Spain’s FIJMA show, the International Game Fair 2022, was held at Madrid’s IFEMA Pavilion 7 venue on March 15-17. One of the leading exhibitors was the Merkur brand, represented by Spanish subsidiary company Merkur Dosniha, which called the event a "magnificent return" to live and in person international B2B exhibitions, with a "large contingent" of show visitors.
Merkur’s top attractions in Madrid were the brand’s latest linked jackpot innovations, Link Zone and Solar Link, as well as specific multigame models for both the Spanish and international market sectors. Link Zone is a futuristic 4 level linked progressive jackpot system that features 4 different 50 line game titles, each one of which represents a different game play theme.
Qin Zone and Fire Zone both have free games with wild reels and feature Chinese and Fantasy settings respectively. Ocean Zone and Mythic Zone both have free games with better reels (where the Royal symbols are removed during free play) and have an undersea adventure and ancient Egyptian theme respectively.
Link Zone features two scaleable bonus prizes, Minor and Mini, but once players progress through their chosen base game to the linked progressive Major and Grand jackpots, the possibility of huge wins rises considerably and is further increased by the player choosing to increase his or her play denomination and bet level. During Base game play the reel spins are uninterrupted by background music, relying on the various alert symbols and sounds to announce major win events such as free games or the Hold and Spin feature that are the pathway to reach the games’ ultimate feature, the twin spinning wheels that are the heart of Link Zone’s progressive jackpot play.
"Modern day slot floors, world-wide, are today dominated by linked progressive games and Link Zone aims to be at the very top of the tree as players’ favourite ‘go to’ attraction. With diverse game themes, brilliant graphics, enhanced sound and huge progressive level prizes all on offer Link Zone is a thrilling and exciting choice for operators and players alike," Merkur said in a press release.
In addition, the Gauselman Group's brand said FIJMA proved to be a "dynamic and hugely well-received industry gathering that, thanks to the addition of many of gaming’s top manufacturers who will be absent from the upcoming ICE in London being present, showed that the exhibitions that we have all missed so much during the last two, pandemic hit years remain as the lifeblood of the entire gaming industry and the pathway back to more predictable and ‘normal’ times."