Back in early October, while investigating fake games at Play7777 Casino, LCB Team came across another highly suspicious site owned by the same company - WOG Network N.V., a sister brand called Blue Lions. The fact they are affiliated was reason enough to check out what the latter's platform is made of, and sure enough - it IS faux through and through.
Surprise? Not really!
After all these years of dealing with various types of criminal groups in iGaming, there's nothing left to shock and enrage us.
...we have to note that crook casinos used to be much more fearful. They acted with utmost stealthiness, offering real games mingled with carefully camouflaged pirated slots. It was hard to detect them, and harder yet to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the products are not genuine. Nowadays, rogue casinos are bold, audacious, even defiant in their pursuit of easy money.
Players too are more experienced, wiser to the ways of predatory operators. There's simply too much of them all across the industry, for us not to learn from the recurring patterns of exploitation of both original software developers and customers.
LCB alone has almost 60 Warning reports and articles on the growing phenomenon of software piracy in iGaming.
Blue Lion's video slots, though forgeries are EXACT copies of the originals, save for the pirated domain they are hosted on - the only clue we have to establish their real source.
Only by inspecting the codes are we able to confidently say whether or not this casino can be trusted (obviously NOT). Luckily, this kind of examination is routine work for the skilled LCB specialists.
Let's see what we discovered
To start with - everything they have of games is sham. As far as we can tell, there's not a single game that is authentic! This is a fairly large platform, so you can imagine just how many forgeries there really are:
- Merkur Gaming
- Net Entertainment
- Amatic Industries
Interesting to see Merkur Gaming being targeted by pirates with such an increased frequency. They are not so widely utilized across the industry, though their games are high-quality and above-average releases, maybe this is precisely what black market groups want: less prominent titles with illegal duplicates that cannot be so easily distinguishable from the real deal! Obviously, there are no ''safe'' games anymore.
Bogus Quickspin slots are hosted on some private CDN server, while Merkur Gaming forgeries launch from skillgame365.com.
All the other featured products are using eu-static.casinomoduleS.co , pirated domain made to resemble the official NetEnt hosting server, however, it is of Colombian origin which easily gives it away.
Like we already mentioned, these unfamiliar domains are the only way to tell the difference between the real and the fake, as shown in the screenshots below. All are taken during the actual gameplay at BlueLions Casino, and all represent illegal copies of the original games:
Fake Big Thunder Slot by Ainsworth:
Pirated Merkur Gaming's Blazing Star:
Aloha! Cluster Pays NetEnt- screenshot from the unlicensed variant found at BlueLions:
Playtech A Night Out Fake Version:
Quickspin Crystal Queen - looks real, though it is anything but:
For a comprehensive list of all rogue casinos LCB has exposed so far, please visit our News section the Casino Warnings & Rogue Reports. This is where you'll find detailed information about each and every predatory site, along with useful tips and tricks on how to spot unlicensed operators that seek to cheat inexperienced players for profit. That way you'll stay safe while enjoying your favorite casinos online.