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UltraPlay’s 2023 Review: A Year of Triumphs and Innovation

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the incredible journey UltraPlay has had in
2023. From industry recognitions to groundbreaking partnerships and notable awards, it has
undeniably been a year of triumphs and innovation for us.

January: A Strong Start at ICE London

We kicked off the year with a powerful presence at ICE London, making waves as we were
recognized as eSports innovators at the prestigious IGA event. Our commitment to pushing the
boundaries of eSports was acknowledged, setting the tone for a year filled with
accomplishments.

Nominations and Shortlists

Throughout the months that followed, UltraPlay’s excellence was consistently acknowledged.
Nominations and shortlists poured in from various esteemed events such as the BSG Awards,
EGR B2B Awards, SiGMA Awards, Affpapa iGaming Awards, and more. This recognition
underscores our dedication to delivering top-notch solutions in the iGaming industry.

Strategic Partnerships and Big Deals

In 2023, UltraPlay solidified its position in the industry by finalizing significant deals with key
partners, including ELITBET Solisbet, Betador and Revoada. These partnerships not only
expand our global reach but also signify the trust our partners place in our innovative solutions.

Global Presence: Exhibiting Across Continents

Our commitment to a global presence was evident as we exhibited at major events across the
world. From SiGMA Americas in Brazil and SiGMA Asia in Manila to SBC Barcelona in
September and concluding with SiGMA Europe in Malta in November, we made our mark on the
international stage.

Awards Galore

The accolades continued to pour in for UltraPlay. We were honored with the title of “eSports
Product of the Year” at the SiGMA Americas Awards night, further cementing our position as
leaders in the eSports sector. Additionally, we proudly took home the title of “eSports Solution of
the Year” at the prestigious BEGE Awards.

Beyond Business: Corporate Responsibility

At UltraPlay, success goes beyond business achievements. Throughout the year, we engaged
in team-building activities, participated in charity events, and fostered employee growth. Our
QOOL UP campaign showcased the values that make UltraPlay not just a company but a great
community.
As we look back on the events of 2023, UltraPlay is not just a witness to the industry’s evolution
but an active driver of positive change. The year has been a testament to our commitment to
innovation, excellence, and corporate responsibility. We eagerly look forward to what the future
holds as we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the dynamic world of
iGaming.

Here’s to a successful 2023 and the exciting journey that lies ahead!

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UK gaming industry to launch new ‘boutique casino’ show in London in January 2025

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As part of a three year expansion plan into the gaming and emerging entertainment sectors, EAG Expo, owned by UK trade association Bacta, will be launching a new casino show in London dedicated to land based operations.

EAG Expo Europe will be launching a new specialised ‘boutique show’ for the casino and betting industry at its upcoming edition in London’s ExCeL Centre on January 14-16 2025. The Capital Casino & Gaming Show (CC&GS) will run alongside EAG and forms part of the exhibition organiser’s expansion drive into the wider land based entertainment and leisure sector in both the UK and Europe.

The development programme was approved earlier this year by EAG owners Bacta – the UK’s amusements and gaming trade association. In addition to investment in a new arena for the core casino and betting machine manufacturers, the new London casino show will also focus on the growing market of smaller dedicated service and supply companies concentrated in the land based sector. During the exhibition, CC&GS will be hosting a series of seminars and workshops dedicated to the needs of land based casino and betting businesses.

And for the Capital Casino & Gaming Show, there is also the added historic dimension. The UK industry has universally backed the launch of a smaller, more intimate, boutique-style exhibition to maintain the important tradition of a casino trading forum in London for the land based international market, which has dated back to the late 1980s.

Martin Burlin, Chairman of EAG, said: “These are interesting and exciting times for the broader land-based amusements, gaming and gambling sector. With new legislation on the horizon here in the UK, it is likely that many of the innovations that are driving change in Britain will work their way into the international marketplace. And with new social responsibility measures featuring more prominently on production schedules, including age verification and cashless systems, both EAG and the new CC&GS in London provide the perfect shows to see this technology in action – and in an atmosphere that lends itself to more detailed conversations and engagement.”

The focus on land based gaming provides an important USP for the Capital Casino & Gaming Show. Nick Harding, former Bacta president and ex-CEO of the national AGC operator Praesepe, is the ‘international ambassador’ of the newly launched London casino show. He believes it will provide a vital addition to the international casino and betting sector’s calendar of events. “London has been the central force for the global casino sector for a period spanning five decades or so – it has been the capital of land based gaming products and innovations for all that time. With the evolution of the global industry, particularly into the online arena, there is a growing call, and need, for a sustained, more dedicated focus on land based operations,” Harding said.

The ‘boutique’ style casino is exactly how Harding sees the new London casino show evolving. “This isn’t a show honed on numbers, it’s shaped by quality products, quality time and quality engagement. The land based sector needs a dedicated forum, where the largest and smaller-styled influencers can connect in an environment which is set at their pace.”

He added: “In the States, particularly Las Vegas and the tribal casino sector, in Asia, Australia, and in heartland Europe, land based gaming is alive and kicking – but with very unique technological innovations and regulatory requirements. The UK has been the home of that land-based focus for nearly half a century, and we want London to continue to play an influential part in building business for the land-based industry across the globe. That’s the vision for our London casino show, and it’s an investment the entire UK industry is keen to make.”

The Capital Casino & Gaming Show will launch at London’s ExCeL Centre on 14-16 January 2025.

 

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Games Lift 2024: These five developer teams will receive the Hamburg incubator funding

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Five teams have won over the Games Lift awarding committee with their game projects. On September 9, the Games Lift Incubator will start for them as a unique support program in Germany. Included is a one-year workshop and mentoring program with international industry experts and 15,000 euros in financial support, as well as room for collaboration and exchange with the other participating teams. More than 30 experts in game design, product development, pitching, business development, press relations and marketing from the Games Lift network will share their experience with the teams to give their projects a professional start. Starting this year, the program also offers participating teams a joint trip to an international industry event. The Games Lift Incubator is organized and implemented by Gamecity Hamburg on behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

A total of 21 teams and solo developers applied for the fourth Games Lift Incubator. The decision for the five participating teams was made by the awarding committee, consisting of Kristin von der Wense (Publishing Producer Daedalic Entertainment), Ole Schaper (Managing Director The Sandbox Hamburg (Sviper GmbH)), Heiko Gogolin (Managing Director Rocket Beans Entertainment) and Tobias Graff (Co-Founder, Programmer and CEO Mooneye Studios).

Margarete Schneider, Project Manager at Gamecity Hamburg, on the award committee’s decision: “We are delighted with the large number of applications for our incubator and the high standard of the pitch decks submitted once again. It is particularly pleasing that we are receiving more applications from outside Hamburg, who see the city as an attractive location for starting a new business. The Games Lift Incubator provides gaming start-ups with comprehensive starting support and enables them to forge connections in Hamburg’s diverse games scene.

The five winner projects and teams for Games Lift Incubator 2024:

  • ForeFeathers by Team Honeybeak
  • Frisia – Cozy Villages by Rouven Cabanis
  • Light of Atlantis by Duck ‘n’ Run Games
  • Pubcrawler by Triflgard
  • Tiny Garden by Tales from the Garden

ForeFeathers by Team Honeybeak is a 3D Puzzle-Platformer where players slip into the role of a penguin, who explores the sky-high ruins of an ancient civilization of birds. Traversing the flying islands with the ancient powers of flight, solving tricky puzzles and keeping the penguin’s friends away from trouble are some main aspects of the game.

In Frisia – Cozy Villages by Rouven Cabanis the player gains control over an uninhabited Northsea island and is tasked with building a functional, yet cozy and beautiful little town. Inspired by the frisian architecture of the Dutch and German Northsea coast, Frisia aims to create a cozy gameplay experience in harmony with simple town-building and strategy game mechanics.

Light of Atlantis by Duck ‘n’ Run Games is a 2D puzzle metroidvania in which players take on the roles of various robots with individual abilities to explore the sunken ruins of Atlantis. By draining and releasing water into the various rooms, the robots shape their environment and improve their chances against different enemies. Light of Atlantis was part of the Gamecity Hamburg prototype funding in 2023 and received in the same year the German Computer Game Award (Deutscher Computerspielpreis) in the category “Best Prototype”.

Pubcrawler by Triflgard is a co-op PC game in which up to four players need to work as a team, to navigate a giant, mechanic, wandering pub through an apocalyptic wasteland. In the process, they must complete a variety of challenging tasks that can only be mastered as a team. Working together efficiently, pleasing the different guests and keeping a cool head even when the giant pubcrawler faces technical issues are the key to a successful journey.

In Tiny Garden by Tales from the Garden players slip into the role of a deity who fills a deserted planet with life. Together with their servants, a group of cute leaf creatures that must be protected from evil spirits, they plant a constantly growing garden. As soon as the garden is fully grown, the evil spirits can be soothed and the player can move on to the next planet in help.

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The gaming phenomenon arrives in Portugal: Solverde.pt is the first Portuguese casino with Crash Games

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Solverde.pt is the first Portuguese online casino with Crash Games, the global phenomenon that has revolutionized the gaming sector. The company now offers this new online game format with 13 games, developed by 3 studios, including 100% national and exclusive games, developed by the Portuguese studio Darwin. More games are being prepared to launch in the coming weeks.

Crash Games are a new casino game that is changing the logic of online gaming. Directly inspired by the blockchain universe, this format began among cryptocurrency aficionados, was adopted by online casinos and impacted all regions of the globe where it was launched as a successful phenomenon.

Crash Games usually involve a flying object, such as a plane, traveling in an ascending line; players place their bets which are multiplied as the plane ascends. Players then have to decide when to withdraw their bets before the plane “runs away”. The key is to choose the ideal moment to “cash out”, that is, hit the highest multiplier before the crash moment.

Solverde.pt will initially make available 13 Crash Games games from 4 studios: Darwin, Playtech, and ESA Gaming. Among the launches, two Portuguese games exclusively on Solverde.pt stand out, “O Avião” and “Foguetão”, developed by the Portuguese studio Darwin, specialized in mobile. Also noteworthy is the “Luva de Pedreiro” themed game, a social media phenomenon. In the coming days and weeks, the company will launch even more Crash Games options, reinforcing its leadership as the online casino with the most games available; Recently, Solverde.pt reached the milestone of 3 thousand games on a single platform.

This is a completely disruptive form of entertainment that finally arrives in Portugal, through Solverde.pt. It is a moment much anticipated and prepared by us. Crash Games involve a fast and fun game logic, close to gaming, which will boost the online casino universe, until today, essentially anchored in slot machines”, reflects Américo Loureiro, Director of Solverde.pt, adding “We believe that Crash Games can change the paradigm of online gaming in Portugal.”

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