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Monday, 01 May 2023

April 2023 News Round-up

Another month has rolled around and that means it's time to pause and take a look back at the news making the headlines at Hacksaw HQ. So without further ado...

Fear the Dark Stirs Up Unseasonal Thrills and Spills

Proof that ghost-filled games aren't just for Halloween, April saw us venture inside an abandoned cemetery to encounter a bunch of weird and wonderful ghoulish creations on our way to wins.

Anyone with a Fear of the Dark may wish to look away now. But players whose idea of fun involves after-hours graveyard antics with ghosts for company should lap up our playfully morbid release, Fear the Dark.

Arranged over a 6-reel, 6-row grid matrix, our latest Pocketz release harkens back to Hacksaw Gaming's earlier, cutesy style. Don't be fooled by the ghosts' frightening outward appearances, though - they may look scary but they come bearing gifts worth up to 5,000x the bet for the bravest of grave-goers!

Look out for the Moon Man rising during your session. He'll show up to illuminate 2-5 multiplier symbols atop the reels which boost any wins they're involved in while activated. Feeling brave? Trigger Alone in the Dark free spins for greater chances of the Moon Man appearing, and enter second-chance Darkness Spins to keep the cascades flowing!

Grab your Sword to Brave the Cursed Seas

Many a salty seadog has fallen victim to Cursed Seas. But set sail on a good day, and you could find sunken treasures to the tune of 12,500x your wager waiting to be uncovered! Tapping that potential won't be easy, but you have a treasure trove of features - and a clan of rogue pirates, to aid in your quest.

The "best-looking game of 2023 so far" according to Vegasslotsonline, our maiden pirate adventure promises a high-octane, highly volatile, high-seas adventure over a 5x4 reel setup. Land Cursed Chests to release the curse upwards, which persist in the Sunken Treasure bonus game for even richer rewards.

Fans of Chaos Crew will die for the slot's top-tier bonus round. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" according to piratey folklore. But in this game, they speak of unimaginable treasures. Trigger the feature by landing 3 or more lanterns, then build up multiplier values above each reel by catching one of three special symbols. Once all three lives are extinguished, the active cursed positions in each reel take their respective multiplier value, which are all then totted up and multiplied by your stake to make your day out at sea a profitable one!

Both these brilliant games, plus all other titles in our portfolio, can be sampled for free on the Hacksaw Gaming website.

BetMGM Comes on Board

April saw us solidify our presence in the competitive Ontario market after signing with a true industry pillar.

A name that needs no introduction and with a stellar track record in both land-based and virtual casino domains, BetMGM's Ontario-based players can now enjoy a cracking pair of Hacksaw Gaming slots - runaway chart-toppers R.I.P. City - our ode to cat-and-mouse capers - and the Wild West smash hit Wanted Dead or a Wild. More popular Hacksaw Gaming games are making their way to the BetMGM casino lobby every week as more and more Ontario casino fans get a taste of our award-winning creations!

Gabrielle Star, our CCO, hailed the news, commenting:

"We’re super excited to strike up a relationship with a true industry mainstay. BetMGM is a household name boasting a rich heritage in both land-based and digital iGaming arenas, and this partnership will help us reach new audiences through our award-winning content that has already proved a hit with casino fans in Ontario."

The Award Nominations Come Thick and Fast

There was cause for further celebration in April as Hacksaw Gaming was recognized in a number of categories at both the Game Developer Awards and EGR Global B2B Awards - two prestigious events that recognize the cream of the industry annually.

Our slapstick creation R.I.P. City was again in the headlines as it received the 'Slot of the Year' Game Developer Awards nomination where we will also be defending our crown in the SlotCatalog 'Outperforming Studio of the Year' division. Over in the EGR Awards nominations, we were thrilled to pick up nominations for the 'Slot Supplier Rising Star' and 'Innovation in Slot Provision' awards.

We'll be hoping to add to our silverware with success at these events over the coming weeks at glitzy ceremonies held in Malta and London, respectively.

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