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Revealed: The public’s all-time favourite on-screen characters of film, TV and gaming



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  • If search volume equated to Instagram followers, the Joker could charge $102k (£74.5k) for a sponsored post 
  • Rachel Green has the most Instagram posts hashtagged with her name of all sitcom characters (1 million) 
  • Pennywise, Chucky and Jigsaw are the most searched-for horror characters 
  • Games featuring Pikachu rake in highest revenue ($90 billion/£65.9 billion) of all the top gaming characters 

There are hundreds of iconic characters from film, TV and gaming who will forever be household names. But which characters are the public’s all-time favourites? New research by Currys looked at online search volumes and social media posts that talked about some of the most famous personalities from various media genres. Below you can find out who topped each list as the most legendary icons of their genre.

The most iconic gaming characters

  • If search volume equated to Instagram followers, Sonic could charge $67k (£48.9k) for a sponsored post 
  • Pikachu has the most Instagram posts hashtagged with his name of all gaming characters (7.4 million) 
  • Mario has appeared in the most games of all characters (259) 
  • Total revenue for the Pokemon game series ($90 billion/£65.9 billion) is higher than any other game, with second-placed Mario Bros lagging far behind ($30.3 billion/£22.2 billion) 

The world of gaming has transformed over the decades, but is it the high-definition characters of today that are the fan favourites, or the iconic cartoons of decades gone by? The answer appears to be the latter. The ever-so-speedy Sonic the Hedgehog raced to the top of the search volume ranks, followed by Pikachu and Pac-Man. It’s a similar story on Instagram, with Pikachu, Mario and Sonic receiving the most posts.

Rank Character Global Monthly Search volume No. of Insta posts with name hashtagged
1 Sonic 6,700,000 3,273,487
2 Pikachu 3,700,000 7,430,874
3 Pac-man 3,000,000 1,642,920
4 Mario 2,100,000 5,559,810
5 Big Boss 712,500 2,800,000
6 Luigi 641,200 1,300,000
7 Lara Croft 607,700 735,000
8 Kratos 571,900 654,000
9 Yoshi 556,700 1,800,000
10 Diablo 490,900 1,100,000

The most terrifying horror characters

  • If search volume equated to Instagram followers, Pennywise could charge $15k (£10.9k) for a sponsored post 
  • Pennywise has the most Instagram posts hashtagged with his name of all horror characters (2 million) 
  • Hannibal Lecter has the highest average IMDb rating (rated 7.2) 

Although many of us would probably rather forget some of the most memorable horror characters, the fact that we can’t makes them all the more iconic. Taking first place for search volume and number of Instagram posts is killer clown Pennywise, who has really had a lasting impact on audiences. He’s followed by evil doll Chucky and Saw’s murderous mastermind Jigsaw in terms of search volume, and Dracula and Halloween’s Michael Myers in number of Instagram posts.

Rank Character Global monthly search volume No. of Insta posts with name hashtagged
1 Pennywise AKA IT 1,500,000 2,000,000
2 Chucky 1,400,000 1,100,000
3 Jigsaw 967,000 844,000
4 Freddy Krueger 943,000 991,000
5 Michael Myers 798,000 1,200,000
6 Frankenstein’s Monster 673,900 124,000
7 Hannibal Lecter 635,000 332,000
8 Dracula 632,000 1,500,000
9 Slenderman 579,500 517,000
10 Eli 324,100 1,000,000

The Best-loved sitcom characters

  • If search volume equated to Instagram followers, Mr Bean could charge $11k (£8k) for a sponsored post 
  • Rachel Green has the most Instagram posts hashtagged with her name of all sitcom characters (1 million) 
  • Rachel, Monica, Ross and Phoebe from Friends have the joint highest average IMDb rating (rated 8.9)

There have been plenty of memorable sitcoms over the decades, each attracting die-hard fan bases. So, it’s interesting to see that the data reveals a landslide victory for Friends, with the cast beaten only by Mr Bean in search volume. Not only does this suggest that Friends could be the most iconic sitcom of all time, but it also answers the question many Friends fans have been dying to know – who is the most popular ‘Friend’? It turns out the on-screen couple, Ross and Rachel both take the crowns.

Rank Character Global monthly search volume No. of Insta posts with name hashtagged
1 Mr Bean 1,100,000 568,000
2 Ross Geller 589,300 932,000
3 Rachel Green 509,400 1,000,000
4 Monica Geller 491,700 969,000
5 Joey Tribbiani 470,000 957,000
6 Will Smith 364,000 247,000
7 Phoebe Buffay 338,000 812,000
8 Bart Simpson 303,000 590,000
9 Jerry Seinfeld 273,000 125,000
10 Homer Simpson 266,000 688,000

The most legendary superheroes and villains

  • The Joker, Spider-Man and Black Panther are the most searched-for superheroes and villains in the world 
  • Batman has the most Instagram posts hashtagged with his name of all superheroes and villains (28.2 million) 
  • Black Panther has the highest average IMDb rating for all films he has featured in (rated 8.1) 

Who steals the title as the greatest superhero is a popular topic of debate. As is the Marvel vs. DC Comics rivalry. To settle these disputes once and for all, the data reveals that Batman, and his nemesis the Joker, take the victory as the most-searched-for and posted about characters. But if we’re basing the win on a majority vote, Marvel and DC Comics are neck and neck, with five characters each ranking in the top 10 – leaving the competition very much open between the two market leaders.

Rank Character Global monthly search volume No. of Insta posts with name hashtagged
1 Joker 10,200,000 13,700,000
2 Spider-Man 7,200,000 20,500,000
3 Black Panther 4,400,000 6,000,000
4 Wonder Woman 3,800,000 9,300,000
5 Iron Man 3,400,000 16,600,000
6 Batman 3,200,000 28,200,000
7 Harley Quinn 3,200,000 6,600,000
8 Thor 2,800,000 10,900,000
9 Deadpool 2,700,000 6,100,000
10 Aquaman 2,600,000 2,500,000


The top characters were identified using Google searches for the “top sitcom characters”, etc. From this, a list of approximately 100 characters was curated for each category, which was narrowed down to 15 based on the highest search volumes (found using SEMRush). Instagram hashtag counts are based on the number of posts hashtagged with the characters’ names, e.g. #Sonic, etc. Potential Instagram earnings were calculated by using the search volume for each character as a hypothetical ‘follower count’. With these figures, we calculated an earning per post based on an unspoken industry standard rate of $100 per 10,000 followers. IMDb ratings were calculated by averaging the IMDb rating of all TV shows or films the character has featured in. For gaming, we identified the total number of games the characters have featured in.

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At Least $150M Up For Grabs In GGPoker’s WSOP Winter Circuit



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GGPoker today announces the latest iteration of the WSOP Winter Circuit online tournament series, which runs from December 4 through January 9. With at least $150,000,000 in prizes to be won, this year’s WSOP Winter Circuit is the richest yet.

As in previous years, the tournament series is headlined by 18 ring events, each awarding the winning player both a coveted WSOP Gold Ring and the lion’s share of the prize money. The series is further comprised of a full schedule of side events and satellite tournaments.

The series highlights include:


  • #18 $1,700 WSOP Winter Circuit MAIN EVENT – Final Day on January 9 – $10,000,000 GTD

  • #1 BIG 50 Bounty MILLION$ Kick-Off – Final Stage on December 5 – $1,000,000 GTD

  • #2 $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Rollers NLH – Day 2 on December 5 – $5,000,000 GTD

  • #6 $1,500 Merry MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – Final Day on December 12 – $1M for 1st place winner – $5,000,000 GTD

  • #15 $210 New Year’s MYSTERY BOUNTY – Final Stage on January 2 – $250K top bounty – $2,023,000 GTD


All WSOP Winter Circuit ring event winners will receive an exclusive invitation to the WSOP Million Dollar Freeroll in Las Vegas in 2023. The winner of the $1,700 Main Event will also be invited to join GGPoker’s Team Champions, alongside previous main event winners.

“As always, just as winter starts cooling things down, GGPoker heats the poker world back up again with the blazing excitement of the WSOP Winter Circuit,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “There’s more to be won than ever before, along with WSOP gold and tournament glory – it’s time to take a seat and claim your ring!”

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

To learn more about WSOP Winter Circuit, please visit:

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Azerion – H1/2022 highlights



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Azerion is scheduled to host its first Strategy Deep Dive and release its Q3 2022 results announcement on Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 8:00 CEST (7:00 BST), therefore they wanted to use this opportunity to look back and reflect on all the amazing projects we’ve accomplished over the last few months.

Mergers & Acquisitions
For the second half of the year, Azerion has been growing its portfolio as well as its global footprint with a number of acquisitions as a complement to its organic growth. They’ve brought together a great diversity of offerings and capabilities to one global powerhouse, creating a new world of opportunities for us.

As a leading digital entertainment and media company, they are reaching more people in more ways. Azerion is adding value to our audiences and increasing access to their advertising and digital publishers around the world. For example, they now have new innovative formats added to our proprietary portfolio of ad formats, thanks to Vlyby (video advertising), Targetspot (audio advertising), Madvertise (mobile formats), and AdPlay (digital out-of-home advertising). They strengthened their direct sales to advertisers with [M]Media in the Netherlands and TakeRate in Italy). Lastly, they’ve optimized services to advertisers and publishers along with Hybrid Theory (campaign performance management) and AdPlay (publisher monetization services).

Azerion is expanding our geographic footprint – in Europe, the UK, US, and APAC region – to become faster and more competitive. From these acquisitions they are launching new products, expanding our investments in digital advertising, and vigorously building our offerings to keep growing for many years to come.

Partnerships & Collaborations
Azeion’s partnership announcements are always pretty big news. During the second half of the year, they extended their partnership with Ajax eSports, partnered with Cool Cats to increase the utility of NFT’s within Habbo, and added a large selection of games to GameDistribution with Gameloft and Ubisoft Nano.

They were once again voted the best Digital Media Owner in the Autumn Award surveyed by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in the UK. Also, they had won the Spring award in May and this time they achieved the highest score in the history of the survey. This is a great recognition of their integrated value proposition to advertisers.

In November, they also announced the results of their brand survey on attention measurement, revealing that their digital advertising formats drive up to 20x higher attention compared to standard formats.

Premium Games
They had a lot of exciting advancements regarding their premium games lately, specifically in Habbo and Hotel Hideaway! Most notably, they’ve partnered with ITV studios, with Love Island opening a virtual villa in Hotel Hideaway to create social experiences and opportunities for brands and players. The branded room attracted 3 million visits in 30 days with 46,000 daily visitors on average, spending an average of 52 mins in total over the period.

In August, Habbo launched its new app, available for Android. Not long after that, Habbo followed with the launch of its new Habbo iOS app. Android and iOS users can now have a much smoother, fully-fledged cross-play experience in Habbo.

Another big win for Azerion was to be crowned the winner in the “Top European Metaverse Platform” at the first annual European Metaverse Summit & Awards 2022. These awards are just this beginning, and they promise that there are many more milestones to follow!

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Rhys Hamilton Joins SOFTSWISS as Head of VIP Player Support



Rhys Hamilton Joins SOFTSWISS as Head of VIP Player Support
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SOFTSWISS is delighted to announce that Rhys Hamilton has joined the company as Head of VIP at Managed Services. In this role, Rhys will be responsible for reinforcing the VIP service with cutting-edge analytics and unique segmentation to drive VIP value and retention and maximise revenue growth.

As a customer-centric iGaming expert, at SOFTSWISS Rhys Hamilton will apply his vast knowledge and profound industry experience to empower the VIP Player Support team. 

Rhys brings over 18+ years of expertise across multiple roles in iGaming companies. Before joining SOFTSWISS, Mr Hamilton worked as Head of Casino at League of Entertainment, and Head of VIP at Casumo and Hero Gaming.  

I am really excited to bring the heat to SOFTSWISS at a time when the growth of the company is rocketing. Taking the lead of the VIP team, I look forward to developing a winning combination of Gold Star service for VIPs in a responsible and sustainable way”, ​​Rhys Hamilton, Head of VIP at SOFTSWISS, comments on his new role. 

“We are confident that the extensive expertise of Rhys will boost SOFTSWISS’ service level in working with the VIP sector and make our communication more personalised. In addition, we’re going to deep dive into VIP analytics and, as a result, increase the VIP segment’s revenue”, says Anastasia Vyshinskaia, Head of SOFTSWISS Managed Services. 

Having moved from Gibraltar, Rhys Hamilton joined SOFTSWISS’ office in Malta. Now the company is focused on expanding its presence in the island nation, well-known as an iGaming hub, and is looking for iGaming specialists to strengthen the team. 


SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,500+ employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus.  SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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