Tonights edition of Game On - Interview with app manager Apos
Hello and welcome to tonight’s edition of Game On, the chat show where we talk to leading figures of the iGaming industry!
I’m your host Leo the Lion and tonight we’ll be talking to Apos, App Manager for leading mobile gaming company LeoVegas about their award-winning LeoVegas App. It was recently voted the best app for playing casino on your mobile.
So without further ado, let’s welcome Apos to the interviewee’s couch. [crowd claps vigorously]
Leo: Welcome Apos. I’m not sure there’s any other way to start this other than to ask you: you’re called Apos and you’re an App Manager. Is that a coincidence or is there more to it than that?
Apos: Thanks Leo, it’s always great to be here. Let’s just say you’re not the first person to ask me that! Yeah, it’s just a coincidence.
My full name is Apostolos and remember that when I was born there was no such thing as an App; it really is just a coincidence. Or maybe it was my destiny…[Apos smiles]
“People love their mobiles and feel connected to them. They’re a big part of our lives and it’s always been our goal for our players to have the same experience on their mobiles…”
LeoVegas – King of Mobile Gaming
Leo: So tell us a bit about LeoVegas and how it all started…
Apos: Well, we’ve been around since 2012 and our objective has always been the same one and that’s to be the Number One online operator when it comes to mobile gaming, which obviously includes having the best gambling app for both Android and iPhones. That’s still the case now. We’re in 2016, Leo.
People love their mobiles and feel connected to them. They’re a big part of our lives and it’s always been our goal for our players to have the same experience on their mobiles as they would on their Laptop and PC. That’s what having the leading casino app is all about.
Leo: The fact you won the Mobile Operator of the Year award at the 2016 E Gaming Review (EGR) Nordics Awards suggest you’ve achieved that already. In what areas do you think your app excelled, to make you the judge’s choice for such a prestigious award?
The best gambling app
Apos: Well, Leo, I think the three main areas were:
- Being just one click away from all the LeoVegas Casino range of games from your Home screen and the speed with which everything works.
- A superb experience that includes such things as Full HD on certain live casino games.
- Native features such as Touch ID (iOS)
You want to get to your favourite games as quickly as possible and on the LeoVegas App you’re always just one click away from doing that. Besides, something else you want is to watch your favourite movies and TV shows in HD, right?
I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad fan and I know that I wouldn’t settle for anything less than HD quality when I watch them. It just wouldn’t be the same! It’s the same with casino: you want to be playing live casino with the best possible picture, too.
And then there’s Touch ID. Security is essential when playing any casino games just like it is with online banking. Touch ID isn’t just a fast way of logging in; it’s also the most secure way possible.
“A lot of empty pizza boxes and cans of Red Bull have been left lying around the office over the years as we worked through the night; those first few years weren’t easy at all.”
Leo: And how did it feel for a relatively young company to be winning such a prestigious award?
Apos: It felt great. I can’t believe we’re winning awards like that after just four years, either. A lot of hard work has gone into reaching the stage we’re at right now. A lot of empty pizza boxes and cans of Red Bull have been left lying around the office over the years as we worked through the night; those first few years weren’t easy at all.
There are a lot of people I should be here thanking personally but there are just too many to mention. But above all, we should be thanking our players. They’re the ones we work for and they’re the ones who allow us to win awards like that. We went around building the ultimate mobile gambling app with them in mind.
Best App In Terms of: Slot Games & Design
Leo: Now, I understand there’s actually a category at the International Gaming Awards (IGA) just for accomplishments in terms of apps and it’s called, very originally [Leo laughs] …the App Awards. And the LeoVegas App was voted:
- IGA Best Slots App of the Year 2015
- IGA Best Slots Game App of the Year 2015
- IGA Best App Design 2016…
Apos: That’s right. Essentially we were voted as having the best casino app so that means: best casino app for Android, best casino app for iPhone and best casino app for iPad.
It’s always great to be recognised by your peers and I’m just really lucky to have been given the resources I needed to make the best mobile casino app out there, which was our primary goal. I’m about 5 kilos heavier from all that pizza but I think the awards suggest it was all worth it.
Leo: And I understand you’re not just getting recognition in terms of awards. The review sites are full of praise for the LeoVegas App as well…
Apos: That’s true, Leo. On luckymobileslots.com which just reviews casinos from a mobile perspective, we’re listed as the best casino when it comes to mobile and have been given full marks on other review sites as well.
Leo: Now look, Apos. I won’t lie to you. I have a LeoVegas account and I also have plenty of other accounts with other online casinos but can personally vouch for the fact that yours really is the best casino game app. But for those in the audience and watching on TV who don’t: in what way is the LeoVegas App the best gambling app out there?
Questions from the audience
Leo: Ok Apos, this is the time of the show where we give a few members of the audience a chance to ask you a few questions. You ok with that?
Apos: As long as they’re not about cooking, Leo. The only thing I know how to make is a reservation…at a restaurant.
Leo: [Laughs]. I hear you, Apos! Ok, the gentleman in the blue sweater and the Ferrari cap. What’s your name, sir?
Best App for Iphone & Android
Mike: Call me Mike. Ok, so Apos…I’m a huge fan of the LeoVegas App and for me it’s the premier app for playing online slots on my iPhone. I’ve got the app for other casinos but I really find yours is streets ahead of the competition. What’s the secret to your success?
Apos: Maybe all those pizzas were sprinkled with some special tomato sauce that made us see the light, Mike. No, seriously. I think what makes LeoVegas different is that we had mobile in mind before we launched as a website. Most companies do it the other way around. They launch the website with desktop in mind and then have a problem to solve when they realise they have to offer a mobile version as well…
Because we were always thinking ‘’how will this look on mobile?’’ or ‘’will this create a problem on mobile?’’ from the very start, we were prepared for all that already when the app came. I think that explains why it’s the best casino app on the market right now.
Leo: Ok, one more. The brunette lady with the white blouse wearing a ponytail. What’s your name, please?
Donna: Hi, I’m Donna. I’ve actually got two questions. Apos, I have a LeoVegas account but don’t have the LeoVegas App yet because I tend to use an Ipad and I’m not sure the experience will be as good as on iPhone or Android. Do I need to worry? And secondly, is there anything I can’t do on the app that I can do on desktop?
Best app for Ipad
Apos: Hi Donna. Well, both questions have very simple answers. Firstly, you don’t have to worry at all. As far as we’re concerned at LeoVegas, all mobile devices deserve the same respect and consideration so it will all look exactly the same, irrespective of your choice of screen in your pocket.
And secondly, no. You really should be able to do anything on the app that you’d do on desktop. When you login, you’ll see all the same top games featured on the main screen. For example:
- You’ll be able to access all the same Account Management options as you would on your laptop and they’re all just a couple of taps away. That includes speedy withdrawals of winnings and being able to play the welcome bonus (or any other bonus) via your mobile.
- We’ve got all the same slots from 10 different providers through the app that we do on desktop and;
- You’ll be able to access your favourites in the same easy way rather than having to find them. You can also play table games, video poker, mobile scratch cards and even Evolution Live Casino on your mobile as well.
It’s also important to highlight the user experience element of it in more general terms. The layout is clean and simple and accessing all the games has a super quick loading time.
Leo: Well, that really is all we have time for tonight. You’ve been a wonderful audience. Apos great to see you as ever and thanks for explaining to us why the LeoVegas App really is the best app for casino games.
Folks, remember you can click on the buttons next to your seat to download the LeoVegas App if you haven’t already. Or you can choose to make a deposit in super quick time if you have the app already.