Q&A With Justin Chamberlain, CEO at Hungry Bear
Justin Chamberlain, CEO at Hungry Bear, sits with CasinosHunter to tell our readers more about the company, its path, its approach, and its games. Being a young company, Hungry Bear has already developed an innovative slot game that all online casinos want to have - and we speak about it in this new Q&A!
About Hungry Bear Studio
Founded in 2018 as a primary partner that supplied design and slot games to British Columbia Lottery, Hungry Bear was managed by a team that had already started and successfully sold a similar company - Justin Chamberlain was in that team.
Today, Hungry Bear distributes its games mainly via Light&Wonder online casino games provider and holds several iGaming licenses.
The studio initially specializes in the design and development of high-quality slot games for the global online casino sector. By the end of 2020, the industry restrictions connected to previous partnerships ended for the company, and now Hungry Bear is open for business collaborations and promoting its games freely to online casinos in many markets.
The studio also makes Table Games, and really explores the innovation possibilities for its products. Due to the fact that the team has impressive experience in the market, we can expect this studio to quickly become popular with operators and players alike.
CasinosHunter is fascinated by all the new and innovative studios that arrive so we were curious about Hungry Bear, as well! Please read the full Q&A with Justin Chamberlain, CEO of the company, below.
Q&A Session With Justin Chamberlain
Hello and thank you for finding time to participate! Can you please tell us more about the path taken by Hungry Bear as a company already?
HungryBear was founded in late 2018 as a game development studio, designing, building, and serving slots to our primary partner – British Columbia Lottery (BCLC)
The founders and senior management team and technical architects of Hungrybear were founders of CORE Gaming. I led CORE Gaming to a successful acquisition by Sky Betting & Gaming in 2016. CORE Gaming was a pioneer on the move from Flash technology to HMTL5, successfully converted and built over 350 HTML5 games from 2011 through to 2018, and designed and built over 100 proprietary games from 2014 to 2018.
There are many competitors in the online casino games niche, what are Hungry Bear’s main strengths that make it stand out?
HungryBear stands out in an overcrowded market due to our proprietary, multiplayer sensation – Slot Masters!
Slot Masters is a first of its kind in the industry allowing players to go head-to-head, real-time, in an industry-first multiplayer slot, competing for Cash, Free spins, Free bets, and prizes. No other supplier in the industry can boast of such innovation in the marketplace, and Slot Masters is now in incredibly high demand across a saturated market where standing out has become near impossible.
Slot Masters is now deployed to and being utilized by a significant number of Tier 1 UK operators as their lead acquisition, retention, engagement, and marketing tool, including Virgin Games, Jackpot Joy, Rainbow Riches Casino, Megaways casino, Foxy Bingo, Ladbrokes, plus Vera&John in Japan, and OPAP in the Greek market.
You make both Slot and Table games. How many games are made per month or year? How much time does it take to create a new game from scratch?
We do also design and produce a number of standard slots and table games per year for a select number of partners globally, and we typically produce around 12 – 15 games a year.
Each game follows a well-practiced development path, with each game typically taking between 4 – 6 months to produce end-to-end and deliver to market.
What licenses does the company have as of now?
Hungry Bear Gaming is currently licensed by the following regulatory bodies: UKGC, GPEB, MGA, and NJ.
What two or three games by Hungry Bear are currently the most successful and popular with casino operators/players?
Slot Masters is currently our stand-out game and the one in the highest demand across all markets we work in and serve. Currently only available as a FREE to Play offering but we are racing towards our first REAL money version of Slot Masters for UK and EU distribution in Q2 2023. This is a game-changer!
Are there any signature features that make games by Hungry Bear recognizable?
Always original, always innovative, always pushing boundaries.
What have been your main distribution channels?
Our main distribution channel and partner to date has been Light&Wonder, and we have recently announced a new partnership with them for the exclusive distribution of Slot Masters across global regulated markets through their OGS platform.
In your opinion, what do you think is the best innovation within iGaming today?
Slot Masters! Without a single doubt!
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