Comparasino speaks to Playtech Head of Casino, Jade Pecorella, to find out how the company keeps UK players entertained with its games and experiences.

Playtech is an industry powerhouse and in this interview with Head of Casino, Jade Pecorella, we learn more about how the company continues to push boundaries to deliver thrilling online casino experiences to players in the UK and beyond. 

Jade provides some really great insight into how Playtech develops blockbuster slots, table and live casino games, and especially how it’s able to sign partnerships with some of the biggest entertainment brands in the world. She also lifts the lid on the incredible work that goes into its game-changing mechanics and bonus features, as well as how it’s developed a suite of jackpots to suit all player preferences. 

So sit down and get comfy as Jade takes us on a wild ride behind the scenes at Playtech. 

Playtech is one of the most established and in-demand online casino providers in the business. But for players that haven’t heard of you before, what do you offer? 

Playtech has been successfully crafting online casino experiences for 25 years, as we celebrated at ICE 2024. So to some, we may be known for the most classic games in the industry, but Playtech is more than just an online casino provider; it’s a pioneer in creating immersive digital worlds where games come alive.

First off, Playtech doesn’t just release games to fill a slot in the lobby. We pay attention to the details, craft experiences and take calculated risks that merge the thrill of gaming with what players really get excited about.

We also go one step further by not just focusing on the play sessions, but also bringing what our players watch on the big and small screens into our games by collaborating with the biggest titles out there like ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Breaking Bad’ or Discovery’s ‘Gold Rush’ and Gladiator. The latter was one of the first IP brands to hit online casinos some 15 years ago and with the excitement of the next movie, we have plans to bring back great memories tied in with award-winning mechanics with a new slot set to launch later this year.

It seems that you and your team are incredibly passionate about the games and experiences Playtech offers.

These aren’t just games to us; they’re adventures packed with stories. We go one step further and complete the game experience with voice-overs and clips straight from your favourite shows and movies tied with top math and mechanics to support the experience.

But what really sets Playtech apart are the unique features we pack into each game. Features like Cash Collect™, Fire Blaze, Age of the Gods and Gold Hit to mention just some of the mechanics from our prestigious Power Suites. These aren’t just fancy names; they make every play session unique, guaranteeing that no two games feel the same. It’s about keeping things fresh and exciting, ensuring players always have something new to look forward to, and, as the name suggests, they are ultimately a powerful gaming experience.

Then there’s the technology side of Playtech, where we are always innovating and pushing the envelope. We’ve developed tools that make gaming more interactive and engaging. We did not just take the word gamification and use it as a hashtag in our conversations. Instead, we utilised it after speaking with all our partners, clients and players to create a range of tools guaranteed to elevate a player’s game experience.

Whether it’s through our tournament tool offerings, customisable free spins to which we have recently added a unique twist by allowing a player to select their preferred game and staking of choice, our missions tool, or even our Mystery Parcel tool (which is not just a random cash drop bonusing tool but holding a prize and similar to a nostalgic game from our childhood, either opening it or passing it along) to even free bets with golden chips on table games, which we are proud to be the sole offerer of, Playtech is about enhancing the gaming experience both within the gameplay and around it.

In a nutshell, stepping into Playtech’s world is like stepping into a festival of innovation where the usual boredom of gaming fades into a vibrant landscape of creativity and excitement. Whether you love the pulse-pounding excitement of slots or the classic allure of table games, or rich and unique sets from live gameshows, Playtech promises an experience that’s both engaging and rewarding.

What makes Playtech casinos so good? What do they offer that players won’t get at online casinos powered by other technology companies/content providers? 

At Playtech, we leverage multiple in-house studios, each contributing a unique flavour and specialised expertise to our diverse game portfolio. This allows us to offer an unmatched variety of high-quality, immersive gaming experiences that cater to all player preferences. We have studios based all over the world to really grasp not just what’s online, but the culture of each region to understand what players are really looking for. This is shown in our titles and mechanics. From games like Torrente and Boom, we take bespoke to heart to bring that Vegas feeling to your pocket. 

Upcoming titles like ‘Deadliest Catch’ continue to push creative boundaries by integrating exclusive, narrative-rich content that transforms each game into an engaging story. Our unique mechanics, such as the Mega Fire Blaze and Cash Collect, and the variety of jackpots we provide, ensure gameplay is not only entertaining but also stimulating. 

Can you give a little insight into your wider game portfolio and what it covers? 

Playtech is particularly known for its rich selection of slot games, which feature a mix of traditional and modern themes. We continuously innovate in this category by incorporating advanced graphics, engaging storylines and unique gameplay mechanics. Our slots are enhanced with features like progressive jackpots, interactive bonus rounds and branded content from popular movies and TV shows, creating a dynamic and immersive gaming experience.

Our portfolio also includes a comprehensive array of classic table games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat and poker. These games are available in various formats, including RNG versions that use sophisticated algorithms to ensure fair play, and live dealer versions that offer a real-time, interactive experience. Playtech’s table games are designed to replicate the feel of a real casino, with high-quality visuals and realistic game dynamics. We also focus on what can be added to each game experience, where you will find multiplier table games, bonus game roulettes which tie into our most popular slot games, and side bets which are unique and exciting.

Playtech is a leader in the live dealer segment and has become one of the largest suppliers of live casino games in Europe and Asia. We offer live versions of popular casino games, including exclusive variants and gameshows. As in our RNG casino, portfolio our live dealer games are powered by innovation including using our well-known IPs such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and hosting real-time gameshows with our players and even massive movies like Jumanji! We translate iconic features like Fire Blaze and other unique mechanics from RNG and add them to the world of gameshows. This includes added bonus rounds, multipliers and even live slots such as Buffalo Blitz Live. This is what ensures we are always one step ahead.

In addition to slots, table games and live, Playtech’s portfolio includes video poker, scratch cards, retail and sports betting platforms. We basically have that one-stop shop for any desire in online casino, as well as retail, too! We are also introducing our own unique touch to the popular arcade game with added innovation around it which we’ll be looking forward to releasing later this year. 

Overall, Playtech’s game portfolio is designed to provide a comprehensive and engaging gaming experience across all major categories. With a focus on innovation, quality and player satisfaction, Playtech continues to be a leading provider in the gaming and betting industry, consistently expanding and improving its offerings to meet the evolving needs of players worldwide by providing a holistic gaming experience that meets diverse gambling needs.

What are your must-play slots and why? What’s your favorite Playtech slot? 

Oh, this is a tough one! It’s like asking me to choose a favourite food I’d eat for the rest of my life — not as straightforward as picking a hair colour!

The Cash Collect suite definitely ranks high on my list. It started with Sahara Riches and then Gold Rush came along, which, as a fan of the show on Discovery, really pulled me in with its familiar characters and themed gameplay. The Mega series is super fun for me, especially Queen of the Pyramids, which currently holds the top spot in my Cash Collect favourites. The game picks are endless!

However, I can’t ignore classics like Halloween Fortunes and Age of the Gods: God of Storms for some old-school sessions. With the release of God of Storms 3, I found myself going back for a few games on the first title in the series and then jumping from one Age of the Gods slot to the other and really enjoyed seeing how each game plays differently. Each has its own hold but a similar atmosphere.

Recently, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Gold Hit suite. It’s packed with features such as the buy feature, fixed jackpots and random coin drops. The frequency of wins and the slightly edgy art style of games like Lil’ Demon have made it a standout for me.

Then there’s Oink Oink Oink. Who doesn’t get a kick out of watching those piggies grow and explode across the screen to unlock a unique bonus game? I also like the Gold Trio Game suite – as the name suggests, you don’t just stand a chance at winning one pot but at any given moment in the game you could unlock all three features on a single spin which makes the game go a little crazy!

The Fire Blaze suite of games is timeless and is being continually enhanced with new features like the Mega option to keep the gameplay engaging, and then there’s all the classics like Bulls Eye Bells, Jackpot Bells and Diamond Match. They’re quintessential Playtech offerings, something for any day, any mood and any length of game session.

Our players love jackpots – what jackpot slots does Playtech offer?

At Playtech, we provide a vast and varied assortment of jackpot slots, catering to all preferences and ensuring that every player can find a jackpot that resonates with their gaming style. Our offerings span from traditional progressive jackpots to innovative game features that enhance both the excitement and the potential payouts. Here’s a detailed look at the diverse jackpot types we offer:

  • Symbol Driven Jackpots: In games like Solar Eclipse and Lunar Link, the jackpots are triggered by landing specific combinations of symbols on the reels. This classic approach turns each spin into a potential gold mine, with the excitement building as players chase the symbols needed to unlock the jackpot.
  • Progressive Jackpots: Our flagship series, Age of the Gods, is renowned for its progressive jackpot network. This series offers a spectrum of themes and volatility options, such as the fiery Double Heat Crown. These games are linked across a network, accumulating a portion of every bet into massive, life-changing jackpot pools.
  • Fixed Jackpots: The Cash Collect and Fire Blaze series are known for their fixed jackpot amounts, which provide a consistent target for players. These games appeal to those who prefer knowing the exact value of the jackpot they are aiming for, combining the thrill of the chase with clear, attainable goals.
  • Power Play Jackpot: A newer addition to our lineup, this type includes a progressive jackpot overlaying our top-performing games. It features three distinct prize levels – Mini, Peak and Mega PowerPlay – each offering different triggers and jackpot sizes to keep the gameplay exciting and dynamic.

    Special Feature Jackpots: Games like Hot Crown Deluxe incorporate special gameplay features, such as wild multipliers that not only increase the size of wins but can also trigger two different progressive jackpot prizes. Another innovative feature is the Fire Blaze Hold & Respin, which allows players to lock in certain symbols to enhance their chances of hitting one of four jackpots: Mini, Minor, Major or Grand. This feature not only adds an element of strategy but also increases engagement as players see their chances of winning a major prize escalate with each symbol locked in place.

Our jackpot games aren’t merely about spinning reels; they’re about crafting moments of high drama and excitement. With every spin, players have the opportunity to trigger these prizes randomly, making each game session uniquely thrilling. In essence, Playtech jackpots turn ordinary days into extraordinary fortunes, making each spin a narrative of potential and excitement.

Can you share any exciting updates and launches coming soon? 

It’s a whirlwind over here at Playtech as we continuously innovate and deepen our collaborations with major IPs. We’re thrilled to soon launch Deadliest Catch, our first IP-branded fishing game. It’s more than just a game – it’s an entire sea adventure packed with the thrills of the popular TV show. We’re also diving into what we call ‘cross-branding.’ Imagine taking a beloved theme and character, and then mixing it up with popular mechanics across different brands. It’s like a mash-up of your favourite songs but in gaming form, boosting recognition and inviting players to explore new mechanics within familiar settings. It’s about creating a cohesive environment where our games can thrive and evolve. 

And hold onto your hats – or should I say, fishing caps? We’re supercharging our Power Suites to what I’d call Super Saiyan levels! We plan to combine two Power Suites to amplify our game mechanics dramatically, pushing them to new heights and delivering an unprecedented gaming experience, perhaps the question before about my favourite game would be easier to answer when two or more of the top power suites are combined together! Moreover, we’re tapping into the arcade market, looking to infuse classic arcade and instant play, but not just following the trend but instead combining it with innovation.

This venture is in its exploratory phase but expect something big. We’re integrating these nostalgic elements with our cutting-edge live and multiplayer offerings to create something truly unique. In short, the future at Playtech is bright and bustling with innovation. We’re not just keeping up; we’re setting the pace, ensuring our players have the most engaging, dynamic and enriching experiences possible in online gaming. Keep an eye out; we’ve got some game-changing updates in the pipeline!

And that’s just our game content, on the product side we are busy working on something more amplified than what we currently have and tying in all our features like never before to really push gamification efforts to the next level.

Anything else you’d like to tell Comparasino readers about?

Just a note of appreciation. We are excited about the future and committed to continually enhancing the gaming experience with even more engaging content, groundbreaking features and industry-leading technology. We invite everyone to stay tuned and join us as we roll out new games and features that we believe will not only entertain but redefine what an online gaming experience can be.

Adding to that, on a note of gravity, we recognise that our responsibilities extend far beyond entertainment. At Playtech, we’re devoted to maintaining a fun yet secure platform. We’re intensifying our efforts in responsible gaming with substantial investments in our BetBuddy for Safer Gambling initiative. 

Recent enhancements include real-time BetBuddy checks to bolster risk management, customer billing, fraud prevention and monitoring against abuse and exploitation. We’re also upgrading our live products with sophisticated video analysis for sharper fraud detection.

At Playtech, integrity and trustworthiness stand at the core of what we do. We’re steadfast in our commitment to safety and reliability, ensuring that our thrilling games are enjoyed within a framework that protects and respects our players at every turn. Stay tuned, because at Playtech, the next level of gaming is just around the corner, and we’re excited to take you there. Trust me, it’s going to be worth the wait!

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