London Baby Ice Breaker…Richard Hogg – Ganapati

Japanese casino games developer Ganapati the platinum sponsor for London Baby 2017 (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square) has major ambitions in bringing added diversity and flair to the industry operators’ current games portfolio.

Opening the London Baby ‘Ice Breaker’ series, Ganapati’s Richard Hogg tells SBC readers what he believes will dominate 2017’s industry agenda and discussion.

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SBC:  What new products/services will you have for the market in 2017?

Since Ganapati are new to the industry everything we are showing we will new to the market for 2017. We will be displaying the casino games we have near completion along with our RGS. We will focus on two main games, CrypBattle and Suzu She Ninja which are games with licensed IP and one of our own creations, respectively. Licence applications in both Malta and UK are nearing completion in order that we are able to serve many clients from all over the globe. Whilst our games have a truly authentic Japanese look and feel we believe are games will be successful in all markets.

SBC:  What do you think will be the industry buzzword this year and why?

I am not a fan of ‘buzzwords’. There is always too much focus on such terms without any understanding of what is trying to be achieved. Last year the buzzword seemed to be ‘disruptive’, but anyone trying to be ‘disruptive’ without giving the customer a product they understand to begin with lead to failure. We are trying to be different with our range of products but we understand we need to do this by education and gradual diversification which is what we wl do delivering traditional slot games with our look and feel before moving to other forms of gambling games.

SBC:   Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry this year?

Technology in the industry is still behind in general, what we want to do is try and deliver our content and additional services through one simple integration. Our focus is on delivering a balanced mix of mobile and desktop games. The main frustration still lies with the telecoms in that connectivity remains a problem, for on the move end users, If this is addressed then everyone will capitalise.

SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?

We wanted a balanced mix of C-level and Managers in a relaxed atmosphere. A location in Central London which is accessible for all but away from the melee of Excel. Blah blah blah

SBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE?

We will be very visible at ICE with our Welcome Towels at registration for people to wipe of that travel grime for the journey in. We will have a large stand at S2-325 which will include a sake and beer bar, a sushi bar, a DJ and meeting rooms. Of course our games will be on display. In addition we will have characters from our games dressed up moving around the exhibition halls

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Richard Hogg – Ganapati  

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