Konami Gaming will be empowering operators and players with “greater entertainment possibilities” at ICE 2020. Eduardo Aching, the company’s VP of International Gaming Operations, explains that the firm will demonstrate its newest speciality cabinets, the KX 43 and Concerto Opus, along with the Ba Fang Jin Bao and Treasure Ball linked progressives at the show.
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Eduardo Aching: Among the key highlights of ICE 2020 are Konami’s newest speciality cabinets: KX 43 and Concerto Opus. Both machines feature a 4K Ultra High definition (UHD) display, USB charging port, dual cup holders, dual classic bash buttons, and a diverse library of proven games—everything from symbol- driven linked progressives to original jackpot bonuses. KX 43 has a 43-inch, edge-lit portrait screen and standard base width. On a slightly larger scale, Konami’s Opus machine features a 65” display, and has been called the next evolution of our Podium Goliath cabinet, which saw strong popularity as the right size of an oversized cabinet when it was released internationally around 2014.
Ba Fang Jin Bao is among the linked progressive series premiering on KX 43 and Opus. It showcases proven mechanics from Konami’s popular Cai Li Si Ji titles like Wealth of Dynasty, and delivers it in a single screen format with even more player bet options. Available Ba Fang Jin Bao base games, including Abundant Fortune and Fortune Totems, feature a progressive chance anytime a gold ingot symbol lands on the reels.
Chili Chili Fire Boosted Wins and Wilds is another integrated jackpot series available on these cabinets. This game invites fans of Chili Chili Fire to experience the popular Fade Away Feature with an all-new jackpot chance. When players bet up the button panel, they activate an array of boosted potential wins and wilds in each spin. By betting in this “boosted” range, all wins are multiplied by 2x, 4x, or 6x. In addition, all neighboring wild symbols become stacked wilds or stacked wild jackpot symbols. When any stacked jackpot symbol appears entirely at the end of a spin, the corresponding jackpot is instantly awarded, with an exciting fiesta-themed celebration.
Konami’s Treasure Ball linked progressive is also available for KX 43 and Opus. It is one of the highest performing core video slots available now on the market. Inspired by classic toy capsule machines, Treasure Ball can be recognised by its large globe of round mystery prize balls, which players can redeem and reveal during the bonus. In addition, Treasure Ball can combine with most any KP3+ base game, including Lion Carnival, Chili Chili Fire, Sparkling Roses, and our popular multi-game SeleXion.
SeleXion is also combining with Konami’s popular Dragon’s Law series for an entirely new Dragon’s Law SeleXion pack on KX 43 and Opus. Dragon’s Law SeleXion showcases a pair of progressive jackpot games, each led by the long-tailed dragon first shown on Konami’s Podium cabinet. In Dragon’s Law Boosted, players can enjoy the familiar 5- reel game or select the “BOOSTED” button to double the lines with double the reel frame. In addition to the random wild feature that players enjoy, Dragon’s Law Boosted has a random progressive jackpot chance, including a $5,000+ Maxi. The SeleXion companion title to Dragon’s Law Boosted is Dragon’s Law Rapid Fever, which includes the popular Dragon’s Law mystery wild feature combined with a Strike Zone mechanic, from games like Star Watch Fire and Celestial Moon Riches.
CR: What will be some of the key focuses for Konami at this year’s show?
EA: The key focus is on supporting international operators with a variety of entertainment to meet their needs. At ICE 2020, our customers will see premium slots and speciality slots, as well as core slot options as Konami continues to support Concerto upright, Slant, Crescent, and Stack. Konami’s ICE 2020 stand has a depth of quality content and cabinets, which empowers both operators and players with greater entertainment possibilities.
CR: What are you seeing at the moment in terms of consumer trends in the EMEA region?
EA: In Europe there is currently an increased interest in speciality and premium slots compared to previous years, but core slots remain the greatest share of the slot floor. At every level, creativity, configurability, and mathematics are of top importance. Players want games that are uniquely memorable and engaging. Operators want the ability to configure languages, bet levels, denominations, currencies, and multi-game packages to suit their audience. And the ultimate longevity of any title is highly dependent on the math behind it.
CR: In terms of jurisdictions, where is Konami seeing success at the moment in EMEA and where do you see your growth markets this year?
EA: Over the past year we’ve been encouraged by momentum across Europe. And in terms of our product offering, Konami is positioned to broaden its portfolio to other product categories and player demographics in the future. As an organisation, we are firmly committed to advancing and supporting our core segment; and there is continued potential should we expand Konami’s proven math and mechanics to new areas.
CR: What were some of Konami’s highlights during the past 12 months?
EA: During 2019, we saw strong launch momentum for games on the Opus and KX 43 cabinets. The success of the initial series such as Treasure Ball, Ba Fang Jin Bao, and Triple Sparkle has been exciting for us, our exclusive distributors, and our valued customers. We look forward to continue that momentum into 2020, especially with the ICE debut of the DIMENSION 49J.