Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming
MGA Games, launches Lejano Oeste, its third slot game from the “Hits 2023 by MGA Games” collection, in the Spanish market. An adaptation of the original land-based machine game that revolutionised the sector 15 years ago by introducing the video-reel to Spain, has now been brought to the online world.
Spinomenal has scaled new heights with the launch of Book of Justice – Athena’s Glory. The game sits within the Mythology series. In this latest release from Spinomenal, players must enter the glorious city of Athena to join a quest for riches. Symbols include an array of golden books, shields, battle masks and an ancient tree. A golden book acts as the Scatter wild symbol and will count as any symbol found on the reels.
Victory awaits those who harness the power of the goddess of wisdom and war. From the daughter of Zeus in the award-winning Gates of Olympus™, comes Pragmatic Play’s latest slot, Wisdom of Athena™. Packed with powerful features, the pay anywhere slot requires at least eight matching symbols to be present anywhere across the 5×6 reels to award a win.
Greentube, has brought back legendary anti-hero Bert for another epic caper in Diamond Link™: Cops ‘n’ Robbers™. The five-reel, 20-line slot takes everything that has made the Cops ‘n’ Robbers™ franchise so successful while adding the popular Diamond Link™ feature to the swag pile, providing players with a chance to grab one of four available jackpots.
Wazdan, has released the latest title in its player-beloved 9 Coins™ series, 9 Coins™: Grand Platinum Edition. As Wazdan’s top-performing series across all metrics, 9 Coins™: Grand Platinum Edition is set to build on this popularity through a host of exciting features and mechanics. Taking the saga to new heights, the Grand Jackpot has been increased from 500x to 2,500x of the player’s bet.
Test your luck in Yin Yang Twins, the latest slot from REEVO, a classic Asian-themed game packed with stunning graphics, well-known fortune symbols and colourful characters who offer multiple ways to win. Yin Yang Twins is a 5×3, 25 payline, 95.3% RTP, low volatility slot with a colourful Asian theme full of iconic symbols and packed with free spins, ideal both for new players and those who enjoy frequent wins.
Habanero, sounds the siren’s call in its latest release Siren’s Spell, taking players on a deep-sea adventure with enticing win potential. Set across an enchanting underwater wilderness, the game’s immersive sound effects captivate players – who must form matching combinations of the game’s symbols to secure a win. Presented in a 5×3 reel format, Siren’s Spell features a variety of delightful clams and shells as well as jellyfish, seahorses, sharks, and tortoises claiming the board’s icons.
Captain Nemo by MGA Games is the new release available to international online casino operators starting Monday, June 26. The casino slot will make players live great adventures and discover some of the most exotic creatures on our planet. Get into the submarine with our captain to enjoy the depths of the ocean in this premium five-reel production.
Yggdrasil, has entered an interstellar world like no other in its newest release, Starfire Fortunes TopHit, featuring the supplier’s tenth Game Engagement Mechanic (GEM). TopHit sees a reel that sits above the game, spinning in tandem. If a high-paying symbol lands fully in view, it will transform into a wild as well as turning any matching icons on the reels into wilds.
Armadillo Studios is proud to announce the official launch of its latest exciting game – Fairy Fantasy Exotic Wilds – the third instalment in the Exotic Wilds series. Players experience a magical world full of fairies in this 5×3, 243 ways, high volatility game, with a choice of 96%, 94%, and 88% RTP versions. TheMagic Reels feature is based on the game’s Exotic Wild fairies that transform the reels into magical multipliers, each one corresponding to the three Elements of Nature; Earth, Water and Fire and granting multipliers of up to 50x.
Gaming Realms, will be raiding the safe in its latest slot release Slingo Piggy Bank. Played across 5×5 reels, randomly generated numbers are present across the game board. During each spin, numbers are drawn which must correlate to those on the matrix and in turn mark any matched number’s position. A line of these marked numbers is required to create a Slingo.
Relax Gaming, brings a snappy gameplay experience and big bonuses in its game of the quarter, Shark Wash. Players brave enough to visit the shark-run car wash can win up to 5,000x their stake in this 5-reel, 1024 ways slot by way of lucrative bonus features and mechanics, including its core game mechanic, the Countdown Wild.
Wizard Games is venturing deep into the mountains to ‘Unchain the Dragons’ and collect treasures, in the latest title from the studio. Set in the same universe as the renowned Dragons of the North, the latest slot features captivating mystical dragon symbols on a stunning 5×6 grid. Players can land prizes by creating a winning combination across 40 paylines.
NetEnt’s new Twin Spin™ XXXtreme expands the renowned franchise by adding the exciting XXXtreme Spins feature, enhancing the Twin Reels with guaranteed random win multipliers. The well-known Twin Reels feature makes a welcome reappearance in Twin Spin™ XXXtreme. This copies the symbols of a reel onto an adjacent reel on every spin to help players match symbols on the 729 paylines.
Apparat Gaming, the developer of slots with a German accent, invites players to party on Germany’s favourite holiday island with the release of the Mallorca Wilds slot game. Mallorca Wilds invites you to the Balearic island, which has long since become a German stereotype as the 17th federal state due to its popularity not only for summer holidays: Pull up a deck chair and enjoy a few drinks under the Mediterranean sun with its fun dose of slot action!
Gaming Corps is introducing players to Paddy, a mischievous leprechaun looking to share his wealth in the new Paddy’s Payout slot game. There is a pot of gold lying at the end of the rainbow, and Paddy is going to do his best to make sure players can get their hands on it! Paddy’s Payout is a 5-reel video slot with three symbols per reel and 20 paylines, offering plenty of extra chances for players to win.
Spinomenal has announced its latest adventure on the reels, Story of Alice – part of the Folktales series. Players join Alice on a journey through a mysterious wood that is shimmering with a green, sparkling light that shines on the symbols which range from mushrooms, pocket watches and magical hats. The quest for big wins revolves around capturing three or more Scattered Free Spins symbols on the reels, triggering the highly anticipated free spins feature.
Pragmatic Play, casts a spell on the reels to reveal hidden symbols in its latest title, Spellbinding Mystery™. The gameboard of this enchanting slot is filled with symbols that align with the game’s sorcerer theme and features scrolls, potions and wizard hats. These must form an adjacent matching combination of seven or more icons to unlock a win. The 7×7 reels are also home to Mystery symbols depicted by stars, which will reveal a matched symbol across all instances of these stars on the matrix.
Players will be squealing for joy playing the latest fun-filled slot from in-demand developer Booming Games. Payday Pig takes players to the farm, where they join some pink piggy friends in search of potentially big wins. The game is set across three reels and three rows, with nine paylines active. Players will need to partner with the piggy friends if they are to reap the rewards, but they are helped along the way by several porky bonus features.
Blueprint Gaming’s mastery of the fishing genre is behind its latest slot where the free spins are as volatile on both types of reels in Big Catch Bass Fishing Jackpot King™. After years of success with its iconic Fishin’ Frenzy™ series, Blueprint has moved from the ocean to the lake for this new foray into slot fishing fun and brought with it the industry standard bearer of progressive jackpot systems, Jackpot King™.
BGaming is inviting players to join a gang of armed animals as they storm Chicago’s criminal underbelly in pursuit of supremacy. The suave croc is joined by his animal mafiosos as they seek to take down their rivals, while sporting the best Italian suits, driving black cars and smoking expensive cigars. Ruling the Chicago streets, the powerful crocodile is joined by his intimidating gang – a cigar-smoking pig, a whiskey-swigging lizard and bling-clad lion.
Behind The Popularity of Online Casino Games in Europe
In recent times, Europe’s gaming landscape has experienced a notable increase in the popularity of online games, significantly altering the gaming dynamics across the continent. Online casino games have gained increased interest due to their accessibility, wide selection of game offerings and integration of cutting edge technologies. Online platforms which provide games combine classic casino gameplay with cutting edge digital elements to attract players of all backgrounds.
Trends in European Online Gaming
Due to affordable smartphones with Internet access, Europe’s online gaming market is experiencing exponential growth. This evolution has led to a diverse range of gaming experiences, from casual to complex titles, enhanced by the freemium model which offers free gameplay with optional in-game purchases. This approach has resulted in an expanded player base and more inclusive gaming community.
Europe’s gaming environment is greatly benefited by its cutting edge technological infrastructure. Fast internet and advanced gaming devices give gamers access to an experience they will find truly immersive.
European game development is distinguished by its creative prowess, leading to the creation of several globally acclaimed games. During the early part of 2023, Europe’s gaming market was dominated by several bestsellers, including “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” and “Far Cry 6” by Ubisoft. These games demonstrate the creativity and appeal that European developers bring to global gaming.
The gaming landscape has been profoundly impacted by the shining esports sector. Esports events draw substantial crowds, effectively transforming gaming into a sport enjoyed by spectators. Investments in esports infrastructure and the attraction of sponsorships have been key drivers in the growth of the gaming sector. Gaming has transformed from an individual passion into an engaging community activity, providing shared experiences among gaming communities.
Innovations in Online Casino Gaming
The European online casino landscape is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements and the introduction of unique game offerings. These innovations are not just about enhancing visuals or gameplay, they also focus on creating a more engaging, personalized and interactive gaming experience.
One trend worth noting is the increasing convergence between augmented and virtual reality technologies. Immersive technologies transport players into realistic casino environments that recreate an experience similar to being physically present at a casino. Live dealer games represent another significant innovation, offering both convenience and authenticity of live action for players to interact with dealers and opponents in real time.
Artificial Intelligence algorithms monitor player behavior and preferences to provide customized game recommendations and experiences to each individual player. This personalization not only enhances player engagement, but also helps in responsible gaming initiatives by monitoring player habits and offering support when unusual patterns are detected.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies provide additional security and anonymity when conducting transactions, offering enhanced protection and anonymity when conducting business. This technology ensures players of the security and integrity of their financial interactions, creating trust within the platform.
These technological innovations are creating a new era in European online gaming. Games also cater to players’ varying preferences and offer them a safe, exciting and tailored gaming experience. This evolution is central to the growing appeal of online casinos in the European gaming market.
Player Experience and Community
Online casino gaming in Europe has quickly become an essential hub of vibrant communities. These platforms enhance player engagement by fostering a sense of belonging and interaction among players. With the chat features and multiplayer games, players can connect, exchange information and form new relationships. Socializing transforms an activity from a solitary pursuit into a communal experience.
Community plays an essential part in online casinos, with players joining forums and social media groups on Twitter or Instagram to discuss strategies, share wins and offer support. These interactions create a supportive environment, enhancing the overall gaming experience. Tournaments and leaderboards add an exciting element, encouraging participants to engage more deeply with the community.
These platforms have become vibrant social ecosystems where players not only play games together, but also connect and expand alongside one another. This communal dimension has become a core element of their appeal, elevating online casino games from mere entertainment to an integral part of the gaming community’s social landscape.
The Future of Online Gaming in Europe
Projections for the European online casino gaming sector suggest a trajectory of rapid growth. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies promise to transform gaming experiences by creating engaging environments. Social gaming promises to play an increasingly significant role, with community driven features and multiplayer formats providing more engagement. Integrating blockchain technology could revolutionize security and trust in online transactions. Online casino gaming will remain an influential presence in European gaming culture quickly adapting to technological advances and shifting player preferences.
Aspire Global Facing Pair of Legal Battles
Prominent online gaming software and platform provider Aspire Global has been named as the defendant in a pair of court cases that could potentially result in it being ordered to pay compensation totaling up to €101 million ($109 million).
In the first complaint, Aspire Global is being sued in the United Kingdom by the founders of sports betting software, solutions and services provider BtoBet, Alessandro Fried and Igor Lestar, for €36 million ($39 million). This pair inked a deal in 2020 to sell their company to the Malta-based defendant in exchange for an upfront payment of some €20 million ($21.6 million) as well as an earn-out consideration tied to future earnings before tax.
However, Fried and Lestar through their Sousa Enterprises Limited and Eltsar Limited entities are alleging Aspire Global, which was last year acquired by NeoGames as part of a deal worth some €402.3 million ($423.5 million), violated the terms of this share purchase agreement by spending too little and not charging enough so as to deliberately decrease revenues and the subsequent earn-out sum.
The complex case with its many intricacies is not expected to go to trial before 2025 but could well result in Aspire Global being ordered to pay more than the €36 million headline figure. The financial implications are even more concerning as the defendant’s NeoGames parent is currently in the process of being acquired by Aristocrat in an arrangement valued at north of €1 billion.
In the United States and Aspire Global has also been separately named as the offender in an action brought by Ebet Incorporated, which is the operator of the Karamba, Griffon Casino, Hopa, Generation VIP, Scratch2Cash, Gogawi, Dansk 777 and Bet Target iGaming brands. This Nevada action is seeking some €65 million ($70 million) embracing compensatory damages, punitive fines and other financial penalties to be proven at trial and moreover names AG Communications and other affiliated entities as defendants.
Ebet Incorporated acquired specific business-to-consumer (B2C) assets and associated websites from Aspire Global in 2021 and simultaneously entered into a ‘white-label’ operator agreement embracing collaborative efforts on the future running of the purchased assets. The plaintiff is claiming the defendants breached these deals by manipulating their books to falsify and overstate active player data and exaggerate the health of the acquired properties.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Aspire Global is furthermore being accused by Ebet Incorporated of violating the terms of the agreements by materially failing to maintain necessary operations in Germany, falsifying records and violating industry regulations. The allegations could potentially shape the future trajectories of these companies as they also run to reputational harm, fraud, breach of contract and other unnamed violations due to be proven during the course of the trial.
Secure and Streamlined: PlaytestCloud’s launches Live Playtesting for Game Developers
Berlin-based PlaytestCloud’s newest addition lets game developers quickly and easily run live playtesting sessions thanks to its biggest feature update so far
Berlin, 5 December – PlaytestCloud, the dedicated platform for game developers to gather player feedback and insights for their mobile games, has launched the first live, moderated playtesting service built from the ground up to meet the specific needs of game companies. The new feature – simply called Live Playtesting – allows game developers to run live playtesting sessions over a secure video link with gamers drawn from a pool of more than one million pre-approved playtesters worldwide – or invite their own playtesters using the ‘Bring your own Player’ feature.
The new Live Playtesting feature is fully moderated, meaning that the developer or publisher can test directly with the players, guiding them through the playtest and asking questions as they go. All the logistics of recruiting and scheduling the sessions are handled by PlaytestCloud, including recording, transcribing and analysing the session to capture the key insights.
Testing and player feedback are crucial aspects of game development, and the ability to observe and interact with players in real time while they play is especially valuable. However, this has traditionally been costly and time-consuming to coordinate, making it inaccessible for many smaller and medium-sized developers.
PlaytestCloud’s Live Playtesting has been built from the ground up for the games industry; developers can specify what type of player they’d like to talk to and when, and PlaytestCloud takes care of logistics such as NDAs and payment for the testers and even ensure that game builds are pre-installed in a secure testing environment to make sure no time is wasted.
“Playtesting directly with your players and being able to watch exactly how they feel and react to your game in real-time is the best possible feedback tool – which is why this is possibly our biggest feature launch so far,” said Christian Ress, Co-Founder at PlaytestCloud. “Live playtesting has been our most requested feature from our customers, so when we found that there was nothing else like this available to developers, we set out to create the best possible service, fully integrating it into our platform so that it seamlessly works alongside all our existing features, from simple surveys to AI-Powered Analysis.”
Before today’s launch, PlaytestCloud has been trialling Live Playtesting with several existing customers, including UK studio Included Games:
“PlaytestCloud has been essential to our development process, and Live Playtesting itself is a game changer. The ability to just schedule and jump into a live playtest allows us to gather more insights than ever, making iteration and testing faster and more efficient. Along with that, the fact that everything happens with no work from our side and inside the platform makes it both easy to use and very, very convenient,” said Michael Heywood, Co-Founder and CEO at Included Games.
The new Live Playtesting feature is intended to be an extension of the existing PlaytestCloud platform, which is already the most comprehensive set of testing and feedback tools available to game developers. Live Playtesting is also designed to be collaborative, allowing colleagues from different teams or based in other locations to join in on live playtests and easily share the insights and post-session recordings.
Perhaps most importantly, Live Playtesting is linked to PlaytestCloud’s player panel, which has more than 1 million pre-vetted players from around the world. This means that developers can quickly set up live playtesting sessions with gamers that are specifically chosen based on demographics and game preferences, matching the right players to the game being tested.
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