NetEnt highlights 2018
Time is flying when you’re having fun and thinking back, I just realize 2018 went super fast! I think NetEnt has something to do it with 18 new NetEnt slots while the company entered many new online casino markets. In between all of that, several awards have been won and, of course, many NetEnt Jackpots have been paid out. Keep on reading to find out more about all the NetEnt highlights of 2018.
NetEnt’s highlights in 2018: Online casino markets and awards
At the very beginning of February 2018, NetEnt and Ve Global, a marketing technology business that operates from product discovery through to purchase, signed Mr Green to the companies’ pioneering iGaming media buying program. Thanks to the agreement, Mr Green was the first operator to benefit from the partnership, which is the largest data-collaboration of its type in the industry. The first-to-market programmatic solution enabled Mr Green to be more accurate and precise in its marketing activities.
Beginning of February as well, NetEnt unveiled its newest gaming solution developed in collaboration with Mr Green; a fully immersive 3-D Live Casino experience with embedded live streams and graphics at the touch of a button.
March 8 International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, seemed to be the perfect moment to announce a new partnership with the organization Girls in Tech Gibraltar! As a partner of Girls in Tech Gibraltar, NetEnt will support GIT activities by raising awareness, supporting events on the ground both in Gibraltar and in areas where their offices are located, and by continuing to support the advancement of women in the technology sector.
After the Board of NetEnt had decided that Per Eriksson had to step down as President and CEO with immediate effect, Therese Hillman was appointed acting CEO on 25th March 2018.
Good news from the company arrived at March 29 when NetEnt announced an agreement with Caliente in Mexico. It was thanks to this agreement that the NetEnt Games went live with Caliente in Mexico following a successful integration. Caliente is the largest online gaming operator in Mexico.
NetEnt Americas LLC continues to strengthen its presence in the regulated online casino market in New Jersey and it was in the beginning of April that the company signed a customer agreement with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. As one of the largest global hospitality businesses with casinos in New Jersey, the customer agreement signed definitely is a great highlight in 2018. It was in July 2018 that the NetEnt games went live with Hard Rock in New Jersey.
While she was already appointed acting CEO on 25th March 2018, May 22 Therese Hillman was appointed new Group CEO of NetEnt.
With innovation still being a priority at NetEnt, another exciting product was released in June. NetEnt Live’s Sports Betting Widget is an industry-first product giving players the chance to play live casino games while betting on sports at the same time.
Another priority of NetEnt is the entrance to regulated online casino markets and Portugal is definitely one of them. Halfway June, NetEnt entered the Portuguese online casino market being the first supplier to launch its award-winning games with the Stars Group.
NetEnt’s success in the last year led to nominations in 10 categories for the annual EGR B2B Awards, eventually walking away with the victory in the Innovation in Mobile category, as a reward for the quality of its mobile offering.
It was also in June that the 2018 EGR North America Awards took place with NetEnt winning the Casino Content Supplier award.
Halfway August, after a successful technical integration, a broad selection of NetEnt’s popular games went live with Ocean Resort Casino New Jersey.
In December 2017, NetEnt signed an agreement with IGT to supply online casino games to Norsk Tipping, but it was in September that the NetEnt Games went live with Norsk Tipping in Norway.
Via a brand-new games section on NetEnt’s company website, video slot fans became able to try out all the NetEnt games while at the same time receive great bonus offers from operators. The beta-launch of NetEnt’s own affiliate business went live in September.
A series of announcements followed later on in September. First the company announced it applied for a Pennsylvania gaming license, further expanding in the North American online casino market. Not long after the NetEnt games went live on the regulated market in Lithuania as well as on the regulated market in Canada.
Beginning of October NetEnt announced it was selected as supplier to ATG for the re-regulated market in Sweden. Definitely a highlight for the Sweden-based software supplier.
While Pennsylvania is becoming a brand-new market for NetEnt in North America, the company keeps on expanding in New Jersey as well. Halfway October, NetEnt signs a customer agreement with gaming operator Churchill Downs for the regulated online casino market in New Jersey.
Towards the end of October, NetEnt announced it signed a customer agreement with Finnish state-owned Veikkaus, the largest and only licensed gambling operator in Finland. A few days later a contract was signed with Svenska Spel ahead of Swedish market re-regulation.
Preparing to enter the new regulated market in Pennsylvania, NetEnt signed its first agreement to deliver its popular online casino games to customers in the American state with Penn National Gaming being the first to sign.
NetEnt keeps on increasing its footprint in the UK market and November 8, the company was very proud to announce a new agreement where the company will deliver its network tables offering, including Roulette and Blackjack to William Hill, signing a Live Casino agreement. Later on in the month, NetEnt entered went live with its Live Casino offering at Mr Green in Denmark.
Halfway December, Bethard and Ninja Casino launched NetEnt’s exclusive virtual casino, allowing both brands to fully leverage their identity. From then, players at both NetEnt Casinos could start to enjoy a wide range of live casino tables and can easily switch between them without returning to the lobby while enjoying the most amazing casino environments that would make some Las Vegas casinos jealous.
NetEnt’s highlights in 2018: Jackpots
2018 started very well for a player at one of the many NetEnt Casinos. NetEnt has given one lucky player the perfect start to 2018 after paying out an amazing €2,553,604.67 Mega Fortune™ Jackpot on the 23rd of January. The €2.5 million jackpot prize was claimed by a UK-based player who had only signed up to the NetEnt Casino just a few days prior to his life-changing win.
After the €2.5 million win in January, it was on 7th March 2018 that a lucky player in Sweden secured the €4,084,430.35 Mega Fortune Dreams™ Jackpot. The life-changing amount of money was won by the Swedish player whilst playing the progressive jackpot slot game at Unibet Casino.
If you think that creating two new millionaires in one day is impossible, think again as another Mega Jackpot win occurred on the 7th of March. The second incredible jackpot prize of €2,667,743.19 was won by a UK-based player who managed to win the life-changing amount with a €1 spin on the Mega Fortune™ online slot.
The 2nd of April, the largest NetEnt Jackpot of 2018 was paid out to a 37-year-old winner playing on LeoVegas’ mobile app who just staked €10 before going on to take the seven-figure jackpot. The massive €6,719,561.71 Hall of Gods™ Jackpot is the biggest win recorded on Hall of Gods™ mobile so far.
NetEnt continued its jackpot hot-streak as another lucky player from Sweden dropped a massive win of €3,773,845.27 in May while playing Mega Fortune™, again at LeoVegas. This time the jackpot was hit with a bet of only €4,80.
June seemed to be an extremely successful month when it comes to the NetEnt Jackpots. During the month three more huge jackpot wins took place. The Mega Fortune Dreams™ Jackpot paid out over €4.25 million to a player in Belgium from a bet of €1 at Unibet Casino while the Arabian Nights™ Jackpot paid out more than €1.4 million to a winning player, again from a €1 spin. Later on, the Hall of Gods™ Jackpot was hit as well with a lucky player from Finland scooping a very attractive €2.75 million from a mobile spin of just €2.
After a few months of silence thanks to the Mega NetEnt Jackpot winning streak in June, August brought another new NetEnt millionaire after a player landed a life-changing €5,984,456 jackpot via the Mega Fortune™ slot. An additional €650,000 was awarded thanks to the Mega Million Campaign.
The last Mega NetEnt Jackpot win of 2018 took place during November when a49-year-old Brit claimed a windfall of £4,082,246.09 on the Mega Fortune Dreams™ slot with just a 80p bet.
NetEnt slots launched in 2018
The year of 2018 couldn’t start better! It was on the 19th of January that the company announced it signed a branded game deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the development of Jumanji™, expected to become one of the best games of 2018. The Jumanji™ online slot followed the launch of the holiday blockbuster film ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.
After some delays, the 24th of January 2018 finally brought Universal Monsters™ The Phantom’s Curse online slot to the NetEnt Casinos featuring an enthralling operatic soundtrack as it tells the spellbinding tale of how the disfigured Phantom falls for the beautiful soprano Christine. The enthralling Universal Monsters™ The Phantom’s Curse slot game is packed with a range of exciting features, including Chandelier Scatter symbols, Masked Phantom Wild symbols, and a Pick-and-Click bonus game set against the backdrop of three mirrors.
I was hoping this new game would be launched in 2018 as well, but unfortunately all we got in the beginning of February was the announcement that NetEnt signed a deal with Gaumont, the oldest film company in the world and producer of the popular TV-series Narcos. The expected Narcos™ online slot would be the next NetEnt branded slot game, based on the Golden Globe and Emmy ® award-nominated television series. So far, I have no indication yet when the game is expected to be launched.
If we weren’t excited enough already with the Narcos™ slot announcement, it was one day later that another great branded slot game was announced as well; the Vikings™ online slot. This game was indeed launched later on in 2018 obviously based on the hit drama series Vikings!
On the 22nd of February 22, 2018, players were treated the fantasy-based Asgardian Stones™ online slot which delves into the realms of Nordic mythology, taking you into magical surroundings where only the bravest warriors can live amongst the Gods. The Asgardian Stones™ slot also brings the industry’s first crush features.
Based on the popular TV Series Miami Vice, it was on March 22 that NetEnt went retro with its 80’s themed slot Hotline™. It was the first NetEnt video slot with a unique multi-level bonus bet feature also featuring a high-quality retro soundtrack, taking you back to the 80’s.
April 24th was reserved for the launch of the slot Archangels: Salvation™, bringing a heavenly game with a devilish 100-bet lines, the first game in the company’s history to do so.
With the launch of the Lost Relics™ online slot, a volatile game filled with randomly hidden features was launched on the 24th of May. Coin Win, Extra Wild, Extra Scatter and Free Spins features can be found randomly hidden under the symbols of a winning cluster, while the Hidden Chest feature in Free Spins provides even more excitement.
The first of its kind video slot game based on the beloved classic film Jumanji from Sony Pictures Entertainment was launched on the 2nd of July. Thanks to the Jumanji™ online slot, the classic board game became available at the NetEnt Casinos.
August 23rd 2018 was a special day when it comes to the NetEnt slots as new product lines was launched. The industry-first MAX product line offers two type of games. A standard slot game for the regular players while a MAX version was launched specially developed for players looking for games with high win potential. BerryBurst MAX™ was the first MAX game to be launched on August 23rd while the Berryburst™ slot was launched on the exact same day.
With Double Stacks, Free Spins, stacked Symbols, and landbased inspired lightshow style graphics, the Double Stacks™ online slot pulls out all the stops in showing just how exciting a 5×3 classic slot game can be. The game was launched September 24, 2018.
Why launching one slot game, if you can also launch two of them? October 24, 2018, players were treated a double game launch with the Middle Eastern Wild Bazaar™ slot and the Halloween-themed slot Halloween Jack™.
NetEnt signed a deal with eight-time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore MBE to create its first sports branded product. The contract was announced in November, but the game is due for release during the 2018/19 National Hunt season.
My favourite slot launch of the year took place on the 22nd of November, the day the Vikings™ online slot became available at the NetEnt Casinos. Based on the acclaimed Vikings TV series, the Vikings™ slot features star characters, including Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha, along with immersive footage and imagery inspired by the historical drama.
NetEnt’s 4th Christmas-themed slot was launched on the 29th of November, bringing the Jingle Spin™ slot to the NetEnt Casinos. In this video slot Christmas characters and delightful decorations take over the reels, together with the loud and quirky Santa Claus and his helping dwarves, the players collect baubles to unlock a series of festive features.
The last slot release of 2018 was Wild-O-Tron 3000™. The science fiction-themed video slot became available on 11th December featuring the Wild-O-Tron feature which can be activated by any spin.