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Microgaming expands its portfolio of table games with Switch Studios

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Microgaming shakes up the table games vertical with an array of new releases developed by Switch Studios, an independent game studio developing content exclusively for the online gaming supplier.

Six new table game creations are scheduled to be released to Microgaming customers this December, demonstrating Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the market with tailored, immersive games specifically optimised for mobile and desktop devices to powerful effect.

Following the release of European Blackjack earlier this year, Switch Studios have created a suite of blackjack variants. Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Classic Blackjack launched simultaneously on 4 December, with Vegas Single Deck Blackjack due for release a week later on 11 December. Each bespoke title gives a casino classic new life with a minimalist design that puts the action at the forefront.

Players can experience the silk-smooth design and stellar performance of these blackjack titles both on the move or from the comfort of their home. Built on a powerful new engine, each game features Standard Side Bets: Double Down, Insurance, and Split Hands, and combines fluid gameplay with exciting animations and sound for a thrilling casino experience.

Built on the same engine that powers Switch Studios’ suite of blackjack games, Baccarat similarly benefits from clean graphics, superior sound and an intuitive game interface. Due to launch on 11 December alongside Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, Baccarat is a multi-platform online table game that updates a timeless Eastern classic for a new generation of players by emphasising quality design and features.

In addition to a sleek design and strong colours, Baccarat features a revolutionary implementation of the game’s essential player-controlled Card Squeeze mechanic, letting players authentically peel, pull, rotate, and flip their cards, a customisable Scorecard feature that can be tailored by the player, Advanced Road Statistics and a Turbo Mode.

Players can enjoy the best of classic casino gaming in these modern and feature-rich table games, available to Microgaming operators this month.

European Roulette, European Blackjack, and American Roulette are also part of a full suite of exclusive table games developed for Microgaming by Switch Studios earlier this year.

“We have further expanded our table games offering with the launch of six exciting new titles from Switch Studios, developed exclusively for Microgaming. Each of the six creations realises Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the table games market with exciting casino experiences. The suite of blackjack games, along with the new baccarat title, are sure to set the standard for a new breed of table gaming.” – James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

“We are excited to see Microgaming release six new games under the Switch Studios brand. Our latest blackjack and baccarat titles combine immersive gameplay with stunning visuals, to provide new and seasoned players with a thrilling, modern and enjoyable mobile-friendly gameplay experience both at home and on the go. Each game comes with a unique built-in feature allowing operators to put their own stamp on it, by applying their own branding to the felt colour, table logo stamp, card back colour and card back logo. We aim to bring innovation, style and the best selection of games to the online table gaming sector, and we look forward to creating more exclusive titles for Microgaming next year.” – Tom David, Head of Studio at Switch Studios.

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Melco Appoints Grant Johnson as New Head of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment has promoted Grant Johnson as the Senior Vice President and Property General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos “C2”. Johnson will report to Evan Andrew Winkler, President of Melco.

Johnson is responsible for the continued development of the upcoming City of Dreams Mediterranean which will be the largest Integrated Resort (IR) in Europe and the management and operations of Cyprus Casinos. Mr. Craig Ballantyne, Property President of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos, retired on April 1.

“Congratulations to Grant Johnson on his new appointment. With his proven track record of delivering growth for the company I am confident that we can continue pushing boundaries as a global leader in innovative luxury entertainment offerings. This promotion represents Melco’s commitment to internal career opportunities. I also wish to thank Mr. Craig Ballantyne for his outstanding service to Melco as Property President of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos and wish him the very best for his retirement,” Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco, said.

Prior to this promotion, Johnson was SVP, Casino Sales, Marketing & Operations at Studio City in Macau, and previously was SVP, Casino Sales & Marketing for Altira Macau and Mocha Clubs. Prior to this, Johnson handled various non-gaming marketing roles throughout Melco properties in Macau. Johnson began his career with Melco in 2011.

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Zimpler Announces Expansion to the EU and the UK

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Fintech company Zimpler has announced its expansion into the EU and the UK.

Zimpler is a Swedish Fintech company that manages transactions between end users and businesses. Now, they leave the Nordics and will enable companies to do instant payouts to customers in the EU and UK within the year.

“Payouts is medieval outside of the Nordics. Today you will have to wait for days before you get your money into your bank account, with our solution it will take seconds,” Jonas Persson, VP sales at Zimpler, said.

First to go live with the solution is iGaming company Videoslots.

“We have been working with Zimpler in the Swedish market for many years and we are thrilled with how constructive and solution-oriented they are in all situations. That they now expand their solution to other European markets is fantastic news and it will change the market at its core,” Ali Atam, CMO at Videoslots, said.

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Gauselmann Group Opens New Venues in UK

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German gambling company Gauselmann group has gone one step further by investing in the high street and launching its Merkur Slots brand nationally. The company has opened three brand-new venues in Southall, Hornchurch and Lancaster on July 4.

Gauselmann group plans to open many more Merkur Slots venues across the UK this year. The company will open with three more venues in Saltash, Bolton and Wolverhampton, this month.

“This is a very exciting time for the Merkur Slots brand. So many companies haven’t survived the effects of the pandemic and we are delighted to be able to give customers a brand-new experience in locations where we don’t currently have a presence. It means a lot to us to be part of kick-starting the high street again and supporting the local community with new job opportunities,” Mark Schertle, COO of Gauselmann group, said.

Merkur Slots provides the latest in digital venues. All machines and advertising are fully digitised and customers will be able to enjoy all of their favourite games, as well as the latest in Blueprint games.

All venues will be COVID-secure, with Gauselmann group implementing an “Open, clean, safe” campaign which will focus heavily on ensuring new safety precautions are in-place and everything is communicated effectively with customers, via social channels and the official website.

“We look forward to welcoming customers back to gaming after a small hiatus and we feel we have a unique edge in that we can offer them brand-new, modern venues that have been designed with social distancing in mind. Customers can game with total confidence. Thank you to all our staff who have worked tirelessly to get the venues up and running ahead of opening,” Schertle said.

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