Meet The Slots Creators – Caleta Gaming’s CEO Fabiola Jaeger Interview!

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what is your role at Caleta Gaming?

I’m the co-founder and CEO of Caleta Gaming. I’ve been working with software development for about 20 years and in the gaming industry, specifically,  for around 12 years. I graduated in Information Systems at UFSC, a public University of Santa Catarina State, located here in Florianópolis – south of Brazil, where Caleta is based.

How did you first start in the gambling industry? What were the initial challenges?

I worked on the development team of a gaming company around 13 years ago.

My task at that time was to create mathematical models for casino games. So once the games were developed, I was also involved in the testing to make sure the RTP of the game was accurate, adjust the math if necessary, tweak the gameplay to make the games more engaging, and so on.

During this time, I met Paulo, my co-partner, and we both love games and saw big potential in this market, so we decided to set up our own business.

When we created Caleta in 2013, we were about four people. We didn’t have the resources to hire more people at that time. So we had to do a bit of everything, tasks we knew as math, game development, and tests, and tasks we didn’t know, such as business management, financial, commercial, marketing, art, and sounds.

It was challenging, but it taught us a lot about the market. This is one of the reasons why we have a very efficient and effective team today,  as we know exactly what needs to be done and improved in each area of the company.

With so many game studios on the market, what do you think is the biggest differentiator for Caleta Gaming?

Caleta is synonymous with agility and efficiency. We work not only to make better games but also to create tools that optimize our time, like GP5, a proper gaming engine built by ourselves that allows us to develop casino games with quality, and agility.

Caleta provides a gaming platform with the end-to-end technological domain and supports game integration from other companies on its own RGS.

We can make ideas happen quickly, with quality and responsibility.

Can you please tell us what is the slot with the most Big Wins from Caleta Gaming? We are sure our readers would like to give it a spin, if they haven’t already.

A couple of months ago, a player won 500k EUR during one spin of the free spin feature on the Dragon Rising game. It was massive!

For players looking for huge prizes, there are more game types like our Keno games. We just released Rainbow Keno which has a max win of 15,500x the bet value. Some other keno games from our portfolio pay 60,000x the bet value! On the bingo games like Bingo Royale, players can stack prizes and reach up to 11,250x the bet. Not to mention that scratchcard games can reach up to 40,000x. All in a single play.

What are your top 3 favorite slots from Caleta Gaming? Can you please tell us the reasons behind your choices?

First of all, I’m very biased, I like all of our games, but I’ll start with our most recent one, World Wild Cup. It was a challenge for our team to develop since it’s our first cluster game and we crafted one of the best so far. It has a very distinctive art style, it features unique mechanics to engage with football and soccer fans all across the globe, it’s fun and exciting, and it showcases the talent our game development team has. The game was made to celebrate the 2022 World Cup, so you can choose to play with any of the teams featured in the tournament, and it’s been a hit since its release. I definitely encourage everyone to play World Wild Cup and celebrate with their favorite team.

Cherry Cherry is a homage to classic games. In a simple three reels and 1-line game, you either win or spin again. Fast-paced, charming, and prizes with even one symbol. It’s a straightforward game to introduce players to the world of slot games, and it’s been amongst our most played games since it’s been out.

And finally, Ocean Richies is a 243 ways game with tumbling reels that is just a great way to play a few rounds and listen to the soothing sounds of the sea. It has features like free spins with progressive multipliers and a multi-pick bonus, all with a great atmosphere and visual style that makes you feel closer to the ocean.

What is the most important aspect of a slot from your perspective?

From a player’s perspective, the game’s feelings and the math model. Both of them will make or break a game for me. When playing a game, the player wants to understand what is happening on the screen and what they can get from a spin. The experience’s visual and audio parts help players understand and feel good about it, so players can keep playing it. The math model needs to be engaging enough to even if players lose a few rounds, they still want to hit something, or that there’s something they can get on the next spin, or a bonus might show up.

Is there any way to predict if a slot is going to be a hit or not?

There’s no way to predict, but there are ways to make it more likely.

Here at Caleta, we have a motto that says “making better games,” which moves us forward to work harder and improve our process with each project. Having a solid theme is a good starting point. The player is attracted by either curiosity or familiarity, so defining a theme and doing proper research and studies on it is an excellent way to give the game more chances to be a hit. Another way is to ensure the math model and features are engaging and keep the players wanting to play more and to get higher prizes, collect something from a bonus, or reach a certain number of symbols to trigger a special feature. There are a lot of different types of players that want different experiences when playing a slot game. There’s no way to make a game that will please all of them at once, but knowing that there’s the power to create different games that will be played and cherished by a large base of fans and that for us is a hit.

Looking to the future, what is the next big release Caleta Gaming is planning?

We have an audacious plan for 2023, but for now, I cannot disclose details.

Do you have any advice for those who would like to work in the gambling/ e-gaming industry?

Be creative, persistent, and ambitious.

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

Any business that uses technology to modify, enhance, or automate financial services for businesses or consumers.

Is there anything you would like to transmit to those who support Caleta Gaming, before we say goodbye?

For the first time, Caleta will be exhibiting at Ice.

We are incredibly excited about this achievement. We worked hard to achieve this.

From 7-9th Feb, we will expose our brand to the world in one of the most critical events in the industry. Wow!

Visit us at our stand N3-437 to learn more about Caleta’s products and solutions and to celebrate this outstanding achievement with us!

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