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Apparat Gaming unleash a howling Hold & Spin adventure in 5 Moon Wolf

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This month, Apparat Gaming – the software developer famed for delivering quality iGaming titles with a German accent – is inviting players to embrace the call of the wild and join the pack for a howlingly good time in the brand-new release, 5 Moon Wolf Hold & Spin.

Offering medium volatility and max wins of 2,500x, 5 Moon Wolf Hold & Spin is a five-reel slot with 20 fixed paylines. Set in the imposing canyons of the American west, the game boasts a range of majestic predators on its reels, with eagles, bears, mountain lions and wolves all appearing as high-value icons.

The real “bite” of the game, however, comes in the form of its two distinct bonus features, which can be activated by hunting down three scatters or five full moons respectively. The first is a free spins round, while the second is Apparat’s popular Hold & Spin game, which is linked to four local jackpots.

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Dealing with the two features in order, once three scatters have been hit, night will fall on the reels as at least eight free games are awarded. During these free spins, not only will all low value symbols be removed from the reels, but players can also extend the feature by landing further scatters or trigger an even more lucrative version of the Hold & Spin bonus in which the prizes for full moons are doubled.

The Hold & Spin feature, which is triggered by five or more full moons, begins with a pack of wolves chasing across the screen while a series of free respins are played as long as at least one new moon appears within the next three respins. This allows players to collect moons to win instant cash prizes as well as the Mini, Minor and Major local jackpots, with an additional Grand Bonus being awarded should they successfully fill all 15 reel spaces before the respins come to an end.

Of course, for players who are champing at the bit to enter the Hold & Spin bonus without triggering it manually, an optional Buy Feature is also available. With this granting them immediate access to the bonus for an additional stake, they can therefore bypass the luck factor and dive directly into the feature, where they’ll be able to sink their teeth into lunar-powered wins without needing to wait.

Martin Frindt, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Apparat Gaming, said: “With Apparat’s signature Hold & Win feature already proving a howling success with players, we thought it was high time we gave the popular bonus another run out in our action-packed slot adventure, 5 Moon Wolf.

“Linked to four lucrative local jackpots, this exciting extra gives our new lupine-themed game plenty of bite – and when coupled with a free spins feature that uses only the slot’s higher-value symbols, we’re sure players are going to love taking a walk on the wild side now that 5 Moon Wolf Hold & Win is out.”

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eCOGRA Authorized to Offer Certification Services in Brazil

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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.”

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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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IGT and Acres to Resolve All Pending Litigation

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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.

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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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