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Are slots losing popularity?

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What are the most popular games? What iGaming providers have achieved the greatest success? SOFTSWISS, an innovative company providing a complete ecosystem of comprehensive software solutions, shares valuable insights across regional markets.

The analysis presented is based on the Game Aggregator data spanning the second half of 2022 and the first half of 2023.

 

Europe

Slot games remain popular in Europe, even though they lost around five p.p. during H2 2022 and H1 2023. Despite this decline, their market share still exceeds 80% among the other gaming categories. In contrast,  card games improved their position by almost four p.p.

The top five most popular game categories underwent minor changes in Q2 2023. The Total Bets Sum in Craps games saw a substantial increase, growing 2.7 times in comparison to the previous quarter. This boost in performance secured the fifth position for this type of games in the top rankings, displacing casual games.

 

Gates of Olympys, Big Bamboo and Midas Golden Touch emerged as some  of the most popular games during the past year. Notably, the landscape of top games exhibited significant variations from quarter to quarter.

In the European gaming sector of 2022-2023,  top-performing game providers include Amatic, Amusnet (EGT), BGaming, Evolution, Pragmatic Play, Push Gaming, and Relax Gaming. Their positions in the rankings experienced subtle shifts from quarter to quarter.

 

Asia

The top five most popular game categories in Asia have exhibited a consistent trend since the final quarter of 2022. Slot games hold a prominent position  in the asian gaming landscape, with their  market share exceeding 80% compared to other categories.

 

Gates of Olympys claimed the title of the most popular game in Asia in Q4 2022, and has maintained its leading position since. Meanwhile, another popular game, Bonanza Billion, has experienced fluctuations in its rankings within  the top five since the end of the previous year. The Total Bets Sums of Aviator increased twofold during the first half of this year, propelling the game into a leadership position.  In contrast, the once-popular game, Hot Fruits, lost its foothold in the top rankings during the second quarter of 2023.

As for the most successful game providers in Asia, it should be noted that Evolution, Pragmatic Play and BGaming have continually jostled for positions within the top five over  the past four quarters under review. Play’n Go and Amatic ceded their places in the rankings  to 1spin4win and Amusnet (EGT), with the latter heading the list in Q2 2023.

Tatyana Kaminskaya, Head of SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator, comments: “The popularity of the Aviator game can be explained by simple interface and fast payouts. What sets it apart even further is its distinctive gameplay mechanics, which significantly differ from other crush games in the market. Notably, Aviator provides players with the illusion of “control” over the game, adding an extra level of excitement and intrigue.”

 

Latin America

The top five of the most popular game categories in LatAm have remained consistent over the last year, with almost 60% of these categories dominated by  slots.

 

The current top five most popular games are as follows:

Roleta Brasileiri  – 8.27%
Aviator – 5.97%
Gates of Olympus – 5.24%
Sweet Bonanza  – 3.44%
Crazy Time – 3.14%

Notably, Aviator surged to the top in Q4 2022, experiencing a significant increase in the Total Bets Sum, nearly 170 mln euro more in comparison with the previous quarter. This success propelled its provider, Spribe, from the tenth place in Q3 2022 to the fourth in Q2 2023, displacing Play’n GO from the top five. Other providers, specifically Pragmatic Play, Evolution, Playtech, and BGaming, remained  in the top with minor shifts in their rankings over the past year.

The top five most popular games account for approximately 25% of the Total Bets Sum across all games in Latin America, while in Europe and Asia the same covers around 10%. Another noteworthy  market trend is the displacement of slots with roulette, and the growing preference for live games.

Carla Dualid, Regional Business Development Manager at SOFTSWISS in LatAm, comments: “Players in Latin America in the context of online gambling may differ from players in Europe in several ways. Most Latin American players bet through mobile devices and prefer online play. Local casino slot players tend to place small but regular bets, which distinguishes them from European online casino players, who, in turn, bet less frequently, but wager larger sums on slots. Speaking about the LatAm market, we should keep in mind that Brazil is the most active player in it. Such factors as economic potential, increasing Internet penetration, mobile accessibility, and regulatory changes are making the Brazilian market more attractive for operators.”

 

About SOFTSWISS

SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,400 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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BMM Testlabs To Exhibit At Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia June 4-6 At The Venetian Macao, Reinforcing Company’s Global Market Coverage

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BMM Testlabs, the worldߣs original gaming test lab and product certification consultancy, today announced that it is exhibiting at the Global Gaming Expo (Éc;G2EÉd;) Macau June 4-6 at The Venetian Macao.

The Companyߣs stand at the show, A916, will feature BMMߣs management team and experts in testing and compliance from the Asia-Pacific region. BMM has played a critical role for more than 40 years in the Asia-Pacific region, providing expert capabilities to test and certify land-based and digital products for every technical standard adopted by any gaming regulator anywhere in the world ߝ including all GLI standards.

BMMߣs Kirk White, President of Land-Based Gaming, said, Éc;As the premier test lab in the region, we are excited to exhibit at G2E Asia again this year and share our commitment to protecting the industry and all who play, as evidenced by our exceptional customer engagement and responsiveness scores. At the show, weߣll share updates on our global market coverage and the many services that we offer to gaming suppliers and operators, including our full suite of land-based and digital product testing and certification services, QA testing, product performance analysis for revenue and operational risk management, machine inspection services, and security evaluations.Éd;

Another key area of focus for BMM at G2E Asia is meeting with regulators and sharing BMMߣs focus on providing free, state-of-the-art training and education for regulators throughout Asia-Pacific, offered virtually or in person.

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Quezon City Mayor Bans Government Employees from Solaire North Casino

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The mayor of Quezon City, Josefina Belmonte, has said that all officials and employees of her administration are prohibited from entering the soon-to-open Solaire Resort North casino property, being developed in the city by Philippines-listed Bloomberry Resorts Corp.

Belmonte said Solaire North has created an electronic databank consisting of photographs of all 19K city employees that will be used to assist casino security in preventing access to excluded persons.

The mayor was speaking at the inaugural “International Conference on Responsible Gambling and Gaming Addiction”, held in Quezon City and backed by the country’s gaming regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor).

According to Ms Belmonte, an electronic device posted at each entrance of the casino at Solaire Resort North would identify any city government official or employee, barring their access to the gaming venue. Quezon City public servants would still be allowed to visit other areas of the resort, she added.

“Even if one wears a wig, a mask or a hat, one’s face can still be detected using a very sophisticated system,” the mayor said.

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M88 Mansion presents 10th edition of IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest festival at sea, in Korea

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M88 Mansion, one of the biggest and most successful online casinos in Asia, is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest festival at sea, in Korea from May 23 to 26, 2024.

IT’S THE SHIP offers attendees a unique, nonstop party experience for four days and three nights. This year’s festival will sail from the South Korean city of Busan to Nagasaki, Japan, and back aboard the Italian vessel Costa Serena.

Attendees, affectionately known as shipmates, will enjoy performances from this year’s lineup, including headliners Da Tweekaz, Tchami, Yellow Claw, ACRAZE, Afro Bros, Amber Broos, Quintino, and €URO TRA$H. Additionally, M88 Mansion celebrity partner and brand ambassador Maria Ozawa will also adorn this year’s crowd with a special performance.

Shipmates will also enjoy a list of unique activities, sponsored by M88 Mansion, against the scenic Korean coastline, including a live baccarat tournament with a $25,000 prize pool and daily challenges such as Heads Up Poker, Mini Golf Course, Spin the Giant Wheel of Fortune, and a chance to challenge brand ambassador Ozawa in Beer Pong.

As the event’s partner, M88 Mansion will be giving away exclusive M88 Mansion and IT’S THE SHIP merchandise, adding to the excitement of the voyage.

Ben Kee, Partnership Lead of IT’S THE SHIP, shared his excitement about the upcoming voyage.

“IT’S THE SHIP is thrilled to continue our incredible partnership with M88 Mansion with our upcoming maiden charter from Korea. Our previous collaborations have been amazing, and we’re honored to work with a brand whose values and vision are so closely aligned with ours. Together, we have created unforgettable experiences for our shipmates, and we are excited to raise the bar even higher for our next adventure. With M88 Mansion support, we have curated a variety of exciting activities and surprises for our Korean sailing that shipmates can look forward to, and we can’t wait!” said Kee.

M88 Mansion serves as the title sponsor of IT’S THE SHIP Korea 2024 following the successful collaboration between M88 Mansion and IT’S THE SHIP during the Singapore leg in 2023.

The cruise festival has been providing partygoers with electronic music-fueled voyages through Singapore and China since 2014.

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