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NEW GAME FROM SWEDEN
Swedish online gambling content developer Yggdrasil Gaming has some fun with fungi in its latest slot unveiled Thursday and titled Magic Mushrooms.
The game is a fantasy world-themed slot where players can win on an unchronological draw slot a first for a high performance casino product, a spokesman claimed.
The majority of standard online slot games have paylines on one side and reels that stop in sequence. Magic Mushrooms, however uses intuitive gameplay with 40 paylines, 20 from the left and 20 from the right of the game, spread across a diamond shaped 3-4-5-4-3 reel position and with the five reels drawn in an unchronological order of 1-5-2-4-3.
Players are also treated to a number of distinctive in-game ambient sounds and music created by specialist sounds artists, while the characters themselves were created in-house and first modelled as clay figures before making it to the big screen.
Fredrik Elmqvist, chief executive of Yggdrasil Gaming, said: This game is unique in every way, from the reel structure and the characters weve created to the sounds and music weve encapsulated.
DUTCH LOTTERY C.E.O DEPARTS
Observers of the Dutch gambling NFL Odds scene are speculating on whether the departure of Dutch lottery De Lotto chief executive Joost Otterloo last month will impact the reported merger talks with national lottery operator Staatsloterij, a project designed to meet the competitive challenges presented by the imminent legalisation of online gambling in the Netherlands.
Otterloo has left the industry for a management post with TNT Express, and his interim replacement at De Lotto's helm is Pieter Kuipers, a veteran businessman with ample experience, and one more than capable of pursuing the merger strategy formulated by Otterloo.
Among Kuipers' many talents is experience with mergers, following his involvement in bringing together the Television and Radio Broadcasting Foundation and the General Radio Broadcasting Association whilst he was an executive with the former body.
INDUSTRY VETERAN APPOINTED C.E.O. AT RANK GROUP
The British land and online gambling group Rank plc has announced the appointment of industry veteran Henry Birch (45) as chief executive of the group.
Birch will succeed Ian Burke (57) on May 6, when Burke takes up the responsibilities of non-executive chairman of the company.
Birch was most recently CEO of William Hill Online, a now dissolved joint venture between Will Hill and internet gambling software company Playtech, a post he held for four years.
Burke has been in the chief executive hot seat at Rank for the last eight years, and said Thursday that he had made the decision to relinquish his post.
"The Rank board believes it appropriate to ensure that the company benefits from some continuity to ensure a smooth transition of executive responsibilities," a company announcement said.
"With his track record in the online betting and gaming sector, the Rank board believes that Henry is well-equipped to lead Rank's continued exploitation of growth opportunities in the gaming and leisure markets."
Birch is currently a non-executive director of the AIM-listed CFD trading platform operator, Plus 500 plc and has more than 20 years experience in the industry.
Prior to working at William Hill Online, he was the chief executive officer of Leisure & Gaming plc, an AIM-listed company that owned and operated a number of online and retail betting and gaming subsidiaries.
Previous to that, Birch was the chief operating officer of Bettingcorp Ltd, an Israeli company focused on the development and operation of online and interactive TV gaming platforms, and in earlier years of his career he held management roles at Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting and Riffage, an early digital music operator based in Silicon Valley, and started his career working in the House of Commons.
MICROGAMING LAUNCHES NEW LUCKY KOI ONLINE VIDEO SLOT
Starting the New Year with a bang, online gambling software developer Microgaming launched its Lucky Koi video slot Monday, sending online punters on a virtual trip to the tranquil and serene Far East.
Lucky Koi is a five reel, 25 payline video slot with an Asian theme, depicted through beautifully rendered garden graphics and appropriate symbols. The game provides opportunities to win big with scatters, wild pays and free spins, with the Lucky Koi logo acting as the wild and giving gamblers the chance to build winning combinations by substituting for other symbols.
Three, four or five stone lantern scatter symbols will trigger a bonus choice feature in which the player can choose between the free spins feature and the Koi Bonus.
If the player picks the free spins feature they are awarded a random bonus of between 10 and 30 free spins with a multiplier of up to 5x. Alternatively, if the Koi Bonus is selected, the player will embark on an interactive fishing trip at the Koi pond. Armed with a bamboo fishing pole, the player is given between three and six opportunities to catch a Nishikigoi fish, which can earn big rewards.
Mike Hebden, head of casino games at Microgaming, said Monday: Lucky Koi is the first of many new and exciting additions to Microgamings casino games portfolio for 2014 theres plenty more to look forward to in the coming months.
ISRAELI SUCCESS FOR BRITISH BETTING SOFTWARE SUPPLIER
British sports betting software provider LVS Ltd and its French counterpart, lottery solutions specialist Lotsys SAS (a member of the FDJ group) have announced that the Israel Sports Betting Board (ISBB), exclusive rights operator for sports betting in Israel, is now live with their systems.
LVS and Lotsys won an international tender to supply advanced betting and lottery platform technology to ISBB in the form of a customised sportsbook, a transactional engine, web and mobile site now live at Winner.co.il.
This solution provides the foundation to sustain ISBBs growth for the next decade, said Zach Fishbein, chairman of ISBB.
The project is part of ISBBs strategy to upgrade its offer to customers and distribute a much broader range of sports and markets. ISBB is enhancing productivity with the sportsbook automation suite and open architecture to enable real-time integration with satellite systems and online services.
ISBB is a very interesting customer; they are sharp and highly skilled in sports betting and IT, said Simon Ordish, LVS CEO. They know what they want and this project was a great opportunity to boost our roadmap.
The ISBB platform is a new generation of betting solution developed on modern yet proven technologies, such as Java and Oracle for the backend and Ruby on Rails for the frontend, and exposes all its services through an open REST API, considerably facilitating integration processes.
Pascal Blyau, LVS managing director and FDJ development director said: While the advanced betting and lottery platform was initially designed for online betting operators, this kind of project allows us to extend the concept into a much more global and multi-channel solution purpose-fitted for sports betting and lottery operators. This is a new class of gaming solution and is becoming a best-seller in the lottery world.