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Create the perfect Bavarian slot machine

VSO News spoke to Platipus CEO Martijn Peters (pictured) to find out more about the new Bavarian-themed slot Coinfest.

Beers, sausages and slot machines

It might have a particular name, but Platipus Ltd. is now a major competitor in the iGaming development space. The Isle of Man-based company has built a large portfolio of diverse games since its debut in 2014 and continues to deliver its exciting offering to partners around the world.

a highly volatile game with the potential for big wins

Platipus’ recent release, Coinfest, offers a unique take on a German beer hall, complete with a buxom waitress, a plate of sausages and a mustachioed drinker. He recently became VegasSlotsNews Online‘ Slots of the Week, partly because it’s a highly volatile game with the potential for big wins.

In light of the success of Coinfest, VSO News decided to reach out to Platipus CEO Martijn Peters to get some insight into the game’s design. adaptability are so important to a successful slots portfolio.

Tell us a bit about Platipus. How has the company grown during your tenure as CEO?

We started the business around 2012 when we initially focused on social casino. We were doing a lot of games mainly for Facebook, but it wasn’t very successful. Around 2014, we decided to switch to real money gambling.

In the beginning, we built the RPG, which was a big job because we created everything from scratch and had it certified. Then we started creating the html5 games because before that we had all created them on Flash. This is how we began to gradually build our portfolio over time.

an Isle of Man company with partners worldwide

We started slow, but now the ball is really rolling. We don’t need to get a lot of direct carrier integrations. We have a few, but the majority of our customers come from aggregators. Now we are busy getting licenses, including MGA license, UK license, Ukraine license and Romania license. Our production is based in Kyiv but we are an Isle of Man company with partners all over the world.

What do you think has been the biggest challenge in building your portfolio?

The huge amount of competition. There are many, many games released every month. Then stay up to date with the latest features. We need to keep improving so that we always keep an eye out for what we can redo or what we can upgrade to improve. In the meantime, we need to keep it as light as possible so that it always works properly. We also need to make sure that we maintain our product globally. There are big differences in the preferences of different jurisdictions.

Do you think there is a secret recipe for great slot machine design?

Diversity is very important. We have low, medium and high volatility games, and the more features the better. Then you also have to take a good look at what you are focusing on at that time. If we have a large client who is focused on Asia, we try to include as many symbols and animations as possible, which is what they prefer. We will speak with our clients to see what trends they see to get an idea of ​​what is desired at the time as it is constantly changing.

Coinfest, the new version of slot machines from Platipus.

What are some of the current trends you see in player demand?

We are constantly striving to improve our user interface, client back office and many other features. One of our latest developments is the innovative coin chain feature and gamification tool Platipus. The coin chain can be found in some of our recent games, like Joker Chase or Coinfest, but gamification is still in development. Our coin chain mechanism is quite similar to the popular Hold and Win feature, but with a twist.

Can you explain a bit about this coin chain mechanic and how it benefits the game in Coinfest?

During the bonus feature, the player gets different coins that work the same as Hold and Win, but the coins appearing can be bronze, silver or gold. Bronze coins award value on it as in Hold and Win. When Silver is hit, it will reward all added values ​​of displayed bronze coins. The gold coin acquires the values ​​of the silver and bronze coins.

constantly award payment to the player as long as new coins are added

In Joker Chase, the game triggers the bonus feature. Coins do not award payment immediately. Only once new parts are added. This means that Hold and Win constantly assigns the payout to the player as long as new coins are added.

Sounds exciting! Coinfest has a unique German brewery theme. How does the design process work for a game like this?

We always start with research. We collect information on currently trending topics and mechanics and what our partners find desirable. Once the theme is chosen, we compile all the data and discuss. Our production team then creates an alpha build to give everyone a general idea of ​​what the game will look like and be about. At this stage, it is accessible to all and everyone can give their opinion. As we have a fairly international team, we can see the game from different angles. Once our QA has gathered all the feedback and selected the best options, our production team prepares a number of rough beta versions. Then we move on to production.

What’s next for Platipus after this latest release? New games or market entries in sight?

We certainly have a few releases planned, but we won’t be revealing those details just yet. Our goal is to continue to launch at least one slot per month.

As for new markets, we are getting more involved in Asia and Latin America. At each niche, we take these new markets into account, evaluating what kind of features they prefer in each jurisdiction. We do this through research, judging what is highest in the operator lobby. Also, we have a discussion with the employees of our local partners.