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Pioneering game development drives Wazdan’s success

George Miller

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Wazdan celebrates the half-year mark with a number of major partnership announcements, new licenses and their flagship new game, Larry the Leprechaun, successfully launched during iGB Live! and widely loved.

Over their decade long tenure, Wazdan has become synonymous with success, rapid growth and development, and an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of technology. 2019 is no different, and the long list of accomplishments is just another indicator that this slot producer has got it right, and they are in no position to be pulled from the frontlines.

Their pioneering game development can be credited for their success. Dedicated to the development and implementation of the latest technology, Wazdan has managed to breathe new, innovative narratives, twists and turns into every new slot game they produce for the past decade. And players cannot get enough.

Just this year, the innovative game producer has announced significant partnerships with Kindred Group, ComeOn, Mr Green and Evoke brands, Suprnation, Betzest, Hero Gaming, Avento, InBet, Nektan, Softswiss and Rabbit Entertainment’s Lapalingo.

They have successfully launched in Belgium via an exciting Gaming 1 partnership, and they have officially secured their new Swedish certification, opening them up to opportunities even deeper into the Nordics and beyond.

As part of their devotion to their operators, partners, and players, Wazdan continually releases new games that set the entire industry abuzz. The crown of 2019 is Larry the Leprechaun. A teaser of the Larry the Leprechaun was first introduced to the crowd at ICE London back in February and has since created quite the hype, with players and operators dying to get their hands on a test drive. Prayers were answered at iGB Live! recently when Wazdan set up a demo station for attendees to trial Larry the Leprechaun on launch day, and they were not disappointed. Bringing together stunning 3D graphics and animations, cheerful theme, high-quality sound effects, and an abundance of entertaining special features, Larry the Leprechaun has already proven a wild success amongst operators and players.

iGB Live! was a great success for Wazdan, with the team not only showcasing Larry the Leprechaun, but also other new games including Relic Hunters™ and the Book of Faith, Lucky Fish, Beauty Fruity™, and two Asian slots: Butterfly Lovers and Dragons Lucky 8. All games were received with great enthusiasm as the Wazdan Sales team showcased the thrilling new releases and discussed further expansion plans. Never one to skimp on entertainment, Wazdan also brought their very own magician to iGB Live! who enthralled visitors at their stand and during the special dinner for Wazdan partners held in A’DAM Tower. The party started on an observation deck with an unrivalled panoramic view of Amsterdam, where guests had an opportunity to swing on Europe’s highest swing, 100 meters above the ground over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam below their feet.

Unique Wazdan Features continue to be the hallmarks that set Wazdan apart and have allowed them to thrive as a leading slots producer for more than ten years. All Wazdan games combine first-class graphics, smooth user interface and the Unique Wazdan Features that allow players to tailor their gaming experience according to their particular preferences, features utterly unique to Wazdan games.

Their world-first, patented Volatility Levels™ let players increase or decrease volatility. Unique Gamble Feature gives them a chance to double their win on the spot. Ultra Lite Mode and Energy Saving Mode work to optimise mobile experiences, saving battery and working with slow internet connections, while Ultra Fast Mode lets players super speed their gameplay. Double Screen Mode brings the traditional slot interface to the small screen, and Big Screen Mode supersizes the entire experience.

“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments we have had already this year. 2019 started at warp speed, and it has not slowed down one bit. Our development team have been working hard on the development of our new game titles, while our sales team have been hard at work meeting with some of the biggest operators in the business to introduce our offering. Every part of the business has contributed to the success we see today, and there are no signs of it slowing down.” says Wazdan’s Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Online Casino and Bookmaker BETZEST™ goes live with GameArt™

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Online Casino Betzest™ has enlarged its offering of casino games by launching the full suite of GameArt™ online gaming content.

The agreement includes GameArt™ full collection of games including popular slots like Atlantis World, Tesla, Gold of Ra, Caligula, ThunderBird, Santa’s farm and many more.

Online casino and sports betting operator Betzest are facing significant growth since its launch in 2018 and its portfolio now boasts over 1600 premium online slots on its cutting-edge platform.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: “In a highly competitive sector we listened to requests of our players and we are very happy to straighten our Casino vertical and bring revenue-enhancing GameArt™ slots into Betzest. Stay tuned as we have a few exciting things coming up in the next period of time.”

 

About Betzest

Betzest is your leading premier Online Sportsbook and Casino operator, fresh to the online gambling industry for 2019. Run by a veteran team of experienced gaming experts.

Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable gaming companies on the market

Betzest is offering unrivaled sports betting and casino games experience. Betzest also offers Live Betting, Live Casino, Live Bingo and Virtual Sports services. Betzest has gone from strength to strength in previous months and continues to dominate the online gambling industry with its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & Casino Company. Today Betzest has more than 55 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top providers of only the highest quality.

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Word of Mouth: Influencer Marketing in the Gaming Space

George Miller

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Traditionally, Word of Mouth Marketing was considered as a free form of advertising or promotion, except today it’s no longer free. Nonetheless, nothing speaks volumes other than “Influencer Marketing”.

You might be surprised to learn that the gaming industry today is worth over a hundred billion dollars. According to new figures, in 2018 alone, the gaming industry generated an astounding $135 billion amassing a growth of 10.9% from 2017. This year, it is set to make $152.1 billion in global earnings.

These numbers say a lot about how the video game industry is a tough market to crack particularly because, with figures like these, the competition is very stiff, trends are fast-changing, and innovation is at an all-time high. Numerous companies have peaked in prior years but had failed to sustain that success because they were too late to adopt the latest technology or they ran out of creativity to improve their existing game offerings. But today, nothing says “viral” than getting your product or service out through viral marketing.

Live Video Game Streaming

The astronomical growth of the video game industry has opened doors to varied forms of businesses, marketing, and advertising, one of which is live video game streaming. Whoever said people hated watching other people play video games? That’s certainly not Twitch.

Twitch, a live streaming video platform, is a subsidiary of Amazon that focuses primarily on the gaming community. Twitch provides an avenue for gamers and gaming enthusiasts to share and watch their gameplays. Aside from hosting live streams, Twitch is an interactive platform that allows its community to connect with fellow players via Twitch Chat or to leave comments in real-time.

Much like YouTube, Twitch was successful in diversifying its revenue streams. Twitch monetizes its platform through advertisements, subscriptions, and merchandise sales. On average, Twitch has more than 15 million daily active users, making it the leading live video game streaming service in the world to date.

The success of Twitch has drawn in other major players such as YouTube and Facebook. YouTube Gaming Live, for instance, is a specialized channel that enables users to share their live gameplays and stream other people’s gameplay videos. Facebook, on the other hand, has created Facebook Gaming, which similarly, allows users to stream, broadcast, and share their favorite games on the Facebook app. Nonetheless, recent statistics show that Twitch still holds as the dominant player in the live game streaming industry accounting for the largest viewership in comparison to Youtube Gaming Live and Facebook Gaming.

Breaking Into the Limelight

With the ever-increasing number of audiences and patrons, we expect steady growth in the live game streaming industry. A strong and loyal fanbase is one of the strengths of the gaming community. And with people interested in watching gameplays after gameplays of their favorite streamers, and with spectators willing to spend just to see their teams battle it out in big E-sport tournaments, only means one thing in the world of business–profits.

Nowadays, video games are no longer just a hobby, it’s a career. Just like how Instagram stars and Youtube vloggers are a thing, game influencers are celebrities in their own playing field. You have probably heard one too many times how someone broke into the millionaire’s club while playing video games and it’s true, they’re living the dream! Gaming influencers with a significant following have caught the eye of both local and multinational companies reaching out to these personalities to get them to sign a deal.

And in this industry, word of mouth holds more power and influence to convert mere spectators into purchasing viewers. A study by Google showed that 90% of avid gamers would turn to Youtube for game reviews, tips, and video game suggestions with a 64% conversion rate. No wonder streamers are raking in millions of dollars from advertisements and promotions.

Consider the case of PewDiePie as an example. PewDiePie is the top-grossing game influencer today with 101 million subscribers on YouTube and an estimated net worth of $30-$50 million. His income streams all came from online advertisements, collaborations, referrals, and online merchandise sales. His career peaked in 2013 when he was the first YouTuber to reach 15 million subscribers.

The rise to fame of game influencers disrupted the way we do traditional advertising. And in an industry that continues to grow and expand in magnitude, game influencers hold a significant role both in the gaming community and in the business scene.

Truly, “word of mouth” has never been this powerful (and expensive!) as it is today, but as long as influencers are maintaining the quality of their content and are keeping the trust of their subscribers, influencer marketing will continue to move in leaps and bounds.

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Tom Horn strengthens its expansion into Portugal with Betclic Group

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Malta-based online casino software supplier revealed that a selection of its gaming content has been made available to online gaming operator Betclic Everest Group in Portugal.

Players in this market can now enjoy the fast-growing provider’s portfolio of engaging slots including their top performing titles like Panda’s Run, Book of Spells or a world-wide favourite 243 Crystal Fruits.

Ondrej LapidesCEO at Tom Horn Gaming said: “We’re excited to see our video slots live in Portugal with Betclic Group. Betclic’s decision to include our games in their offering is a fitting testament to quality and high standards featured in our gaming products. We’re positive our titles will enrich Betclic’s slot library and their players will appreciate them greatly.

François Dogon, Casino Games Specialist at Betclic Group added: “Tom Horn Gaming has been demonstrating the quality of its games for a while now and it was a very obvious choice for us to add their portfolio to our casino offering. I’m certain that our players will be equally impressed by the quality, innovation and amazing features Tom Horn content is renowned for.”

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