Big news was made in the casino world yesterday, when Evolution Gaming offered to buy NetEnt for $2 billion (USD). NetEnt’s board has unanimously recommended accepting the offer to its shareholders in a deal that will have a huge impact on the gaming world at large.
But, what does this mean for players in particular? We had a long, hard think about the potential impact that Evolution’s acquisition of NetEnt will have on the types of slots and casino games that will be released in the future.
Merging of Brands
Both Evolution Gaming and NetEnt have a number of brand deals under their belts, and there is the potential for players to see some interesting crossovers. Imagine Evolution Gaming’s live dealer games with music from the NetEnt Rocks series – Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Rain or Guns n Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle blasting in the background.
Evolution Gaming has struck deals with gameshow and boardgame brands that NetEnt has yet to cover. For example, Monopoly Live and Deal or No Deal Live are two popular games from the developer, and NetEnt could potentially be able to create slots based on those brands if the deal is finalised.
Crossover of IP
In addition to branded content, both companies have created their own unique concepts and characters that could end up crossing over. The stars of Gonzo’s Quest, Finn’s Golden Tavern and Piggy Riches could make their way into Evolution Gaming titles.
Speaking of landmark games, Evolution Gaming could take inspiration from NetEnt’s most popular slots to create new exclusive titles. We imagine players would flock to play a prize wheel game like Dreamcatcher with Starburst or Twin Spin branding.
New Gameplay Features
When big brands come together in the gaming world, you can expect to see the creation of new gameplay functions. The combination of NetEnt’s creative designers and Evolution’s innovative software could result in some impressive gameplay features that will surely impress players.
For example, Evolution’s Dreamcatcher and Crazy Time would make for some fun minigames in upcoming NetEnt slots. It would be an interesting way to introduce a new style of bonus games into the online slots world. Innovative NetEnt features could also crossover into Evolution’s live dealer offering, like Infinireels.
We’d also like to see what this means for the Megaways mechanic. NetEnt’s acquisition of Red Tiger allowed for the creation of Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and Piggy Riches Megaways – so, would Evolution’s acquisition of NetEnt mean we’ll see a live dealer game with a Megaways twist at some point in the future?
Of course, their deal isn’t finalised yet, so all we (and the rest of the gaming world) can do is speculate. We’re sure that there are some very exciting gameplay developers on the horizon should Evolution Gaming acquire NetEnt.