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Germany sees decreasing gambling participation rate

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Gambling participation in Germany has gone down, according to a study that researched on the consumption of potentially addictive activities.

The study conducted by German Head Office for Addiction Issues (DHS) had published in its 2018 Yearbook reports that revealed that gambling in the country has decreased by 12% in the last eight years. The study provides the latest figures, facts and trends on dependent behaviour.

The participation in any gambling activity has decreased among German players from 87.1 per cent in 2009 to 75.3 per cent in 2017. The 12-month prevalence has stabilised at 37.3 per cent compared to the previous survey. According to current figures, 0.56 per cent of the German population (326k people) have problematic gambling behaviour and 0.31 per cent (180k) a pathological gambling behaviour.

Revenues on the legal German gambling market increased in 2016 by 6.3 per cent to €45.2 billion compared to the previous year. An 8.7 per cent increase in revenues and gross gaming revenues to €29.9 billion was recorded by the 264k commercial slot machines in gambling halls and catering businesses. Since the amendment of the Gaming Ordinance in 2006, the increase in game incentives and the expansion of supply, revenue has increased by 191.5 per cent.

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Play with the Ugliest, Quirkiest Pets Around in Stakelogic’s Fugly Pets

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Get your eyes ready because it’s time to take a trip to the pet centre to meet the ugliest, quirkiest, wildest-looking pets you’ve ever seen in the brand new slot, Fugly Pets, from Stakelogic.

Fugly Pets takes players to a banged-up old pet store to explore its collection of weird and charming, downright ugly pets. Meet a scruffy parrot, a catnip crazed kitty, and an unfortunate-looking little dog.

The slot uses a 5×5 grid with 3,125 ways to win on each spin and is packed with a plethora of unique and exciting bonus features.

Landing Bonus symbols trigger up to 15 Free Spins! Keep your eyes peeled for symbol multipliers of up to 64x landing on any spin. What’s more, these become persistent during the Free Spins, only adding to the game’s huge winning potential.

Roadkill might spell bad news for these fugly-looking creatures, but it is a great thing for players! The Roadkill symbol lands on reel five and will remain inactive until no cascades are possible. The Roadkill symbol then moves across the reels, destroying everything its path or turning it into Wilds.

Fugly Pets is a Stakelogic slot, so there is always something a little extra. If you thought those animals were ugly in regular size, wait until they land in super-size! Super Symbols can land in 2×2, 3×3, or 4×4, allowing players to win big!

Speaking of big wins, players can grab wins of up to 5,000x their stake in this slot, with RTP models up to 96% available.

Daniela Fricchione, Head of Account Management at Stakelogic, said: One thing we love to do at Stakelogic is to play with player expectations. When you think of a pet-themed slot, you imagine something cute and cuddly. Well, we’ve taken that rulebook and fed it to the dogs, putting a fresh spin on the genre with Fugly Pets.

It’s not just the theme that is unconventional, either. The game is jam-packed with special features, with the Roadkill bonus and Super Symbols really helping the slot stand out from the pack.

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Greentube digs deep with Diamond Link ™: Mighty Dwarves Inc

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has introduced its latest title in the popular Diamond Link ™ series, Diamond Link ™: Mighty Dwarves Inc.

Set deep in underground mines, this adventurous 5×3 slot is packed with innovative features for ample chance to win across its 25 paylines when players spin the reels adorned with hammers, hard hats and laser symbols.

Any scatter diamonds that land in the base game get added to the diamond meter which resets after every spin. If five diamonds land a free spin is rewarded with the precious gems locked in place for an extra chance to win. Landing six or more scatter diamonds in the base game triggers the Diamond Link ™ feature.

Small diamond carts that land in the bonus round add +1, +2 or +5 to the players total bet for the round whilst giga diamond carts multiplies the value of any diamonds up to x5.

The number of free spins in the Diamond Link ™ feature is reset to three with each new pink or gold diamond that hits. Players then aim to fill all positions on the grid with diamonds to win one of the four possible jackpots. The Grand Jackpot is awarded when all positions are filled, awarding up to 7000x the bet.

The Crazy Bomb Bro feature also gives players another chance to secure explosive wins, with the symbol landing in reels one and five in the same round, awarding scatter win values to those symbols surrounding it.

This latest entry to Greentube’s Diamond Link™ portfolio follows in the footsteps of Diamond Link™: Mighty Sevens Win Ways, Diamond Link™: Mighty Buffalo and Diamond Link™: Cops n Robbers.

Bernd Baumert, Director of Games Production and Operations at Greentube, said: “Diamond Link ™: Mighty Dwarves Inc serves up an action-packed slot that sits perfectly within the popular Diamond Link ™ series.

“With the added features including the Crazy Bomb Bro and Re-spin mechanics, Diamond Link ™: Mighty Dwarves Inc delivers a unique gaming experience which will enhance player’s journey through the mining shafts of this game.”

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Discover a new gem as Relax Gaming journeys to the Middle East in Sultan Spins

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Relax Gaming, the iGaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, is offering players some opulence in its latest release Sultan Spins.

This high volatility slot sees its gold-trimmed reels set against a sprawling desert metropolis. Players have the chance to rack up riches via an entertaining free spins feature and lucrative local jackpot.

Landing three bonus symbols will trigger Sultan Spins’ free spins feature. During the round all bonus symbols that land will be collected and every fifth symbol collected will unlock a new level. There are five different levels available which must be played consecutively.

The Local Jackpot feature sees a Jackpot sit above each reel, landing a Gem symbol on this reel increases the prize of the corresponding pot by the bet size. Once the Jackpot has been updated the gem will reveal either a payout symbol, a wild symbol that could expand to a wild reel, or a kick-start a Jackpot Spin.

There are five Gems up for grabs, with each having a corresponding colour with players search for the red Gem which pays out a huge 5,000x.

The Local Jackpot feature is available during Free Spins, but Multipliers only apply to line wins. Any scatter symbols collected in free spins which don’t unlock a level are stored and carried into the base game. Hitting two scatter symbols in the base awards one of the five collection spots needed to unlock a new level.

Shelley Hannah, CPO at Relax Gaming, said: “The launch of Sultan Spins has brought together a host of high-performing features combined with stunning visuals to provide audiences with a fully immersive experience.

“The Local Jackpot is a particular element which will attract attention and drive unique win potential, plus the added excitement of free spins to enhance game experience with every spin.”

Established as one of the industry’s leading B2B suppliers, Relax Gaming was awarded GGA’s Product Launch of the Year in February 2023 for Dream Drop Jackpots. Money Train 3 names the 2023 CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards amongst its 6 Slot of the Year titles, while the brand also won the award for Skill Games Supplier at the 2023 EGR B2B Awards along with the Innovation in Mobile award at the 2023 SBC Awards.

Relax Gaming provides more than 4,000 online casino games, from its high-performing proprietary slots to a significant, varied library of content from hand-picked third-party studios via its partnership programmes.

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