BGaming announced Wednesday its software development team is improving its games' loading time with a new image compression algorithm, which has reduced the company's game portfolio's weight by 55% by compressing games' graphics with zero or minimal quality loss.
"This innovation can help to overcome troubles with players' slot internet connection and VPN limitations", BGaming stated in an official press release. "The game file size reduction directly impacts the loading time, an essential customer service KPI in online casinos nowadays".
Depending on the original image size and type, the algorithm determines the accepted quality loss level and compresses the image accordingly. The script automatically compresses the images with no manual adjustments.
BGaming’s average game file size reduced from 16.4 Mb to 7.3 Mb, and the heaviest slot in the studio's portfolio, which weighed 38 Mb, lost 51% of its size and became two times quicker to load. Now 70% of BGaming's portfolio weighs less than 10Mb while the quality of graphics for the final user "hasn't changed or compression can't be seen with the naked eye".
BGaming’s Front-end Lead Yury Kuvetski said: “At first glance, the automation of image compression is easy, but none of the ready-made solutions can provide optimizations without losing quality. We've chosen the most complicated way and developed our own algorithm to satisfy all our needs and customers' needs. We have speeded up the loading time of all our games and will continue our work in this direction to provide players with the best possible experience.”
Alexander, Game Provider Manager at N1 Partners, added: “As many operators, we also see Africa and Latin America as promising regions, thanks to their economic dynamism and enthusiasm for online gaming. However, opportunities come with a lot of challenges. For example, to join the Nigerian iGaming market, an operator needs to provide the players with lightweight content, which can be quickly loaded and run. BGaming's portfolio is now optimized to overcome these challenges and deliver high-quality entertainment regardless of the player's location.”
BGaming's Algorithm of Image Compression was nominated for Industry Innovation of the Year for the SBC Awards 2022.