Best Horror Game of 2019

 

If you like horror movies (and who doesn’t), Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer online game that should give you more chills and thrills than the average hollywood horror flick. Dead by Daylight is a horror game where one player assumes the role of a savage killer as scary as the creepy Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and the Jigsaw Killer. The game also includes unlockable and downloadable (DLC) characters from the Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Saw.

The survivors (or victims), in this game have the advantage of better situational awareness, whereas the killer is mostly focused on their prey. Of course, the survivor’s goal is to escape the ‘killing ground’ without getting caught by the killer. Each time you play the environment changes so it’s not going to be easy.

Dead by Daylight is developed by Behaviour Interactive.

 

Dead by Daylight was released:

  • For the Microsoft Windows operating system in June 2016,
  • For the PlayStation 4 in June 2017,
  • For the Xbox One in June 2017,
  • and is scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch in Fall 2019.

 

CAUTION: The developers describe the content like this:

“This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be
appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content”

Online Game Cheating is Dead

 

 

 

The occurrences of cheating in Multi-player online games is so much that it is negatively affecting traffic, game popularity, and game revenue. That’s when the game host has to take some aggressive action to reduce the cheating, and many are doing just that.

For example, Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite has brought in third-party cheating detection software experts to assist them. Epic Game is also the developer of the Unreal Engine which powers many online multiplayer games. Epic Games, Inc. is an American video game and software development company based in Cary, North Carolina. The company was founded by Tim Sweeney as Potomac Computer Systems in 1991.

The aggressive action that Epic has taken allowed them to catch over 1,200 accounts cheating in ongoing Fortnite World cup online tournament, which started 13 April. All flagged accounts have been banned and cash prizes of 200 accounts have been revoked. Most of those cheaters were trying to bypass regional restrictions in order to play multiple sessions, but one cheater was using software that was designed to give the player an unfair advantage. Using that software would allow a player to see his opponents through walls and other obstacles. That particular player was permanently banned.

 

Pennsylvania Launches Online Gambling (maybe)

 

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) executive director Kevin O’Toole, the iGaming certificates and licenses previously issued by Pennsylvania’s PGCB will become effective on July 15, this year. Which means that the state’s online gambling licensees will be permitted to launch their casino and poker products at that time.

 

The licenses include ten land-based casinos and three operating partners all of which will be allowed to launch on the same day in order to keep the playing field equal. This will bring the number of active states allowing online gambling to four as Pennsylvania joins Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. (West Virginia has recently approved similar legislation, but that legislation will not go into effect until 2020.

 

There’s just one hitch, the US Department of Justice, DOJ. In January, the DOJ softened it’s ruling on the 1961 Wire Act, but the DOJ opinion still mentions that gambling transactions, (any relevant data), must not cross state lines. While this may seem like an easy criteria for the operators to meet, banks often connect to other financial organizations in order to complete a transaction and that could be a big problem.

 

We should find out soon though because New Hampshire is currently dealing with this exact issue in the US District Court for New Hampshire.

 

Is it Possible to Win $1 Million with Online Slots?

 

Most casino gamblers will tell you that slots are the most difficult game to win money since they are so random and so electronically controlled. However, in some rare cases, the slots can be very lucrative. A case in point is the news of a man named ‘Jay’, (and a few of his friends), that beat the online casinos in New Jersey on two occasions, once in January and then again in February of this year to the tune of almost $1 million. But Jay didn’t simply get lucky, he had a legal advantage and the casinos were more or less forced to pay off his winnings.

 

How did Jay do it?
Jay is what is known in the casino gambling circles as ‘an advantage player’ which means that he studies the slot games for built-in flaws or opportunities that the slot game manufacturer did not expect. In this case, it was two different slots games: Golden Egypt and Ocean Magic. Jay noticed that when there are two bonus coins showing at the top of the game, (this is normal, but rare), there will be more Wild icons in the game and therefore a much better chance of winning.

 

To make a long, (and technical), story short, Jay would simply increase the size of his bets to the maximum during the bonus games, then reduce his bets until the next bonus spin.

 

Sorry, but this is not recommended for the casual player. Jay has been doing this type of thing for almost 20 years.

888 Holdings PLC Grows into the Sports Betting Market

 

888 Holdings PLC, often known as just 888.com, has purchased Dublin-based BetBright’s sports betting technology platform which is one area that 888 was outsourcing to a company named Kambi. Kambi Group Plc is a business to business sports betting provider marketing it’s front end user interface, odds compiling, customer intelligence and risk management. That outsourcing was a huge financial burden on 888, but as soon as 888 can integrate BetBright’s technology with their present platform, they will save a bundle and drive up their profits as well.

 

Just this past Monday, 888 announced to it’s investors of it’s deal with BetBright’s parent company Dedsert Ltd for almost 20 million USD in order to acquire the operator’s sports betting platform, it’s Dublin office, and it’s staff.

 

888 Holdings is based in Gibraltar and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. 888 got it’s start back in May of 1997 as Virtual Holdings Limited; founded by four Israeli entrepreneurs. Their first website was Casino-on-Net.com which is still active even today boasting over 1,000,000 punters over the years.

 

This acquisition of it’s own sports betting product gives 888 complete ownership of it’s gambling products:

  • casino,
  • sports,
  • poker
  • and bingo.

Although the addition of it’s own sports betting product will save 888 royalty fees, the cost of integrating the new product with it’s current line is said to be huge, driving stocks down 2%.

Fortnite Battle Royale Loses the Battle

 

We’ve written so many articles about how wonderful Fortnite is and about it’s overwhelming popularity, that’s it’s refreshing to write that Fortnite is no longer winning the battle of being the top First Person Shooter, (FPS) game online.

 

Apex Legends, which is a battle royale-style game from Electronic Arts has smashed all of Fortnite records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. Many of the FPS streaming games stars have helped to powered that fast rise of Apex. Meanwhile, the esports teams are in a big rush to sign up as many talented players as possible, but some in the industry are warning not to over commit because what goes up, must come down.

 

Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Apex Legends has taken all the main popular aspects of Fortnite and added their own few twists. Fortnite Royale, of course, is a game where a player is dropped onto a battle ground with 100 other players and the battle ground shrinks as the game progesses. The object is to gather food, water, weapons, etc. etc, and kill everyone else. The last man standing wins.

 

Just like Fortnite and most other FPS games, Apex is free to download and to play.

Britain Gets Tough with Gambling Providers!

UK lawmakers have tightened up the age verification process that online gambling providers must follow in order to better identify

  • underage gamblers,
  • detect criminal activity,
  • and identify ‘self-excluded’ customers.

The new rule, in part reads:
“Licensees must obtain and verify information in order to establish the identity of a customer before that customer is permitted to gamble. Information must include, but is not restricted to, the customer’s name, address and date of birth. A request made by a customer to withdraw funds from their account must not result in a requirement for additional information to be supplied as a condition of withdrawal if the licensee could have reasonably requested that information earlier. This requirement does not prevent a licensee from seeking information on the customer which they must obtain at that time due to any other legal obligation.”

The main difference to the new players is that currently they can deposit funds and place bets during the age verification process which can take up to 72 hours; under the new rule this changes. The gambling provider will now have to verify the age before accepting a deposit and even before allowing the new player to have access to “free-to-play versions of gambling games” on their websites.

The changes apply to all remote betting and gaming operators, as well as lotteries. They will take effect from 7 May, 2019