Believe it or not, your favourite slot providers have more ways for you to have fun besides just creating exciting new titles for you to play!
When you think about promotions connected to slot games, the first thing that will probably come to your mind is online casino promotions like free spins and match deposit bonuses. These will help you enjoy your favourite slot games for even longer but did you know they’re not the only slot-focused promotions out there?
The truth is that coming up with new slot games that will get your blood pumping every month or so isn’t the only way your favourite slot providers offer you all the slot fun you could ever want; pretty much all of them have their own special promotions that are designed to make your slot game sessions even more exciting and rewarding!
You might have come across some of them already but just in case you haven’t, let’s have a look at some of the most common ones out there and which providers offer them!
We’ve actually covered this topic in our third episode and followed that up with a blog post but jackpots are such a big deal that we couldn’t avoid mentioning it again. However, this time, we’re only going to focus on progressive jackpots.
In case this is your first time hearing that term, it refers to a system where the bets of everyone playing a certain slot game feed into a shared pot that any one of them could potentially win. It doesn’t matter where in the world you might be; if you’re playing that particular jackpot title, you’re adding to that pot you dream of winning. As you might have guessed from the description, progressive jackpot networks are set up and controlled by the slot providers who created the jackpot game and not the online casinos hosting said game.
Like before, the best example we can give you is Microgaming which has not one but three progressive jackpot networks. Its biggest and most popular one is undoubtedly Mega Moolah which started in 2006 and WowPot!, its latest one which started in 2020. Interestingly, more than one slot game is connected to each of these jackpots so whether you’re playing Mega Moolah Goddess or Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah, you’ll still be gunning for the same universal Mega Moolah jackpot.
For those of you who like playing slot games and being competitive, chances are you’ve stumbled across at least one or two online casino races. For the uninitiated, casino races are little tournaments hosted by online casinos where you collect points that determine your rank on a leaderboard by playing either any slot game in the online casino’s library or a select few titles. At the end of the tournament, your leaderboard rank will determine how much you get from a set prize pool.
Now that we’ve explained it, you probably wouldn’t be surprised if we told you that slot providers also host their own little tournaments every now and then. You naturally have to play any title from a list of their own games they’ve chosen in order to rank in their leaderboard and whatever you win along the way is all yours.
The most common type of slot provider tournament ranks players based on how much they bet on any and all of the chosen games throughout the tournament period usually at a rate of 1 point per $1 in real cash that they bet. On that note, iSoftBet regularly hosts tournaments of this kind so if you love their games, you should keep an eye out for them so that you have one more way of scoring a big win while having fun!
Another common type of tournament you’re likely to encounter are the ones where your rank is determined by how many times you spin any of the slot provider’s preselected titles. For every spin you make with real cash, you’ll usually get 1 point. Free spins, respins and anything aside from a normal spin involving real cash typically won’t count to your leaderboard score and there’s usually a minimum amount you have to bet for the spin to qualify. If this sounds appealing to you and you happen to be an Evoplay fan, you’ll be happy to know they’ve hosted tournaments like this before and probably will again in the future!
In most tournaments, the main idea is that you’ll get your big win at the very end when you get your share of the prize pool and whatever wins you scored along the way are a bonus. However, there is actually a type of tournament where it’s those very wins that will be your ticket to a slice of that prize pool! Your leaderboard rank will be determined by your win multiplier which in less technical terms is the highest payout you manage to get on a single bet. Betsoft has actually done this at least once so you might see another similar tournament from them someday!
We’ve mentioned that tournaments set up by slot providers usually allow you to choose from a list of their games to play in order to rank on their leaderboard. However, that’s not always the case; some providers may set up a tournament where there’s only one qualifying game instead. This is usually done when a slot provider is hyping up a newly launched title because it represents some kind of milestone or achievement for them. For example, GameArt did exactly this when it launched Mega Bunny Hyperways, its first slot game to feature its trademarked Hyperways mechanic.
People say money doesn’t fall from the sky or appear out of thin air but they’ve probably never heard of prize drops before. Sometimes called ‘cash drops’, these are just cash prizes you can win at random whenever you score a win on a game that’s tied to the promotion with a real cash bet. There are set prize pools just like tournaments but there’s no leaderboard for you to climb and some are even refreshed daily instead of weekly. The best example of this is the special slots edition of Pragmatic Play’s Drops & Wins promotion which runs every day of every week.
If you play video games or mobile games on top of online casino games, you’re probably at least a little bit familiar with the concept of in-game challenges and achievements. For those of you who don’t, it’s a system where you’re rewarded for doing anything from reaching milestones in the game to collecting a set amount of specific in-game items. This may sound like a difficult concept to apply to slot games but Quickspin has actually been doing this for quite a few years. They award prizes and tokens that can be used to ‘buy’ slot game features whenever a player does something like trigger an in-game event a certain number of times.
Who would’ve known that there would be so many different ways that slot providers could make their slot games even more thrilling, not to mention rewarding? Well, we did since we put this guide together but now you do too and we bet you’re more than a little eager to get into the act. Just check your favourite online casino to see if they have the slot provider promotions you’re interested in and start spinning! Best of luck!