REEVO, a leading provider of cutting-edge gaming solutions, is thrilled to announce a partnership with industry pioneer Big Time Gaming, which will combine REEVO’s advanced platform with Big Time Gaming’s trailblazing content.
Under this partnership, REEVO’s operator partners will gain access to Big Time Gaming’s exceptional portfolio of games. Big Time Gaming, part of Evolution Group and known for its innovative and highly engaging titles, including the legendary Megaways™ mechanic, will integrate its groundbreaking content seamlessly into REEVO’s state-of-the-art platform. This integration will provide operators and players with unparalleled gaming experiences, marked by captivating gameplay and thrilling features.
Big Time Gaming’s commitment to innovation and pushing the limits of game development resonates with REEVO’s mission to provide cutting-edge solutions to its operator partners. The partnership enables Big Time Gaming to extend its reach and showcase its industry-leading content through REEVO’s extensive network of operators.
REEVO has on boarded 70+ top partners, offering 8000+ games, including slots, table games, and live gaming experiences. This extensive collection is sourced from esteemed third-party suppliers, with support for free rounds. Continuing their commitment to improvement, REEVO plans to add 60+ new game providers in 2023.
Petra Maria Poola, Head of Sales, REEVO, said: “We are beyond excited to partner with Big Time Gaming, a company renowned for pushing the boundaries of innovation. This collaboration perfectly aligns with our vision of delivering an extraordinary gaming experience. By incorporating Big Time Gaming’s exceptional content into our platform, we will provide a truly captivating game play experience for players around the world.”
Nik Robinson, CEO, Big Time Gaming, said: “Collaborating with REEVO will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase our games to a much wider audience. REEVO’s ambition is to deliver an exceptional gaming experience that will engage and delight players and together with Big Time Gaming’s extraordinary portfolio of content, we believe it will do just that.”
Counter-Strike 2 launches on FACEIT with new $100,000 FACEIT Pro League (FPL) Proving Grounds
Today, ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, reveals that Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) is now playable on FACEIT, the world’s leading online platform for competitive gaming. CS2 players looking to master the new iteration of Counter-Strike can now join the world’s largest community on FACEIT, with 22 million serious players, to hone their skills faster than anywhere else.
On FACEIT, players can join communities, gather tips and feedback for their path going pro and join or host matches on private servers. FACEIT provides its own ranking system in which players start at Level 1 and are able to reach Level 10. Players can participate in community tournaments or qualify for the FACEIT Pro League (FPL) and start their journey to become one of the best CS players in the world. To ensure a safe environment, FACEIT offers its renowned anti-cheat and chat moderation through its own AI called “Minerva”.
The new era of Counter-Strike begins on FACEIT with the launch of a new seasonal Elo system. FACEIT Season 1 is designed to create the ultimate competitive environment for CS2. FACEIT Season 1 will culminate with the first FPL Proving Grounds: The Ultimate Path to Pro, which will boast the highest prize pool ever awarded in a public matchmaking system – featuring $100,000 in prizes for top ‘Challenger’ rank players. Challenger is the new rank on FACEIT, introduced for the top 1,000 players in Europe, South America, and North America. Additionally, the top three players of FPL Proving Grounds will earn a direct invite to the FPL, and a monthly stipend to support them on their path to pro.
Designed to empower the highest Elo rated matchmaking players to break into the professional scene, FPL Proving Grounds will take place every four months and will act as a new way to qualify for FPL. Its first iteration will serve as the grand finale of FACEIT Season 1, replacing FPL-C Hubs and FPL-C Qualifiers. The path to FPL is now free and directly connects to the Elo leaderboards in Europe, North America and South America.
The FPL has already been launched in Counter-Strike 2 featuring top players, CS legends and truly top talents, optimizing the famous path to pro environment that supported stars such as Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Robin “ropz” Kool, and Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov. The goal is to recreate the look and feel of the early days of FPL with matches full of top pros and unique livestream content for the community. FACEIT is also making Elo and Skill Level adjustments to better reflect the current player base, which will reduce wait times for high-ranked players and offer better match balance, revitalizing the race to the #1 spot in Counter-Strike 2.
Further additions to CS2 on FACEIT include Super Match, a new innovative feature that empowers players to take control of their matching experience and 100% guarantee specific characteristics of their next match, ensuring the algorithm can adapt to player needs. Version 1.0 of Super Match will be available in all regions for all Plus and Premium subscribers.
In addition to North America, FACEIT has now rolled out a server selector feature for European players, offering an array of server locations to choose from, including Moscow, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, UK, and France. CS2 players can now fine-tune their ping optimization by selecting server locations before they queue up. This is a game-changer for players in the CIS region, enhancing connectivity, while also minimizing language barriers at scale, by more effectively clustering Western and Eastern European players. To support this expansion without affecting queue times, FACEIT has raised the minimum map selection requirement for premium subscribers.
“Over the past decade, we have had the honor of collaborating with the CS community to build FACEIT, a platform capable of bolstering the entire CS ecosystem and its sporting scene. CS2 is an incredibly exciting new chapter that gives us the chance to reinforce our commitment to this mission on an even grander scale,” said Niccolo Maisto, co-CEO, ESL FACEIT Group. “We seize this moment to extend a warm welcome to all players, organizers, teams, and creators who, like us, have a profound passion for competitive Counter-Strike and want to contribute to grow this great scene even further.”
FACEIT users can play Counter-Strike 2 now at FACEIT .com.
IGSA Takes Action to Enhance Cyber Resiliency with New Committee
With the recent string of cyber attacks on MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, the world is reminded of the effect an intelligent group of hackers can have on even the most robust enterprises.
In the aftermath of these attacks, IGSA (International Gaming Standards Association) has announced its commitment to addressing the increased threat of cyberattacks by creating the Cyber Resiliency Committee (CRC).
Supported by global gaming giants such as Aristocrat Technologies, Light & Wonder and Axes.ai, the committee will establish guidelines for overseeing cybersecurity, managing cyber risks, and setting framework control criteria for casino operators and their associated networks.
It will include knowledge from experts within the IGSA membership to create a set of standards that are actionable and topical, taking into account emerging technologies and the present and future challenges specific to UK online casinos, betting sites, and general iGaming sectors.
Addressing Cyber Threats
While it is suspected that the hackers behind MGM Resorts and Ceasars Entertainment also orchestrated at least 52 other attacks across various sectors, mainly in the US, the casino industry is a highly lucrative target for cybercriminals.
Physical casinos handle a substantial amount of money but, moreover, hold a vast amount of personal and financial data. It was reported that as part of the recent round of attacks, Caesars paid “millions” to get their data back.
MGM Resorts was affected on several operating levels, including the use of hotel key cards, guest check-in, and the use of slot machines and ATMs.
Online casinos, built entirely from digital infrastructures, are at the frontline for cyber threats. Common attacks include Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), which will flood the target website with traffic or send information to the site that triggers a crash, disrupting services and impacting the target’s reputation.
Building a Resilient Cyber Infrastructure
The creation of the IGSA’s CRC committee is proof that the industry is taking these threats seriously. By cooperating and forming alliances, the online casino and gaming sector can exchange resources, share threat intelligence, and safeguard against well-organized, multi-targeted attacks.
Regular audits are another way to prevent unwanted access to sensitive systems. Penetration testing, which entails a simulated and authorized attack by professional, ethical hackers, is a common way for enterprises to evaluate cybersecurity systems, allowing companies to better defend against such attacks.
Some cyberattacks, such as the one recently performed on MGM Resorts, are executed not only through hacking but by using additional methods such as social engineering. Social engineering involves the exploitation of “human error” to gain access to a computer system or to bypass multi-factor authentication.
This includes techniques such as phishing, baiting, or, in some extreme cases, contacting a company’s helpdesk to determine login information.
Adept cybercriminals are often convincing and have the necessary information to avert the sensation of suspicious activity. Employee training can mitigate some of the risk of human error, which many hackers rely on to access targeted systems.
Users should also take steps to prevent falling victim to cyber warfare. There are several strategies for safer online conduct, including using certified providers, creating strong passwords, and regularly updating gaming platforms.
Slotegrator presented its solutions at SBC Summit Barcelona 2023: AI, Telegram Casino, and new features
The 15th stop in Slotegrator’s year-round business trip was SBC Summit Barcelona, held in the Catalan capital from the 19th to 21st of September. Here, Slotegrator presented its AI-integrated flagship product – turnkey online casino solution.
Barcelona was the perfect place to present the new AI-powered capabilities of Slotegrator’s turnkey online casino solution and its phenomenal mobile solution – Telegram Casino. SBC Barcelona Summit is one the biggest industrial events. In 2023, there were a lot of new participants, 15,000+ delegates from different regions who firstly got acquainted with Slotegrator’s Telegram casino – one of the most popular solutions – and noted its convenience and opportunities. Audience also noted that this solution’s arrival was very timely and it’s interesting to explore all its possibilities.
Spain is one of the biggest markets in Western Europe, with its combined GGR of €7.6 billion. The company is interested in this market because of the widespread passion for gaming and esports; annual studies show that the Spanish population really enjoys gambling. From 2010 to 2020, according to Statista, more than 80% of the public participated in gambling annually. So, we see a great potential here with an abiding community interest.
Slotegrator had an interactive presentation to demonstrate the impressive new advantages of its platform, which included:
- An Artificial BI module to ease and accelerate analytical processes and strategic decision-making. The module helps operators track the analytical data they need to improve their business strategy. It allows operators to compare profitability and other indicators (withdrawal, average deposit sum, etc.) of their project with others that operate in the same market.
- A chatbot powered by ChatGPT to enhance customer care on the platform. The bot can consult operators on how to increase income in their project, among other issues, 24/7. The chatbot helps operators streamline their business operations, solve problems, and capitalize on opportunities in the rapidly evolving iGaming industry by providing real-time advice and insights.
- A multiplayer chat function to diversify communication in the player community. Players can open it on any of the front pages of the casino and communicate with other players. This effective retention tool creates an opportunity for networking and creating player communities.
“We presented the new AI-powered capabilities of Slotegrator’s turnkey online casino solution at one of the industry’s most anticipated events – the SBC Barcelona Summit. We believe in AI and embrace this technology because of its efficiency and inexhaustibility. AI has fantastic potential for development in the areas of accelerated data processing, smart analysis, behavioral detection, and accurate prediction. All these options are useful in the iGaming sphere because they help to save time on routine, time-consuming, but nevertheless essential tasks,” says Yana Khaidukova, Managing Director at Slotegrator.
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