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Gaming Corps: innovating the classics with Piggy Smash

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Author: Connor Blinman, Head of Games at Gaming Corps

Arcade-style games have long been a firm favourite for casino players, and in 2024, there are very few signs of that changing anytime soon. But what is it that makes them appeal to players?

Well, for Gaming Corps’ Head of Games Connor Blinman, the answer lies in the simplicity, clarity and nostalgia of these types of games; this is what makes arcade games stand the test of time.

Over the years, Gaming Corps has garnered a wealth of experience in the arcade space. But back in January, the games developer set out on a mission to combine that love of arcade-style games with the world of traditional slots. This blend, Blinman believes, will no doubt cement Piggy Smash’ position as a player-favourite.

A twist on a classic

From the outset, it may then seem that adapting a player-favourite would be extremely difficult. As the adage goes, why fix what’s not broken?

Gaming Corps’ Piggy Smash is, however, promising to bring something completely new to the overall gameplay experience with the incorporation of mechanics that “the casino industry has never seen before”.

Blinman said: “Gaming Corps is one of the very few providers within the iGaming industry that is able to offer such a wide variety of products in our portfolio. From classic slots to table games, and from Mine to Crash games, we really do have it all.

“When we were creating Piggy Smash, we have found the perfect balance between all of these products. We wanted to emulate the style and design of the arcade-style games that we all know and love but combine that with the style of mechanic that you would find in a traditional slot game.

“It’s the best of both worlds; Piggy Smash appeals to both slot and arcade fans, and we’re so happy with the results.”

According to Blinman, the secret to combining two classic verticals is ‘simplicity’. This is where the Smash4Cash™ comes in.

Piggy Smash is the first of Gaming Corps’ titles to incorporate the new Smash4Cash™ mechanic. When the player places a bet, a hammer comes smashing down to smash open the different coloured piggy banks in the hope of revealing different cash prizes. As the name suggests, you smash things open … for cash.

“You don’t want to over complicate the experience for players,” Blinman continued. “This is why we wanted to keep the Smash4Cash™ mechanic as simple as possible. This new mechanic is offering something to the online casino space that hasn’t ever been seen before; “the way the game plays, the way the wins and features are awarded, and also the way the player can look forward to see their potential upcoming winnings where if you trigger these features you instantly know you’re going to get a significant win, this makes the game like nothing else on the market.”

“During the development process, finding the balance between simplicity and innovation wasn’t as easy as it sounds. We had to make sure that the game we created appealed to all our players. Slot players know what they like, and more importantly, what they don’t.

“We had to try balance that sense of innovation with something we knew players would enjoy. That’s part of the reason why we went for a nostalgic theme too – there is a reason these classic themes become player-favourites.”

A sense of nostalgia

It’s evident from playing Piggy Smash that the team wanted to create that sense of nostalgia and familiarity – you only have to look at the inclusion of piggy banks as the main symbol to see that.

As Blinman explained, everyone grew up with piggy banks. They would sit proudly on your windowsill until the point when you were able to smash them open to count how much you had saved up.

Blinman continued: “It’s hard to find one symbol that everyone can resonate with. But when the team were brainstorming ideas for Piggy Smash, it soon became apparent that everyone had a piggy bank in one form of another.

“Once we had settled on the idea of piggy banks, we turned our attention to the wider design. We thought it would be quite fun, but also slightly cheeky, to theme the game around a bank vault.

“From an audio-visual perspective, we wanted to give our team the opportunity to express themselves. They managed to come up with something that is very quirky, but highly engaging. The simplicity of the Smash4Cash™ mechanic really helped the design elements shine through to create something truly exciting.”

Keeping players on their toes

Since the base game for Piggy Smash has stuck with a relatively simple concept, Blinman explained that Gaming Corps wanted to find new and innovative ways to make the overall experience engaging for players. This is where the idea to add additional features to the game came about.

The first of the four features, Instant Win, gives players the chance to win a mega-jackpot of up to x1000 the total bet. When activated, the Rampage feature – which Blinman noted was “an equivalent to free spins during a traditional slot” – triggers the hammer to transform and smash up to ten different piggy banks in a row, for free.

As the name suggests, when the multiplier feature is activated, the value of the next piggy bank that is smashed open will be multiplied by up to x10. And the final feature, Multiplier Rampage, is a combination of both the Multiplier and the Rampage feature. When this is activated, consecutive piggy banks that are smashed open will be a Multiplier.

Blinman said: “Since the concept for Piggy Smash is quite simple, we wanted to find a way to keep the game as dynamic for players as possible.

“The RTP of the game is 97% – the reason for this is that it gives players the chance to get a feel for the overall game and the experience it has to offer. Traditionally, arcade games tend to have a high RTP, so we wanted to bring that to Piggy Smash.

“But if you look at the game’s volatility, this is considered to be low-medium – I’d say this sits at a 4/10 on our scale. The maximum payout that we observed in simulations is 1120x total bet but wins of 1000x via the fixed Jackpot feature are more likely – hitting on average 1 in 99000 bets. We are confident that players will thoroughly enjoy Piggy Smash and any new additions to the Smash4Cash™ series.”

A look ahead to the future

Of course, when Blinman mentioned “future games”, we had to ask him about what the industry can expect to see from Gaming Corps in 2024. It would be rude not to.

As expected, the Head of Games wanted to keep his cards relatively close to his chest, as not to give Gaming Corps’ secrets away. However, he did tell us that there is plenty more titles in the pipeline for 2024 – “at least one a month”, to be exact.

“As we edge closer into 2024, I feel like it’s important to highlight that we are always looking for new ways to elevate the player experience and introduce new ways for our players to enjoy our games. With that said, the team has been brainstorming ideas such as “Bonus Buys” which would allow the player to get a short cut to the Rampage or Multiplier Rampage feature,” he concluded.

“There are also new themes and narratives on the horizon too, as you’ll soon see with our upcoming title “Rampage!” so stay tuned for that!”

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Bulletin from Kambi Group plc’s Annual General Meeting 2024

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Kambi Group plc (Company Registration Number C49768) having its registered address situated at Avenue 77 Complex, A4, Triq in-Negozju, Zone 3, Central Business District, Birkirkara, CBD3010, Malta (the “Company”) held its Annual General Meeting on 21 May 2024 at its registered office (the “Meeting”).

Fourteen resolutions were presented to the Meeting. Twelve ordinary resolutions (resolutions a – l) were approved:

  • Annual Report and the Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2023 were approved
  • Remuneration report for the year ended 31 December 2023 was approved
  • Number of Board Members 2024 was approved
  • Board Members’ fees 2024 were approved
  • Anders Ström, Patrick Clase and Marlene Forsell were re-elected as Directors
  • Kristian Nylén and Benjie Cherniak were appointed as additional new Directors
  • Anders Ström was appointed Chairman
  • Guidelines on the appointment and composition of the Nomination Committee were approved
  • Mazars Malta were re-appointed as external auditors

All two extraordinary resolutions, resolutions m and n, obtained one majority of two required in terms of Clause 135 of the Companies Act (Chapter 386 of the Laws of Malta), and in terms of Articles 48B.2(b) of the Articles of Association of the Company. To this end, an Extraordinary General Meeting is being convened within 30 days of today’s Annual General Meeting, as per proviso in same Clause and Articles, to take a fresh vote on the proposed resolutions.

The Board extends its gratitude to Lars Stugemo and Cecilia de Leeuw for their dedicated service and contributions.

By order of the Board

Sarah Fenech
Company Secretary

 

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UK fans able to bet on OKTAGON MMA with SkyBet after betting market debut on William Hill

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UK fans are now able to get even more involved with OKTAGON MMA, after news broke that fans can bet on Europe’s leading MMA promotion with SkyBet.

Although fans can already bet in the UK via William Hill, the move to SkyBet opens up the market even further for fans wishing to get involved with the action.

OKTAGON has made significant strides to get more involved with its ever-growing UK fanbase, with the first ever show on these shores in November 2023 at the AO Arena in Manchester.

On the back of that success, OKTAGON returned twice in 2024; the first coming at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle in January, before an enthralling night at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham in April.

OKTAGON MMA co-owner Pavol Neruda commented: “We are really pleased that our fanbase in the UK and Ireland can now engage even further with OKTAGON MMA.

“SkyBet is an extremely well-respected platform, and this exemplifies the growth of OKTAGON MMA in the UK and Ireland, a market where we have dedicated significant effort to expand, and shine a light on up-and-coming MMA talent.”

UK fans can place their first bet via SkyBet for the next OKTAGON tournament, when the organisation lands in Prague at the spectacular Fortuna Arena for OKTAGON 58 for the blockbuster rematch between Karlos Vemola and Attila Vegh in front of 27,000 fans.

 

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BF Group Launches Enhanced Platform for Sports Betting and Casino Operators

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BF Group, a leading innovator in the gaming and betting industry, proudly announces the launch of the latest version of their comprehensive platform designed for sports betting and casino operators. This new iteration stands out with its cutting-edge design solutions, leveraging a headless approach to ensure seamless and modern operations.

The platform is already live with BF Group’s clients, including the leading Polish sportsbook operator, LV BET.

Marcin Doszczecko, CEO of LV BET Poland and Latvia, shared his enthusiasm: “After the initial tests, we are thrilled to be part of the pilot phase of BF Group’s new platform. We’ve observed significant improvements in operational flow and profitability. The feedback from our VIP players has been overwhelmingly positive, underscoring the platform’s quality and effectiveness.”

Wiktor Grabarczyk, CEO of BF Group, commented: “We continually develop our platforms and other products, but the improvements in this iteration are so significant that we present it as a new stage in our product evolution. We are pleased to provide our partners with an even better tool, ensuring operators and their players have a comfortable and enhanced experience with our sports betting products.”

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