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Yggdrasil unleashes ancient powers in The Runemakers DoubleMax™



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Leading iGaming publisher Yggdrasil and Bang Bang Games have combined to create the debut DoubleMax slot incorporating a cluster-pays mechanic, The Runemakers DoubleMax™.

This high volatility cluster pays slot can see players win up to 15,000x with huge cluster combinations, Mystic Mystery symbols and lucrative Free Spins with DoubleMax multipliers.

Winning clusters are formed when five more symbols land adjacent vertically or horizontally, with the DoubleMax Game Engagement Mechanic kicking in after every win. This causes a win multiplier to double, while further symbols can cascade down to boost win potential.


Special Mystic Mystery symbols can drop onto the 6×6 game grid after each win, revealing a matching symbol leading to impressive cluster pays wins.

Should three or more bonus scatter symbols land it will automatically award seven free spins. During this feature the DoubleMax multiplier does not reset. Brave players can opt to play a DoubleMax all-or-nothing gamble minigame to boost their spins to 11.

Players can also pay 125x their stake should they wish to automatically receive seven free spins. Alternatively, they can pay 350x their stake to buy the Super Bonus which awards 11 free spins.

The Runemakers DoubleMax is powered by GATI, with Yggdrasil’s state-of-the-art technology enabling partners to employ the preconfigured, regulation-ready, standardised development toolkit to consistently produce cutting-edge content followed by rapid distribution.

Mark McGinley, Chief Product Officer at Yggdrasil, said: “The Runemakers DoubleMax offers one of our most popular GEMs and takes an engaging twist. This is the first time we have combined a cluster pays slot with the DoubleMax mechanic and we are expecting great things.


“There is a lot of anticipation around this release and plenty of confidence that it will be a real hit with players and operators alike thanks to its excellent features and great win potential.”

Frank McPolin, Managing Director at Bang Bang Games, said: “Developing The Runemakers DoubleMax has allowed us to explore some exciting themes and concepts, all throughout the development process. We cannot wait to unleash the ancient power of the Runemakers upon players around the world. It certainly has all the makings to be a truly great cluster pays hit.”

Bradley Khoury

eCOGRA Authorized to Offer Certification Services in Brazil





eCOGRA, the Internationally renowned Independent Testing Laboratory, has been officially authorized by the Secretaria De Prêmios e Apostas (SPA) to operate as a certifying entity for betting systems, live gaming studios, and online games in Brazil. This announcement marks a significant milestone as eCOGRA continues to extend its international offering of iGaming testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services in regulated markets across the globe.

The announcement comes two months to the day after eCOGRA received approval to operate as a Certification Laboratory in Peru. The organization now operates in 39 online gambling jurisdictions, including Buenos Aires City and Province, Peru, Mendoza, Colombia, and Brazil in South America.

Since its establishment in 2003, eCOGRA has been at the forefront of online gambling certification, providing assurance on fairness and safety to players while offering the highest standards in TIC services to industry operators and software providers seeking to comply with regulatory requirements. The approval to operate in Brazil reflects both the trust eCOGRA has built in the international iGaming community and the quality of its certification services.

Bradley Khoury, Chief Technical Officer of eCOGRA, said: “We are thrilled to bring over two decades of expertise in online gambling certification to the vibrant market of Brazil. This approval from the Secretaria De Prêmios e Apostas (SPA) of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance is not only a testament to our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of competence and quality but also marks an exciting new chapter for eCOGRA. We look forward to working closely with Brazilian operators and interested parties to ensure a safe and fair gaming environment for all players.”


The new Brazilian regulatory framework aims to effectively safeguard player interests and enhance the integrity of online gambling operations within the country.

“Brazil offers a dynamic and rapidly growing market, and we are excited to contribute to its development. Our goal is to ensure that Brazilian players have access to certified iGaming experiences, akin to what has successfully been implemented in other highly regulated jurisdictions,” Khoury added.

Operators and software developers offering in the federal Brazilian jurisdiction seeking to comply with the laws and regulations by undergoing testing, inspection, and certification can now turn to eCOGRA for their renowned services, assured of their commitment to quality, impartiality, and fairness.

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Compliance Updates

IGT and Acres to Resolve All Pending Litigation





International Game Technology (IGT) and Acres 4.0, Acres Manufacturing Company, and John Acres (Acres) announced that effective April 12, 2024, they have reached an agreement to resolve all legal disputes between the two companies. Terms of the settlement have not been announced.

The resolution was reached in the US District Court of Nevada, directed to US patents that pertain to facilitating use of a financial transaction device in a cashless wagering system in a gaming system, and Nevada State Court directed to a breach of contract claims.

“IGT is pleased to reach a mutual agreement with Acres that resolves all disputes between us. This allows us to dedicate our collective resources where they are better served, driving continued innovation in the exciting and evolving cashless gaming space,” said Nick Khin, IGT COO Gaming.

“We are thrilled to put this matter behind us and work cooperatively with IGT to build exciting new gambling experiences that can increase both player enjoyment and casino profits,” John Acres, CEO of Acres, said.

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FanDuel Mobile App is Now Live in the D.C.





The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has announced that FanDuel’s sports betting app and website has officially launched. This development will introduce FanDuel’s sports wagering platform to District residents and visitors, completely replacing the current GambetDC sports betting app and website.

“With FanDuel’s launch, D.C. residents and visitors will have access to a best-in-class sports wagering platform. FanDuel’s entry into our market brings not only a reliable, customer-friendly sports wagering experience to the nation’s capital, but it also includes guaranteed revenue that will be used to fund vital city programs,” Frank Suarez, Executive Director of OLG, said.

FanDuel’s sports wagering platform will be available to all users over the age of 18 within the geographic boundaries of the District of Columbia, except for specific areas where gambling is prohibited. These restricted areas include a two-block radius surrounding designated Class A facilities (Audi Field, Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, and St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena) and all federal lands, including the National Mall, White House, Capitol, Congressional office buildings, East Potomac Park, and Rock Creek Park.

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