Exclusive Interview With F*Bastards COO!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what is your role at F*Bastards? How did your journey in the gambling industry begin?

My name is Matt Ferreto. I’m Co-founder and COO of F*Bastards. If you are asking about my career straight after finishing university, I embarked on a career in marketing, quickly transitioning into the iGaming industry. In a relatively short period, I ascended through various roles, ranging from Marketing Director and Consultant to CEO, across different iGaming companies and start-ups. This journey was instrumental in shaping my understanding of the iGaming sector’s nuances and potentials. A few years ago, driven by a shared vision with my colleagues, we decided to channel our collective expertise into creating something of our own. Our ambition was to establish a slot development studio unfettered by the constraints on our imagination and creativity. Today, I stand before you as a testament to that dream realized—we are the F*BASTARDS TEAM, living our dream with a fearless spirit and a commitment to innovation and excellence in the iGaming world. 

2. How does F*Bastards typically approach the ideation process for new slot themes? What factors do you consider when selecting and developing themes?

Creating new slots ranks as the most exhilarating aspect of our work, largely because our core team doesn’t just bring extensive experience in the iGaming field; we’re also passionate gamblers ourselves. This dual perspective ensures that our primary focus is on developing slot games that not only captivate us but also resonate with our target market. Through countless hours of discussion and experimentation, we invariably craft games that are eye-catching, provocative, and immensely enjoyable to play. This blend of professional expertise and personal enthusiasm is what sets our creations apart, making them not just games, but experiences that engage and excite our audience.

3. Can you describe the core design philosophy that drives F*Bastards’ approach to slot mechanics, features, and overall player experience?

At the heart of F*Bastards’ design philosophy is the commitment to quality, player engagement, and the creation of unique gaming experiences. F*Bastards is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in slot gaming, with a relentless focus on captivating mechanics, engaging features, and superior player experiences. Our goal is to create slots that not only stand out in a crowded market but also set new standards for creativity and fun in the iGaming industry. 

4. Could you elaborate on your process for designing engaging and balanced gameplay mechanics, bonus features, and payout structures? How do you maintain a healthy balance between catering to different player preferences and risk levels?

  • Different types of game volatility;
  • Game features are selected and balanced in a way that the gameplay process would be smooth and exiting among different categories of player. Game math is balanced between main game, game features, bonus game and free spins using billions of simulations. Determination of payout model distribution between key areas of slot features is selected keeping in mind what is a key target audience for a specific slot game.

5. How do you incorporate elements of player psychology into the design of your games to enhance engagement and entertainment?

In the development of our games, we consistently strive to weave in elements that resonate deeply with our players, such as familiar themes, characters, or nostalgic motifs. This deliberate inclusion aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia or recognition, enriching the gaming experience. Additionally, we enjoy embedding easter eggs within our games, that delight and surprise our audience. This approach not only pays homage to beloved aspects of gaming culture but also adds layers of engagement and discovery to our games.

6. What are your insights on the current trends and challenges shaping the slot development landscape? Are there any specific areas you see as crucial for future innovation?

In our assessment, we are currently witnessing a pivotal shift in player demographics within the gaming industry. The incoming generation of players arrives with significantly elevated expectations, particularly concerning graphics, themes, and overall game quality. The classic, simple cherry slots are unlikely to satisfy these new demands. This generation has been raised on triple-A games featuring exceptional graphics, engaging themes, and a level of sophistication far beyond what traditional street machines offer. Our approach acknowledges this shift, aiming to meet and exceed these heightened expectations by incorporating advanced graphics, compelling narratives, and innovative gameplay into our slot offerings.

7. From your experience at F*Bastards, how do you gauge if a game will be a hit? What factors are considered during development?

Only three factors: speed, math, and engaging storytelling.

8. Looking ahead, what exciting developments or big releases can players expect from F*Bastards?

This year, we are committed to delivering 12 superb quality slots, each designed to introduce something new and exciting to our players. Our focus is on innovation and excellence, ensuring that every release not only meets but surpasses the expectations of our audience. We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the gaming experience, bringing fresh concepts and engaging features that stand out in the competitive market. Our goal is to provide our players with unparalleled gaming experiences that are memorable, thrilling, and rewarding. 

9. Is there anything you would like to say to those who support F*Bastards, before we conclude our interview?

To our growing community and partners, a message from the heart of F*Bastards: we’re just revving up. Expect us to make waves and hit big. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come F*Bastards is coming!

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