Light & Wonder Casino Game Roadmaps

New Light & Wonder roadmaps detail new casino game releases in the UK & EU markets as well as US, Canada, and E-Instant markets. (Photo by daniel_diaz_bardillo on Pixabay)

The rebranding of Scientific Games is in full throttle with the Light & Wonder roadmaps featuring casino games already available under the brand and up-and-coming titles for the month to come.

Since the announcement to the iGaming world that Scientific Games, a long-standing brand name within the industry, is to rebrand completely, the Light & Wonder website is already seeing fast new developments. The latest is the addition of iGaming Roadmaps with 4 sections.

  • UK / EU Roadmap
  • US Roadmap
  • Canada Roadmap
  • E-Instants

Instantly, we can see exactly which markets the brand is focusing the majority of efforts on established and regulated markets. There is also the matter of the recent takeover of Authentic Gaming, a well-known live dealer brand that is not yet included in the current lineup. However, it will be interesting to see how this vertical develops under the new Light & Wonder brand name.

For now, slot fans of Scientific games now have a reference point for new game releases, something other brands in the industry should follow. Only ORYX and Belatra release roadmaps for their games, while Red Tiger Gaming and Yggdrasil are the most informative when it comes to informing casino players about up-and-coming slot releases and the dates to expect them. Microgaming is also commended for its early month new games report detailing what to expect in terms of game releases from its development studios as well as partner studios. BetSoft is a little more secretive but does give us an idea of what to expect in the same month while Play’n GO keeps its card close to its chest.

As for other brands, such as iSoftBet, BGAMING and others, social media is usually a key component to staying up to date with what’s coming next.

Are roadmaps better? In my opinion, roadmaps give players something to look forward to. They can bookmark the release of a new casino game in advance and when it comes out, there is little chance of missing the release. That said, online casinos today are very well apt at placing fresh game releases in their ‘new game’ sections.

UK & EU Roadmaps—Games for Q1 & Q2 Announced

Light & Wonder is not the official brand name of the company at this time as the chance it not expected to be legally in place until late Spring this year. At that time, we expect to not only see the company’s NASDAQ stock tickers change, but we also expect to see the brand retain its UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licenses as well as an entourage of other European markets the company holds under its Scientific Games label.

In light of this, the UK & EU roadmap shows a spread of games from February to June, giving a complete overview of new game titles coming out over Q1 and Q2 of 2022, while there is a ‘full road map’ to boot. With the game release announcements, we get to the expected theoretical RTPs, features such as expanding wilds and static jackpots (non-progressive jackpots). Most importantly, the release date gives players something to look forward to. Many of the games at the top of the list are already ‘Available’ in UK & EU casinos.

A taster for what’s coming this March: Lightning Gorilla–96.18% RTP (16 March), Dancing Drums Prosperity–94% RTP (18 March), Stargate Megaways–94/96% RTP (March–no specific date), Wild Portals–96.58% RTP (30 March), and Rainbow Riches Rainbow Frenzy–95.08% RTP (31 March).

Canadian iGaming Market Roadmap—A Carbon Copy of EU & UK Markets

Over in the Canadian Light & Wonder roadmap, things look very similar to the UK & EU. Some of the games already released in both markets include Tiki Magic, Murphy’s Pot, Terrific Tiger Coin Combo, Apollo Pays, Bounty Shadow, and Direct Hit are already available in both markets. Mainly because many online casinos in Canada or those that target Canadian casino players already use Curacao and MGA licenses as well as the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC).

Up-and-coming March Releases: Check the EU & UK game releases as the list for games released over the course of March is exactly the same for both regions.

US Market Roadmap—55 New US Game Releases by June 2022

The US online casino market is booming with Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey all hosting online casinos with growing video slots collections. And we expect more states to pass legislation for online casino (iGaming) frameworks that allow online and mobile casinos to operate in the country.

The game releases are divided into (currently not available in Delaware):

  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Many of the new game titles in the US version of the roadmap are very different from the UK & EU as well as the Canadian roadmap versions. However, the same useful information is available, such as RTP, game release dates, and features. Some of the titles already available include 100xRA, Road to Riches Gold Pots, and Blown Away, while US players can expect Wild Hot Wasabi, Monopoly Lunar New Year, Blazin Hot 7s Stack Em Up, and Stellar Jackpots Serengeti Lions over the course of March 2022.

Competition in US iGaming: The current 6 states where online casinos are legal, there is fierce competition for Light & Wonder already with the likes NetEnt, Evolution Slots (BTG titles), Pragmatic Play and Wazdan casino game developers all competing for brand recognition across new US markets.