Meet the Slots Creators – BGaming’s Yulia Aliakseyeva Interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself. What makes you; and why have you chosen to work at BGaming?

Hi, my name is Yulia! Nice to talk to you! I used to work as a web-developer, but I was interested in all stages of a game’s development, that’s why I started my career as a Project-manager in the iGaming industry. I was responsible for every game release at BGaming, and it was an amazing experience. Now I work as a game producer and I’m very happy with the opportunity to work with a team full of energetic and passionate people. Together we create games that entertain and give a lot of chances for brilliant winnings.

We love big wins, so can you please let us know the top 3 winnings ever paid by BGaming?

I’m going to tell you about 3 one that I remember very well. Number 1 is obviously the winning in the Slotomon Go slot. It was March 6, 2019, the winnings in the game amounted to 354 BTC (at that time more than one million three hundred thousand dollars), and it was from one spin. Could you imagine?

Also we had a brilliant win in the Book of Cats slot this spring. On the 10th of March a high-roller was lucky to hit an insane x2,582 win. Playing big with 0,05 ETH per spin, one fortunate player decided to chance even more when buying a 4,70 ETH bonus and struck it lucky with a jaw-dropping ETH 129.095 or $227K in winnings. 

Elvis Frog in Vegas – the most popular brand’s title – also gave an amazing win a few months ago to one crypto player that grabbed  $110K in BTC. The bet of 0.0015 BTC was multiplied by 1195! 

You have an impressive slots portfolio, can you name the best three slots ever released by BGaming?

I would highlight the following games. The most popular slot is Elvis Frog in Vegas. The game is inspired by the talent and magnetism of rock-n-roll king Elvis Presley! It includes lavish features and three types of Jackpots – Mini, Major and Mega Jackpots. Combination of well-thought-out features and eye-catching design makes the slot a hit!

The first “chameleon-style” slot Fruit Million is on top too. The game is a new vision of classic slots. It changes its skin for every holiday so it makes the slot relevant all year long. 

Our recent slot Dig Dig Digger is a very promising game as well. With a crazy archaeologist players are taken to the golden sands of Egyption deserts. 

And also I can’t miss the WBC Ring of Riches slot that was produced in association with the World Boxing Council. This is the first branded slot for BGaming with such a reputable organisation. 

2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Even so, BGaming had multiple releases. Which slot takes the 2020 title of the best BGaming release?

Elvis Frog in Vegas definitely. As I already said, the game is the most popular in the brand’s lineup. Interestingly, it was produced at the very beginning of the pandemic that influenced our workdays very much. But we managed to do our best in this difficult time. I’m very proud of our team for that!

Looking to the future, what is the next big release planned?

Speaking about the near future, the summer will be full of surprises. Elvis Frog will go for vacation to Hawaii. We believe that the new story of Elvis Frog called Aloha King Elvis will repeat the success of the first one! The game includes 3 kinds of Jackpot and other pleasant features.

We’re going to produce megaways slots. It will be an important milestone for us! In addition, we strive to expand our portfolio of crypto games. Being the first iGaming provider to support cryptocurrencies, we pay particular attention to that.

In a market with hundreds of game studios, what would you say is BGaming is the biggest differentiator?

Our fundamental value is that the player and player choice always come first. Thanks to the player-driven approach we produce games that meet the player preferences. We arrange QA testing to analyze the audience and provide more than just high-quality games but gift genuine impressions!

At the same time, we are one of trendsetters in the industry. BGaming is the first major iGaming provider to introduce the “provable fairness” feature in online slots. With the help of cryptography, players can easily verify that all game results are indeed unbiased and random. We also were the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies. And now we pay special attention to games development for crypto casinos.

We would love to hear more about the slot creation process. Can you let us know which is the most exciting part of the entire process when creating a new slot?

It all starts with an idea. There are many ways to get a good idea. Conduct brainstorms, exchange different opinions, jointly develop the best solution with the team. Then the idea is formed into a game concept. Prototyping and testing hypotheses for visualization, mechanics and game features is a very important stage at the start of development. Sometimes, ideas that have not been fully tested at this stage can lead to complex consequences in the final.

The game is developed iteratively with constant progress analysis and possible adjustments and improvements. Many different specialists work on the development, such as a game designer, a math specialist, artists, animators, back-end and front-end developers, musicians, QA.

Usually, we produce one game a month. We have a team with limitless energy and passion for iGaming. We put inspiration into every game.

How can you tell if an online slot is going to be a hit or not?

This is not an easy question. There are fundamental things without which you cannot create a hit. First of all, it is a mathematical model, secondly, it is a visual and musical component, which must correctly and effectively represent mathematics and features. Requirements for the quality of performance slots are growing every day. But even if all the conditions for the highest level are met, this cannot be a guarantor of a hit.

To find out whether the slot will be popular or not, you need to understand who your player is and what he likes. It is important to be one of the players in your own slots. And if you play your slot and can honestly say that you like it as a player, then you are close to success. We learn preferences and needs of players and test every game before the release

What has been your biggest challenge and your most significant success in the gambling industry?

One of the biggest challenges was the following situation: I just started my work at BGaming, when the team needed to create its own game engine and at the same time regularly release games.

I want to say that the result was not achieved easily, but all the mistakes were worth it. As a result, we managed to achieve a good result.

Also we are growing very fast at the moment and this is the challenge for the team as well! There are many significant events, each event affects the development of the studio and the team. Entering new markets (for example, we recently received the MGA licence, the next one for BGaming – Greece licence), the release of new games, changes in marketing strategy, everything has an important role. If we talk about games, then this is the release of our hit – Elvis Frog in Vegas, which not only won recognition among the players, but made the team understand that we have become a competitive player in the video slots market.

If you weren’t in the gambling industry, what other industry would you want to work in?

I would work in a similar industry with gambling, in the entertainment industry. I like game development, this area is growing dynamically. I love being in trend and my interest in work does not disappear.