Clearly not a one-hook wonder, Big Bass Bonanza from Pragmatic holds onto third spot in our games chart for May. It’s even joined on the podium by pack mate Wolf Gold, meaning the old timers Bonanza (Big Time Gaming) and Book Of Dead (Play’n GO) both sit off the top spots.
If you were to look across all subpages (not on this chart), the old guard would still be up there, however, which may suggest a difference in how games are promoted to, and across operator sites.
Despite all the reshuffling in the ranks there is no need for Starburst to worry any time soon, though, as it still features across 200 more sites than the rest.
New launches which also made the charts in their debut month, were Primate King (Red Tiger) and the Megaways remake of Dazzle Me (NetEnt). Take Olympus by Betsoft Gaming, launched a couple of months earlier, also crept in at #20.
Top 20 games by distribution
Four of the top 20 spots (and 10 in the top 50) were Megaways titles, which are also good at reviving their original versions too.
If there were a mechanics chart, there’s little to concern Megaways for now. In fact, you’d think it hard to compete with Infini or Infinity Reels and yet, with a mere 60 million ways to win, it’s the new Hyperways mechanic from GameART that seems to perform well. Unfortunately for the superlative-powered rabbit, Mega Bunny Hyperways still sits just outside the top 20.
As a bit of context, if we were to include non-slots games in our chart, it’s a live dealer, not an RNG game, that would make the top 5 – Lightning Roulette by Evolution.
More and more live dealer titles are finding their way onto the home pages of casino sites and branded variations are proving to be popular. There’s some distance back to those nipping at the Pacman’s live heels, though, such as Authentic Gaming, BetConstruct, LuckyStreak, SA, Super Spade, TVBet or Vivo Gaming.
On the deals front this month, the studio ESA Gaming signed up with two more platforms, Giocaonline and Octavian Gaming, helping them to the title of (joint) busiest studio dealmaker over the last six months.
Biggest studio dealmakers
Meanwhile, the aggregator SoftSwiss continues to plug in yet more content. They remain top deal-maker for the last six months and a comfortable top 10 aggregator of all time, having integrated 83 studio partners in total. On a roll it seems.
Biggest aggregator dealmakers
* Please note these are live charts which update every month so please ensure the month of May is selected in the drop-downs to match the analysis
**Data on deals by month was collected from April 2020 onwards. Deal relationships between companies from all time are available on other charts. Note that only deals reported on company websites or in the gaming press are collated.
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