Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, talks about the need for operators and suppliers to have visibility and privacy of data coming into and going out of their systems and networks at all times
Online gambling operators work with a wide range of B2B partners to deliver sports betting and casino experiences to their players. Companies are currently always communicating with each other over the internet, with data being passed back and forth at all times via webapp and api calls. But in most cases, operators do not have control or visibility over the high volumes of traffic going into and coming out of their systems and networks.
This lack of insight can lead to inefficiencies and also make it hard to spot unexpected data flows to and from unknown destinations. At a time when the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks being launched against organisations in the gambling industry are at an all-time high, this insight and the use of private connectivity, is a must for operators to have at all times.
Ultimately, this means that operators and suppliers need access to a private internet that is highly secure and ultra-fast, and that allows them to connect to one another and communicate in real-time. This needs to be combined with a portal where they can monitor and manage all traffic flows while being confident they are safe from the threat of a cyber attack.
As the leading infrastructure provider to the global online gambling industry, we were aware of this need and so developed and launched the Continent 8 Gaming Exchange and Premium Portal. It’s a powerful private internet and exclusive community exchange specifically for iGaming businesses, allowing them to connect faster and more securely than via the standard internet.
It means that our customers can connect directly to others via our MPLS backbone in a Layer 3 virtual private network (VPN), rather than route over the public internet. It offers the lowest latency and the highest levels of performance guaranteed with both local and remote reachability. What’s more, it’s incredibly reliable with IPv4 addressing but reduced public surface area, and an uptime rate in excess of 99.9%.
The technical environment in which companies communicate is important, but so too is the portal in which data and information are displayed.
Operators and suppliers need access to key metrics, stats and data as standard, but they also need an analytical dashboard that allows them to view and monitor all traffic flows. Our portal offers a dynamic map overview for all connectivity between sites and data flows, plus the direction of traffic. As mentioned, this allows them to identify inefficiencies and potential security risks.
Examples of efficiencies they can identify and action would be moving other public internet traffic use to private CloudConnect or MPLS services dedicated to connecting customers to partners or hyperscale cloud implementations.
Of course, security is a key concern for all organisations in the gambling industry and especially when connecting to and communicating with third-party providers. Because the Gaming Exchange is a private network, it is not attackable externally so this risk of falling victim to something like a DDoS attack is minimised.
This is a major upside for operators and their supplier partners, with both facing a growing arsenal of cybersecurity threats. The types of attacks include credential stuffing and phishing as well as DDoS and ransomware. In fact, the industry’s relatively heavy use of third parties makes companies especially vulnerable as they can be subject to attacks against their own systems in the event that a supplier is breached.
The only way to successfully mitigate the risk of falling victim to a cyber attack is to take a multi-layered approach to security. The first step in this is to identify your “crown jewels” and to ensure they are appropriately protected. Protection should cover the data, endpoints, applications and network layers of your business to protect against the different types of threats.
The defences, such as DDoS, WAAP, SIEM/SOC and EDR/MDR, operate together to protect an organisation. This, when combined with using a private internet to communicate with partners, puts operators in a strong position to fight back against attacks and ensure their systems, data and communication networks can run “businesses as usual” even in the event an attack gets through.
Infrastructure might not be as exciting as product innovations, million-dollar marketing campaigns and new market expansion, but it is the foundation for all of these and more. Without the right systems, networks and solutions in place, operators and suppliers simply cannot push the boundaries in other areas while maximising the potential of partnerships they have.
Week 39/2023 slot games releases
Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming
Players are being given the opportunity to travel back in time to the ice age in the latest slot from in-demand provider, Booming Games. Those who can brace the icy winds of Mammoth Tundra will come face to face with beasts and potentially big wins. Players must trek across the frozen reels – which take the 5×3 format – and keep their wits about them at all times. Not only can Woolly Mammoths cross their path, but so too can sabre tooth tigers and other wild animals.
Don your best disguise and adopt a cunning alter ego in a bid to nab the museum’s prize assets in Crown Heist, REEVO’s latest classic low-volatility jewel-themed game. Based on a proven maths model and appealing to new players who enjoy frequent wins and a swag-bag full of free spins, Crown Heist is a 5×3, 25-payline slot overflowing with jewel-encrusted free spins.
Habanero has launched Meow Janken, its newest slot with an inter-galactical theme, based on the classic Rock-Paper-Scissors game. Players take off on a thrilling journey across the galaxy in this captivating one-line game, with the task of beating Janken at Rock-Paper-Scissors – the most compelling aspect of this epic voyage. If a player is lucky enough to beat Janken in a Rock-Paper-Scissors tussle, any win is multiplied by x9 with a tie multiplied by x2.
Step into Aztec SuperTracks™, the latest game release from Raw iGaming, the studio on a mission to blast industry monotony out of the sky. In this unique 9×7 experience, an adventure unfolds filled with warriors, gods, and epic win potential! Aztec SuperTracks follows the journey of four heroes as they seek to discover special offerings to appease their angry gods and preserve world order. They are helped on their way by RAW’s innovative SuperTracks® pay mechanic opening a treasure trove of power-ups, gems and bonuses along its path.
Greentube, is presenting players with a deathly yet cheerful adventure in its latest release Cash Connection™ – Candelas de los Muertos™ – Señorita Suerte. The scare-filled slot, which has a Mexican Day of the Dead theme, fuses together winning destiny and mystical features, as players bid to unlock the riches of the Grand Jackpot.
Feel the gentle embrace of nature with Endorphina’s 6-reel, 5-row slot – Fresh Crush! Embark on a hiking adventure through steep mountain trails and thick forests scattered with some of nature’s finest fruits! Climb the tallest mountains, enjoy the scenery as the sky changes from peaceful blue to majestic gold and find the real diamond before the sun sets!
Introducing 100 Sevens from Apparat Gaming, the developer of slots with a German accent. As the name suggests, this title is all about the numbers 100 and seven – and here’s why… 100 Sevens is set across five reels and four rows, with 100 paylines active. That’s right, 100 paylines active. In this classic fruit-themed game, neon lights guide the way to sparkling wins with Double Wild symbols.
Armadillo Studios has released its latest slot title Surging 7s. This game is a classic fruit-themed slot with 6×4 reels, low to medium volatility, colourful visuals and the all-time-favourite 7s. Landing three or more adjacent stacks of 7s triggers Surging 7 Multipliers, which creates a random multiplier to boost wins. When four or more Link Bonus Coins land anywhere on the reels, coins will either change colour and reveal corresponding Prizepot colour wins, or award random credits.
Everygame Casino is taking players on a pirate adventure with its new Legend of the High Seas slot game from Spin Logic. With Wilds that double wins and Scatters that TRIPLE wins, there’s plenty of booty to be won in this full-featured new game. Pirates, parrots, treasure and treasure maps spin on the five reels of this high volatility game. When Wilds appear in a winning combination they double the payout.
Get ready for Stakelogic’s next page-turner with the release of Book of Jones – Golden Book. Players can embark on a thrilling adventure that transports them to a world of ancient secrets and incredible treasures. As players delve deeper into the mysteries of this five-reel, three-row, 10-payline slot, they will want to keep their eyes peeled for the Book Symbols that can land at any time during the base game. If three Book Symbols drop, 10 Free Spins are awarded.
3 Oaks Gaming, has released Black Wolf 2: Hold and Win – a howling hit title boosted by the addition of the Fortune Slide feature, awaiting to be hunted down by players. In this 5×4 follow-up to Black Wolf: Hold and Win, users trek into a moonlit wilderness to uncover surprises in this feature-rich slot, including the Fortune Slide mechanic, which is active during the Bonus Game.
Kalamba Games focuses on player personalisation in its gemstone-inspired release Diamond Supreme Hold and Win. Influenced by retro AWP machines, symbols are represented by iconic bells, cherries and bars. Wilds up the win potential by substituting for all base game symbols making it easier to create a winning combination across the slot’s 20 paylines.
Wazdan, has given the Extremely Light treatment to the latest leading game in its portfolio in Hot Slot™: 777 Cash Out Extremely Light. By creating a version of its top-performing title with light and more elegant graphics, the new slot becomes energy efficient and optimised for players on mobile devices, prolonging the gaming experience with less battery drain.
Blueprint Gaming’s mastery of the oceans and all its bounty returns for an anticipated sequel with Crabbin’ for Cash Extra Big Catch Jackpot King. The familiar charm and aesthetic of the original game’s backdrop are back with colourful crustaceans consuming the screen as the fisherman helps players with a host of features and the iconic Jackpot King progressive jackpot system.
Red Rake Gaming, has added Triple Irish to its extensive range of games. An exciting video slot with 5×3 reels and 20 paylines that immerses players in Ireland’s rich folklore and tradition, where three key elements trigger a journey full of opportunities and wins.
Gaming Corps invites players to the best ramen joint they will ever visit with the release of slot game Ramen Puzzle. This is an instant win game, made up of a grid of 25 tiles, which either conceal ramen bowls or leftovers. Players can savor Ms. Kawai’s delicious, sparkling ramen to their heart’s content as they open bowl after bowl.
FBMDS’ First Ever Crash Game, Champion Tales, is Out Worldwide
Get ready to witness the dawn of a new era in online casino gaming as FBMDS unveils the highly anticipated Champion Tales, the brand’s first ever non-traditional game available worldwide. Brace your players for an immersive gaming experience that will transport them across the globe, hand in hand with the legendary Mr Champion himself.
Champion Tales captures the essence of the emergent non-traditional gaming trend with its strategic betting rounds and monumental winnings. FBMDS’ new game merges top-notch technology with the brands’ expertise, creating a thrilling and immersive experience with high stakes for players and a safe choice for casino operators.
A distinctive non-traditional game with big prizes to award
Following a crash gaming logic, FBMDS’ release evokes players’ heart-pounding anticipation as the multiplier reaches new heights, requiring strategic decision-making and a thrilling rush to hit the ‘Collect’ button before it’s too late.
FBMDS has balanced gameplay mechanics to increase players’ chances of earning significant rewards, making it a lucrative choice for online casino operators. Furthermore, Champion Tales boasts a highly profitable RTP rate, surpassing competitors in the market.
But that’s not all. Champion Tales comes loaded with features designed to elevate the gaming
- Autoplay: Players can choose how many rounds they want to play without any hassle, making continuous play even more convenient and enjoyable.
- Auto Cashout: The Auto Cashout feature, where players can choose the value they want to cash out, minimizing mistakes or distractions that could impact their winnings.
- Responsible Gambling: FBMDS prioritizes players’ safety with the responsible gambling feature, allowing players to set limits above or below their initial balance, preventing any unwanted excessive play.
- Detailed Play History: A detailed play history feature ensures that players always remain safe and in control. They can review their past gaming sessions, bets and outcomes, promoting transparency and responsible gaming practices.
“Listening to our partners and clients was always the number-one priority during the creation process of Champion Tales,” the Director for FBM, Renato Almeida, said. “Since the crash gaming category has been getting a lot of popularity, we made sure we understood market needs to make sure our clients’ expectations and profitability rates were being met, while delivering an innovative solution able to provide players with an amazing gaming experience.”
A personalized crash gaming atmosphere
Champion Tales goes beyond colossal wins with its debut, offering a captivating Brazil-inspired tropical ambiance. Moreover, the game’s background, scenery and music can be customized to meet the needs of casino operators in diverse markets, cultural contexts and geographical locations.
This allows for an enriched gaming experience worldwide, whether by incorporating local landmarks, cultural references or regional music, to resonate with operators’ requirements, enhancing customer engagement and satisfaction.
In addition, clients can have their respective logos applied to the game’s flag, further aiding in branding. FBMDS maintains product localization as a priority by developing characters and backgrounds that resonate with the regions where partners operate and represent the seasonality of the market. This approach generates greater player identification, leading to increased retention and loyalty.
By developing mobile-friendly, cutting-edge and highly customizable gaming solution like Champion Tales, FBMDS proves once again its ability to deliver profitable and satisfying products for casino operators worldwide.
Hub88’s Mark Taffler Taking to the Ring to Support Oliver’s Wish Foundation at the SBC Charity Boxing Championship
Supplier’s Commercial Director to don the gloves at prestigious industry charity event
Mark Taffler, Commercial Director for Hub88 and Bombay Group, is joining an industry lineup to compete in a white-collar boxing match at this year’s SBC Charity Boxing Championship fundraising event.
Taffler, who is being sponsored by One.io, whom is part of the Yolo Investments’ portfolio, will face SMPL Consulting’s Director Simon Pilkington in the opening bout of the night to raise money for three charity organisations.
Hub88 will be hosting a VIP table at the event, which was set up by SBC in partnership with Oliver’s Wish Foundation.
Over 500 industry representatives will be in attendance for an evening of boxing on November 10, with a blend of fierce competition and camaraderie taking place at the luxurious Hilton Hotel in London.
Last year’s event raised a staggering £152,000 and was donated to the Oliver’s Wish Foundation and its amazing partner charities Chestnut Tree House, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and SUDC UK.
“Mark’s fantastic work so far will be rewarded in the boxing ring and we look forward to seeing how he gets on against his fierce competition Simon when the action unfolds,” the Head of Hub88, Ollie Castleman, said.
“Ultimately, the goal is to raise money for a great cause and, following the success of last year’s event, we are delighted to play a part in the 2023 instalment of the SBC Charity Boxing Championship.”
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