Dominance of Slots: Overview of Online Casino Gaming Landscape

Quick Intro

A deep dive into the online casino gaming scene for the year 2023 and the emerging trends of early 2024 underscores the continued dominance of slot games, which command over 80 per cent of the market share. However, an examination of player preferences indicates shifting trends among specific games. Utilizing comprehensive data from its renowned Game Aggregator, a pivotal platform for igaming projects, SOFTSWISS unveils insights from an analysis spanning over 300 clients and 16,500 games.

Unwavering Popularity of Slot Games

In the year 2023, slot games emerged as the undisputed champions in the online casino realm, dominating both in terms of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) and Total Bet Count, securing 85.56 per cent of the market. Despite a minor decline to 83 per cent at the onset of 2024, projections suggest that the allure of slot games will persistently hover above the 80 per cent mark.

Pragmatic Play’s Gates of Olympus and Sweet Bonanza led the charge throughout 2023, consistently featuring in the top 10 games. The early months of 2024, however, witnessed a significant shift, with Push Gaming’s Retro Tapes climbing to the top, demoting the erstwhile frontrunners to second and third places.

Growing Interest in Live Dealer Games

Beyond the realm of slots, the gaming landscape is enriched with a variety of genres, including live dealer games, which have cemented their place immediately following slots in terms of popularity.

Live dealer games cater to a distinct audience, drawn to the immersive experience of a live casino setting, often placing higher stakes compared to their slot-playing counterparts. For example, the average bet sum for card games in 2023 was markedly higher at 49.95 euros, in stark contrast to the 0.75 euro average bet in slot games.

Roulette and card games stand out within this category, underscoring the timeless charm and broad appeal of these classic casino games among the gaming community.

In the first quarter of 2023, Crazy Time by Evolution Gaming secured the third spot, only to slightly slip by the year’s end. Nonetheless, by the beginning of 2024, Prive Lounge Blackjack 5 edged ahead, claiming a superior ranking.

Notably, Playtech’s live roulette game, Roleta Brasileira, enjoyed high rankings at both the start and end of 2023. Despite potential shifts in its global standing in early 2024, the game continues to be a firm favorite among Latin American players, emphasizing its enduring popularity in specific markets.

The Rise of Crash Games

Following closely behind live casino games in terms of GGR, crash games have revealed their significant appeal, with Spribe’s Aviator leading the pack. This game remarkably broke into the top three in the final quarter of 2023, despite beginning the year in sixth place. By early 2024, however, Aviator experienced a slight dip in popularity, reverting to the sixth position, which underscores the dynamic nature of player preferences within this genre.

Tatyana Kaminskaya, Head of SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator, offers insights: “While a single month’s analysis might not capture the entire landscape, it is instrumental in forecasting upcoming trends. Slots undoubtedly maintain their stronghold in the gaming industry, yet the diversity observed among top-ranked games reflects the varied tastes of our player base.

“This diversity underscores the importance of offering a broad gaming portfolio that caters to different player preferences, enriching the gaming experience. Embracing this approach is crucial for attracting and retaining a diverse audience, diminishing the chances of players looking elsewhere for gaming entertainment.