LCB Exclusive Interview with Pragmatic Play

Established in 2015, Pragmatic Play has quickly become a major player in the online game development industry. This year has brought success in the form of deals with SkillOnNet and LeoVegas for its Live Casino product. Games are coming out almost every week. Learn more about the recent launch of the “Mysterious” slot. The company also continues to keep the popularity of classic slot games alive. We discuss what draws players to the classics and more in this exclusive interview. A big thank you to Ana Baciu, Copywriter at Pragmatic Play, for chatting with us.

Q: Please give us an overview of all of the products offered.

A: Pragmatic Play’s portfolio includes slot games, Bingo and Live Casino. Our Live Casino makes use of the most advanced technology available to enhance the player experience with multiple 4K HD cameras focusing on any game at any time, and with professionally trained dealers. Our bingo empowers online casinos with all of the tools they require to deliver a game true to their brand, giving players a unique, fresh bingo experience in a familiar environment. We also provide video slot games. In the past year we’ve actually launched more than 30 slot games with Mustang Gold being shortlisted as Game of the Year at the EGR Operator Awards 2019. New titles have also been added to the adventure-driven John Hunter series which has proved hugely popular with both operators and players alike. One of the newest projects of Pragmatic Play is Social Tournaments, a unique platform that takes gambling and entertainment to another level. This project is dedicated to those that want to try their hand in real online slots games and compete in a safe environment with other like-minded individuals. The website SocialTournaments.com started in May 2019 and has been evolving and expanding since. Regardless of future developments, the people behind the project are committed to providing a free gambling experience that keeps the exhilarating sensation of winning real money prizes intact. Social Pass Season 1 started in November 2019 and ended in February 2020. During these 3 months, players discovered new additions such as:

The avatars themselves are distributed among 4 levels of rarity with different drop rates, a concept that will be instantly familiar to gamers. Players can exchange 3 of lower rarity avatars for one of the rarer ones and then use their favorite as their own personal icon on the website.

The way reward chests are earned is tied to the new challenge system. Players receive new challenges every day, week or month with a wide range of requirements, from “Rank among the top 50% in a tournament” to “Don’t miss any John Hunter tournaments for 1 week”.

Completing a challenge rewards the player with points, increasing their Social Pass ranking – each rank unlocks a new chest of a certain rarity. There are 30 ranks per season, but don’t think you’ll be limited to 30 reward chests until the next season drops; you’ll have multiple chances to win more along the way as rewards for certain challenges, events and promotions.

  • Putting the “Social” in “Social Tournaments”

The November update also unveiled the new chat function, similar in nature to that found on Twitch. No longer will the act of participating in a social tournament be a fundamentally lonely experience – brag about your huge multiplier and discuss the latest slot game on the website.

Q: This year (2020) has already been busy for your Live Casino product available with SkillOnNet and operator LeoVegas. Tell us more about the offering and what these deals mean for the company.

A: Our offering to LeoVegas includes the fastest Live Blackjack on the market, a feature-packed Live Speed Roulette product, as well as the classic Live Roulette. In addition, Pragmatic Play is set to launch several language-dedicated tables, such as Italian, German and Russian. This step will ensure a truly localized content experience for the wide range of players. SkillOnNet’s network of casino brands, which includes PlayOJO, DrueckGlueck and AhtiGames, now offers some of the most dynamic Live Casino titles in the market, such as Pragmatic Play’s Speed Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. The deal further enhances Pragmatic Play’s relationship with the software platform provider, which currently provides access to the supplier’s full portfolio of award-winning slots, including fan favourites Wolf Gold, John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen, and Mustang Gold.

Q: In terms of slot games, Super7s launched in February. Why do you think players still find classic slots appealing?

A:  With its simple gameplay and lucrative win potential, Super7s can reward players with up to 1,000x their stake if five of the Lucky7 symbols land on the same payline. Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Super7s is an easy-to-understand game that appeals to classic slot fans across the globe. With a vintage theme, mixed with mammoth win potential, Super7s will have players praying for 7s across the reels!”. We believe players find classic slots appealing because it awards them with considerable earnings – 1,000x your stake is not little- while keeping a familiar appearance. Also, this kind of slots bring players back in time, when playing at a real slot machine in a casino was the only way to get yourself entertained while winning some extra money. The well-known symbols (Lucky 7s, golden bells, cherries, pears, etc.) and the disco-inspired-music brings back memories and determines our players to hit that “Play” button.

Q: Wolf Gold is one of the top games in your portfolio. From your perspective, what makes it a player favorite?

A: Wolf Gold is part of the “Gold” series, underlining Pragmatic Play’s approach of creating and supporting recognizable videoslots. This innovative and awarding slot has achieved an impressive level of stickiness, consistently sitting atop the landing pages of many of our partner operators. It has also gained two important titles: the “Best Slot Game” at the Malta Gaming Awards 2018 and “Innovation in Slot Provision” at the EGR B2B Awards. Wolf Gold is a 5-reel slot with 25 paylines inspired by the wild animals inhabiting a Western desert. The slot comes with unique in-game bonus features that include re-spins, free spins, stacked wilds and paid scatters. Wolf Gold also features 3 progressive jackpots – the Mini, Major and Mega jackpots – the latter can lead to winning the game’s maximum win of £250,000. Wolf Gold has taken many of the best features from slots and added several new layers of thrilling bonuses that appeals to both traditional slots players and newer, mobile-first players. Pragmatic Play has once again created a modern classic with vivid graphics, elegant play and engaging sound design, well deserving of a recognition among players’ favourite games of the moment.franchises, that engage players for the long term.

Q: Can you share any details of upcoming game launches?

A: We’re now releasing new slot games almost weekly, the newest one being Mysterious, a 4 reels, 4 rows video slot game that offers up to 4,096 ways to win. The novelty that Pragmatic Play brings is that the game can be played with 3 different Wild Modifiers. Mysterious also gives players the chance to choose one of the two Free Spins options: Locking Multiplier Free Spins or Resurrecting Roaming Wilds Free Spins. Another new slot that’s about to be launched is Golden Beauty – an Asian inspired game that can award players 210x their stake at every spin. Golden Beauty comes with a Free Spins Feature and a Progressive Bonus. Aztec Bonanza is the third game in the Bonanza game series. Just like Sweet Bonanza and Sweet Bonanza X-mas, this slot game offers players the Tumble up Bonus and a Free Spins Feature. Social Tournaments also has big plans in the near feature. Social Pass Season 2 has been rolling since the 12th of February and will continue until the May 12. This Season we surprised our players with new sections on our website and a new type of tournament. The Exclusive Monthly Tournaments last 1 month and can be joined with a special, Golden Ticket. Golden Tickets can be obtained in multiple ways such as chest drops and Social Pass rewards. They offer players the chance to reset the score of these tournaments and must be used by the end of the Season. Chests can award players not only with cool, new Avatars, but also with Cash Prizes. No strings attached, no questions asked. Just validate your account and the prize is automatically paid out within 14 days. A News section and a Hall of Fame page are now available on socialtournaments.com. Let us explain each of them. The News section is useful for obtaining additional information about the latest news in the gambling industry, game releases or our biggest winnings. The Hall of Fame is a section where we brag about our players’ achievements and show them to the world. On this page you’ll find top 3 of the highest Social Pass Rank, the biggest score and the biggest multiplier.

Q: Where is Pragmatic Play headed in this new decade?

A: As technology continues to advance and mobile gaming keeps growing more every year, with phones and tablets that continue to upgrade their capabilities, Pragmatic Play will keep innovating and bringing novelty in the iGaming industry. Promotional tools and tournaments will also continue to grow in popularity, which is something we look forward to, especially as we continue to improve our own toolkit, Pragmatic Play Enhance. The Social Tournaments Team is already preparing new features for Season 2 that are to be launched by the end of March. In addition, they are also planning Season 3 which will bring a bunch of new features. Pragmatic Play will continue with its ambitious roadmap, launching up to four games per month, allowing us to keep our slot portfolio diverse and meet all expectations and tastes. We shall also continue to develop products in line with the current demands and expectations in the market, leveraging our cutting-edge technology.

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