Playtech proved why it is one of the world’s leading software providers in 2019. The veteran gaming developer unleashed two new experiences for virtual players: Buffalo Blitz and Quantum Blackjack. The former being an industry-changer that created the concept of live slots, and the latter a new live dealer event building on the success of Quantum Roulette.
2019 was a big year for Playtech. The developer released more live casino offerings than any previous year. Many of them huge hits. Live Slots and Quantum Blackjack fill out what is a very prestigious catalog. Head of Innovation for Playtech’s live casino, Kevin Kilminster, spoke about it in a recent interview. “This was a remarkable year for our Live team. We had a very strong focus on experience-led gaming. Live Slots is the newest concept in the virtual gaming industry and will provide an engaging new experience for players.”
The concept is definitely a two-fold success. Gamers receive a new live experience and operators receive a new category of cross-sell opportunities. As slots are a genre all their own the idea of a live experience has a lot of potential. Live streaming gameplay is also increasingly popular. The draw of an immersive experience that brings the feel of a brick-and-mortar into the comfort of home is a huge draw. Here is a look at Playtech’s new additions which are available right now.
Live casino fare has been a popular feature since its launch. Gamers across the globe often using the presence of live dealer gaming as a catalyst to their choice of virtual casino. Up until 2019 the live casino offerings were for table games only. Then Playtech decided to revolutionize with the concept of live slots. Buffalo Blitz is the first cross-vertical slot machine that adds a communal experience to playing online slots. The game has “community spins” where a group of players all participates in the game together. The slot has the usual features of a live casino title. The game is played in a studio and a host runs the proceedings. Players enter the studio via the internet and the game is viewed in real-time through web cameras. The only difference is instead of a traditional table game it is a slot machine.
The whole design of live slots is made to resemble a game show. Players will choose their limit, bets per spin, and the number of spins before the game starts. Once all decisions have been made the spins are carried out automatically with the host providing commentary. Everything in live slots is communal. So the group decides on the limit, number of spins, and bets per spin, and then the group wins and loses together. Buffalo Blitz also brings another innovation to the table in the concept of free spins bonus.
Quantum Blackjack is the sister tabler to Quantum Roulette. Like Quantum Roulette it provides a futuristic studio feel and carries with it extra features not found in traditional versions of Blackjack. The gameplay is innovative in that it provides an extra draw once betting has ended. Up to three cards are dealt and supplied with a random multiplier. The multiplier can be anywhere between x3, x5, or x10. The idea is that the player will receive a bonus boost if they happen to have one of those cards in their hands. The player has to win the round of course but with a x10 multiplier in play a lucky draw could create quite the profit. 1000x the player stake to be exact. It also adds a wonderful element that livens up gameplay. Quantum Roulette was a smash when it released and Quantum Blackjack looks to be following closely in its footsteps.