Meet the Slots Creators – Expanse Studios’ CEO Damjan Stamenković Interview!

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

As CEO of Expanse Studios, my goal is to align both the company’s overarching strategic direction and brand in providing high-quality, innovative games that also fulfill the needs of operators and players. That entails daily communication with the development team to ensure we continue to create high-quality, original games, as well as setting the general tone of marketing tactics to expand Expanse’s reach. It’s a continually developing gameplay and, without a doubt, a life-changing experience.

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

Expanse Studios distinguishes itself from other gaming studios in several segments. Our game development team consists of seasoned and competent professionals, industry veterans to say, who specialize in generating high-quality online casino games, inspired both by the latest tech trends and some of the most vintage gaming motifs of the 80s/90s. 

Our team employs cutting-edge development processes and technologies, such as HTML5, to produce games that are not only visually attractive, but also give a vivid player experience. We also have a thorough understanding of the online casino market, allowing us to design games that are catered to the demands of both operators and ultimately the players, although we are B2B oriented. All that being said, dedication to innovation is how we evolve and maintain our growing market footprint – we are constantly researching and implementing new technologies in order to improve our games and stay ahead of the competition.

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

Expanse Studios has several slot games with big winning potential, but one of the most popular among players is Titan Roulette Deluxe, the iteration, yet refined, of a famous game. A table game that distinguishes out for its easy chip-placing method and user-friendly interface. The ball drop used in the design process was based on a simulation of the free fall of the ball on the roulette wheel; this drop accurately matches the ball that spins on the roulette cylinder and can be used for all smearing applications. The game offers a high RTP of 97.3% and is available on all platforms, including desktop and mobile devices and as we can see from reports of various providers incorporating our game, there are plenty of wins from this all-time classic.

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

If we could pick three games to serve as a model for how to constantly meet the needs of a growing customer base with well-designed, innovative, and user-friendly games, it would be the previously mentioned Titan Roulette Deluxe, Clown Fever and Wild Icy Fruits.

Titan Roulette Deluxe is a table game that stands out for its user-friendly layout and, in particular, its simple chip-placing system. The drop of the ball employed in the design process was based on a simulation of the free fall of the ball on the roulette wheel; this drop exactly replicates the ball that spins on the roulette cylinder and can be used for all smearing applications.

As stated by our affiliates, Clown Fever can be defined as the undisputed leader in terms of popularity that can be attributed to a number of elements, including its large multipliers and potential for large wins, its user-friendly interface (UI), and its design, which once again makes use of the ping-pong ball’s natural descent to achieve novelty. The player will feel as though his eyes are constantly on the genuine ball.

When it comes to the most played classic slots developed by Expanse Studios, Wild Icy Fruits is an unavoidable chapter of our success story. It features a common gaming mechanic wherein players must keep the same symbols on the board in order to advance. Unique to this game are the frozen symbols and the ice storms that can award substantial prizes. Those who are content with a slower pace and lesser wins will be able to play this game for quite some time.

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

The most crucial feature of a slot game, in my opinion, is to provide an enjoyable and involved player experience and keep them engaged in what they like most. To name a few, a well-designed slot game should have visually appealing graphics and animations, an exciting theme, and a variety of bonuses and special features that keep players interested and invested in the game, such as free spins, progressive jackpots, bonus buy options, and tournament plugins. Furthermore, the game should feature a fair and transparent payment structure, as well as an RTP rate, which allows players to have a high chance of winning while enjoying the game. Another crucial feature of a slot game is its adaptability; it should be available on a variety of platforms and devices, and it should be simple to integrate with multiple online casinos.

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

As a casino game developer, it is difficult to anticipate if a slot game will be a success or not. While certain elements, such as an exciting theme, engaging gameplay, and a fair payout system, can contribute to a game’s success, there are also many factors that can influence a game’s popularity, such as the timing of its release, marketing strategies used to promote it, and overall market saturation.

That being said, there are some industry trends and user preferences that game creators should consider while developing new games to improve their chances of success. Popular subjects, such as ancient civilizations or fantasy worlds (Book of Egypt), for example, tend to be well-received by gamers. Furthermore, games with unique incentives and special features, such as progressive jackpots or bonus buy options such as in our latest release Zombie Apocalypse, might improve a game’s appeal. Albeit there is no such thing as a recipe for success, from our experience, to maximize the chances for a game to become a hit, is to successfully match the market and audience, make an innovative game output inspired by a traditional motive and carefully follow the industry trends. 

Looking to the future, what is the next big release Expanse Studios is planning?

Expanse Studios has witnessed a tremendous demand for both crash games and live games, and we anticipate that they will be among the top priorities in 2023 onwards. To stay at the forefront of the industry and provide our players with the greatest possible gaming experience, we are always researching new and creative game genres, such as crash and live games. In practice, our team is conducting in-depth studies of this element of the offer, both in comparison to the competition (gaming successes) and in comparison to us. There will be breakthroughs in the crash game in 2023. This type of game, as Expanse is known for, combines the best of casino and betting, lasts 5 to 10 seconds, and is completely customizable. In 2023, players may expect some intriguing stuff from Expanse Studios’ crash games portfolio.

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

First of all, be curious, proactive, aiming to reframe your thinking and avoid clichés. Be constantly in touch with industry’s latest trends and technologies. Cliché it might be, but it’s really what made Expanse Studios thrive in only two years and built me in my career so far: focus on a broader picture, parting with the comfort/familiarity zone and readiness for mistakes. And perhaps the most important thing, which is the speed of adaptation, because this is exactly what makes the difference at the end of the day in the industry. 

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