Online casino Videoslots has announced a content agreement with developer OneTouch Games.
Under the brand new partnership, all of OneTouch’s casino games have been made available with Videoslots, including Forgotten Pharaoh, Ganbaruto Battle, and MVP Hoops, among many others.
William Ahlberg, the Head of Commercials at Videoslots, said in a statement to CasinoBeats: “OneTouch’s immersive portfolio of games has won well-deserved plaudits from voices across our industry, and makes for a strong addition to our hugely popular customer offering.
“We are therefore delighted to be partnering with the supplier in what we expect to be a fruitful and productive commercial relationship.”
Petra Maria Poola, the Head of Business Development and Operations at OneTouch, added: “We are thrilled to be launching with Videoslots.com, which has developed a deserved reputation among our industry’s most exciting operators.
“With an expansive catalogue of premium slots and table games, we have no doubt that our acclaimed collection of casino titles will continue to prove popular with a wide range of players.”
The new Videoslots agreement comes as OneTouch Games continues to strike partnerships in an effort to boost its player reach worldwide. Previous agreements have been made with White Hat Gaming, Slotegrator, Relax Gaming, Bombay Club, Sellatuparley, and numerous other firms.
UK Government Warns Gambling Commission Over Affordability Checks
Meanwhile, the UK government has warned the UK Gambling Commission that any new affordability checks must work alongside the government’s ongoing review of the Gambling Act 2005.
The UK Gambling Commission last year proposed new affordability checks that would require customers to prove their income to operators once they hit a monthly net gambling loss of £100.
As reported by GamblingInsider, the proposal has been met with criticism, with many gambling firms, particularly the British racing industry, claiming they’d lose income from the new affordability checks, which may “discourage” customers from gambling.
The government’s review of the Gambling Act 2005, which launched in December 2020, will look into the Commission’s proposals for affordability checks, as well as analyse the Commission’s power in today’s online age.
Speaking at the Commons, John Whittingdale, the Minister for Gambling and Lotteries who is spearheading the review, said: “We are looking at whether further controls for play online would be effective in preventing gambling harm, including whether greater controls are needed at an account or product level.
“We are also working closely with the Gambling Commission on its parallel work to improve how operators interact with customers and we will ensure that any new checks that they introduce to increase protections for those who are financially vulnerable, binge gambling or losing significant amounts over time harmonise with the aims of our own review.”
Whittingdale added that the Commission is “undergoing a reboot” and that its powers and performance are also being looked at as part of the government’s gambling review.
Ministers are expected to produce a white paper on the review by the end of the year, and a ban on gambling sports sponsorships have already been cited as a “likely” outcome of the review.
Unibet Fined Over Illegal Gambling Advertising
Gambling operator Unibet has been fined AUD$48,000 (Around £25,712) by Liquor & Gaming New South Wales over illegal gambling advertising.
The website was fined for breaching the New South Wales Betting and Racing Act 1998, which states that it is an offence to publish gambling advertisements that encourages people to participate in any gambling activity.
Unibet’s offence dates back to November 2020, when it published three posters of its Uniboost, Reboost, and Uplift special and enhanced odds features to its website and on the Apple App Store.
As reported by iGamingBusiness, Betchoice Corporation Pty, trading as Unibet, plead guilty to three offences during a hearing at the Downing Centre Local Court earlier this month. The operator was fined AUD$16,000 for each offence and was ordered to pay AUD$3,900 in legal costs too.
Darren Duke, the Compliance Director for NSW Liquor & Gaming, said in a statement: “Special or enhanced odds have the ability to induce people to open a betting account when they otherwise may be refraining from gambling and they may encourage people to gamble more frequently.
“During sentencing, the Magistrate noted that Unibet had a record of previous convictions and had most recently been fined $15,000 in 2019 for breaches of the betting legislation. The advertisements were designed to entice people to engage with gambling products and are a breach of legislation.”
Playson Releases New Video Slot Hand Of Gold
Finally, game developer Playson has released its brand new video slot, Hand Of Gold, a game inspired by Ancient Greece.
The slot uses a 6×4 layout with 20 paylines, and it has an RTP of 95.17% with high variance, which means you’re more likely to make infrequent big wins over small ones.
Hand Of Gold comes with numerous special features, including the Golden Touch feature, where one symbol is randomly selected and transforms all of its identical copies into wild symbols to make more wins.
The slot also has a free spins mode with 10 spins, with the ability to re-trigger the feature in the Free Spins mode. The Golden Touch feature can also be triggered in the Free Spins mode to help make even more wins!
Vsevolod Lapin, the Head of Product at Playson, said in a statement: “Packed with exciting additions such as Golden Touch feature which is guaranteed during Free Spins, world-class graphics and immersive sounds to match, Hand Of Gold is an ideal choice for those in search of a memorable entertainment experience.
“The release joins an acclaimed array of products launched this year by the Playson team, and we can’t wait to continue taking our portfolio to the next level up.”