If you’ve ever loaded a Slot or any other casino game and thought it looked just a bit off, you may have been on to something. LCB has discovered that "US friendly" Russian online casino brands Twist Casino and its sister site, Vulkan Casino, which are owned and operated by Twist Services Limited, have been passing off pirated games from Novomatic as genuine titles.
Both brands have been added to our warning list and we do not recommend real money play from either one of these sites.
When VulkanCasino initially launched, the casino claimed to be licensed by EveryMatrix, when which in fact, they are not. We approached them about this and questioned them about their licensing pointing out that they do not appear on the EveryMatrix client list here. https://everymatrix.com/clients?product=CasinoEngine
We received no response to our inquiries; however they conveniently removed the following information from the website:
The website is operated and managed by EveryMatrix Ltd, a company bearing registration number C44411, and having its registered address at Level 4, Suite 10, Portomaso Business Tower, Vjal Portomaso, St. Julians, STJ 4012., STJ 1081, Malta. EveryMatrix Ltd. is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (www.MGA.org.mt) in virtue of a Class 1 license numbered MGA/CL1/497/2010 issued on the 2nd of May 2012. The gaming platform is provided by EveryMatrix Software Ltd. by virtue of a Class 4 license numbered MGA/CL4/497/2011 issued on the 27th of April 2012 by the Malta Gaming Authority.
The Casino games, Quickfire, are provided by EveryMatrix N.V. a limited liability company incorporated under the laws of Curacao, bearing company registration number 108354 and having its registered address at Dr. Hugenholtzweg Z/N, Curacao and is licensed and regulated in virtue of license number No. 8048/JAZ granted by the Government of Curacao. In terms of deciphering the real from the fake, there are visual clues on games like different fonts, menu options, buttons, launcher and loading screens. To illustrate here is a Genuine Novomatic Game – Lord of the Ocean:
The most recent LCB investigation of Vulkan revealed that they expanded the level of piracy by offering Aristocrat's 50 Dragons game with an awkward custom launcher hosted on a pirated source.
Pirated 50 Dragons Slot launcher:
Genuine Aristocrat 50 Dragons Slot launcher:
Inspecting the Source Code
When it comes to source code inspection, you’ll notice that the pirated games are hosted on this domain: http://st.flashgamesoftware.com
Considering the strange domain above, game URL’s, for example the Book of Ra, would appear as follows once you inspect the source:
An example of a good source from a reputable casino such as Grosvenor would show the following URL for Book of Ra upon inspection is coming from GreenTube:
As you can see, Grosvenor’s version of the game is 100% legit as its source if the Greentube website, a subsidiary of Novomatic. To see how a genuine Novomatic game should appear, take a look at the free version here on LCB, which shows the loader, menu, buttons, etc.
Genuine Version of Book of Ra Deluxe