2 Weeks to Football: Champions Cup Kick Off!

Published on 10 May 2016 by Rachel

2 Weeks to Football: Champions Cup Kick Off!We hope you’re warming up, stretching those muscles and putting on your favourite team’s colours – the NetEnt Football: Champions Cup slot is only two weeks away from launch and there is plenty to look forward to in this new NetEnt production!

Crowd-pleasing design

We reported on the 23rd May release date of this slot back in February. In the mean time, we have already been treated to a video teaser from NetEnt, displaying the look, feel and features of the new slot. Right now, the excitement is at fever pitch as the launch date draws even closer!

You step on to the field to the roar of the excited crowd, in your favourite team’s official gear. Choose from the big European teams or, if you’re finding it too hard to pick, click the button with the question mark to be randomly assigned a team.

The slots themselves are football-themed, so look out for football boots, goalie’s gloves and footballs among the selection of symbols. Before you get too distracted by the slots themselves (although, who can blame you?) take a look at the ‘pitch’. You’ll spot some subtle advertising behind the goal, displaying NetEnt favourites like Gonzo’s Quest. Nice to see a little creativity in advertising these days!

Play your way up through the qualification, quarter- and semi-final rounds before taking on your last opponent in the final itself. The higher you place, the more you win!

Unique gameplay

As NetEnt’s first football-themed slot, Football: Champions Cup certainly scores a lot of points for gameplay. The slots have your familiar player controls – level and coin value selectors, coin balance display, max bet option and autopolay function – but they also offer two very footie themed features.

The first is the Free Spins tournament. This round is activated when 3 or more Scatter symbols appear on the reels. Gameplay proceeds at the same coin value and bet level as the round that triggered the Free Spins. In this game, there are two types of Wild symbols – a blue wild will trigger a goal for the player’s team, while the red wild will trigger one for the opposing team. The adrenaline is sure to be at a maximum, just like in the stadium. It’s as close as you’ll get to a real game without pulling on the cleats.

And we can’t forget the penalty shootout! This is a pick and click game, activated when three or more Bonus symbols appear on the screen. The player will be placed front and center, facing a goalie and taking aim at the net. Choose where to aim the ball to get it past the defender. In the second round, it’s the player’s goalie protecting the net – click to decide which corner he will defend.

If you get the ball in past the opponent’s goalie, you get a coin win and one point. If you save an opponent’s shot, you are awarded a win multiplier. If you fail to save an opponent’s shot, the opposing team gets a point. If the score is tied after five rounds, it’s a sudden death situation until someone wins. Hard to achieve that level of nail-biting drama through a screen, but NetEnt has done it!

Winner takes all

NetEnt are giving fans the chance to watch real-life sports history being made, by offering heaps of football-related prizes for those who play their new slot, once it’s released. The competition will run from 25th June up until 10th July, with winners being announced the next day.

The top prize is tickets to 3 top-level games in different stadiums in Europe. There are also beer dispensers, gaming chairs and even signed memorabilia to be won! We also wrote about this competition here.

All players need to do is collect raffle tickets, which can be earned by playing 20 or more rounds on the new slot with a minimum of €0.20 or more. Collect up to 50 tickets to maximize your chance to take home some amazing prizes ahead of this football frenzy!