same mechanics as the company’s top-performing title AstroBoomers: To the Moon!, the new title promises an engrossing casino experience.

Enhancing the studio’s collection of immersive non-traditional titles, Hugo: Up & Away allows FunFair Games to meet its ambitions of developing a new genre of games and attracting the next generation of gamblers.

Mark McGinley, CEO of FunFair Games, said: Hugo: Up & Away has the potential to be one of our most popular releases, with the Scandinavian franchise having gained a broad following thanks to a consistent flow of gaming and cinematic adaptations since the 90s.

“We’re delighted with the final product and have to thank 5th Planet Games for its support throughout the development process. We can’t wait for players to enjoy this vibrant title that combines elements from the original game show and harmonises it with the thrilling crash game elements.”

Mark Stanger, CEO of 5th Planet Games, added: “We are delighted to bring Hugo into a completely new and exciting vertical in the real money gaming space together with FunFair Games. With a crash scene being the focal point of the original TV show, we have found the perfect match in FunFair Games with their expertise in creating engaging crash-style content, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

“Hugo remains an extremely popular character in countries around the world and offering a modern twist of the original story was an opportunity we could not turn down; we look forward to introducing the game to fans old and new.”

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Bitblox bridges the gap between games of chance and games of skill

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From nodes to NFTs there’s a lot to learn in the often intimidating world of cryptocurrency, but innovative crypto predictions games provider Bitblox is here to make testing your token knowledge a fun and rewarding experience with its all-new price-based competitions.

Conceived as a way to introduce engaging, crypto-oriented content to the masses, the unique games provided by Bitblox combine elements of both chance and skill, meaning they hold equal appeal for those with knowledge of the market and those who are totally new to cryptocurrency.

Licensed in the Isle of Man, the company is pitched at operators and aggregators and will begin rolling out its titles in regulated markets in the coming weeks. This means online betting platforms will soon be able to provide players with access to an exciting range of Bitblox games that are all based on their ability to correctly predict the value of a specific token over a set period of time.

Among the provider’s current options, operators will be able to choose from Up or Down and Up or Down Turbo – both of which challenge bettors to predict whether the value of a cryptocurrency will increase or decrease over a 60 or 20 second interval – and 3 in a Row, which enhances this concept by allowing players to combine three different outcomes for massively increased prizes.

To generate further interest among casino players who are perhaps new to cryptocurrency, Bitblox also offers BitSlap – a game which introduces fun characters to the betting experience, making it more light-hearted and creating multiple potential branding opportunities for operators.

Though all games are currently available in pool betting format, Bitblox has already announced that it intends to introduce fixed odds betting to its titles in the near future, with this enabling each operator to set their own prices. On top of that, the company is also exploring the possibility of adding both free-to-play and real money tournament versions of its existing content, with this added social aspect having huge potential to boost engagement and uptake among new players.

Brandt Page, CEO at Bitblox, said: “We know the world of cryptocurrency can often be a little daunting to the uninitiated, but with its fun and engaging price prediction games, Bitblox intends to create a new way of betting where players of all experience levels can profit.

“Combining elements of skill and luck, unique games like Up or Down provide the perfect stage for crypto aficionados to capitalise on their know-how while also offering an exciting and informative way for newcomers to learn as they play. With four titles already available and more to come in 2024, we’re sure they’ll change the way operators think about crypto-based betting.”

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INCENTIVE GAMES PARTNERS WITH ODIBETS TO RELEASE NEW SUITE OF CRASH GAMES

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OdiBets, one of Africa’s largest and most trusted betting operators announces new partnership with leading B2B games provider and acquisition and retention specialists, Incentive Games.

Through this collaboration, Incentive Games will integrate their bespoke Velocity crash games system to OdiBets’ platform, launching in the summer of 2024.

The launch will encompass a dynamic mix of gaming options, including:

  • Free-to-play Velocity crash game: This engaging format will allow players to experience the excitement of crash gameplay without financial risk.
  • Several pay-to-play crash games: OdiBets’ customers will have access to a selection of thrilling pay-to-play crash games, offering a chance to win cash prizes.

Incentive Games’ expert developers have meticulously crafted this suite to seamlessly align with OdiBets’ platform, guaranteeing a smooth player experience. Once live, the Incentive Labs team – a dedicated group of R&D, data, and AI specialists – will work behind the scenes to analyse user behaviour and preferences. This allows for ongoing optimisation and personalisation, ensuring OdiBets’ players receive the most engaging and rewarding crash game experience.

John Gordon, CEO of Incentive Games, said, “We are delighted to partner with OdiBets, a leading force in the African gaming market. Their commitment to providing an exceptional player experience aligns perfectly with our vision at Incentive Games. We’re confident that our innovative crash games will provide an entirely new level of entertainment and help solidify their position as a top gaming destination in Africa.”

Wilson Gichuki, Head of Product at OdiBets, said, “We are thrilled to join forces with Incentive Games. Their expertise in gamification will significantly enrich our platform, offering our users more interactive and enjoyable betting experiences. This alliance aligns with Odibets’ goal to deliver cutting-edge gaming solutions and diversify its entertainment options for its customers and the gaming industry.”

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Azerion Announces Launch of Habbo Hotel: Origins

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Azerion proudly announces the launch of Habbo Hotel: Origins, inviting players to relive the magic of the iconic virtual world as it existed in 2005. This thrilling release marks a major milestone in online gaming history, inviting players to experience the original charm and magic of the early Habbo Hotel.

Habbo Hotel: Origins allows players to relive the magic of the original Habbo experience, meticulously recreated to mirror its 2005 counterpart. With a focus on authenticity and community engagement, it provides players with a genuine and immersive gaming experience that captures the essence of the early days of Habbo. By fostering community involvement and preserving the nostalgia of 2005, we aim to reignite the passion of longtime fans and introduce new players to the charm of Habbo.

Today, we invite players to step back in time and experience the nostalgia of Habbo Hotel Origins. Featuring an authentic recreation of the game from 2005, this launch promises a fresh, community-driven approach to gameplay.

Exciting Features Await:

  • Users can launch the client from the Habbo Hotel Origins website.

  • Habbo Hotel Origins will host three hotels catering to English, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking players.

  • As an 18+ game, Habbo Hotel Origins marks a deliberate shift in the target audience, offering a more mature and immersive experience. While retaining the essence of 2005, Habbo Hotel: Origins introduces necessary updates to comply with modern safety regulations. These include revisions to the call for help flow, additional profile options for enhanced privacy control, GDPR support for data management, and mandatory TOTP registration/login to bolster account security.

  • A Community-Led Journey: In a departure from convention, Habbo Hotel: Origins will adopt a community-led approach to development. In the InfoBus Park room, important questions about development and direction will be posed, with players empowered to vote on these questions and influence decisions, actively shaping the future of the game.

“We couldn’t be more excited to present Habbo Hotel: Origins to our players worldwide,” said Jurriaan van Teunenbroek, VP of Games and Content at Azerion. “This release is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and dedication from the Habbo team, highlighting the enduring legacy of Habbo. We invite players from across the globe to join us on this nostalgic journey and take a trip down memory lane with Habbo Hotel: Origins.”

“I am very excited that we are able to release something that the community has been asking for years. Now everyone come and see what made Habbo popular all those years ago!” continued Mika Timonen, Product Director of Habbo.

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