Slot gaming remains one of the most prominent sectors in the gambling industry, through both offline land-based and online verticals, and developers are constantly striving to introduce the most up-to-date and engaging game mechanics.
Additionally, as with other segments of the betting and gaming industry, the slots space also regularly encounters hurdles and challenges in the form of regulatory changes, such as the UK government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act, or recent developments in Germany with the passage of the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty.
In a special edition of the Double Espresso Show as part of the Groove Gaming and BetConstruct-sponsored CasinoBeats Slots Festival, SBC Founder and CEO, Rasmus Sojmark, discussed these topics with two experienced leaders in the slot industry.
Commenting on his company’s approach to game mechanics and development, Fredrick Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil Gaming, stated: “We want to have a portfolio of mechanics that is a wide and is not exactly the same, so giigablox works with bigger blocks and it has a special experience in how it is implemented.
“It is not only the mechanics but it is the experience that goes along with it, and anyone who’s building a gigablox game should follow those guidelines and be attached to it. For splits it’s the same thing, it adds volatility to the special spins, which is very important. The MultiMax was actually a completely unique mechanic that was first launched in the Multifly! game.”
Moving on the topic of regulation, David Mann, Chief Commercial Officer at Swintt, was keen to address the recent changes in Germany: “On the proposed turnover tax – it is looking like the main discussions are going to have a negative impact on RTP and games, which is just going to turn players towards unregulated sites.
“It’s adding risk to the players. There’s probably always going to be a couple of brands that are more highly regarded and well considered within the more grey areas. But you want players to have trustworthy experiences, you want them to really connect with the casino.”
Elmqvist shared these concerns, stating: “We like to believe that there’s good balance in giving players a chance to win money – that’s good for the players and good for the industry.”
“I actually don’t think that the regulator should get involved in even stuff like how the design works and when you can show the coin splash and so forth. I think that it’s complete over-regulation.”
The Double Espresso Show, made in collaboration with GamblingTV, focuses on expert advice and key information from leading industry experts in an interview with our CEO Rasmus Sojmark. Over the coming weeks and months, more great interviews will follow this one.
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