Industry news: Game to Watch winners hoping for more glory in 2016

Industry news: Game to Watch winners hoping for more glory in 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fenway Games and Gamevy are both hoping to build on a tremendous start to 2016 after being named as Game To Watch winners at ICE Totally Gaming.

Fenway and Gamevy came out on top in the ‘established’ and ‘indie’ categories respectively, as the competition again celebrated innovation in the games sector.

Fenway beat off prestigious rivals Core Gaming, Leap Gaming and Endorphina with its Snapbet title, in which users predict what will happen in the next 60 seconds of a live football game.

Peter Gough, Fenway’s founder and chief executive, told TotallyGaming.com that the award came ahead of a number of key developments for the product.

“The team at Fenway Games are thrilled that their initial game title, Snapet, has won the Game To Watch competition at ICE Totally Gaming against very strong competition,” said Gough.

“This award will provide a significant boost in levels of interest from partners and investors as we look to scale up. Since winning, we have been approached with many attractive proposals already.

“We will be launching SnapBet with a social, free to play iOS version in the coming weeks with a view to rolling out real money gaming and eSports versions in the near future.”

Meanwhile, Gamevy chairman Paul Dolman-Darrall said that the award for The Heist, will be another fantastic boost for the company, after it was named Pitch ICE winner at the 2015 event. 

The Heist offers the drama of a gameshow as customers must use their knowledge and enjoy a bit of good luck to progress and win cash prizes.  

“It’s really exciting to win,” said Dolman-Darrall. “There are thousands of games out there, so to be picked as No.1 is great.

“I genuinely think we have five or six games that we could have put forward, but The Heist is the first one we did and sums us up – fun and enjoyment.

Dolman-Darrall said that Gamevy has enjoyed a fabulous year since its Pitch ICE victory, but now is the time for the company to sign up more partners as it seeks to push its 16-game portfolio.

“We have two operators live today, which are Lottoland and The Football Pools, and we also have another five or six signed up,” he said.

“Our games are also available through Microgaming, NYX and Bede, so there’s lots of ways to get hold of them for operators and players.

“We have a great product, but now we need to sell it. The industry can be slow. When someone comes through that, like us, is plucky and bright and wants to create a new world of gaming, they don’t necessarily get embraced with open arms straight away. We want more partnerships, more customers and to really prove how great our games are.” 

 

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