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Escape Studios partners with Epic Games and leading European animation schools to deliver world’s largest training programme in Unreal Engine

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Mark Flanagan, Education Partner Manager, Epic Games said: “The Summer of Unreal is an incredible opportunity that is open to professionals in animation and VFX all across Europe, and we couldn’t be happier to invite the industry to participate. Escape Studios is a wonderful partner who, along with a number of Europe’s best animation schools, are running this programme, which is set to be the biggest Unreal Engine training that we’ve undertaken to date. We’re excited to help all learners find new ways to tell awesome stories and express their creativity using Unreal Engine.”

Saint Walker, Deputy Dean of Escape Studios, said: “The Summer of Unreal is a fantastic opportunity for animation and 3D CGI professionals across Europe to discover more about the cutting-edge technology on offer with Unreal Engine.

“We’ve worked with top animation companies to create a novel animation-centric way of teaching Unreal Engine, in one of the most ambitious training programmes that Escape Studios has been involved with – our vision of a pan-European festival of learning in Unreal Engine has gained us amazing academic partners in the form of some of the best animation schools in the world. We invite learners across Europe to join us. Make your summer staycation Unreal!”

The Summer of Unreal will be taught online in English and is free-of-charge to professionals working in the animation, motion graphics and VFX industry who want an informal group experience of learning Unreal Engine over the holiday period. The course will feature daily workshops covering all the major aspects of using Unreal Engine interspersed with practice time, teamwork, as well as demonstrations and masterclasses from some of Europe’s premiere companies and artists showing how they use the platform in their work.

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Mark Spevick, Escape Studios’ Head of 3D VFX will be the main ‘showrunner’ for the Summer of Unreal. The unique role used in Escapes’ larger courses ensures that tutors get to hear and address the most important questions from the online shop floor through Mark’s advocacy. Mark combines teaching and programme design with senior industry experience, having worked at Peerless Camera, the production house co-owned by Terry Gilliam.

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Timothy Leborgne, Head of Talent & Skills Development, The Animation Workshop/VIA University College
“A course such as Summer of Unreal is very welcome. Whether you look at film, animated series, or games we can all see a growing demand for rapid development and competent animators. And Unreal Engine is one particularly advanced tool and software we can’t avoid as professionals in the future. So, I am excited and happy we bring such a valuable course to professionals in our industry. By partnering with such competent institutions and studios across Europe, we have ensured that the course will deliver the best training.”

Gilbert Kiner, President, ARTFX
“Since its creation in 2004, ARTFX has been dedicated to training students using the latest technology and software. Beyond using this engine for our Games courses, Unreal has also been integrated into the previz pipeline for our VFX programs. We are very happy and proud to have been chosen as the exclusive French partner for this collaborative initiative.”

Felix Balbás, Area Director of Animation & VFX at La Salle-URL
“Unreal Engine is a reality we can’t ignore. No longer only in videogames and recently virtual production, now more than ever the future of any visual content creation and in particular animation and VFX, must take this evolution into account. Not only in previs stage, but also in full production. This is why La Salle-URL’s commitment towards promoting state-of-the-art training along with leader institutions at a European level is reflected in the Summer of Unreal.”

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Miljana Jovović, Executive Director, Crater Training Center
“We are happy to join the Summer of Unreal as partners for Southeastern Europe, as we see this project as a great chance to upskill and connect professionals across the continent. We have spent the first part of 2021 educating university professors in Serbia in Unreal Engine so they could implement the newly-gained knowledge to their study programs and introduce the software to their students.”

Katja Schmid, Visual Effects and Post Production Professor, Hochschule der Medien
“Many artists in the industry have been waiting for this course. Now the time has come. At the moment, Unreal is one of the most in-demand tools in the industry. The response to the course announcement has been fantastic. It’s just an amazing opportunity not only to get trained for free but also to be part of a most inspiring community! We are very impressed by this large-scale project and excited to be contributing.”

Gareth Lee, Screen Skills Ireland Manager
“Screen Skills Ireland is hugely excited to be part of the Summer of Unreal. This is a unique opportunity for Irish screen sector professionals to learn about the powerful capabilities of Unreal Engine from industry experts, as well as connect with their peers across Europe.”

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

Spinomenal has expanded its otherworldly Demi Gods Series with the addition of Atlas Unleashed. This epic slots saga unfolds in ancient Greece where the gods rule the reels. The 5×4 design is brought to life with sharp graphics and a momentous soundtrack that lures players into the action. Three Free Spins symbols will instantly launch the feature and will award players with 10 Free Spins. Four Free Spins symbols will award 25 Free Spins and five will gift 50 Free Spins.

Spinomenal bolsters Demi Gods Series with heavenly Atlas Unleashed slot

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A blistering experience awaits in Blueprint Gaming’s latest offering Cash Strike Hotstepper, as a host of thrilling mechanics take centre stage, including the eye-catching Hotstepper feature offering lavish cash rewards. Stepping into a retro 3×3 grid, a feast of fruit symbols is accompanied by flaming gold coins with the title’s five pathways offering a mammoth 50,000x the original bet. All cash symbols or fixed jackpots on reels one or three are awarded when they land alongside the sizzling Cash Strike Collect symbol on reel two.

Blueprint Gaming blends sizzling mechanics with classic slot fun in Cash Strike Hotstepper

Inspired Entertainment and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme. Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

Inspired Launches Bespoke Gold Cash Freespins Game with Paddy Power

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Inspired Launches Bespoke Gold Cash Freespins Game with Paddy Power

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc., a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems, and solutions, and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme.

Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

Players can trigger the game’s Free Spins bonus by landing three Paddy Power bonus symbols on a single spin, rewarding players with eight Free Spins. During this feature, only the three highest symbols and stacked Wilds appear on the reels, amplifying the potential for big wins. For players who feel adventurous, a gamble feature is available to boost winnings or earn additional Free Spins. This feature presents two gamble wheels for players to choose from, each offering a different path to success.

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Now available in both a retail and online format, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins showcases Inspired’s commitment to creating high-quality custom experiences tailored to specific operator brands like Paddy Power. The result is a seamless blend of engaging gameplay and operator-specific branded features that delivers an exceptional brand-extension gaming experience for their players.

“We are delighted to relaunch our popular title Gold Cash Free Spins in partnership with our long-term customers at Paddy Power,” said Richard Terry, UK Market Product Director for Inspired. “The seamless integration of Paddy Power branding into Gold Cash Free Spins provides an exciting, omnichannel gaming experience for Paddy Power players.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Inspired Entertainment once again to create an exclusive gaming experience for our customers,” said Vince Bateson, Head of Gaming at Paddy Power. “Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins builds on the theme of the original game, which our players loved, and is a fantastic addition to our portfolio.”

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FinteqHub to Present Updates at iGB L!VE 2024

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FinteqHub, a PCI DSS-certified payment gateway solution provider, is set to participate in iGB L!VE 2024, one of the most expected live industry events of the year.

The exhibition will take place on 17–18 July in RAI Amsterdam. iGB L!VE provides a comprehensive platform for live communication in the highly competitive iGaming sector, contributing to its overall development. In 2024, over 300 exhibitors and sponsors, as well as almost 10,000 gaming and affiliate stakeholders are expected to attend. 

This year, the FinteqHub award-winning team, recognised as an Industry Rising Star 2024 at the SiGMA Awards Eurasia, will attend the event for the second time. The company’s experts, with an average of 10 years of tech and consulting experience, will present the product’s recent updates.

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FinteqHub recently enhanced its platform by integrating with notable payment solution providers, including Finshark, Ivy, CallPay, and others. These integrations have expanded its presence in countries such as Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, and worldwide in general. The company also expanded its analytics functionality by offering more detailed reports.

Besides PSPs integrations, the company provides banking assistance, helping companies open accounts in reliable banks. Primarily serving the iGaming and betting domains, FinteqHub also advises on the selection of strong banks and EMI providers for clients’ needs.

Vadim Drozd, CEO at FinteqHub, expresses his expectation of the event: “This event gives us an opportunity to show our innovative solutions and communicate with key stakeholders in the industry. Live discussions of the latest industry trends and possibilities of collaboration help elevate the fintech and iGaming sectors. We warmly invite our partners to attend the exhibition and visit our stand.”

FinteqHub will participate in the exhibition alongside its lifetime partner SOFTSWISS. Using this link, current and potential clients can schedule a meeting with FinteqHub experts at stand 12-F30.

 

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About FinteqHub 

FinteqHub is a fresh player in the payment solutions market with the core product – PCI DSS-certified payment gateway for online businesses. It started its journey in 2019 and assembled a team of 150+ top-notch professionals with solid legal, financial, and technical expertise. The company is headquartered in Lithuania, with offices in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. FinteqHub makes the management of payment processing transparent, stable, and flexible. 

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