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Merkur’s latest launches bring the heat to ICE London

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Whether sipping on sunshine from a tropical island or feeling the hot breath of a dragon, Merkur Gaming’s latest three games are set to catch fire at ICE London as the company prepares for a “big” show and an even bigger year ahead…

“Maximum performance and maximum entertainment,” is how Merkur Gaming has described its focus at the start of 2020 as the company prepares to enhance its online portfolio even further following a hugely successful year launching eye-catching and popular new titles.  The launch of its three latest titles, Dragon’s Maid, Mojito Beach and Tri Piki, is testament to the Gauselmann subsidiary’s ongoing reel game line-up expansion with 2020 set to be a shining year for new releases according to Maja Cvetkovic, Business Development Manager – Online at Merkur Gaming.

Commenting on the company’s latest, sizzling reels, Cvetkovic said: “Our newest releases all deliver on our usual strong passion for details of classic casino games with an online twist and will for sure match players’ expectations as they combine unique mathematics and in-game features in fun and exciting ways.”

Dragon’s Maid is a 5-reel with 10, 20 or 40 win lines, which beckons players into a story of a special hero family of the titular maid and her dragons. “We developed a game which centred around the unbreakable bond between the Dragon’s Maid and these majestic blue Dragons. Have you ever seen lively creatures being there for each other, going through one adventure after the other and always holding their backs? This game will bring this unique story to life as players learn from their deep relationship.”

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This medieval game features wilds and sticky wilds centred around the adventure whilst also bringing its fantasy creatures into a new free game feature. “The Maid and the Dragons help each other and use their strengths also for the other one’s benefit,” Cvetkovic explained.  “Players can also make their way into the free game feature. The number of free games which are set off is based on a secret magical formula only the Dragons know: Depending on how many of his Dragon mates the blue Dragon summons, the number of free games is decided. This means that the Dragon’s Maid belongs to a big Dragon family and in a good family everyone does his best for the other family members!”

Merkur Gaming’s other latest release bring players in contact with a different kind of heat, the hot summer sun of the tropics filled with surfing, swimming and sipping on cocktails. Mojito Beach delivers a party in a glass with a 5-reel-10-win-lines-game which makes the famous rum-based beverage the star of the show.

“For this impressive slot we wanted to offer the feel of the bright sun, big waves on the shore and the famous Mojito Beach Party as well as big payouts and some winning wild features,” Cvetkovic said.  “Players will meet a highly motivated barkeeper and his female co-worker who created her own Mojito recipe! She creates and serves them with all her talent as she is wild and expanding wild but her speciality is also to turn all the glasses of Mojito appearing on the reels into wild symbols as well. This is a game filled with good times from the music, stunning graphics and gameplay, bring out the ice and let’s get this party started!”

Finally, Merkur’s Tri Piki game brings the myths of a tropical island, which is a highly popular game theme in the reel game sector, into a winning formula of wilds and scatters for players of any type. The story unfolds of a dancing woman who uses spiritual magic to keep the sunset sparkling through the night which all combines with state-of-the-art game mathematics and a calming, meditative gameplay.

“Tri Piki is a 5 reels and 10 or 20 win line game in which the dancing woman is wild and scatter and sets off 10 free games when her symbol appears 3 times on the reels. Through her ritual dance she chooses 3 special symbols and hides all of the symbols under shells which then have to be picked by the player or her upon which she reveals the special symbols.”

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Cvetkovic concluded: “Tri Piki is not a typical vacation destination and as a game it stands out for the variety of hidden in-game features tied into the idyllic setting. In daylight when the dancing Woman sleeps, you can sip on mango sunshine cocktails and bathe in the sun, doing a trip with the boat or swim with the dolphins in the sea. So this small island bears more hidden treasures than those which can be seen at first sight. The beautiful nature of Tri Piki is outstanding and definitely provides everything a player needs to forget the hectic life outside.”

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Innovative Technology Americas Appoints Jeff Tash as Business Development Manager for North America

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Innovative Technology Americas Inc. has appointed Jeff Tash as its Business Development Manager for North America.

Jeff will focus on the amusement and vending industries, identifying and generating new sales opportunities. Innovative Technology specializes in note handling equipment and age and identity verification technology.

Lauren Fabbri, Business Development Manager for the gaming side of the business, said: “Jeff joined us back in March and hit the ground running spending his first day in the Innovative booth at the Amusement Expo show in Las Vegas! Jeff has settled into life at Innovative Technology and is already connecting with our amusement and vending customers across America and Canada.”

Tash said: “I am really enjoying working for Innovative! The overwhelming support and enthusiasm from both the team and our customers on my first day at Amusement Expo validated my choice to join ITL. I’m up to speed with all our products and really enthusiastic to share them with the many contacts I have in the industry.”

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Fabbri added: “Jeff has 15+ years in the amusement industry, primarily with OEMs in a sales and business development role, so has an extensive book of contacts including manufacturers, distributors, route operators and parts providers. He will be responsible for monitoring industry trends, identifying growth opportunities and emerging markets, conducting product demonstrations and facilitating strong client relationships. Jeff has phenomenal relationships and has already demonstrated his ability to motivate decision makers when representing us at trade shows, meetings and events.”

Tash added: “I am eager to provide reliable and innovative product solutions to the amusement industry and customers, and continue to ensure note handling remains at the forefront of the amusement and vending industries. I am excited to collaborate with Lauren and the rest of the North American team in the growth of the GAV (Gaming, Amusement, Vending) markets. Innovative is an organization with a strong sense of purpose and a passion to support its employees, and I am privileged to be a part of this.”

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Advanced Casino Solutions Announces Major Upgrade to the Precision Insights & Engagement Platform

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Advanced Casino Solutions (ACS), a leader in targeted marketing and player engagement solutions for the gaming industry, announced a significant upgrade to its cutting-edge product, the Precision Insights & Engagement (PIE) platform. This enhancement further refines the capabilities of PIE, providing even more detailed insights into visitor behavior and setting a new industry standard for data-driven marketing.

The upgraded PIE platform now enables casino marketing executives to delve deeper into their visitor data, the only solution offering actual counts of visitors and comprehensive demographic profiles, not only for their own properties but also for competitors. The platform features interactive graphs that dynamically update to focus on specific visitor attributes such as gender, age, or activity level.

“Through the latest enhancements to PIE, we are empowering casinos to target and engage their audience with even greater precision. This upgrade makes PIE an essential tool for any casino aiming to optimize its marketing strategies and outmaneuver competition,” Scott Stokes, Founder and Chief Decision Maker of ACS, said.

Ryan Frohberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Casino del Sol and a user of the platform, said: “The upgrades to PIE have revolutionized our marketing capabilities, allowing us to act on insights with agility and effectiveness that were previously unattainable. The partnership we have with ACS has led to immense growth at our casino.”

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Designed for casino and hospitality executives alike, PIE’s enhancements facilitate deeper engagement through a variety of marketing channels including digital, email, direct mail, and phone calls. This makes PIE a versatile tool for enhancing guest experiences and increasing engagement across all touchpoints.

With the latest enhancements, the Precision Insights & Engagement (PIE) platform is set to redefine how casinos understand and engage with their clientele. By providing deeper insights and more granular data, this upgrade enables casino executives to strategically target and engage players, ultimately allowing them to grab a larger slice of the casino revenue pie.

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Nederlandse Loterij Appoints Arno de Jong as its New Chief Customer Officer

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Nederlandse Loterij has appointed Arno de Jong as its new Chief Customer Officer.

De Jong has been with Nederlandse Loterij since 2016, serving as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Prior to this, he held roles such as Director of Reader Market at AD NieuwsMedia and Marketing Director at De Lotto, the organisation that merged with the Nederlandse Staatsloterij in 2016 to form Nederlandse Loterij.

In his new role, De Jong will be responsible for customer strategy, the gaming brands and the comprehensive commercial policy of Nederlandse Loterij. As CCO, he will also join the executive board of the gaming organisation, which currently includes CEO Arjan Blok and CFRO Jet Roos-van Aerssen.

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Alexander Pechtold, chairman of the supervisory board of Nederlandse Loterij, said: “With Arno de Jong as CCO on the executive board of Nederlandse Loterij, we place an even greater emphasis on our players at the heart of the organization. This ensures that we remain leading and distinctive in the future – both digitally and in-store. Arno’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit makes him the ideal person to guide Nederlandse Loterij in its desired progression.”

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