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Mudstack makes life better for digital artists and game studios with the launch of its unique new asset management platform

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Officially launched today, Mudstack is a first-of-its-kind Digital Asset Management (DAM) system specifically for game studios and digital artists who increasingly need to work collaboratively across multiple projects, locations, and even timezones. The Mudstack platform combines cloud storage, artist-friendly version control, and an integrated review and feedback feature. Itallows art teams to rapidly increase their pace of iteration and progress, wasting less time hunting for files and feedback and wondering which version is the right one for any given file.

Founder Jordan Stevens explained why the team felt there was a need for a platform like Mudstack. “Digital art teams face a unique set of challenges when it comes to producing, managing, and reviewing assets. Their use of multiple tools often results in a disconnect between the various stages of a project, and as companies expand, this situation becomes more complex. Cheaper solutions that once worked fail at scale, leading to significant productivity loss and delayed launches that can cost over six figures.”

Canadian-based VR Vision develops VR-based training solutions for enterprises, and it found that Mudstack made an immediate difference. “We struggled to scale our pipeline once our development team quickly grew from a single developer to ten. Sharing assets on a local network drive or Google Drive can be tedious, especially for iterating and making changes. We needed a version control solution for assets so we could still access the old asset if a change happened accidentally. Mudstack has solved this through its ability to create workspaces per project, isolating the clutter happening in one place with the ability to add tags and libraries that sit on top of folder structures, with non-destructive file-based versioning,” said Karan Sharma, Art Manager at VR Vision.

Mudstack is free for anyone to start using and collaborating across teams, giving unlimited users the ability to collaboratively view files. Paid plans start at $19/mo per admin user and include unlimited artists, 4TB+ cloud storage, and access controls.

Mudstack has been developing its platform in close partnership with both indie and AA game studios, ensuring the tool meets their needs, improves efficiency and productivity, and puts artists’ needs at the forefront of its design. No other platform combines features that allow digital artists to onboard an existing project in a matter of hours, streamline workflows, and easily integrate collaboration. Its key features include:

Centralized cloud storage for source files, so there is no need to use external cloud storage software

  • Preview 3D files (FBX, OBJ, GLTF) without downloading and opening

  • Tag and filter files for easy searching

  • Control access to content to protect IP if working with external vendors

  • Group files in multiple collections without duplicating or worrying about folder structures

  • Utilize AWS for all systems and storage

Review and provide feedback directly in art files rather than using external workflow tools

  • Request reviews by tagging other users directly in the file

  • Easily assign change requests and provide approvals on files

  • Mark up files with the built-in annotation tool

Version control that doesn’t require locking and branching, so artists don’t have to use developer tools

  • File-based versioning rather than product-based, so artists don’t have to deal with irrelevant conflicts

  • Roll back to older versions at any time without deleting or overwriting anything

  • View the history of each file with a single source of versions kept in the cloud

  • Manage versions locally and share only the versions needed

You can find out more, including full feature and pricing information, and book a demo at www.mudstack.com.

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Introducing the Winners of the 2024 Game Developer Awards

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Play’n GO, Playtech, Elk Studios, Pragmatic Play and streamer CasinoDaddy were some of the big names celebrating victories at the 2024 edition of the Game Developer Awards ceremony.

Concluding the final day of the highly successful CasinoBeats Summit, the illustrious awards ceremony, which took place at the Hilton Malta, was a night dedicated to honouring the remarkable achievements of the iGaming industry.

The evening witnessed the return of veteran host Trudy Kerr, alongside award-winning game developer John Romero, as they handed out 28 awards to accomplished operators, game studios and individuals.

Award categories included:

  • Game Performance,
  • Streamers,
  • Game Creation,
  • Game People,
  • SlotCatalog,
  • Casino Platform, and
  • Best Game Release.

Rasmus Sojmark, Founder and CEO of SBC, said: “The Game Developer Awards offers a pivotal opportunity to honour the remarkable accomplishments of the industry, celebrating both regional and global brands as well as individual talent. This year’s shortlist was by far the most competitive we have seen, and I would like to congratulate all our esteemed winners.”

It was a good night for Play’n GO, who secured the prestigious SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Large) award for the second consecutive year, whilst also picking up the Game Music / Soundtrack accolade for their title Hugo Legacy.

The game creation categories saw:

  • Playtech once again take home the Game Licensed Content award for their work on Breaking Bad: Cash Collect & Link.
  • Hacksaw Gaming was awarded Game Feature of the Year for their title Chaos Crew 2,
  • Relax Gaming was honoured with the Game Design & Art Direction award for Money Train 4, and
  • GAMOMAT was named winner of the Game Retro-Style award for Fancy Fruits Deluxe.

Pragmatic Play notably took home two awards on the night, winning both the Game Mechanic of the Year award for their MultiHold mechanic and Slot Legacy Title for Gates of Olympus.

The SlotCatalog categories saw:

  • GAMOMAT return to the stage to pick up their second award of the night for Best Game Development Company Central Europe, while
  • Playson was awarded Best Game Studio In Development Countries.
  • Reel Kingdom secured the SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Medium) award,
  • Fortune Factory Studios was named SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Small) and
  • IGT Play Digital claimed SlotCatalog’s Best Game Development Company North America.

The coveted SlotCatalog’s Rookie of the Year accolade was presented to industry newcomers Area Vegas.

In honour of the individual achievements in the industry, the Game People categories saw:

  • Andrei Filipovich of Aviatrix awarded Game Designer of the Year,
  • Julia Aliakseyeva from BGaming named Product Manager of the Year and
  • PearFiction Studios’ Jean-Pierre Larouche presented with the Game Composer of the Year award.

EveryMatrix won the Aggregator of the Year award, The Mill Adventure was awarded Platform Innovation of the Year, while the Best Game Release award went to Lambda Gaming for 8Bit Football Twinko.

This year’s edition saw the introduction of two new awards:

  • the FTN Game of the Year award which was sponsored by BetConstruct and presented to Rubyplay for Mad Hit Olympic First, and
  • the CasinoBeats Annual Community Recognition Award which was awarded to SoftConstruct for its work on BFTH Arena.

It was a big night for CasinoDaddy who took home the esteemed Streamer of the Year award, while The Slot Beasts and Haddzy were recipients of two new Streamer awards, Responsible Streamer of the Year and Next-Gen Streamer of the Year, respectively.

In the Game Performance categories:

  • PowderKeg Studios claimed the Slot Debut award for their title Munition Mines,
  • Stormcraft Studios won Slot to Watch for their work on Immortal Romance 2, while
  • Light & Wonder and Netflix took home Slot Collaboration of the Year for Squid Game.

The illustrious Slot of the Year award went to Elk Studios for Pirots 2.

“Last night’s ceremony was a tremendous success and proved to be a truly memorable night. I would like to thank our official partner Gaming Malta, alongside all our supporting sponsors for their help in honouring the incredible achievements of the industry” Sojmark added.

The awards ceremony concluded the final day of the CasinoBeats Summit, which saw 4,500 industry professionals convene at the InterContinental Hotel in Malta, the hub of iGaming.

 

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FBM Foundation helps Rio Grande do Sul communities with substantial donation from FBM Brazil

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In a heartfelt display of solidarity, the FBM Foundation has announced a significant milestone in its ongoing commitment to humanitarian causes through FBM Brazil’s support.

A generous donation of 500 grocery baskets, 500 personal hygiene kits, and 9,000 liters of water will be delivered and distributed to struggling communities in Rio Grande, Brazil. This effort will be carried out in partnership with Central Ăšnica das Favelas (CUFA) in Porto Alegre, with J&T Express Brazil and Correios Sedex Brasil providing transportation.

The most recent and devastating Rio Grande natural disasters, that provoked floods, landslides, and extreme weather events, have left communities grappling with immense challenges, from widespread displacement to the destruction of homes, infrastructure, and livelihoods.

Given the context of these calamities and the urgent need to assist these families, FBM Foundation’s donation emerged as a powerful alliance dedicated to promoting positive change in communities worldwide. With FBM Brazil’s substantial contribution, the organisation aims to make an impact in supporting these communities.

Beyond financial assistance, FBM Foundation recognizes the power of awareness and advocacy in driving meaningful change. Through strategic communication efforts, the organisation aims to raise awareness for additional support from like-minded individuals and organizations.

At the heart of this donation lies a shared vision of creating a brighter, more inclusive world for all. By supporting Rio Grande do Sul, FBM Foundation reaffirms its commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need.
“As a foundation deeply rooted in Brazilian heritage, FBM Foundation takes pride in its origins and the rich cultural background of Brazil. We have a legacy shaped by the spirit of proximity, compassion, and innovation, so we want to honour its Brazilian roots while embracing a global perspective in its solidarity endeavours”, shares Renato Almeida, Director at the FBM Group.

As we continue this journey of solidarity, FBM Foundation invites individuals and entities alike to join hands in creating a brighter future for all. Through collective actions, we can uplift communities, inspire change, and leave a lasting impact on the world.

 

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LEON.BET partners with 9INE to become their Exclusive Online Betting House

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We at LEON.BET are thrilled to announce our partnership with 9INE, one of Europe’s top esports organizations known for their focus on Counter-Strike 2 (CS2). This partnership will take esports betting to a new level, offering fans exclusive content and exciting new ways to engage with their favorite games.

As a leading online betting platform, LEON.BET offers a wide range of betting options across sports, casino and esports. Our user-friendly interface, competitive odds, and commitment to fair play have made us a trusted name worldwide. We’re also dedicated to supporting young talents, believing it’s the key to a bright and promising future.

Through this partnership, we aim to combine 9INE’s expertise in competitive gaming with our innovative betting platform. This will create a more immersive experience for esports fans, providing new and exciting betting opportunities along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

“We are extremely happy to start our cooperation with 9INE. Recent changes to their roster show huge potential, and we at LEON.BET want to be part of that journey,” said our CGO.

“Together with 9INE, we will create a fantastic space for esports enthusiasts. Supporting young talents is at the core of LEON.BET’s development strategy, and we see great future and prospects in this path.”

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