This week, NetEnt launched its long-awaited for Asgardian Stones video slot game, themed on Norse mythology. The 5 reel, 20 pay line game can now be found at online casinos that carry NetEnt titles.

Asgardian Stones slot has plenty of ways of winning thanks to different features. However, the feature that everyone is speaking of is the Colossal Crush, an industry-first that promises hours of fun and lots of reward potential.

The Colossal Crush will come crushing down on rows and symbols and the energy it releases will multiply wins.

Henrik Fagerlund, the chief product officer of the Swedish online gaming group said about the release of Asgardian Stones this week: “Our team has worked tirelessly during the process of designing and creating Asgardian Stones and really look forward to see the game finally out with players all over the world.”

“The Colossal Crush feature is an industry first and only adds to the excitement this game offers, so we can’t wait to see the reaction from the gaming world as we continue our positive start to 2018,” he added.

NetEnt continues to roll out new games at a steady pace and has already announced that it will release a new slots game based on the Vikings TV series later this year.

Are you ready to launch those fireworks at your favorite Microgaming powered online casino? 32Red Casino is inviting you to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style by playing awesome slot games and winning a daily share of EUR 1,000! All you need is to climb the leaderboard by earning points for your play. In addition, and within the spiri​t of the holiday, 32Red will provide double loyalty points on specially selected slot games with an Asian flair.

Your first move will be to opt in to the promotion from today until Sunday, February 25th (23:59 UK time). You will then start earning loyalty points on gameplay at 32Red Casino during the promotion period. Earning one loyalty point earns you a point on the leaderboard.

Each day, 100 players will win a share of EUR 1,000 in cash, with literally thousands being given away throughout the promo. Although a new leaderboard is available every day, if you opt in once, you will automatically be included on every daily leaderboard thereafter.

Another thing to note is that if you play specific feature games, you will earn two loyalty points instead of one – however only the one base loyalty point contributes towards the leaderboard.

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Online gambling analysts predict that 2018 will be a year of significant growth in mobile gambling numbers. After studying 450 million transactions across 100 online gambling operators, Iovation analysts pointed to the growing trend of gambling via mobile devices, and the fact that the trend will only increase this year.

Barely six years ago, only 6% of online gambling transactions took place with a mobile device, but in 2017, this number jumped to a boggling 62%. The reason for this increase is multi-fold. First of all, more and more people are acquiring smartphones and using them in their day to day lives for all things – from banking to remote gambling entertainment.

Second of all, online gambling operators recognize that players are seeking their entertainment via mobile devices and have thus created entire portfolios of mobile compatible games. Some of Microgaming’s most popular titles are now available as mobile games, and thanks to advanced technology and mobile screen customized features, the player’s gaming experience is second to none. Even the biggest progressive jackpot slot games such as Mega Moolah are available as mobile games.

Iovation pointed out that players are demanding easy access to their gaming platforms, whether desktop or mobile, and even the need to enter a username and password is considered cumbersome today. Instead, players are demanding one-touch betting and will be a challenge for casinos to give players what they want without compromising security standards.

Last week, Portugal’s gambling authority, SRIJ, reported that the last three months of 2017 were particularly good, and noted that sports betting played a big part in the results. A surge in online sports betting meant that the combined revenue generated from the country’s seven locally-licensed online gambling operators was €36.5 million, €7 million higher than the third quarter of the year and €10 million higher than the same period in 2016. Total revenue for the year was a very good €122.6 million, of which 44.2% went to the government. It should be reminded that the Portuguese government earns well thanks to a 12% tax on sports betting turnover.

Focusing on sports betting, the online industry generated €20.5 million in the last quarter of the year, making a new quarterly record. This number was also 26% higher than the third quarter of 2017. Overall, sports revenue hit €68.1 million – more than half the overall market.

Out of the wagers placed on sports online:

  • Three-quarters were placed on football.
  • 12.4% was placed on tennis.
  • 8.5% was placed on basketball.

Licensed online gambling operators signed up over 130,000 new customers in the fourth quarter of the year, and there are now 800,000 Portuguese online gamblers signed up to sites. Just over 60% of registered places fall in the 25 to 44 year age bracket.

Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse Video Slot

NetEnt is pleased to announce that its new video slot game titled Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse, will be released at all UK and Maltese licensed online casinos powered by NetEnt on Wednesday, 24th January 2018 where players can place bets at 20p per spin up to £200 on PC desktops, tablets or mobile devices.

The new 5 reel and 40 pay line video slot offers a non-progressive jackpot of 200 coins and an average RTP OF 96.5%.

Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse Video Slot is based on the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Phantom of the Opera”.

Symbols on the reels of the game include clubs, spades, diamonds, hearts, yellow roses, knives, mirrors, rings, hand mirrors, sapphire rings, the Phantom and Christine.

The Phantom is the Wild symbol that completes a winning combo when it substitutes symbols adjacent to the Scatter symbol which is the chandelier. The Scatter appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 and initiates the Free Spins bonus.

Stacked Christine and stacked Phantom appearing simultaneously on reel 1 will trigger the Pick and Click feature.

The stacked masked symbol and the stacked Phantom appearing on reels 2 and 5 will trigger the Masked Phantom Re-spin bonus game.

The Free Spins gives players an opportunity to win unlimited spins until the Phantom cuts all the ropes from the chandelier which he does whenever he shows up on screen as a Wild.

The Free Spins feature is the most lucrative in-play bonus mode and is triggered when the Chandelier scatters appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 when a new screen opens up with a chandelier being hoisted on top.