Just For The Win
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About the Company
Just For The Win Game Development AB or JFTW is a young game development company with offices in Stockholm and labs in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company was co-founded in April 2016 by a handful of gaming enthusiasts, all players themselves, with a range of experience in game maths, design, soundtrack and other development at NetEnt and LeoVegas. The Chief Product officer also put in a few years in casino management positions at two well known online casinos. All industry veterans, management has over 40 years combined experience in the gaming world. A host of talented support and development minds joined the company with team members located in at least 14 different countries. While some come from the real money gambling world, others bring a fresh perspective after working in other sectors of game creation, testing, and deployment.
JFTW got their first big break and most of the online gaming industry was introduced to the new company when it was announced in August of their maiden year that their first slot, Goldwyn’s Fairies, would be released on the Microgaming Quickfire platform by May of the following year. Anticipation was high, but Quickfire rarely if ever misses a launch date. As planned, the game was released with the potential for hundreds of operators to pick it up and was first found live at highly visited casinos like Mr Green and LeoVegas among many others on May 17, 2017.
Further developments have been slow in coming as the company brings more games from the drawing board to the market after the successful launch of their inaugural video slot.
The Goldwyn’s Fairies slot features advanced and unique mechanics and a math model that holds the potential for big wins to come from one of the three bonus modes; Respin, Free Spins, and Returning Wilds. The 5 reel, 20 pay line game offers medium volatility so a bankroll can last while waiting for a high paying spin. The theoretical return to player percentage is 96.6%.
The main breakthrough mechanic is the Returning Wild. During a respin and free spins any landed wilds are collected. In the last free spin, the wild symbols all return to their original positions on the screen to help create winning lines. This is the money shot for Goldwyn’s Fairies.
Their second game (Nov. 15, 2017) Lucky Links, is a 5 reel 4 position game with 20 lines that pay both ways - leftmost to right and rightmost to left. The game features stacked symbols, respins, and Lucky Links. When a winning combination is formed it is held in place and the remaining reels spin again. Lucky Links are stacked symbols that remain on the screen during respins with the possibility of filling part or all of the five reels with the special symbol for big wins.
It will be interesting to watch this vibrant and youthful company flesh out their gaming suite with new and original material. The talent seems to run deep from the founders at the center of the enterprise through all of the team from Sweden to Ukraine, Malta and beyond.