Exclusive Interview With Royal Panda CEO Mark Podd
Published on by Adam
Royal Panda is one of our favourite NetEnt casinos and always proves popular with our readers. That’s why we were delighted to grab a few minutes of their CEO Mark Podd’s time, for an exclusive chat about everything from the company’s plans for future promotions, to the well-being of the real life panda they adopted last year.
About Royal Panda
Royal Panda manage to pull off a difficult trick – by offering something genuinely different in the well populated world of online casinos. The company takes great pride in the uniqueness of theirs promotional initiatives, which see them regularly offer players the chance to win incredible trips of a lifetime and great prizes, as well as more regular casino bonuses and freebies. They offer an awesome welcome bonus package exclusive to our readers as well.
The fun is overseen by the casino’s friendly mascot, who is of course a smiling panda complete with throne, crown and plenty more regal bling. The Royal Panda site is one of the easiest to navigate and the company have proven themselves to be one of the most player-friendly online casinos out there, with a huge selection of NetEnt games. Royal Panda is one casino you don’t want to miss!
So let’s see what their CEO has to say about recent developments at Royal Panda, NetEnt and in the industry in general, as well as the exciting times ahead for fans of one of our best casinos…
Q: You adopted a baby panda last year and our first and most important question is therefore: how is the Royal Panda baby doing?
A: Despite the best efforts of Pandas International (the charity that helped us adopt the panda) and Royal Panda, our panda cub unfortunately died. Sadly, survival rates for baby pandas aren’t great, even when they’re provided with the best care available – and regrettably, our little guy was one of the many who didn’t make it. Naturally, it’s very sad. But it does highlight how important it is to help these magnificent animals overcome the threat of extinction. And Royal Panda remains committed to helping in this battle.
Q: Could you tell us something about yourself? What is your background and how long have you been working in iGaming?
A: Sure. I’ve been working in the iGaming sector for a few years now. I started out in the affiliate sector (focusing on online casinos), but moved into online casino proper in 2013 with Royal Panda. It’s been a fantastic experience helping to launch the casino, and watching it grow so rapidly. Prior to that, I worked as a journalist.
Q: We truly enjoyed your big promos where players could win a trip into space and win a meet-and-greet with the Royal Panda Baby. Are you planning anything spectacular like this in the near future?
A: We’re glad you enjoyed them! One of the things we love to do is offer our players the chance to experience something truly extraordinary – whether that’s meeting a panda in China, entering Earth’s orbit, eating a 40kg chocolate egg, or cruising the streets in a car that’s been tricked out to look like a panda. And obviously, dreaming up new and exciting ideas is an ongoing process.
We don’t have anything we can announce at the moment, but we’ve certainly got some nice ideas up our sleeves. We’re sure our players will love them!
Q: Could you shed some light on your plans for the December promotions?
A: It’s going to be busy, that’s for sure. I don’t want to ruin the surprise(s) we have in store, but I’m very confident our players will have a royal good time with the promotions and bonuses we’ve lined up. And there’ll be some amazing prizes to win as well. It’ll be great.
Q: Why is the casino named Royal Panda?
A: We wanted a brand that really stood out from the crowd, and one that people would instantly associate with fun and a deluxe experience. Which is how we arrived at Royal Panda. Royalty is widely associated with luxury, so it made perfect sense to go with that. And as well as being adored around the world, pandas symbolise fun and enjoyment in many cultures.
Furthermore, we wanted a concept that would also work well as a mascot, and the notion of a royal panda really worked well. And after a considerable amount of time fine-tuning our Royal Panda mascot, here we are!
Q: What do you think makes NetEnt games so popular?
A: One thing I always like about NetEnt is how often it’s able to match great gameplay with perfect styling. If you take ‘Pyramid: Quest for Immortality’ (which has been very popular with Royal Panda players), it’s been widely praised for its strong gameplay. But the Egyptian theme suits that gameplay down to the ground, and the quality of the artwork and the animation really helps bring the game to life. And such attention to detail can be key in making a great game stand out.
Q: What are the plans for 2016? Is there anything big and/or new happening at Royal Panda?
A: We’ve got some great new games coming next year, which we’re sure our players are going to love – starting with a very special branded slot, Guns N Roses, in January. And there’ll also be some great new additions to our Loyal Panda shop, some of which will be especially interesting if you’re a NetEnt fan.
Following the successful launch of the German-language version of Royal Panda a couple of months ago, we’ll be adding more languages to the site in the 2016. And we’re already in discussions with some new game providers, to help broaden our games line-up moving forwards – although again, we can’t reveal specific details at this point in time.
And naturally, we’ll be looking to deliver the same great experience we have since launch: incredible games, brilliant bonuses and promotions, and first-rate customer service.
Q: Do you see any new trends coming up in the online casino industry?
A: One thing that has been very nice is the sheer rate at which the games we offer are improving. Take one of our latest slots for instance, Koi Princess: not only does it have the broadest number of gameplay features I’ve seen in a slot for ages, the quality of the styling and animation is incredible. And it’s all playable straight from within a browser.
When you compare it to some of the slots that were coming out even two or three years ago, you can see how much things have moved on. And the greater the variation and quality we can offer, the better it is for players.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with us and our players?
A: Keep an eye on Royal Panda throughout December, because you’re in for a royal good festive season!
Our Exclusive Royal Panda Welcome Bonus
We have teamed up with Royal Panda to offer our readers extra goodies on top of the already lucrative welcome package you can expect to receive when you register with the casino. All you need to do is follow out link to the site from our Royal Panda casino page, and sign up and you will automatically be assigned 10 fantastic free spins on NetEnt’s Starburst, the popular slot that seems so appropriate for a regal panda given all its shiny jewels.
After you’ve played your free spins, simply make your first deposit and Royal Panda will double it, up to a maximum of €300 in bonus cash, giving you plenty of booty to play with. This offer is also for our readers only and sits favourably against Royal Panda’s standard first deposit bonus of 100% up to a maximum of €100, which is still generous in itself.
Once you are a registered member, don’t forget to look out for future promotions and see if you can win something really special thanks to this very special posh panda!