December in the game, with Aristocrat, Fetitta, Romania and India


As a year in which normalcy has returned with many draws to a close, and increasingly fleeting glances begin to be cast at what lies ahead, CasinoBeats once again revisits unexpected 12 full months. ups and downs and everything in between.

As many eagerly awaited the end of another year of distinct challenges, despite the immediate future that seems bleak for many as Omicron continued its global spread, the UKGC penalized even more social responsibility and failures. AML, Playtech continued to be a key topic of conversation, and as one deal was finalized, a merger failed.

Feature of the month

Evolution’s Bonanza slot continued to outperform Scientific Games’ 88 Fortunes in North American online casino jurisdictions, Eilers-Fantini reported.

The two continued to occupy the top spots in the group’s latest “Online Gaming Performance Report” for December, which also saw the Extra Chilli title of the first complete the top three spots on the slots rankings.

As a wave of games surged into the top 25, such as Double Da Vinci Diamonds from High 5 Games and Dolphin Reef from SG, only Tiger Lord and Big Piggy Bonus from AGS and Inspired, respectively, became the only new ones. entrants in the ranking of slot machines.

Overall, International Game Technology’s Blackjack continued to lead the way, ahead of the aforementioned Bonanza as well as Live Dealer Roulette by Evolution, which had seven titles in the top 25.

The new entrants both come through the Evolution group as First Person Blackjack and Blackjack Surrender, from the company’s NetEnt brand, have joined the roster.

The Eilers-Fantini Online Game Performance Report collects monthly game performance data directly from online operators to track game performance in the region’s igaming ecosystem, with the ambition to grow the base data in the same way as that of its Land Games Performance Index.

The December analysis used data from 25 online casino sites in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia, and grew to track 22,682 games.

In the news

The UK Gambling Commission made headlines again until December after taking regulatory action against Buzz Group, which was ordered to pay a fine of £ 780,000 after the discovery of social responsibility and money laundering breaches silver.

In addition, the company, which operates the games portal, has also received a formal warning for the failures, which the regulator says occurred between October 2019 and December 2020.

While Playtech has approved the sale of the company’s financial trading division, Finalto, to Gopher Investments, meeting one of the key conditions for the eventual takeover of the company by Aristocrat Leisure, JKO Play has been given a deadline. 5:00 p.m. on January 5, 2022, either to announce a firm intention to make a takeover bid or to withdraw.

Elsewhere, Fertitta Entertainment paid $ 33 million to Fast Acquisition following the mutual termination of a merger deal, as Broadway Gaming struck a deal worth $ 50 million to acquire the bingo business. B2C of the 888 group, as well as its B2B counterpart, Dragonfish.

Recommended reading

In the first of a pair of countrywatch projectors, Romania becomes the center of attention, with a population of just under 20 million, one of the fastest average internet speeds in the world, and an industry From the well-established land game, the country has, at first glance, all the conditions to be one of the most attractive in Europe.

For the latest updates, trends and opportunities for the region’s online casinos, Catalin Negoita, Commercial Director at Kalamba Games; Vladimir Malakchi, Commercial Director of Evoplay; Robert Lee, Commercial Director at Realistic Games; and Michael Probert, director of business strategy at iSoftBet; delivered an update.

India has also emerged as a priority in the last month of the year, with the region having the potential to be one of the largest online gambling markets in the world, but it is not without challenges.

A patchwork of regulations, a vast country with huge cultural differences and unique player preferences are just a few of the hurdles that need to be overcome.

CasinoBeats spoke with Andrei Beu, CCO of Gamingtec; David Mann, CCO of Swintt; and Pang Goh, director of business development at Ezugi; take a closer look at the current situation in the country and what operators need to do if they are to unlock the full potential of the market

Videos of the month

Soo Kim, President of Bally’s Corporation and Keynote Speaker on Day One of the SBC Summit North America, told SBC why this is a great time to be a part of the gaming industry, how the group will stand out crowds in the New York market, and what to expect in 2022.

Bill Miller, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association, Says Responsible Gaming is at the Heart of the Industry’s Success, Goodwill with the American Public and Politics, Why He’s Never Seen Nothing to go as fast as sports betting, and what’s to come for the industry in 2022.


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