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PAGCOR to launch own online casino in 1st QTR of 2024, eyes modernization of slot machine operations

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Buoyed by the revitalization of the local gaming industry, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is eyeing to implement measures that will further boost market growth, provide a more convenient gaming experience to guests, and encourage healthy competition.

In his keynote address during the opening ceremony of the SiGMA Asia Summit 2023 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on July 20, 2023, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco proudly announced that the agency intends to launch its own online gaming operations, dubbed as “casinofilipino.com” by the first quarter of 2024.

Tengco explained that the online Casino Filipino aims to employ virtual reality-based technology that can simulate the sights and sounds of a physical casino, thereby offering a realistic and immersive gaming experience.

“It will allow players to interact with the digital counterparts of traditional casino games. It will also transcend physical boundaries and will enable users from around the world to interact and participate in virtual environments. It can reach a global audience and can establish a presence in virtual communities of avid gamers. It will likewise offer an opportunity to tap into new markets and diversify its customer base,” he said

The PAGCOR chief added that the online Casino Filipino will “bring several benefits and opportunities such as increased revenue, extended reach and market expansion, cost efficiency, and enhanced customer engagement.”

Aside from the launch of the new gaming offering, Tengco underscored the importance of modernizing PAGCOR’s slot machine operations to help sustain growth momentum.

“We have already taken the preliminary steps and entered into negotiations with different manufacturers for the modernization of our slot machines. We expect our  customers to have a renewed gaming experience as we endeavor to enhance our game offerings by replacing our old machines with a total of 3,500 brand-new units of Electronic Gaming Machines under a lease agreement between PAGCOR and the manufacturer,” he noted.

The modernization plan also includes the development of the state-run gaming and regulatory firm’s Information Technology (IT) programs and systems to help finetune PAGCOR’s Casino Management System.

“This will play a pivotal role in improving PAGCOR’s casinos in terms of operational efficiency, enhancing customer experience, facilitating real-time reporting and analytics, ensuring security and fraud prevention, optimizing financial management and streamlining compliance requirements,” Tengco explained.

Meanwhile, the PAGCOR chief also proudly announced the state-run gaming and regulatory firm’s revenue achievements in the first half of 2023.

“For the first half of this year, I am proud to share with you the figures we have generated so far. Our total income from gaming operations from January to June of 2023 has reached P34.125 billion. Of this amount, PAGCOR’s contributions to nation building also rose by 48.50% — from P15.23 billion in the first half of 2022 to P22.62 billion this year,” he said.

Tengco said that with the agency’s consistent upward revenue trend, it is highly possible for PAGCOR to reach or even surpass its pre-pandemic income by the end of 2023.

“For the second half of this year, our total income from gaming operations is projected to be P37 billion, which brings to a total of P71 billion the projected income from gaming operations by the end of 2023. This is 94% compared to the 2019 record-breaking year of PAGCOR. If realized, it will be 30% higher than last year’s income of P55 billion,” Tengco furthered.

Meanwhile, Tengco received an award from SIGMA Asia for his Outstanding Contribution to Gaming during the SIGMA Awards held on July 19, 2023 in Conrad Manila in Pasay City. PAGCOR President and COO Atty. Juanito Sañosa, Jr. received the award on behalf of CEO Tengco.

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Galaxsys Upgrades Hit Game Ninja Crash with New Features and Design

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Galaxsys gaming studio proudly announces that its runaway success Ninja Crash has been upgraded with several design features

Galaxsys, a leading innovator studio in the iGaming industry, is thrilled to announce the upgraded version of Ninja Crash, the reigning queen of its gaming portfolio. With a dynamic blend of enhanced design, new features and improved gameplay, Ninja Crash promises an even more thrilling gaming adventure.

About Ninja Crash
Ninja Crash brings the beloved social gaming favorite to the iGaming industry. Launched just last year, this fan-favorite game has swiftly become a star in leading portfolios, integrated by over 150 partners worldwide with particular popularity in Latin America. Galaxsys gaming studio has recently announced a major upgrade to this hit title.

Let’s dive into the various aspects that have undergone significant upgrades and improvements.

New Game Highlights:

Optimized Interface
Players can now enjoy an upgraded interface featuring round action buttons for intuitive navigation and enhanced odds visibility, ensuring a seamless and user-friendly experience.

Maximum Coefficient 5,000x
The game offers the potential for substantial wins with the maximum coefficient reaching an impressive 5,000x.

Combo Bonus Feature
In the game, players can earn a Combo Bonus by slicing a randomly appearing sweet, which triggers a bonus game where more sweets appear for slicing. The bonus odds are additive and are combined with the main game’s odds at the end, ensuring players benefit from the bonus session even if they lose in the main game.

Landscape Mode for Mobile
The feature is a game-changer in terms of player experience as players can enjoy an optimized gaming environment on their mobile devices.

Improved Algorithm
The game incorporates an advanced algorithm designed to captivate and retain players, providing a prolonged and enjoyable gaming experience.

Live Chat
The feature introduces real-time messaging, threaded conversations and personalized stickers, placing the players at the heart of dynamic discussions.

Auto Play Mode
A new addition to Ninja Crash that automatically initiates the next round after each cashout or loss, allowing players to relax and enjoy the continuous flow of excitement.

Freezing Bonus Feature
When the Freezing Bonus appears, players are guaranteed a win as it fixes their current winnings.

With the latest updates and features, Ninja Crash is now even more appealing to Galaxsys partners, ensuring an elevated gaming experience for their players. These enhancements are designed to increase enjoyment, engagement and rewards.

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PopOk Gaming’s new Crash Game release Crash Extreme

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Introducing PopOk Gaming’s new crash game ‘Crash Extreme’ – An Epic Adventure Beyond the Skies!

While playing PopOk Gaming’s latest release “Crash Extreme” the players will embark on an exhilarating journey where their fearless moto rider will defy gravity, soaring off cliffs, reaching unprecedented heights, and even venturing into space!

As the multiplier climbs, the excitement intensifies, offering a breathtaking ride to astronomical heights.

Let the players prepare for an extreme adventure where crashing takes  beyond the skies in ‘Crash Extreme’!

Here’s how it works:

-Place the bet

-Watch the multiplier increase from 1x upwards

-Cash out anytime to multiply the winnings

With the chance to win up to x10,000, ‘Crash Extreme’ promises non-stop excitement and adrenaline-pumping action.

Available in various categories including Casino Games, Skill Games, Fast Games, and more, ‘Crash Extreme’ is set to redefine the gaming landscape. Get ready for the ultimate adventure that takes you beyond the skies!

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The Gamemasters Summit: Stellar Speaker Lineup Announced With 30+ Mobile Games Thought Leaders

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The Gamemasters Summit, a pioneering digital conference powered by Kwalee and supported by media partner PocketGamer.biz and sponsors AppsFlyer and Embrace, has announced its full speaker lineup. The event will bring together developers, publishers, platforms, agencies, suppliers and talent in mobile games alongside students and graduates.

The one-day online event invites delegates to engage with panel discussions and keynote sessions led by some of the sector’s most influential figures. With both an Expert Track and Emerging Track, The Gamemasters Summit offers a range of sessions and networking opportunities for people at all stages of their career in mobile games, from entry level to C-Suite.

The Gamemasters Summit has a ‘no selling, no BS, opinions welcome’ mandate – so the content and discussion will be original, interesting and useful for all attendees.

A Lineup of Over 30 World Class Speakers and Insightful Panels

The Gamemasters Summit is proud to present an impressive roster of speakers, including industry leaders and innovators who will share their knowledge, experiences and visions for the future of mobile gaming. Highlights include:

Javier Castro, Head of EMEA AppDev Gaming at Google and John Wright, VP of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, who will join forces in the keynote panel to explore the latest trends and challenges facing the mobile games industry in 2024.
Michail Katkoff, Founder of Deconstructor of Fun, and Adam Smart, Director of Product Gaming at AppsFlyer, will also join the keynote to provide their expert analysis on game trends and market strategy, shedding light on the keys to success in the rapidly evolving mobile games market.
Gabriel Stürmer, CEO of Clap Clap Games, will share their journey as a games studio, crafting hit games in collaboration with Kwalee, highlighting the strategies that led to their widespread success.
Allison Bilas, COO at GameAnalytics, will contribute her profound analytics and big data knowledge to the “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming” panel. Her experience with major game studios and tech providers underscores the critical role of data in the success of mobile games.
Vera Karpova, Product Manager at dev-to-dev, Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew and Eberhard Dürrschmid, CEO of Golden Whale Productions GmbH will also join the “Play By Numbers” panel, adding their insights on product analytics and the integration of enterprise-level analytics to support mobile game development.
Nikita Lord, Graduate Partnership Manager at Grads in Games – Aardvark Swift, will speak in the “Forging Your Career in Gaming” session. Nikita’s experience in bridging gaps between industry and academia is crucial for aspiring industry professionals and game developers looking to enter the games industry successfully.
Ben Hopkins, Creative Director at VCCP, and Justin Nield, Creative Solutions Lead at Kayzen, will explore the “Crafting Impact: Mastering the Ad Creative Lifecycle” session. Their combined expertise provides a comprehensive view of developing and optimising creative strategies for impactful advertising in the games industry and this panel will be chaired by Gavin McNicholl, Creative Director at Kwalee.
Harry Lang, VP of Marketing at Kwalee, brings over two decades of expertise to the Gamemasters Summit. Harry will kick off the event with an introduction to The Summit and its agenda, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussion and networking. Furthermore, his session “Beyond the Code: The A to Z of Marketing a Hit Mobile Game” promises to unravel the complexities of marketing in the mobile games industry.
William Cox, Head of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, will moderate “Game Publishing Unveiled: Strategies for Emerging Developers.” This panel aims to shed light on the intricacies of game publishing, offering emerging developers insights into how they can make their games stand out. Will’s extensive experience in game publishing at Kwalee, Sega and Ubisoft will guide the conversation, providing actionable advice for attendees.
Simon Platt, VP of Kwalee’s Leamington Studio, has been at the forefront of designing and producing hit mobile games, leading Kwalee’s in-house mobile games to over 1 billion downloads. Simon will chair the “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” session, designed for emerging game developers. This discussion will dive into the creative and strategic processes behind successful game development, from ideation to execution.
Eric Futoran, CEO of Embrace and previously a co-founder of Scopely, will discuss how an obsession with delivering flawless player experiences is crucial to any game’s success, and why he is dedicated to helping teams resolve complex app issues quickly.

These speakers, among many others, will provide a comprehensive exploration of the tools, tactics, and innovations shaping the future of mobile game development and publishing. The Gamemasters Summit is an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights from the leading minds in the industry, offering strategic learning, career development, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Engaging Sessions Designed for Every Level of Expertise

The Gamemasters Summit features two distinct tracks catering to both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the industry so there’s something for everyone:

The Expert Track offers advanced insights into topics such as data science, AI in mobile gaming, and monetisation strategies. Sessions include “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming,” where panellists like Allison Bilas, COO of GameAnalytics, and Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew, will discuss the integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence in game development and marketing.
The Emerging Track focuses on foundational knowledge and career development, with sessions such as “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” by Simon Platt, Head of Studio (Hybrid) at Kwalee. Attendees will gain insights into the creative process behind developing successful mobile games, from concept ideation to execution.

Join the Leading Innovators In Mobile Gaming

The Gamemasters Summit is not only an event for learning and inspiration but also a prime networking opportunity for professionals looking to connect with peers and industry leaders. With discussions on the latest trends, innovations, and strategies, attendees will be better equipped to navigate the future of mobile gaming.

Join the Gamemasters Summit to connect with these and other industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and explore the latest trends and strategies in the mobile games industry – all this and more at zero cost!

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