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20 Years in Gaming – 5 Breakout Trends

George Miller



20 Years in Gaming - 5 Breakout Trends
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The last 20 years of gaming have undoubtedly stood as the most extensive yet experienced. With leaps in technology, this world has opened up possibilities like never before, possibilities which continue to expand with each new console and piece of gaming tech. Taking five key examples from the past 20 years, we want to look at where these originated, what made them special, and what influence they hold to this day.

PUBG: Battle Royale Genre – 2017

In the first few days of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, when it remained a mod for ARMA 3, the game was much-celebrated, but rarely embraced by the masses. Once it found its official release as a standalone product in 2017, however, the game quickly found international fame.

At its all-time peak, PUBG had over 3.2 million concurrent players, according to the official Steam Charts. It might have eventually lost the battleground popularity contest to Fortnite, but there is no doubt the genre started with PUBG.

DOTA: MOBA Games – 2004

Another game which started as a mod, Defence of the Ancients was originally a fan-made addition to Warcraft 3. Eventually proving more popular than the base game, the rights would eventually be bought by Valve, who went on to create the sequel.

Modern DOTA 2 currently stands as the most popular competitive eSports game off all time, as illustrated by the yearly tournament The International. According to the DOTA 2 Prize Pool Tracker, 2019 had over $32 million of prizes on the line, a number that since 2014, has only been growing.

Casino Gaming: Digital Betting – 2008

Despite having their start in 1996, it took over a decade for online casino games to really find their feet. Now worth close $60 billion in 2020, the expansion of this market has been near-unprecedented while showing no signs of slowing down.

Online betting games, while always popular on PC, saw significant success when translated to mobile devices. Now games like bingo are accessible to anyone and everyone, with services that focus on omni-channel solutions which have offered the most in pushing the envelope and customer-friendly engagement across multiple platforms.

World of Warcraft: MMORPGs – 2004

World of Warcraft (WoW) was hardly the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game, but it was the one which raised the public visibility of MMORPGs into the public eye. At its peak in 2012, WoW boasted a massive 12 million subscribers, bringing developers Blizzard around $180 million a month in subscription fees alone.

Even today, WoW remains popular, with many other MMOs borrowing from the patterns which it established so long ago. It might not hold the prestige it once did, but there is little doubt that Warcraft is the most influential MMO in gaming history.

Minecraft: Creative Gaming – 2009

When it comes to creative gaming, none have matched the force that Minecraft has. Originally borrowing the idea from a game called Infiniminer, Minecraft would bring people of all ages together in the pursuit to tame and then dominate their creative worlds. Both as a vanilla package and as one supported by the modding community, Minecraft offers near-endless opportunities. In fact, according to some basic math, the total hypothetical area of a Minecraft world is equal to about 8 times the surface of the earth.

Of course, given the size of modern gaming, these 5 examples only scratch the surface of what is out there. Make no mistake though, if you’ve played any digital games within the last 20 years, chances are you’ve felt the influence of this list in some way or another, and this influence is only going to grow more pronounced.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 27-August 2

Niji Narayan



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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week at the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, financial results and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, has officially entered into the Indiana Sports Betting Market. Unibet is now available to bettors in the Hoosier State, adding to Indiana’s already impressive sports betting landscape.

Online casino and sports betting operator Rush Street Interactive (RSI) and blank-check company dMY Technology Group have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. As a result of the transaction, RSI will become a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Financial Results

Newgioco Group has announced its operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2020. The Company reported a strong quarter in spite of global economic difficulties and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Newgioco reported a year over year increase in revenue from $9.3 million to $10.2 million generated from $116 million in turnover (betting handle) during Q1 2020 which represents an increase in revenue of 9.8% over Q1 2019.


FanDuel Group has entered into a multifaceted, betting-focused partnership with The Ringer. As part of the deal, FanDuel has been designated the exclusive sportsbook, racing and fantasy sports partner of the multimedia sports and pop culture content hub created by Bill Simmons.

Transaction technologies supplier JCM Global has entered into a partnership agreement with Cash Processing Solutions which enables JCM to supply advanced high-speed count/sort equipment and cash management software in North America.

Global Payments Gaming Solutions, a division of Global Payments, has announced that Wynn Resorts has implemented its suite of igaming solutions for use in the New Jersey online gaming market. Through Global’s igaming solutions, Wynn Resorts can enable a multi-channel approach, with an online casino and sports betting.


Mozzart, one of the leading sports betting and gaming companies in Eastern Europe, has acquired Meridianbet, the betting firm licensed by Colombian regulator Coljuegos since 2018. Meridianbet has been rebranded as Mozzartbet.

HeadsUp Entertainment International Inc has entered into the final stage of negotiations to acquire a licensed online sportsbook and online casino platform. HeadsUp revealed that is in the final stages of a deal to acquire between 50% and 100% of shares of the company, which has processed over $110m in wagers and reported over $5.2m in revenue in the past four years.

Soo Kim, the co-founder of hedge-fund giant Standard General, has scooped up three casinos on the cheap since the pandemic struck in March. The three acquired casinos are Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, Eldorado’s namesake property in Shreveport and Eldorado’s Montbleu in Lake Tahoe.

New Launching

Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) has launched its first-ever The Hunt for Neptune’s Gold lounge at Osage Casino Hotel, Tulsa on July 31. The 1100 square foot gaming space is adjacent to the hotel lobby and offers 32 of The Hunt for Neptune’s Gold games on the Helix XT cabinet.

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced that it will launch its BetAmerica sports betting and iGaming platform in Michigan through a partnership with the Hannahville Indian Community.


Las Vegas-based GameCo LLC has received a Casino Service Industry Enterprise License from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The company is now able to bring its diverse portfolio of esports betting, skill-based iGaming and Video Game Gambling products to casinos and sportsbooks in New Jersey.

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Scottish Casinos and Bingo Halls Set to Reopen on August 24

Niji Narayan



Scottish Casinos and Bingo Halls Set to Reopen on August 24
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the country’s casinos and bingo halls are provisionally set to reopen on August 24. Scotland is currently implementing phase three of its four-stage plan to ease restrictions that are in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Scotland’s 11 casinos, which employ around 800 people, have also gone above and beyond what is required to ensure their venues are COVID-secure. They include Perspex screens, hand sanitisation equipment, track and tracing mechanisms and social distancing measures.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “We are delighted that casinos and bingo halls in Scotland have finally been given a date to re-open.

“They have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, and it’s great that this has been recognised by the Scottish Government.

“We’re already looking forward to casinos in England opening their doors again this weekend, and I hope that their Welsh colleagues will soon be receiving the same good news.

“I’m also very pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to our concerns about betting shops having to switch off their gaming machines. It’s great that they will be back on again from 24 August.”

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Klirr Pay N Play Casino Set to Go Live This September

Niji Narayan



Klirr Pay N Play Casino Set to Go Live This September
Reading Time: < 1 minute, a pure new Trustly Pay N Play casino brand, is set to go live this September. The new iGaming venue is entirely localised for and will attract players from Finland and Sweden, two of Scandinavia’s most lucrative markets.

Klirr will be going live with a relatively rich catalogue of gaming titles from some of the finest game creators and suppliers in the industry.

The new online casino will give its players access to more than 1000 games from the likes of Big Time Gaming, Kalamba Games, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Evolution Gaming, Relax Gaming, Stakelogic and more when it goes live this coming September. Slots, table games and live casino titles will be included in games to become available.

Powered by the iGaming platform of The Mill Adventure, Klirr has been developed with a focus on web, promising gaming experience for “snappy” players. The website will provide help via email and live chat 24/7.

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