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Wazdan’s hot streak continues with launch of Hot 777 Deluxe™

Zoltan Tundik

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Premier slots maker Wazdan is continuing a prolific series of new slots launches with the introduction of Hot 777 Deluxe™.

Hot 777 Deluxe™ is a 3-reel, 5-payline Wild West themed online slot developed in latest HTML5 technology and available on all devices. This adventurous new game is based on one of Wazdan’s most popular slots to date, the classic Hot 777™ slot, which set a benchmark for delivering the thrills that come with playing some of the world’s best slot titles.

The action of Hot 777 Deluxe™ takes place somewhere in the middle of a Wild West desert, with tumbleweeds periodically rolling across the main screen. The reels of this updated classic are filled with juicy fruit, including oranges, pears, lemons, cherries, plums, grapes and well as the most rewarding red, gold and fiery 7 symbols. Relaxing ambient sounds are accompanied by the spin button’s reloading six barrel, explosions and energizing campfire guitar playing, delivering a truly memorable experience.

Breathtaking wins await in Hot 777 Deluxe™ slot, as players are allowed to collect golden bullets every time a Hot 7 symbol appears anywhere on the reels. When the whole cowboy belt is filled with bullets and players hit the bonus symbol again, a hyper-rewarding Hot Spins feature is triggered. The sun sets over the desert and players receive 10 extra spins with Hot 7 symbols blocked on the reels for huge prizes.

Players will have a hog-killin’ time on the reels of Hot 777 Deluxe™, which offers a range of Unique Wazdan Features that take the gaming experience to a whole new level. Players looking for even more thrills can enter the Unique Gamble Feature, where a beautiful lady Sheriff holding two giant swag bags encourages them to double their wins up to 7 times. Those who want to customize the game can change the Volatility Levels™ to adjust the amount and frequency of wins to meet their preferences. Finally, players enjoying Hot 777 Deluxe™ on their mobile devices can benefit from the Energy Saving Mode and Double Screen Mode, which allow them to play the game much longer and be in control of their wins with the paytable displayed directly above the reels.

Technology has come a long way since the Liberty Bell slot machine, and there is nowhere that this is more evident than with Wazdan’s latest generation of slots, which have quickly become games of choice for a wide range of top platforms and casinos, with many of Europe’s leading casino brands among Wazdan’s partners. Wazdan’s technology and creative teams have re-thought every kind of slots game, broken them down to the tiniest of details, and then re-assembled familiar and loved games re-configured with Unique Wazdan Features like the world’s first Volatility Levels™, which are a big part of making Hot 777 Deluxe™ even more fun to play.

Classic slots are a pop culture favourite and this is taken to a completely new level with highly developed graphics, sophisticated animations, and a range of high-quality sound effects that transport players with a range of immersive features in Hot 777 Deluxe™. In a competitive category featuring some of the industry’s biggest names, Wazdan’s technology combined with revolutionary new mathematics ramp up the entertainment value on Hot 777 Deluxe™ effortlessly providing fun, action and pleasurable playing experience.

Head of Sales at Wazdan Andrzej Hyla said: “Hot 777™ has a considerable installed base of enthusiastic players, so we were looking for ways to augment their enjoyment and add to the pathway for developing our successful slots into the next generation. Our designers and developers have responded in style with Hot 777 Deluxe™, which is an immersive and hugely playable game that has introduced a number of new features to the original popular game. Hot 777 Deluxe™ will deliver exciting wins for players and solid revenue coupled to extended play for operators.”

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:

Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 100 HTML5 slots, table games and video pokers, Wazdan is gaining popularity on the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns and soon will extended with new amazing slot games, including Los MuertosTM, Mayan RitualTM and Captain FlyntTM, among others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility LevelTM, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes. Wazdan holds a number of  European trademarks including for their world’s-first Volatility Level TM. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay. Wazdan’s Sales Team is showcasing their products on stand B278 at SiGMA in Malta from 28 to 30 November.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Codere Appoints Luis Sánchez Serrano as Corporate Director of Technology and Digitalisation

Niji Narayan

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Codere Appoints Luis Sánchez Serrano as Corporate Director of Technology and Digitalisation
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Gambling group Codere has appointed Luis Sánchez Serrano as the Corporate Director of Technology and Digitalisation. Luis Sánchez will report directly to the Group’s general director, Vicente Di Loreto.

Luis Sánchez has more than 23 years of experience, mainly in the banking industry, in companies such as Liberbank, Bankinter, Banco Espirito Santo, has proven capabilities in the design and implementation of transformation projects, innovation and digitalisation of organisations , as well as a broad strategic and transversal vision of the main processes and technological solutions of the market.

“This incorporation strengthens our team and consolidates the strategy of change and transformation undertaken in our group to continue fulfilling our commitment to the client and creating value,” Vicente Di Loreto said.

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Pollard Banknote Adds GALAGA™ to its Portfolio of Licensed Brands

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Pollard Banknote Adds GALAGA™ to its Portfolio of Licensed Brands
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Pollard Banknote Limited has added the classic arcade game GALAGA™ to its portfolio of licensed brands. Under an agreement with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., Pollard Banknote will offer GALAGA™ branded instant tickets to its lottery clients. Pollard Banknote’s suite of licensed brands includes several powerhouse arcade games from the early 1980s.

As per the agreement, Pollard Banknote will leverage the GALAGA™ signature logo and colourful pixilated icons for eye-catching ticket designs and promotional merchandise. The ticket artwork will utilise distinctive GALAGA™ imagery to mimic the game’s acclaimed playstyle. GALAGA™ branded merchandise, including full-sized vintage arcade games, will be available to lotteries for social media contests and second chance draws.

“Pollard Banknote’s retro arcade brands have captivated lottery players around the globe, and we are confident that GALAGA™ will give players more of the classic arcade look and feel they love. We look forward to helping lotteries bring GALAGA™ to market, supported by our 360˚ approach to marketing and promotional programs that promote player excitement and engagement,” Brad Thompson, VP of Sales and Marketing at Pollard Banknote said.

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Evolution Gaming: Interim report January-June 2019

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Evolution Gaming: Interim report January-June 2019
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Evolution released today its Interim Report for January-June 2019.

 

Second quarter of 2019 (Q2 2018)

  • Operating revenues increased by 45% to EUR 85.7 million (59.3)
  • EBITDA increased by 63% to EUR 42.7 million (26.2), corresponding to a margin of 49.8% (44.2)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 34.5 million (20.1)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.19 (0.11)

January-June 2019 (1H 2018)

  • Operating revenues increased by 49% to EUR 165.0 million (110.8)
  • EBITDA increased by 63% to EUR 78.6 million (48.1), corresponding to a margin of 47.7% (43.4)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 63.1 million (36.7)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.35 (0.20)

Comments from CEO Martin Carlesund:

“Evolution’s strong development continues, and we can report continued high growth and further improved margin in the second quarter. 2019 is a year of product and innovation, and during the period, we have launched all this year’s new games. The response has been instant, and we are overwhelmed by the positive reception among both players and operators. Our aim in the development has been to create games that attract new player types and to expand the Live vertical into new segments, and so far, we are very happy with the outcome. All games, from the new titles within the Game Show category to the dice games, find their audiences and we see a significant increase in the number of players. The new games are not as staff intensive as the traditional table games, which in combination with a generally high efficiency in all studios contribute to the margin development. The extended portfolio also contributes to the revenue growth, but it is important to note that most of our revenues continue to derive from our core games and that the new games are still in an early stage post-launch. However, all new titles contribute to a generally higher interest in Live Casino and we believe that the Live vertical will continue to grow its share of the total online casino market. When the Live vertical grows, we take market shares – as do our customers with access to the new games.

Revenues amounted to EUR 85.7 million, which is 45 percent higher than the corresponding quarter last year. EBITDA amounted to EUR 42.7 million with a margin of 49.8 percent, which is the highest margin recorded so far in a single quarter. In the first half of the year, the margin was 47.7 percent, and we expect to be able to sustain this level in the second half as well which is why we increase our expected margin range to 47-49 percent for the 2019 full year.

The positive market development continues. The Nordics are growing, however at a somewhat slower pace as the Swedish market now is normalising following the intense start to the year as a result of the new gaming legislation. The UK continues to stabilise and is growing compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Both Rest of Europe and Rest of World also exhibit favourable growth.

Going forward, we will continue to invest in the development of both additional game shows and other innovative product types, as well as table games to meet the overall demand for Live. We also continue to invest in our studios. During the quarter, we have transferred the first tables to the new Malta studio, while also expanding the studio in Georgia. In addition, we have initiated a doubling of the capacity in New Jersey. We will also strengthen our presence in the US further and have started the planning for the construction of a studio in Pennsylvania. All in all, investments for the 2019 full year in absolute numbers will be somewhat higher than in 2018. It is imperative for us to meet the demand for Live, to continue to enable innovation within the company and to constantly increase the gap to competition. Connected to this, it is important to remember that in a case where we must prioritise, we will always put growth before margins.

During the first half of the year, we have laid the foundation for Evolution’s continued leadership in Live Casino. A proof of this was when we received the award as Live Casino Supplier of the Year for the tenth consecutive year at the EGR B2B Awards in June. The award goes straight to all our employees. I am immensely proud of everyone’s achievements so far this year, and the innovation power they possess creates confidence for the future.

Since Evolution’s inception, we have had a paranoid approach to our development, and given all achievements so far in 2019 I would like to conclude these comments by pointing out that we are never fully satisfied, we never sit back and each day, we fight to become a little bit better.”

 

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