Gambling technology company Playtech has launched a new scalable live casino game, Majority Rules Speed Blackjack, which has been designed around community play.
The new game has been developed in collaboration with GVC and will be launched as an exclusive. It is expected that the game will be made available nation-wide from July.
Edo Haitin, CEO at Playtech Live Casino, stated: “Innovation and experience-led gameplay are at the core of our product strategy, and Majority Rules Speed Blackjack delivers on both counts. The success of our community Live Slots concept demonstrates player demand for interactive & fun games – the experience you would enjoy when playing alongside others in a land-based casino.
“We’re confident the combination of engaging classic Blackjack gameplay and the new collaborative, community play will be a major hit with players and will of course create the proper Speed variant for Blackjack.”
Majority Rules Speed Blackjack adds a twist on traditional gameplay introducing new player interaction features. Depending on the number of players participating, the game will choose which of its two modes, Majority Rules or Best Strategy, will be implemented.
In Majority Rules mode, all players vote on Hit, Stand, Double or Split actions, with a 50 per cent or greater vote triggering an automatic action. However, in games with fewer players the Majority Rules Speed Blackjack’s second mode, Best Strategy, is applied in which player hands will be automatically resolved, according to a predefined BlackJack best strategy flow.
No matter which mode is selected, players need to decide in advance whether to accept a vote or the best strategy decision on Split and Double actions that require additional funds.
Matt Charlesworth, head of live casino at GVC, concluded: “Everyone at GVC was delighted to work closely with Playtech on Majority Rules Speed Blackjack, through all stages of concept, design and development – and we’re excited to offer this first of its type game to our players across the GVC brands.
“Majority Rules Speed Blackjack captures a real community feel with the unique “Ask the Audience” voting approach to in-game decision-making. The game is fully scalable, offering something very different for players, without deviating from classic European Blackjack with popular sidebets.”