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DiffusionData Releases Diffusion 6.10

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DiffusionData, the pioneer and leader in real-time data streaming and messaging solutions, today announced the release of Diffusion 6.10. The latest developer-centric enhancements to the framework aim to free up resource, speed and simplify development and reduce operational costs.

Riaz Mohammed, CTO at DiffusionData, said: We spend a lot of time speaking to developers and architects about how we can improve our framework, what do they need that we’re not providing and what can we do better. This latest release is mainly based on the feedback we’ve received. The enhancements address architectural and technical challenges many of our customers face on a daily basis. We are very grateful for the community and client input we get which helps us to further strengthen our market position as a global leader in real-time data streaming.”

Enhancements in Diffusion 6.10 include:

Floating Point Support in Topic Views

Many businesses use decimal or floating point numbers in their data, Diffusion’s Topic Views feature now supports floating point numbers in all clauses. This particularly applies to the ‘process’ transformation which now has support for setting floating point numbers and using them in calculations. This includes the ability to specify the scale (the number of places after the decimal point) and the rounding policy to use in calculations.

Conditional Update and OR Operator Constraints

Using Diffusion it is possible to specify constraints when updating a topic, either directly or using an update stream. One of these constraints is checking the current value of the topic before applying the update. Until now, the only constraint possible on a value was an exact binary equality comparison with the current value. Following a client request, you can now update topics from many different sources and still maintain the order.

6.10 has been extended to support relational comparisons, such as ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ etc. The values specified do not have to exactly match the type. For example, you can specify that the update is only applied if the current value is less than five and this would work with integral or floating point values. It would also work against a string value containing a number.

Previously it was possible to compose update constraints using an and method so that the update would only be applied if a lock was held and the value was equal to a specified value. In 6.10, you can also use an or method to compose constraints along with and so that an update is only applied if there is no topic, or the topic has no value or the value is less than five.

Ability to Retrieve Metrics using the API

Metrics provide valuable insights into how the system is performing and allows users to tune their installation accordingly. Previously, metrics have been available through Prometheus or viewable via the Diffusion Console. In 6.10 you can also retrieve metrics via the API.

This is achieved using a new metricsRequest method in the metrics feature which returns an object which you can configure and then issue a fetch request to return the required metrics. By default it will return all metrics for all servers in a cluster, but it is possible to request only metrics for the current connected server or for specified servers. Users can also filter metrics so that the result only contains the metrics you are interested in. Providing metrics access in the API allows users to build metric monitoring into their own applications.

Update Stream Recovery

Clustered server architectures are ideal for availability but present issues when the shape of the cluster changes (such as adding a new server). This feature allows applications to seamlessly recovery from blips in the cluster. Previously, they would have to code applications to be resilient to these issues. In essence, less code for the user to write and maintain.

If a Diffusion cluster repartitioned whilst clients were updating, a transient error would occur and the update stream would be invalidated. The updating application would need to be coded to recover from such an eventuality. In 6.10, it is possible to specify a retry strategy and a new RecoverableUpdateStream is created. This stream keeps in flight updates and is able to reapply them when a transient cluster error occurs, reducing the complexity of the calling application.

REST API to Manage Gateway Framework

Gateway Framework allows simple integration with countless external systems. The previous gateway applications were managed in real-time using the Diffusion console. The addition of REST API management means that such applications can be managed programmatically from within the user’s own applications. A REST API user authenticates using a Logon call and is returned a token which it can use to make subsequent REST calls to manage the Gateway.

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R. Franco Digital catalogue expands on Games Global platform

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Franco Digital, Spain’s leading iGaming provider, has expanded its reach by adding a host of new games to Games Global, one of the most important gaming distribution platforms in the world.

The agreement will allow the Spanish company to offer casino operators globally an even wider selection of games, providing players with a unique experience.

Franco Digital’s latest games have all been included, including top performers such as Link i Lin, Wild Tank and Bigote.

These games are joined by the rest of R. Franco Digital’s extensive collection on Games Global PLUS. Casino operators will be able to access these titles through a unique integration, allowing them to easily offer players a more varied and attractive gaming experience.

Javier Sacristán Franco, International Business Director at R. Franco Digital, commented: “With this expansion we have strengthened our goal of aligning with first-level partners and strategic allies to make their offer grow with our product and technology, at the same time as they complete our already wide offering of games for all our clients. The fact that we have extended this agreement with one of the main players in the sector fills us with pride and reflects the quality of the games, products and services offered by our company, positioning us as a technological supplier of reference.”

Andrew Booth, Chief Product Officer of Games Global, added: “We are delighted to welcome R. Franco Digital’s new games to our platform. These games are known for their quality and their ability to keep players entertained, and we are confident that they will be a big hit with our operators and their players.”

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55% of Swedish slot players think ‘Bonus Buy’ games should be banned

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Exclusive Swedish polling conducted by Play’n GO today also reveals overwhelming general public support for the prohibition of Bonus Buy slot games

Play’n GO, the world’s leading casino entertainment provider, has today revealed exclusive polling conducted in Sweden that shows overwhelming support for the prohibition of the controversial slot mechanic featured in ‘Bonus Buy’ games.

The results of a nationally representative survey in Sweden are stark:

  • Seven out of ten members of the general Swedish public (69%) support changing the regulation to ban ‘Bonus Buy’ games
  • Incredibly, more than half of Swedish slot players (55%) want the game type prohibited too

Among the respondents who want to see the controversial slot game banned, two-thirds of the public (66%), and more than half of slot players in Sweden (52%), believe ‘Bonus Buy’ games exploit vulnerable gamblers.

Further, nearly two-thirds of slot players themselves (63%) think that ‘Bonus Buy’ games result in higher losses for players.

So called ‘Bonus Buy’ games allow players to buy directly into the bonus or free spins round of a slot game, in many cases for hundreds of times more than their initial stake for a single spin.

The controversial game type is banned by some of the world’s leading regulators including KSA of the Netherlands and the UK Gambling Commission, who reiterated their stance in a reminder to all online casino operators back in January 2020 that stated ‘Gambling products must not actively encourage customers to increase their stake or increase the amount they have decided to gamble.’

The findings by Play’n GO also reveal today that Swedish slot players overwhelming think that:

  • changing the regulation to align with the UK and the Netherlands regarding ‘Bonus Buy’ games is the ‘responsible thing to do’ (61%)
  • a change in the regulation shows that ‘the Swedish government are taking gambling issues seriously (63%)
  • they would be proud if the gambling regulator prohibited ‘Bonus Buy’ games (53%)

In December, the Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen reported that Spelpaus, the centralised national self-exclusion system, surpassed 100,000 registered users for the first time.

Commenting on the overwhelming support in Sweden for the prohibition of ‘Bonus Buy’ slot games, Johan Törnqvist, CEO and Co-founder of Play’n GO, said: “Play’n GO has been a consistent and vocal advocate for a sustainable, regulated, and thriving gaming industry that is based around an ‘entertainment-first’ mindset for many years.

“I pledged as far back as 2021 that Play’n GO would never make a Bonus Buy game3 – a decision that has cost us hundreds of millions of Swedish Krona – but I stand by that decision. Bonus buy games are harmful to players, and to the long-term health and sustainability of the entire industry, and they should be excluded from the regulated Swedish market.”

Over half of the Swedish public (51%) described game suppliers who have decided not to make ‘Bonus Buy’ games as ‘responsible’, with more than a quarter choosing ‘ethical’ or ‘brave’.

The exclusive research was conducted among people in Sweden who reported that they played slots at least once per month.

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Wazdan takes players on an aquatic adventure in its award-winning new release Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, is deep-diving into its latest ocean-themed slot Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin.

Tipped as the One to Watch for 2024 at the SlotsWise Awards, the game has been hotly anticipated by both operators and players thanks to its immersive design and field-tested features.

Set out on a 5×3 grid, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin sees an additional reel run atop the board with the Collector symbol appearing at random with a countdown, accumulating cash symbols that fall beneath it.

The game’s aquatic theme is further enhanced with the Trawler Cash Out mechanic which can be triggered in addition to the standard Cash Out, paying both its collected cash symbol in addition to the ones on the reels above when its countdown reaches zero.

Three starfish scatter symbols award an initial ten Free Spins. This round is augmented by the Collect to Infinity™ feature which can prolong the lifespan of the Collector for the duration of the Free Spins, providing a maximum win potential of 2,500x.

Wazdan’s latest feature-rich release sees the provider further diversify its offering, following two recent additions to its top-performing series, Hot Slot™: 777 Rubies Extremely Light and Hot Slot™: 777 Cash Out Grand Gold Edition.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “Immersing players in a mesmerising oceanic backdrop complemented by our gain-guaranteeing features, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin marks one of Wazdan’s most hotly anticipated releases to date.

“With seamless thematic mechanics such as the new Trawler Cash Out feature, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin is already an award-winning title, and we have no doubt players will deep-dive into its engaging gameplay.”

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