Slot Gods sat down with Evoplay to gain an insight to the innovative studio
After being blown away by a whole host of creative online slots such as Star Guardians and Dungeon Immortal Evil, the team at Slot Gods knew that we needed a media partnership with innovative minds behind them.
In June 2022, Slot Gods formed a partnership with the masterful Evoplay to give our audience exclusive insights into the incredible studio such as interviews and early slot reviews.
Living up to this promise, we spoke to Ivan Kravchuk, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Evoplay, to gain a sneak peek into the ethos at Evoplay and how the slot developer stands out as a true contender within iGaming.
Evoplay's mission is to go beyond the traditional approach and change the perception of gambling products, how does the company do this?
Ivan Kravchuk: Going far beyond conventional slot mechanics, such as spinning reels is Evoplay's core value. Our gaming portfolio is the best demonstration of how we handle the task of creating innovative games that easily win the audience's hearts.
We rely on gamification and drawing inspiration from the video game industry to make our mark. As a result, our titles have adopted enticing features such as in-game chats, leaderboards, multiplayer mode, and even role-playing components, as seen in our flagship game, Star Guardians.
Alongside enthralling mechanics and storylines, our titles push gaming to the next level. A shining example is our crash game, Goblin Run (similar to Spaceman), where players have it all: a charismatic lead character, an action-packed plot, a runner mechanic, and a wide range of skins and game settings.
Star Guardians is the biggest budget game in the Evoplay video library and is the furthest thing from a traditional online slot. So, where did the inspiration come from for Star Guardians?
Ivan Kravchuk: The majority of our team enjoy playing video games, this plays a pivotal role in the development of Evoplay products because we are inspired by the entertainment and competitive spirit often seen in gaming.
Our goal with Star Guardians was to transfer the video gaming experience to the gambling sphere, particularly in terms of functionality. Shoot ‘Em Up games are the third most popular genre among gamers. We’ve combined this genre with a unique third-person view that allows players to watch the gameplay as it happens, resulting in a superb mix of features that’s never been seen before within iGaming.
- Star Guardians
- Max payout:
- 5,000x stake
- Action, Adventure
- Release date:
- 29th Oct 2021
The ability to select a character and use manual control, which was a first in the gambling industry, piqued the audience's never-ending curiosity. Lastly, the much-loved cosmic setting was crucial to nailing the game's success. We get tons of messages from streamers and players on social networks - they admire Star Guardians for its originality.
There are no other online slots that compare to Evoplay slots. How do you approach game development?
Ivan Kravchuk: Rigorous analysis and audience research have always been among our key priorities in the game development process.
You can create a product that will resonate with the audience only by understanding who your player is and what their expectations are for the game. Data-driven analytics enables us to provide products to the iGaming fanbase that become big hits.
In Star Guardians, players can roam around and shoot in manual mode, are there any plans for implementing this in future releases?
Ivan Kravchuk: We will continue to incorporate innovative mechanics into strong plot-driven games that expand beyond shooters because entertainment allows us the capacity to try something new.
For example, our recent game - Goblin Run - is a perfect illustration of how crash gambling, initially based on just a line going up, can be reshaped to deliver utmost fun and excitement. The game-changer is the runner mechanic integrated with a leaderboard and chat, intensifying competition and thrill on each and every bet.
There is so much variety in the games from Evoplay; which one would be your favourite?
Ivan Kravchuk: It is almost impossible to single out a specific game as the Evoplay product line is so rich and diversified. We create products to reach every segment of the casino player audience, from classic yet innovative slots with popular themes to esports-fueled products.
- Dungeon: Immortal Evil
- Max payout:
- 5,000x stake
- Action, Adventure, Mythical, Viking
- Release date:
- 24th Feb 2020
We’re targeting Gen Z and Millennials, as well as conservative players and those who are always seeking innovation, we will always produce titles that appeal to these players.
To cater to sports bettors, we have developed a football pack, offering the same excitement from wagering but enhanced by gamification and complete immersion into the gameplay. One of the games - Football Bet - is a real catch for soccer fans. Bettor ranking and chat provide the maximum betting experience but with additional entertainment factors, making it a viable alternative to traditional sports betting.
Evoplay is at the forefront of innovation with online slots. What do you think the future of iGaming will be?
Ivan Kravchuk: The entertainment and video game industries and digital innovations will act as major drivers and inspiration for iGaming.
I am confident that new trends will emerge, with gamification maintaining its dominant position. Tournaments, missions, social components, rewards, and achievement systems are trending as players demand a more sophisticated online casino experience.
What can our audience expect from Evoplay within the next few months?
Ivan Kravchuk: We are currently working on our product pipeline, emphasising cross-channel games that will cater to casino players and sports bettors. For example, the upcoming World Cup became our inspiration for creating football-themed titles ready to embrace sports fans.
At the same time, our already launched games remain players' favourites, so we keep supplying additional portions of fun and entertainment, implementing new features, and running tournaments to provide players with the topmost delight from iGaming.
Be sure to keep an eye out for all things Evoplay right here at Slot Gods.