NetEnt Games Live in Czechia with Tipsport


netentNetEnt, leading provider of digital casino solutions, has launched its award-winning games on the regulated market in Czechia with Tipsport, the leading sports betting company in the country.

NetEnt is the online casino supplier with the largest presence on regulated markets globally in terms of number of licenses and certifications. Following a successful integration process, NetEnt‘s popular games are now also available on the regulated market in Czechia. A selection of NetEnt’s games have been launched with Tipsport, the leading sports betting operator on the market.

Enrico Bradamante, MD of NetEnt Malta Ltd, commented: ”We continue to deliver on our strategy to expand on regulated markets globally and we are excited about entering Czechia. I am confident that our games will be well received by Czech players and that we can support Tipsport in driving online casino growth.”

Jakob Lorentzon, Online Casino Director at Tipsport, said: “Tipsport, as the market leader, always prefers to work with established, trusted companies to deliver the best solutions and offer highest quality product to our customers. This is why we chose to partner with NetEnt.”

Microgaming Named in ‘The 10 Coolest Offices of 2017’


MicrogamingISLE OF MAN – Microgaming’s new HQ has been named in ‘The 10 coolest offices of 2017*’ in the UK, featuring alongside some of the biggest consumer brands.

Microgaming’s new headquarters opened for business on 31 July 2017, just over two years after construction began. Located on Circular Road and named Sixty Two, the 5-storey office is home to over 120 Microgaming employees. A unique sky bridge joins the new and existing office (Twenty Six), creating a campus for the company.

“We have been enjoying the new building and its facilities for a little over three months now and feedback from staff has been incredibly positive. Our presence on the Isle of Man continues to grow with over 120 staff at Sixty Two and nine vacancies currently listed on our website.” Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming

To provide the best possible environment for employees, there are hot desks, standing desks, work booths and break-out areas on each floor. To encourage staff to take time out away from their desks, the fourth floor is a communal area, featuring a table tennis table, pool table, poker table, dart board and a library.

There is a fully equipped in-house gym and treatment room, and for staff to refuel there is a canteen and coffee shop with an exclusive Microgaming coffee blend. Not forgetting, the rooftop garden offers stunning panoramic views of the island, which can also be enjoyed via a periscope in the reception area.

“To feature in the list of ‘The 10 coolest offices of 2017’, standing alongside some of the biggest consumer brands in the UK, is a fantastic achievement. A lot of time and effort went into designing and creating a building that was not only fit-for-purpose from a business perspective, but allows employees to thrive and feel empowered. I am very proud of what we have created.” John Coleman, CFO of Microgaming

Microgaming’s office has also been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and has achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

Let the Fantasy Begin; Microgaming’s the Phantom of the Opera™ Online Slot Live Today


MicrogamingISLE OF MAN – Microgaming presents its latest branded title, The Phantom of the Opera™ online slot, delivering innovative features accompanied by the timeless musical score.

Microgaming’s The Phantom of the Opera™ online slot is based on the successful film adaptation released in 2004 that grossed over $154 million worldwide. The 243 ways, 5×3 reel game features the musical’s world renowned scores and the film’s iconic characters, which act as high-paying symbols that can be double stacked during play. The game’s low symbols are themed specifically to the brand.

Feature rich, the game comprises a number of bonuses, all of which pay homage to the storyline – two of these are found in the base game. First of all, The Letter Bonus, which symbolises the letters that The Phantom sends to the new owners of the theatre to issue his demands, awards a random cash prize when landing on reel five.

The Chandelier Bonus represents a famous scene from the story where The Phantom cuts down the chandelier in anger. During this randomly triggered base game feature, the scene darkens, the music changes and The Phantom laughs as the chandelier falls onto the screen, turning two or three reels wild.

Three or more scatter symbols trigger the feature selection where players can pick one of three bonuses or the ‘Choose For Me’ option, where a player will be awarded one of the features at random. The three bonus features in the game are the Masquerade Bonus, Music of the Night and All I Ask of You – each representing a key scene and musical score.

The Masquerade bonus is a three-tier pick feature experience where players can be awarded cash prizes, additional picks, or a level-up to progress to the next tier. The higher the tier, the higher the cash values available, and the music changes as players journey through each level. Once a player runs out of picks, their bonus round ends.

10 free spins are awarded in the Music of the Night feature, during which players may encounter a variety of gameplay enhancers, including random wilds, wild reels, multipliers and extra spins. Multiples of these random events can occur at the same time, adding more excitement to the game.

Finally, All I Ask of You awards 10 free spins with a unique wild mechanic, Dancing Wilds™. Christine and Raoul both feature as wilds and move randomly between every spin in time to the music. When landing in specific ways, they can generate standard wilds, a single wild reel, adjacent wild reels, a 2×2 wild block and a 3x multiplier.

“The Phantom of the Opera™ is a mesmeric game, combining a new game mechanic with visually stunning artwork and a musical score that is legendary. There has been much hype about the slot since we unveiled our plans at ICE in February and I’m delighted that the stage is now set and it is ready to launch with our vast operator base. Our incredibly talented game studio have truly realised the brand.

“Working with The Really Useful Group to bring this game to market has been a pleasure; we are excited to see how the game performs in the coming months.” David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming

Microgaming announced the signing of the licensing agreement with The Really Useful Group to make an online slot based on the 2004 movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera™, back in February at ICE 2017. The software company stunned attendees with an aptly themed bar and opera singers performing the title track ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at intervals throughout the day.

The Phantom of the Opera™ stage musical is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment of all time. It has been played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world, grossing an estimated $6 billion. It opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 1986. Now in its 31st year, and having won 70 major theatre awards, The Phantom of the Opera™ continues to mesmerise audiences at the very same theatre in the West End.

Available to Microgaming and Quickfire operators, The Phantom of the Opera™ online slot goes live Wednesday 1 November 2017.

NetEnt Posts Strong Growth Figured for the Q3 Period


netentThe release of NetEnt’s Q3 financial results has revealed solid year-on-year growth across a number of verticals.

Revenues for the third quarter, ending September 2017, increased by 12.3% to SEK401m, whilst operating profit amounted to SEK156m, an increase of 20.5%

Furthermore, earnings per share for the quarter before and after dilution came in at SEK0.59, up from SKE0.50 in Q3 of 2016.

The third quarter period saw the company sign eight new customer agreements, with ten new customers’ casinos launched.

The company stated that the UK and Italy contributed the most in terms of growth, but these markets were closely followed by Spain and Denmark.

President and CEO, Per Eriksson stated: “The third quarter was another solid quarter for NetEnt. Revenues increased by 12% and the operating margin was significantly better than in the third quarter of last year. Mobile games and regulated markets such as the UK, Italy and Spain contributed the most to our growth. 

“Mobile games continued to be an important growth factor and accounted for 52% of total revenues in the quarter. Our systems managed 10.2 billion gaming transactions during the quarter, representing an increase of 18% compared to the corresponding period of last year.” 

The company was also able to post results for the nine month period, with revenues increasing by 14.3% to SEK1,206m.

Operating profit amounted to SEK 437 (380) million, an increase of 15.0%, whilst operating margin was 36.3%

“The future outlook remains bright and for the remainder of 2017, we see conditions for continued solid growth supported by new games, increasing market shares in the UK, mobile growth, many new customers to launch and our expansion in North America. 

“We strengthen the organisation to increase our output capacity, enter more regulated markets and integrate many new customers. With this in mind, we foresee an ongoing need to invest during the rest of 2017,” Eriksson concluded.

Playtech Acquires BetBuddy


(PRESS RELEASE) London: October 27th 2017 –

Playtech’s strategy is to acquire complementary technology which extends its software and services offering to the gambling industry’s leading operators. The integration of BetBuddy’s behavioural identification and modification software into Playtech’s powerful IMS player management system will enable Playtech to continue to lead the industry in the delivery of Responsible Gambling products and services.

The integration will deliver an industry leading Responsible Gambling player management platform and will give Playtech’s licensees the opportunity to offer their players a safer environment in which to enjoy Playtech’s omni-channel products, features and functionality. The acquisition will ensure the Playtech platform will be well placed to navigate the continually evolving global regulatory challenges around Responsible Gambling in online and retail markets.

Over the past five years BetBuddy, in collaboration with the clinical, responsible gambling, and machine learning scientific communities, has developed a proven track record in implementing Responsible Gambling solutions in regulated markets through its patent-pending behavioural identification and modification solution.

Playtech trialled Bet Buddy’s analytics software earlier this year, using its algorithms to detect at risk behaviours. The addition of the BetBuddy team and methodologies to Playtech’s data driven approach will allow Playtech to take the next step in evolving its gambling content to ensure it is developed and deployed in a sustainable manner.

Ian Ince, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Playtech, said: “BetBuddy is the leading company in this field and has a team that has focused exclusively on developing an industry-leading Responsible Gambling solution. The strength of the product and the knowledge and experience that the team brings is unparalleled, and we are delighted to have completed this acquisition and to welcome them to the Playtech family.

Responsible Gambling is a cornerstone in all Playtech’s offerings. This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to producing solutions and games that will enable Playtech and its customers to be the most responsive and responsible businesses in the industry.”

Simo Dragicevic, CEO, BetBuddy, said: “We are thrilled to have agreed terms with Playtech, the leading B2B supplier in the gambling industry. We look forward to working with the Playtech Compliance, Business Intelligence, and Game Development teams, in partnership with Playtech’s customers and wider industry stakeholders, to continue to help to raise standards in Responsible Gambling.”

Habanero Introduces Rolling Roger Slot


Provider of premium online slots and table games, Habanero, has unveiled its latest HTML5 release, Rolling Roger. The friendly blue hedgehog is the boss of this 5×3 video slot, which follows the adventures of Roger and his forest friends the bumblebee, snail, frog and caterpillar.

Habanero’s new pay-out mechanism is featured in Rolling Roger and pays wherever the lively little hedgehog rolls.

Roger loves to forage for acorns with the help of his friends and whenever he rolls over one of the cards or character symbols, an acorn is awarded. When Roger and his friends collect 40 acorns, players can trigger free games once 3 or more Scatter symbols show up anywhere on the reels.

When that happens, the acorns transform into free spins where cards A-10 can randomly become WILD for just 5 acorns when Roger rolls over them. Only when all of the acorns are traded in for wonderous woodland wins does the feature end.

Head of Corporate Communications for Habanero, Toni Karapetrov, said with the slot game’s whimsical sounds and top-quality graphics that pack a punch, Rolling Roger is their best to date. “We know this top-of-the-range HTML5 development, as well as the storyline of Roger and his woodland friends, will leave players fully engaged in the hunt for acorns,” said Karapetrov.

Rolling Roger is the latest in a slew of new video slot releases from Habanero, including  Scruffy Scallywags, Cake Valley, Panda Panda and The Dead Escape.

Rolling Roger is in good company with Habanero’s comprehensive HTML library of more than 75 slot titles, 10 video poker titles and 10 table games, all which are integrated with more than 60 aggregators and operators and available in 21 Asian and European languages.

iSoftBet Announces Busy Conference Schedule


Online and mobile casino content provider to set up shop at EiG Berlin, Macau Gaming show and SiGMA

Leading online and mobile casino content provider iSoftBet has a packed conference schedule to round off the year, and will set up shop at three of the industry’s largest events over the next two months.

The supplier will be exhibiting at EiG Berlin (30th October to 1st November), the Macau Gaming Show (14th – 16th November) and SiGMA (22nd – 25th November), with its senior management team on hand to meet with delegates.

At each conference, iSoftBet will return with a bigger and better stand than before, and will use the events to showcase the latest additions to its expanding game portfolio, including its most recent hit, Disco Double.

At EiG, delegates will be able to learn more about the supplier’s recently enhanced Free Rounds tool; the feature is not limited to iSoftBet’s games, and is available across all third-party content integrated into its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP). In addition, the supplier’s full suite of games will be on show, including its branded slots and table games.

iSoftBet’s stand at the Macau Gaming Show (AV32 ) will be twice the size as last year. The focus will be on its new HTML5 development framework, Pulse, which offers a superior user experience and lightning-fast load times.

This year marks the second time at iSoftBet has exhibited at SiGMA, and it returns with an even bigger diary than the previous year, offering more meeting slots with operators and delegates.

Those wishing to arrange a chat with one of iSoftBet’s senior managers drop the team an email on

Michael ProbertHead of Business Development at iSoftBet, said: “We have a packed conference schedule to round off what has been a very successful year for iSoftBet and our partners.

“We are always excited by the chance to meet with operators, and to showcase our fantastic suite of blockbuster games, powerful Game Aggregation Platform and first-class service offering.

“It is also a great opportunity to launch the innovative features and products we have been working on throughout the year, and look forward to talking about them with delegates at each conference.”

iSoftBet develops a range of original and branded games. It holds licencing agreements with some of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, launching titles such as Platoon and Paranormal Activity.

It also works with more than 30 third-party suppliers, including Playson, Habanero and Realistic Games, to deliver more than 1,000 titles to its operator partners via its Game Aggregation Platform.

Each of iSoftBet’s products is created to ensure that it meets industry standards, with a combination of innovation and experience providing world class gaming software to the company’s partners.

Red Rake Gaming and iSoftbet Sign New Collaboration Agreement


Spanish software development company Red Rake Gaming has recently signed a strategic agreement with online and mobile casino software provider, iSoftBet . The company, which develops slots and other casino games primarily for the Hispanic and European markets, will be integrating its entire range of video slot machines and video bingos with iSoftBet’s Game Aggregation Platform (GAP).

Per the new agreement, the Valencia-based company continues to grow its presence in the online casino sector, and with it, its games content has an increased presence on main platforms.

With this new agreement, Red Rake Gaming continues to extend its presence in the online casino sector, with its games having an increased presence on the main platforms.

Expressing his satisfaction with the agreement with iSoftBet, Director of Business Development for Red Rake Gaming, Carlos Fernández said: “For such a young company like Red Rake Gaming this partnership with iSoftBet is a true milestone and helps us in our ultimate goal of providing our innovative and first-quality content to the biggest e-gaming operators. The integration and general cooperation with iSofBet has been a pleasure and we’re sure it’s going to be greatly beneficial for both parties. 2017 is being a great year for Red Rake and 2018 is surely going to be even better,” according to the news release.

iSoftBet Head of Business Development, Michael Probert said: “iSoftbet GAP platform keeps growing and proving to be one of the best content aggregators in the market. Our goal is to add the best-performing content in the industry and to enter regulated markets with market-specific content where possible. Red Rake Gaming certainly provides that as they create some extremely engaging casino games. We are sure that our growing lists of top class customers are going to enjoy the new content and we look forward to distributing them further in Spain and through Europe.”

Pragmatic Play Adds Diamond Strike to Their Collection


Diamond Strike by Pragmatic Play is an interesting new take on the classic style of a jewels and gems themed slot machine. Expanding on the original one armed bandit machines, the Diamond Strike video slot combines the most well-known fruit symbols from fruit machines, with diamond wins and the latest bonus features. For classic slots fans, this is a pokies game that shouldn’t be missed.

The layout of Diamond Strike is kept quite simple, with a 15 payline, 5 reels, and 3 rows. The use of bold symbols and vibrant 3D graphics brings the simplistic style up to date, to create an online slot with a difference. With wild symbols, scatter symbols, and 4 possible jackpots to be earnt, this lucrative remake of the classics is equally as high-paying as it is eye-catching.

Filling up on Fruit

The software by Pragmatic Play used to develop the free Diamond Strike slot has managed to perfectly combine new and old features to create a truly modern style with a classic atmosphere. Vibrant blue has been used as the background, making the slightly darker blue reels standout on the screen. This allows the 6 standard game symbols to really catch the players attention, designed using bright colours and large bold designs.

Of the 6 base game symbols, 4 take on the form of classic slots fruit symbols, with melons, lemons, plums, and cherries. The 2 high-paying base game symbols are the red number 7s and golden bells, providing up to 2000 coins and 1000 coins on a max bet respectively. With the bets starting at a low limit of 0.15 and going up to a high limit of 75, the wins on the base game symbols can be very good. The classic slots atmosphere is further enhanced by the quirky up-beat soundtrack that suits the style of slot very well, to get the most out of a spin on Diamond Strike, it’s worth turning the volume up.

Golden Streak

The modern features of Diamond Strike really start to come into their own during the bonus game and when one of the bonus symbols is used to form a win line. The wild symbols take the form of a glistening diamond and offer payouts of between 200 and 3000 coins on a max bet. They can also be used to substitute for every symbol except the golden 7 game feature symbols and the free spins scatter symbols.

A scatter needs to land on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th reels to trigger 8 free spins, which come with extra wild symbols and can be retriggered during the feature. The bonus game symbols are the only way to land the big jackpots displayed at the top of the screen, with 4 possible jackpots on offer. Landing 3 of the golden 7s will activate the bonus, where gamblers have to pick from a mini game screen full of diamonds to reveal 3 matching symbols. With the biggest jackpot being 1000x the full bet staked, it really pays to get lucky in the side game when using a max bet.

Gold and Jewels

For more chances to grab a bag full of gold and jewels, it’s worth looking at the latest releases in online casinos, where even more classic styled slots online are waiting to be played. Goldwins Golden Pot of Gold by Gaming1 is one of the best ways to land a golden fortune in online casino rooms. The 243 ways to win slot shares Diamond Strike’s medium variance, but comes with a jackpot of 20 free spins and a special set of themed symbols.

Mr Mrs Diamonds is an amusing take on a jewels and gems themed slot, with exciting symbols and fun bonuses. Designed by Cayetano, Mr Mrs Diamonds features a 20 payline with the same reel set as Diamond Strike, stacked wild symbols, and up to 10 free spins. The RTP is lower than the 96.48% in Diamond Strike, but the medium volatility ensures that the wins are quite regular.

Delivering the Diamonds

Pragmatic Play have done an excellent job of modernising the classic style with their Diamond Strike slot, giving classic fans a new way to enjoy the nostalgic slot style. Whilst the background and symbol design in Diamond Strike is very basic, it suits the slot well, and makes the bonus elements more of a surprise when they appear.

The diversity in the bonus aspects of Diamond Strike, is one of the best parts of the gambling game. The free spins and wild symbols are a nice inclusion, but the bonus game is the cherry on top of the cake, giving players something more exciting to aim for, especially with the large variance in prizes that can be won. Overall, there is not much not to enjoy with Pragmatic Play’s recent release, the gameplay is smooth, there are plenty of extra features that the player can use to customise the way they play, and there is just the right balance between the classic style and modern features. Whether you play for free or real cash, Diamond Strike offers a great spinning experience.