Turning Hollywood Classics Into Slots

Multimillion-dollar Hollywood film companies are constantly on the lookout for fresh revenue streams and potential new markets in which to bring their creations to more viewers. We’re all familiar with seeing our favourite superheroes in the form of action figures, video games and TV shows – but how are the online slots associated with some of the biggest names in film?

Man of Steel

Man of steel is a progressive jackpot video slot, meaning the game’s largest prizes increase with every play from around the world. This particular Superman-themed slot is made by gaming giants Playtech and features the heroes and villains from Clark Kent’s world.

This popular slot offers a series of different features and four different progressive jackpots, which could make it a must for players hunting large jackpots.

Rocky

Just like Man of Steel, the official Rocky online slot is made by Playtech, one of the leading suppliers of online games in the world. Rocky’s best bits lie mostly within its three fun features. In the Knockout Bonus, players are tasked with battling one of the film’s famous villains over ten rounds – with a chance to win up to 30x your stake.

While the Rocky slot is not running with a progressive jackpot, lucky players can win up to 10,000 coins when all five reels land on the wild Rocky Balboa symbol.

RoboCop

This classic film is a 25-payline video slot, which was also created by Playtech. Its five reels are set against the backdrop of 1980s Detroit, with players aiming to hit one of its numerous features. With glitzy and unique graphics and a series of fun features, RoboCop is a first-rate online slot game.

RoboCop makes for a good slot game, as well as a first-rate film. This is a must play for both cyberpunks and 80s fans alike.

Ghostbusters

A new season of Stranger Things has brought with it a wave of love for another classic 80s film: Ghostbusters. Players enjoy the regularity of the payouts of this fun game, which features plenty of the hilarious original cast. This five-reel, 30 line, and bonus heavy slot has an extremely high payout percentage of 95.6%.

Ghostbusters is an extremely low-variance game, suggesting that this could be the perfect game for more risk-averse players. With lots of little wins on the table, plus additional opportunities for much more, Ghostbusters is a laugh-a-minute joyride.

Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World

This fun slot is known for its quick pace and feature-heavy approach. Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World is a 20-line, five-reel and its beautiful graphics create a duality of atmospheres, pulsating between 1930s New York and the beautiful green jungle.

Kong has a number of entertaining and intricate features and offers a mixture of nostalgic cityscapes and luscious green jungles make it an art-lover’s dream.

Conclusion

Most of our favourite characters are treated with the love and care they deserve when being transferred to a digital slot. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your favourite slot will feature your favourite movie – but Hollywood is certainly providing something for everyone.

For a much more in depth look at each of these games we suggest you have a look at the mobile slot section on a great site called Mobile Casino Man. They cover all of the slots listed above as well as another 400 or so games to try.

Video Poker Guide

The game of Video Poker was first introduced in casinos (by Si Redd) in the mid-1970s when computers and monitors were first combined to form personal computers. The 5 card poker game has gained popularity across the world over the past years thanks to the latest mobile technology that allows gamblers to play real money video poker from the comfort of their homes.

Other than the simplicity and fun that accompanies this card game, players also enjoy hundreds of game variations, betting options, and low house edge.

Currently, there are numerous video poker variations both land-based and online casinos, hence, you must read and master the variation you want before diving in to play. Nonetheless, our guideline will help you to choose the best card variation, how to play it, how to win and where to play.

How do I play?

The logic of playing not hard to grasp as every player is given 5 cards. The player must choose which cards to play with by clicking on them on the monitor, the ones that are not used are discarded. Once you placed your betting stake (from $1-$5), you select a number of coins you want to wager on a hand. It is recommended to start with max coins because the chances of winning are high (payout of 800:1).

Alternatively, you can scale down to the quarter machine if you want to place low stake bets which offer as low as $1.25 per hand.

What is a Pay table and how does it work?

Winning in this card poker game is determined by the strength of your hand on the pay tables. Every pay table has 5 columns representing the total cards/credits used for winning. You will notice that all payouts are uniform irrespective of the number of coins selected except for Royal Flush which offers a payout of 250:1 on all bets, less 5 coins. The following is the standard pay table that you will find in how each hand is paid.

Explanation of Poker Hands

Sequential Royal: this is the highest paying hand in this card poker and it occurs when royal flushes appear in an order across the monitor e.g. from left to right.

Royal Flush: This is a straight flush but with the highest paying cards like 2, 8, 6 and 10 and it plays the role of the jackpot.

Straight flush: this hand is both a straight and a flush. It includes J, 10, 8, and 9.

Straight: this hand has consecutive ranks like 9 and 6.

Flush: this hand includes all identical cards like Q, 4 and 6.

What are the variations in this card poker game?

There are a number of variations you will find in this game like Tens or Better, Deuces wild, Jacks or Better and Double Bonus, but with Jacks or Better is the commonly used variation in casinos. In no particular order, this is the description of the variations;

Jacks or Better

This is the most played variation with giant winning chances to the gamers. Players in this game must hit a pair of Jacks for it to count as a win. On the other hand, you can opt to play 4 lines Jacks or Better where you will have 4 rows and you can bet concurrently to win handsomely.

Tens or Better

This is a variation of jacks or better whereby you win when you get a pair of tens or better.

Deuces wild

In this poker variation, Deuces wild can substitute any card to achieve a stronger winning hand with a high payout.

What is the Winning Strategy in this game?

Since video poker game is more or less like Blackjack, it is easy to come up with a plan that will guarantee you a win on every single hand. Nevertheless, it is good to remain faithful to your instincts and gut because, despite the strategy, gambling is based on chance.

Target the Max Coins

Playing with Max coins will give you a Royal Flush hand whereby you stand a chance to get a payout ratio of 800:1 whereas Min coins will grant you a low payout of 250:1.

Practise before real gambling

There are free demo games available on the internet today. It is recommended that you do some practice before starting real money gambling. This will help you to familiarize with the pay tables and other rules of the game.

Play within your limits

Money is sweet and if you don’t set your limits in gambling, you might end up bankrupt. If you play and loose consecutively, simply log out and live to fight another day.

Avoid Alcohol

Do not be fooled by Hollywood scenes where you see rich guys drinking expensive liquors while gaming. All winning strategies are bred in your brain. Stay sober and you will hit the jackpot.

Where can I play Poker Games?

Online casinos have become so many today and this can be dangerous to beginners who want to make some good money from the comfort of their homes. Some of these casinos are legit while others are mere online scams. Fortunately, our https://best10casinosonline.co.uk/ has top certified, safe and secure online casinos for both beginners and experts. These casinos offer video poker games together with other countless casino games you can imagine.

Verdict

This 5 card poker game has great opportunities for generating good income, although it is not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. If you cannot withstand the pressure of making decisions that will determine your chance of winning, we suggest you stay away from Video Poker.

Digital HD Giveaway: Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season

To celebrate the Digital Download release for Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season”, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to to win ONE OF TWO Digital HD codes. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below or email us with your favorite Game of Thrones character. This giveaway will remain open until September 29th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.
 
The record-breaking phenomenon is back with a season that proved to be well worth the wait! Action-packed from start to finish with the series’ most epic battles yet. Available September 25th, the Digital Download release for Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season includes an exclusive new “Creating the North and Beyond” featurette that takes fans behind the scenes of Jon Snow’s epic trek north of The Wall and his latest battle with the Night King’s army.
 
In Season 7, Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever.

Blu-ray Giveaway: “Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So” & “Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying”

To celebrate the release of “Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So” & “Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying”, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to both of these films on Blu-ray. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below your favorite martial arts film. This giveaway will remain open until September 8th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American audiences when HBO releases Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 8th.

Filmed in Hengdian, China, these films are HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language productions and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films are executive produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (The Transporter) and directed by Guo Jian-Yong, who previously choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave, Red Cliff, and the first three films in the Transporter franchise.

Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So
Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered—but smart and ambitious—and about to become the Emperor’s top Martial Arts Warrior. But when he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers in the imperial court, he loses everything, including his family and almost his life. With the help of the beggar gang chief and his daughter—plus a healthy dose of Chinese liquor—So Chan grasps the full essence of the long lost martial art skill the Drunken Fist to become a proud and driven Beggar So, determined to get his revenge and find the love of his life.

Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying
A quiet and honest physician, Wong Kei-Ying spends his life upholding medical ethics and saving lives while avoiding conflicts and politics until he finds himself tricked into assisting Wei, the ruthless and treacherous new governor of Canton, in a bid to wrest control of the city’s opium business from a local gang. When his mentor leaves him with illustrations of the legendary martial art skill Shadowless Kick, Wong must master the skill and use it in a final attempt to take down Wei.

DVD Review “Killing Hasselhoff”

Actors: Ken Jeong, David Hasselhoff, Jim Jefferies, Rhys Darby, Jon Lovitz
Directors: Darren Grant
Rated: R
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2017
Run Time: 81 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

With a tagline like “Don’t Hassel the Hoff”, you know what your in store for with your picking up “Killing Hasselhoff”. David Hasselhoff has sunken into a very sweet spot in Hollywood. He has been playing off the camp sort of like Chuck Norris and his book of facts. Hasselhoff has been popping up everywhere like the new “Baywatch” remake and even “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2”. The film is what it is. If you love Hasselhoff then this is for you if not then I would steer clear.

Official Premise: Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) star in the most hilarious and outrageous comedy of the year. When a struggling nightclub owner (Jeong) fails to pay back a loan shark, he decides the only way to get the money is to kill his pick in an annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff. But the task is not so easy – especially when your target is The Hoff.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has delivered “Killing Hasselhoff” on DVD only, no Blu-ray. There is no Digital HD copy included and only a few deleted scenes for special features…but this DVD is also very cheap under $10, so I guess it balances out. Seriously though, how much does it cost them to include a digital copy these days?

Blu-ray Review “First Kill”

Actors: Bruce Willis, Hayden Christiansen, Ty Shelton, Gethin Anthony, William DeMeo
Directors: Steven C. Miller
Rated: R
Studio: LIONSGATE
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Run Time: 102 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

Director Steven C. Miller has blown up recently taking over the direct-to-video action film world. He has also worked with “First Kill” star Bruce Wills for the third time in the last two years after “Extraction” (2015) and “Marauders” (2016). The film has it moments and I really dig Miller’s style of directing. Willis is always good (even though he feels like he’s sleepwalking in this a bit) but I can’t get into Christiansen. I will let this fall into the low budget action flicks that are not great but also if you accept them for what they are, overall it ends up working.

Official Premise: In order to reconnect with his son, a Wall Street broker takes his family to the cabin where he grew up for a hunting trip. But the trip takes a deadly turn when they become entangled in a heist gone bad that results in the broker’s son Danny, being kidnapped, forcing his father to recover the stolen loot in exchange for Danny’s life.

Lionsgate delivers “First Kill” as a combo pack with a Blu-ray and Digital HD copy included. The film is definitely low budget but the 1080p transfer is still sharp and looks like it was shot on a much bigger scale, due to Miller’s skills. The special features include a solid Director’s Commentary track, which is worth checking out. There are also a featurette for “Behind the Scenes of First Kill” as well as Extended Cast/Crew Interviews and a few
Deleted Scenes included.

Blu-ray Review “All Eyez On Me”

Actors: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Dominic L. Santana, Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan
Directors: Benny Boom
Rated: R
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2017
Run Time: 140 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Cashing in on the success of “Straight Outta Compton”, we get “All Eyez on Me” which focuses on the life of Tupac Shakur but fails to hit the same level that “Compton” achieved. When the film came out I read a review saying that this was a “Wikipedia biopic” that doesn’t give any new life or deliver anything interesting outside of what we know about the late rapper. Worth check out if you are a hardcore fan but overall it is way too long and even though Demetrius Shipp Jr. is a bizarre spitting image of Tupac, it didn’t blow me away.

Official Premise: Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. stars as the legendary Tupac Shakur in this powerful, true, and untold story of the rapper, actor, poet, and activist – from his early days in New York City to his evolution into a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his untimely death at the age of twenty-five.

“All Eyez on Me” also features a “The Walking Dead” reunion with current star Lauren Cohan and Danai Gurira. Lionsgate is releasing this film as a combo pack with Blu-ray + Digital HD copy included. The 1080p transfer is solid and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track delivers with the musical background of the film. Special features on this include three featurettes that are short but deliver some solid info as well as a few deleted scenes and Demetrius Shipp, Jr’s audition tape.

Giveaway Opp: “9/11” Film Charlie Sheen Autographed Poster and Gift Pack


Media Mikes would like to introduce you to an awe-inspiring film starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg titled 9/11, based on the original play, The Elevator, that centers on the events of September 11, 2001.

No matter who you are or where you were, that moment and the aftermath is indelibly etched in everyone’s mind. The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win an autographed poster by Charlie Sheen and a #Remember911 Gift Pack. Please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your 9/11 story. This giveaway will remain open until September 18th. This is open to our readers in Florida only unless you want to travel. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

The Prize Pack Contains:
1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children

9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

Top 5 movie-based online slots

The influence of Hollywood spreads far and wide, including in the form of casino game themes. Online slot machines are very popular, and since competition is fierce, game manufacturers always try to come up with new and innovative ways to vary the games and their designs. To change the theme of the slot is the most common and obvious way to change a game, but it’s hard to keep coming up with ideas that compel people to play them.

At the same time, movie studios are often willing to license out their intellectual properties, for example to create merchandise or to make video games based on films. Thus, they license the rights to make casino slots based on famous blockbuster movies! Since the creators and the movie studio tend to care about their product, it often means the resulting slot machine will be of high quality. Here’s just a few of the best movie-based slot games!

Jurassic World

Even though the original film also got its own slot machine, the newer one based on 2015’s Jurassic World is more exciting. It has flashier graphics, several unique bonus features and lots and lots of dinosaurs. Just don’t be a dino-sore loser and you’ll have plenty of excitement in this Jurassic World slot!

Terminator 2

Put on your big-boy boots, your clothes and join a cybernetic Arnold Schwarzenegger on the back of his motorcycle in this slot game based on James Cameron’s classic action movie, Terminator 2. Certain symbols have been replaced by clips from the movie, that animate when you win and the iconic theme song plays when you win big.

Bridesmaids

This wacky comedy was a big hit, so of course it got its own slot machine as well. Here, you join the all the characters from the movie as they get ready for the wedding. This time, it’s you who will be smiling when the bells chime, since that means you won!

Dracula

Many classic film monsters have their own slot, but none is more classic than Dracula! Ok, maybe Frankenstein, but luckily, he’s got his own horror-themed slot machine as well. Sink your teeth into this vampiric video slot if you’re ready for some blood-curdling action. Like a lot of movie-based casino games, this one is made by NetEnt.

Justice League

In case you didn’t know, The Justice League is a group of DC superheroes that fight evil together. We chose to include this slot machine on the list, even though it may not be the best one based on DC comics, since it has the most heroes in it. Many of them have their own slots as well, though, such Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash!

There are many places to play these movie-based casino games on the net, but we can personally recommend the online casino InstaCasino as a fair and trusted platform. There’s also a lot of games that aren’t based on movies at all, if you prefer to split the pot that way. Just remember to have fun!

Fan-Favorite Slasher Franchise Continues This Autumn with Surprise Reboot to the “Hatchet” Series with “VICTOR CROWLEY”

FAN-FAVORITE SLASHER FRANCHISE CONTINUES THIS AUTUMN WITH SURPRISE REBOOT TO THE HATCHET SERIES

VICTOR CROWLEY

Top-secret production from Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures – starring Kane Hodder and helmed by Adam Green – kept under wraps for over two years.

Dark Sky Films proudly announces VICTOR CROWLEY, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted tonight at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema, shocking fans, celebrities, and industry professionals who gathered this evening to celebrate at an event coined as a “Hatchet 10
th Anniversary Celebration.”

Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, VICTOR CROWLEY reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 -X’s Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow) for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou.

In 2007, forty-nine people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong’s claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the
tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

VICTOR CROWLEY’s ensemble cast also features Laura Ortiz (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), and Brian Quinn (truTV’s “Impractical Jokers”). Writer/director Adam Green proudly returns to the director’s chair of his series that, upon debuting in 2007, was energetically touted as a return to “old school American horror,” and whose maniacal fan-favorite villain quickly secured a place among slasher royalty.

Says Green, “I couldn’t be happier to partner with Dark Sky Films and bring Victor Crowley back to horror fans around the world. Resurrecting the series for its tenth anniversary was our way of saying thank you to everyone in The Hatchet Army and beyond who have supported this series since its inception. This bloodbath is for all of you.”

VICTOR CROWLEY will hit select U.S. theaters in October 2017 as part of Dark Sky Films’ “Victor Crowley Road Show”, wherein writer/director Adam Green (and other cast) will travel with and introduce the film at special one-night screening events across America. Internationally, the film is slated to bow at festivals worldwide.

Full road show schedule and additional release information will follow.

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www.darkskyfilms.com

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Enter to Win Tickets to Disney On Ice Presents “Dare to Dream” in Orlando, FL

To celebrate the arrival of Disney On Ice Presents “Dare to Dream” coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 8-10, 2016, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to this monumental ice skating spectacular. Please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite Disney on Ice memory from when you were younger or with your family. This giveaway will remain open until August 30th. This is open to our readers in Florida only unless you want to travel. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Here are the available shows that the winner will be able to chose from:
Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11am.

Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities

Win Free Tickets to Orlando, FL Advance Screening of “IT’

Calling Florida moviegoers, who wants to see the new film “IT” before ANYONE else!? Media Mikes is partnering up with New Line Cinema to make that happen! Click the link below to get tickets. They will go VERY fast! Enjoy and be sure to leave comments below after the film!

IT
Tuesday, September 5th @ 7:30P
AMC Altamonte
http://www.wbtickets.com/O5MM

SYNOPSIS:

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise, alongside an ensemble of young actors including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things).

What Is Still Going to Happen in the Esports Industry in 2017?

We have completed half of the year 2017, and so far we have had many exciting developments in the esports sector. The International DOTA 2 tournament was one of the most striking organizations. The biggest prize in DOTA 2, which is the world’s largest e-sports tournament, was $ 20,770,000 this year. The winner of the tournament (Chinese Wings Gaming team) won a total of $ 9.140,000. In other words, every member of the team earned approximately $ 1.9 million. The sector grew by 41.3% compared to 2016. This is an incredible rate, and no other industry has experienced such growth. In the first six months of 2017, the size of the e-sports sector reached $ 300 million. Analysts expect total revenue will be close to $ 600 million before the end of the year. If the pace of growth continues, it will become a $ 1.5 billion industry in 2020.

This Is a Big Industry

This situation gained the attention of large companies too. One of the most profitable industries at the moment is the e-sports sector. Only the value of the media rights is 95 million dollars. (In 2020, it is expected to reach half a billion dollars.) In other words, global brands and intellectual properties are increasingly taking place in the esports industry. The figures are impressive: Every e-sports fan spends an average of $ 5.2. It is estimated that there are over 200 million fans worldwide. No other kind of sport has this mass of followers. (You can visit https://www.gg.bet for details.) The number of followers is expected to reach 286 million by 2020. This is a very high rate: The e-sports followers are growing almost 36% every year. 71% of the fans are male and between 21-35 years old. However, the interest of women in this sector is increasing too.

Upcoming Developments

So, what kind of developments do we expect until the end of 2017? According to estimates by industry professionals, we can list these developments as follows:

 

  •        Focus on Churners. Have you heard the phrase “churner” before? It is used for players who take a break after starting a game. These types of players play without interruption for a certain period of time and then stop playing for a few months. E-sports companies have been setting their strategies according to beginners and the professionals, until now. However, the research shows that 18% of the churners can be convinced to return to the game much sooner. In other words, it is possible to shorten the duration of the break. Since these types of players prefer to buy items to compensate for their lost time, they are one of the main income sources of developers. In 2017 and over the next few years, we will see new strategies and campaigns for churner players.

 

  •         More Intellectual Property. As we mentioned above, high-profit rates attract the attention of all companies. Surveys show that the players love games that include characters and heroes they are already familiar with. For example, Hearthstone gained popularity very quickly for this reason. (You can visit https://gg.bet/en/hearthstone for details.) For this reason, we will start to see well-known intellectual properties much more often in both current and newly developed games. We saw the latest example of this in “FormulaE” game. Played at the same time as the Formula 1 races, it became popular in a very short time. According to gossips, global brands such as Disney, Universal Studios, and Marvel are also preparing to enter the sector.

 

  •         Mobile Gamers Are Important. There is a generation that grew only by playing mobile games: They never played games on the computer or used the consoles. This generation prefers to play games only with mobile phones and tablet PCs. This generation of “mobile-only” players represents the future of the industry, as they can play anywhere and anytime. In other words, game developer companies are gradually beginning to focus on games that run on mobile platforms. By the end of 2017 and in the years to come, we will see a much larger number of mobile e-sports games.

 

  •         Ecosystem Integrations. Twitch is at the forefront of companies conducting the integration work. E-sports games are now being developed with the ability to support social media and live broadcast platforms. You do not have to use an external program. Twitch Prime is one of those cases. If you broadcast the game you play, you gain access to special levels, achievements and even new game modes. The goal is to create a complete ecosystem for players and provide all the features they’ll ever need without leaving the game. This also changes the process of developing games. We will soon begin to see e-sports games with features like “Twitch Exclusive”. As a matter of fact, Amazon Game Studios is working on similar systems too.

No Major Tournaments until the End of the Year

There are no other major tournaments to be organized by the end of 2017. Local events and competitions will continue, but we have come to the end of the organizations that award million dollar prizes. Likewise, there is no new AAA game we expect to be released by the end of the year. However, there are many games planned for publication in 2018.

Finally, let’s talk about an interesting report published in Newzoo.com: E-sports betting industry is much bigger than predicted. According to estimates, the betting sector is now more than half a billion dollars in size. In other words, the betting industry is bigger than e-sports sector itself. At present, most of the big companies do not enter this sector, so the exact figures are unknown. However, we can say that these large numbers will soon be of interest to them. In other words, the e-sports betting sector will grow rapidly in the coming years.

From Casino Royale to Ocean’s 11: A Look at the Top Casino Movies

When it comes to casino movies, there are quite a few out there that are really good.  If you are a fan of this movie genre, then you have come to the right place!  Today, we are going to take a look at several of the top casino movies ever made.  Make sure to stick around and check them out.  Some of them you might not even know about.

Casino Royale

One of the most popular casino movies has to be Casino Royale.  This movie stars none other than Daniel Craig and is an instalment of the hit movie series James Bond.  The Bond film has lots of action both in and out of the casino which will keep you on the edge of your seat!  During the main part of the movie, Craig, who plays 007, must defeat a weapons dealer in a very high stakes game of poker at the infamous Casino Royale.  But the fun doesn’t stop there as Bond dives deeper into the plot of the movie. If you are a fan of James Bond movies, this one is surely a must see! Also, if you are interested in trying your own hand at blackjack or other games then click here.

Ocean’s 11

Another amazing casino movie is Ocean’s 11. Released back in 2001, this movie has grown in popularity and now has many sequels. This movie has a very large and famous cast that includes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the late great comic Bernie Mac just to name a few.  This star studded cast really shines through in the film which takes place in Las Vegas.  The lead character George Clooney enlists the help of 11 others in his attempt to rob three very high-profile Las Vegas casinos at the same time.  This feat seems impossible but with the combined skills of his crew, Clooney who plays Danny Ocean just might pull off the unthinkable.  While the movie is light-hearted, it does have its serious moments as you will find out.  If you would like to learn more about this now classic casino movie, please visit this link.

The Cincinnati Kid

A classic film, The Cincinnati Kid stars Steve McQueen and Ann-Margret.  The movie was first seen on the silver screen way back in the year 1965.  In the film, McQueen plays an up and coming card player who is trying to make a name for himself by going up against one of the best poker players around.  In this high-stakes game, McQueen who plays the Cincinnati Kid must defeat the seasoned professional in a winner takes all tournament.  This movie is full of twists and turns making it one of the best casino movies ever produced.  While the film is older, it truly is a must see for those who are fans of casino based movies.  The setting of this movie is 1930’s New Orleans which gives the film a certain glow and is very romantic at the same time.  The Cincinnati Kid is one of Steve McQueen’s best films and he really shines in it.  Please make sure to check out more interesting facts about this movie by following this link.

Each of these casino movies has something different to offer audiences.  From modern high-stakes poker to card games of a by gone era, you will find it all in these films.  So, if you are a huge casino fan, why not check out each of these movies?  Even if you have seen them before, they are all worth watching at least one more time.

Enter to Win Free Run-of-Engagement Passes and Soundtrack for “A Ghost Story”

To celebrate the release of A24’s latest film “A Ghost Story”, Media Mikes would like to give three of our fans a chance to win run of engagement passes to see “A Ghost Story” at AMC Theaters in Orlando, FL and also CD’s of the film’s soundtrack as well as a Vinyl LP. If you want to win these great prizes, please leave a comment below or use the contact us page above with your favorite ghost story. This giveaway will remain open until August 6th, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only and obviously the tickets are only good in Orlando. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

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A GHOST STORY

Fantasy/Drama

Release:                    July 28, 2017

Starring:                   Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

Directed By:            David Lowery

Written By:             David Lowery

Produced By:         Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Adam Donaghey

SYNOPSIS

With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost(Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.