Game developer Wazdan has launched its content in Switzerland through a partnership with Swiss Casinos.
The game studio made its debut in the country this month with Swiss Casinos’ Casino Zürichsee, which now offers five of the 15 Wazdan casino games certified for the region, including 9 Tigers, Great Book Of Magic Deluxe, Lucky Reels, Magic Stars 3, and Infinity Hero.
According to Wazdan, the partnership marks the studio’s first commercial collaboration in Switzerland after its certification in October 2020. Swiss Casinos has been a pioneer in the gambling industry and has built its casino group into the strongest in Switzerland.
Andrzej Hyla, the Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said in a statement: “Entering a new market is always a very exciting time and we’re thrilled to launch in Switzerland together with Swiss Casinos, an operator with an exemplary reputation. We’re very positive about this deal and we can’t wait to introduce our content to local players.”
Stanislav Pavlovcin, the Casino Product Manager at Casino Zurichsee, added: “Wazdan’s games bring something unique and exciting to the market through their combination of engaging graphics, immersive math models, and thrilling Unique and Special features. We’re very pleased to agree to this deal and look forward to a long and successful partnership together.”
The news comes after Wazdan celebrated its successful launch in New Jersey and announced further expansion across the US. The game development studio gained approval to launch in the state after receiving a transactional waiver from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).
More recently, Wazdan has released new casino games, including Midnight In Tokyo, Prosperity Pearls, Sun Of Fortune, plus numerous others. It’s also been striking new content agreements with operators like Buzz Bingo and Crowd Entertainment to expand its player reach worldwide.
Also this week, developer High 5 Games has revealed it’s signed a multi-year agreement with Penn National Gaming and has launched a brand new video slot.
According to Intergameonline.com, High 5 Games already operators a social casino in the US, but the new market access agreement will allow the studio to become an operator with the launch of its real-money online casino High5Casino.com in Pennsylvania.
Tony Singer, the CEO of High 5 Games, said in a statement: “As we continue to focus on expanding into every regulated market in the US, our strategic partnership with Penn National Gaming is instrumental in introducing the High 5 casino experience to a world of new players.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and we look forward to announcing more multi-year access agreements in other states soon.”
In addition to announcing its agreement with Penn National Gaming, High 5 Games has released its new sea-themed Guardians Of The Deep video slot. In the game, players are required to dive deep into the sea to uncover mysteries and treasure and face the dangerous Lords of the Abyss who guard all treasure.
High 5 Games’ Guardians Of The Deep slot uses a 5×3 layout with an RTP of 96%. The game has high variance, which means you’re more likely to make infrequent big wins over small ones, and it comes with numerous special features, including a free spins mode, multipliers, wild symbols, and scatter symbols too.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced “urgent meetings” with the Horse Welfare Board and Horse Racing Ireland following a BBC Panorama investigation, as reported by SBCNews.
The investigation, titled The Dark Side Of Horse Racing, broadcasted footage filmed from inside a UK abattoir and suggested that show horses were being euthanised. It also reported that some horses had been transported from Ireland to the UK with injuries, which is against regulations.
Responding to the Panorama investigation, the BHA called for urgent meetings and issued the following statement: “No one in racing, and no one who loves horses, wants to see them caused distress or suffering at the end of their lives.
“If there has been a departure from approved abattoir practices and the welfare of the horses involved has been compromised, it is important this is addressed as a matter of urgency.”
It continued: “This includes transporting horses over long distances to an abattoir, especially if these have injuries, which is not acceptable under the British racing industry’s guidelines for euthanasia.”
The BHA then said it would support the Food Standards Agency, which regulates abattoirs, if it decides to investigate abattoirs for the mistreatment of animals.
It continued: “The British racing industry, and the 7,000 and more staff who look after our horses day-in, day-out, across Britain, are proud of the unparalleled standards of love, care, attention, and respect our horses receive.
“Where end-of-life decisions are being considered, we want these to take place in accordance with the euthanasia guidelines developed by the industry’s Horse Welfare Board over the last 12 months. These aim to ensure that horses’ welfare is protected and that all available options for rehoming are examined.
“Our sport has set out its wider approach to equine welfare in a strategy published in 2020, which the programme chose not to highlight. One of the core aspects of this strategy is collective lifetime responsibility, and the report identified the need to further enhance our record in the fields of aftercare and traceability.”
Horse Racing Ireland also shared a short statement on the investigation, saying: “The images from the Swindon abattoir, portrayed this evening in the BBC documentary Panorama, showed behaviour unacceptable in any context. This footage does not reflect, and is not representative, of the care that racehorses receive throughout their lives.”