Yggdrasil Gaming – young and dynamic gaming developer from Sweden
Yggdrasil Gaming company is one of the youngest representatives of the online gambling industry. Founded only a few years ago, in 2013, in Sweden, it was originally focused on the creation of software for online lottery. However, given the current direction of gambling industry development, Yggdrasil quickly mastered additional segment – slot machines, high quality of which made it possible to involve many fans.
However, no wonder that the company had such a success. Its creator Frederic Elmqvist at the time of the foundation of the company has already had considerable experience in the field of gambling due to a lengthy job at the position of Net Entertainment chief. Developing the Yggdrasil, he was able to fully implement effective strategies for market promotion.
Legend of Yggdrasil
Even the name of the brand has a mystical appeal and memorability. Yggdrasil is a Sacred Ash, a mighty tree standing “at the crossroads of the world”, a colossal giant symbolising the hierarchy of the universe. In the shadow of this tree, there is a dwelling for mighty gods, eagles and dragons, ordinary mortals. It serves as the door to the nine mythical worlds, including the land of the gods of Asgard, land elves, dwarves and giants.
The convoluted story of ancient legend has become a source of inspiration for company's founders. The logo of the brand is a picture of a branchy old tree.
Yggdrasil Gaming Licenses
Today Yggdrasil Gaming company is well received in gambling market. The developer uses advanced technologies in the process of creating products. All gaming software has appropriate certificates.
The first license of Yggdrasil Gaming has been received in Malta during the foundation of the company. Issued by the competent specialised agency Lotteries & Gaming Authority, it is a guarantee of product quality and compliance with legislative requirements.
Over the past two years, the company has issued additional documents. Gibraltar Licensing Authority issued to Yggdrasil Gaming a license to supply gaming platforms and slots and Gibraltar casino operators.
In the end of the last year, the developer was awarded several licenses by United Kingdom Gambling Commission. These documents opened Yggdrasil access to promote their own gaming platforms and gambling content among United Kingdom players.
Contacts of the company
The headquarters of Yggdrasil is located in Malta. Game servers and offices network covers several cities in Eastern Europe, as well as Sweden and Gibraltar, which houses one of the main offices of the company. In fact, Yggdrasil operates in regulated gaming markets around the world.
Contact details of the company are presented on the official website of the provider. The appropriate tab lists office addresses indicating their location on the map, phone numbers, email addresses.
The range of casino entertainment
Within a short period of work in the gambling business, Yggdrasil was able to take its rightful position in several segments of the industry. Today, the company is engaged in:
- the development releasing of gambling games;
- the management of slots on their own certified servers created on the basis of high-tech developments;
- the creation of innovative promotional products.
The developer’s portfolio includes a plenty of games, including classic slots and video slots, electronic keno, lottery, scratch cards.
Due to the use of Flash technology, all Yggdrasil games are available in a browser version and does not require downloading. Furthermore, there are mobile versions of the software. Developer’s products are available in most online casinos, which has a reputation of bona fide institutions: Euroslots, Casino Room, Mr. Green, Unibet, Monte Carlo Casino, Casumo, others.
Popular slot machines
Portfolio of Yggdrasil slot machines is impressive, given the short period of company existence. On the pages of the official website, there are more than twenty-five models.
- Bicicleta. This twenty-five-line slot is dedicated to the European Football Championship 2016. This novelty attracted an increased attention of players. Symbols of the device provide include simple pictures and portraits of sportsmen. Along with traditional wild and scatter options, there are additional bonus features.
- Nirvana – the updated version. The device is endowed with traditional prize options, as well as additional features. Functions WildSeeds, NudgeReels, MegaReels and contribute to the frequency and size of gains. The game has additional lottery “engine” Pick In Click.
- Cazino Zeppelin – not the newest development of Yggdrasil, it was released back in 2014. However, due to non-standard thematic design, it is still relevant on the market. The slot machine designers have combined Art Nouveau style and steampunk. Elements typical for Japanese comics became a highlight of the design. The functionality of the device is not original, offers traditional wild symbol and scatter symbol.
Among the most popular video slots:
- Winterberries – stylish twenty-line slot with four different “seasonal” styles of the wild symbol. Along with the ability to replace pictures, each one is endowed with additional functions: starting re-spins, duplicating, expanding options and activation of multipliers. There is also a scatter symbol.
- The Dark Joker Rizer – the first release in 2015. Symbols of the slot machine include traditional fruit pictures and Joker. The ability to use Joker mode, activation of which is possible after every win, is a distinctive feature. This option increases the probability of dropping a Wild symbol, the value of a rotation also doubles.
- Draglines – a final note of 2014. The device is equipped with five different size reels. An unusual approach was chosen to develop a wild symbol. Red dragons, decorating the wild, are able to breathe flame and turn random pictures into wilds. From one to four such “firewalls” can appear at a time. Purple Dragons expand a wild to the entire height of the reel. The blue dragon is endowed with the usual option of replacing pictures. To gain bonus spins, two scatters on the screen are enough.
Yggdrasil slot machines 2016
Novelties of the last year are very popular among players. It should be noted, the company is extremely efficient considering production. From the beginning of the year, could find a little less than ten new original products.
In January, Yggdrasil announced the release of the slot Incinerator 21. Performed in the style of Tetris, the game machine has two wild symbol models: normal and super-wide, expanding over the screen.
In February, it introduced slot Golden Fish Tank with twenty payment lines and a solid number of bonus features. Wild symbol, scatter symbol, a bonus round, which allows gaining up to five special bonus options.
In the spring-summerб Yggdrasil Gaming has released just three new devices:
- Big Blox – a device with 243 options of winning combinations, dedicated to the subject of ancient temples;
- Legend of the White Snake Lady – another 243-option slot that introduces players to the Chinese mythology;
- Monkey King – a 3D slot, which became the basis for Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. The main character of the game is a Monkey King, hat serves as a “stick” or “freezing” wild symbol, depending on particular combinations.
In September, the company introduced new products: mentioned slot Bicicleta and video slot Vikings Go Wild.
Yggdrasil scratch cards
A separate category of Yggdrasil games includes games based on the “magic numbers” technology – brand concept developed by a company called “NUMB3R L0V3RS”. The series includes original video scratch cards, video keno, flash bingo, mobile games.
As the most popular entertainment in this format, we can mark video scratch cards, made on the basis of innovative technology iSENSETM, combining elements of HTML5, CSS3 and animations with the option stop-motion. These models are available for play on mobile devices, powered by iOS and Android systems.
Games, operating on iSENSETM platform, has several advantages:
- high download speed;
- special options to diversify the game: Special Wins, Rapid Play, Double-Up, Free Rounds, Extra Balls, Multipliers, others.
A special advertising concept Super Free Spins, launched by Yggdrasil, had a significant impact on improving the attractiveness of these games. According to its terms, casinos have the opportunity to give players an infinite number of free spins.
Innovative developments of Yggdrasil Gaming
It should be noted Yggdrasil works not only in the segment of slot machines but regularly offers interesting promotional developments. In particular, in the summer of 2016, the company introduced to the market a unique tool called BRAG. It allows players watching replays of winning combinations and share their achievements on social networks Twitter and Facebook. Currently, the use of BRAG is enabled only for participants of tournaments. In the future, the company promised to improve the program by providing an opportunity to show more than a dozen spins.
The creation of its own so-called White Label Studios was an interesting strategic decision aimed at expanding the company. This format of work is very popular in Europe. It involves the delegation of sales authority to another company with the possibility to use the brand. This solution allows both partners to focus directly on the activities which they are familiar with the best. At the same time, the creation of White Label Studio does not require significant technical resources and ensures the effectiveness of task implementation. In the case of Yggdrasil Gaming, its subsidiary company Cherry Ab became a distributor of game software.
Numerous partnerships with major developer representatives of the gambling industry can confirm the credibility of Yggdrasil Gaming. Yggdrasil signed several significant contracts for cooperation in the past year alone:
- BetClic Everest Group Corporation (at the end of 2015) – the owner of several gaming brands. Under the terms of the contract, Yggdrasil content will be presented on the top six platforms. Application integration is carried out under the brands of Monte Carlo Casino, Expekt, BetClic. Yggdrasil gambling games enlarged the range of services of Kaboo, Sunmaker, Heroes casinos.
- Bet365 bookmaker has got an opportunity to use eighteen popular online slot games, as well as innovative advertising tools, created by the developer.
- Bwin.party operator has gained access to the portfolio of the developer. Along with the possibility of using famous slots, Bwin acquired the rights to use advertising tools by Yggdrasil.
- Mobile casino Casumo expanded its range of services with games and innovative technologies of the developer.
Yggdrasil Gaming Awards
Dynamism and a successful and rapid development of Yggdrasil Gaming have provided numerous awards. The most notable of them were received at EGR B2B Awards, a ceremony, which similar to Oscar in the gaming world. Yggdrasil has been getting high ranks for two years in a row.
In 2015, the company became the laureate of the award “Software Rising Star”. In 2016, it received the title of “Best Slot Provider”. Moreover, in 2016, Yggdrasil Gaming gained the status of the “Best Content Provider” at the International Gaming Awards 2016 forum.
Jackpot from Yggdrasil
In general, 2016 was eventful for Yggdrasil Gaming. In summer, a slot machine granted a jackpot for the third time in the company history.
The winner was a young resident of Oslo, Norway. The amount of payment was EUR 2.9 million (USD 3,2 m).
It is interesting, that it happened on the slot machine Joker Millions. Launched in March 2015, he gave three jackpots just in a year and a half.
The first payment was made in September 2015 and amounted to EUR 720 thousand. Second happened in December 2015 – EUR 460, 000 (USD 511, 000), and then, finally, in the summer of 2016, the player got another Super Prize. The size of the last win is a record for the slot machine.