ICE 2024 – Interesting Finds From the iGaming Show

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Ice 2024 recap

Fishing Slots recently visited London for the ICE 2024 iGaming Show. Every year all the who’s who of the gambling industry head to London. Located at the ExCel convention centre, all gambling operations and game providers come to showcase their latest innovations and games for operators and affiliates alike. What interested us the most was which new slots are coming out. So, let’s see what happened this year at ICE.

Evolution

Evolution used to be all about their live casino games. However, in recent yers they have acquired several gambling companies. So, now they have a wide collection of live games, land based live game setups and with a few slot game providers under their umbrella, they have some fishing slots too. So, we were keen to see what new games are in store from:

Firstly, we were quite intrigued by Evolution Gaming’s new money wheel game Lightning Storm. It’s due to release in late Q2 -early Q3. Lightning Storm is similar to Crazy Time and Funky Time. There is a big digi-wheel in the game which can unlock several mini-bonus games.

Secondly, we took a look at the 4 slot game providers. NetEnt and BTG haven’t released any fishing-themed slots in a long time. And it doesn’t look like the future will be any brighter for us. NoLimit City are too busy releasing their dark slots based on horror movies or historical events.

But there was a bright spark in Red Tiger. Having released Sea Boat Adventure slot towards the end of 2023, with their sister studio Max Win Gaming, they are releasing a new game called Fishtastic.

Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming belongs to the Gauselmann Group so when visiting their stand at ICE 2024 it can be a bit overwhelming. Firstly, their location in the convention centre is massive. So, there are a lot of game terminals spread out across the floor and you have a lot of ground to cover for a glimpse at their games.

Known for their Fishin Frenzy and Crabbin for Cash slot series, we were keen to see what new additions are planned for 2024. Having just released Fishin Frenzy Full House only a few weeks prior, we didn’t expect anything new from this trademark series. However, we were happy to see a new addition to the crab slots series, Crabbin for Cash Megaways, which is due to launch at the end of February. Moreover, as is common with the Blueprint Gaming – Pragmatic rivalry, we expect to see more Fishin Frenzy releases this year, but for now it’s all hush-hush.

Pragmatic Play ICE 2024

Besides, Blueprint Gaming, Pragmatic is the 2nd most important game provider in the fishing slots genre. Firstly, Pragmatic is a massive game provider in the online gambling industry with many live games and slots. Secondly, they have one of the most iconic fishing slots series in their trademarked Big Bass Bonanza games.

Their location too was quite massive, and Pragmatic had a special Big Bass Bonanza section where you could take pictures with Olaf the beloved fisherman. Shortly after ICE 2024, they released Big Bass Floats My Boat and they have 4 new fishing themed slots planned until the end of April:

  • Big Bass Day at the Races – a horse racing themed Big Bass game for the Cheltenham Festival craze
  • Ice Lobster – a new lobster slot with an ice fishing theme
  • Big Bass Secrets of the Golden Lake – Olaf goes back to Medieval times as fishing knight
  • Lobster Bob’s Sea Food and Win It – a sequel to the original Lobster Bob slot

Other ICE 2024 Notable Mentions

In addition to the 3 big gaming companies mentioned above we also looked around at Games Global (formerly Microgaming), Light & Wonder (formerly Scientific Gaming) and Inspired Gaming. All providers have some new fishing games coming out in the first half of 2024.

Inspired is launching a follow up game to Big Fishing Fortune with bigger fish values, called Big Fishing Fortune Big Collector. Light and Wonder are set to release new games in their Reel ‘Em In and Goldfish Feeding Time slots series. Games Global will also have some interesting fishing games coming out in the next few months.

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