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Last week we reported on how our sister site Latest Casino Bonuses was able to force 2WinPower to remove some pirated games. This week, the team is back on the prowl, and this time they found pirated casino games at Hera Casino.
The investigation began when several players took to the site's forum to report that slots were behaving strangely. Looking into the games the casino definitely was hosting pirated games. The first game to prove pirated was Pragmatic Play's Dragon Kingdom, which was virtually identical to the original. The only tell was that the game was hosted on the Hera Casino website, not on the original servers. Another pirated game was Super Heroes from Yggdrasil. Once again, the copy was identical but not hosted on Yggdrasil's servers.
Pirated games are a big no-no for online casino players. In addition to being stolen intellectual property, they are almost altered with random number generators, payouts, bonuses, and other key dynamics changed.
A quick look at the Hera Casino website also revealed the fraudulent use of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission logo in the footer of the page. As far as we can tell neither Hera nor its Curacao domiciled operating company, Arm Securities Ltd, are licensed by the UKGC. Clicking the logo takes you straight to the casino's registration page instead of the UKGC hosted licensing page that you would expect to see.
We urge all players to avoid casinos caught using pirated software, and we will continue to blacklist sites that knowingly offer pirated games to players.