Online casino enthusiasts are reportedly being warned against the Russia-facing domain at AzartMania.com after allegations of the use of counterfeit software by prominent games developers, Novomatic and Igrosoft surfaced.
LCB.org, an online casino news site, sent out the notice following an investigation, which was prompted by complaints from numerous players, and members of their own staff. The individuals questioned the authenticity of the load screens and in-game menus featured by several of the offending site’s video slots.
In a report, LCB.org revealed that its investigation had unearthed evidence that the video slots from Novomatic and Igrosoft on display at AzartMania.com displayed ‘game load screens and in-game menus’ that diverged ‘wildly from the original titles.’ It further stated that this represented ‘a clear indicator that something of an extremely fishy nature is happening here’ and that the site has now been added to the online casinos blacklist.
The report from LCB.org detailed the actions taken following the investigation.
“We have proceeded with blacklisting this casino and letting providers know that they’re being damaged big time. We advise our players to look elsewhere for online casino entertainment. We will be monitoring the development of the AzartMania.com story closely and update you on any further findings.”
No Shortage of offenders
GoldenReels.com, another site marked for investigation by LCB.org, was added to a register of banned sites due to similar concerns involving real money pokie games from developers such as Novomatic, Microgaming, Yggdrasil Gaming Limited and Play‘n Go.
This inquiry was prompted after a representative from the offending online casino had used its Affiliate Guard Dog forum, to inaccurately claim that players in Australia could now access the domain in order to enjoy games from NetEnt AB.
‘Web of deceit’
LCB .org characterized the counterfeiting case as a ‘delicate web of deceit’ involving GoldenReels.com utilizing ‘two pirated servers filled with counterfeit games.’ The inquiry revealed that some of these titles ‘did not contain the usual jackpots some of the providers have’ while featuring ‘other symptoms of games that have not been obtained the fair way’ such as ‘unresponsive and strange-looking interfaces and loading screens.’
The report further stated,
“This sad instance of two-timing players is also under our magnifying glass and will be dealt with the utmost responsibility. Until further notice, all players are urged to avoid GoldenReels.com.”