It’s the month of golden oldies in our charts! A remarkable month in that it’s the first where there are no new launches in the top 20. A few consistent performers from the last few years edged their way up instead, such as The Dog House Megaways (Pragmatic Play), Rise Of Olympus (Play’n GO) and Poseidon Ancient Fortune Megaways (Triple Edge Gaming). Twin Spin by NetEnt and 9 Masks of Fire by Gameburger Studios also returned to the top.
Top 20 games by distribution
The nearest any new release made it to a breakthrough by the end of the month were Dia Del Mariachi Megaways by All41 Studios, Funk Master by NetEnt and Cleocatra by Pragmatic Play, all sitting just outside the top 20. However, if you were to look at the charts on a weekly basis, you would find a handful that made it for a week or so mid-month, then dipped back out again. Those that entered the charts during May but weren’t there at the end of the month included Wild Link Cleopatra (SpinPlay Games), 777 Surge (Gameburger Studios) and Fire Strike 2 (Pragmatic Play). This all supports the concertina effect that game proliferation is having on product life cycles. In our dashboards going forward we will give due prominence to these brief but high-flying titles.
While the podium itself was unchanged, we now have a clustering of 4 Bonanzas in the top 6 spots. It’s probably no coincidence that Sweet Bonanza (Pragmatic Play), a good performer this month, is also the core engine that Pragmatic use for their separate operator branded slots: Vbet Bonanza and Netbet Bonanza, for example, are skins of that game.
Spribe’s earlier integrations make it the busiest studio dealmaker in recent months.
Biggest studio dealmakers
PariPlay and Softgamings are once again the busiest aggregators, PariPlay having integrated content from Spinberry, LIW and Mascot Gaming recently.
Biggest aggregator dealmakers
As for the promised comparisons between aggregation and publisher models, we’ll be revealing some data on that as a separate article in July.
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***Data on deals by month was collected from April 2020 onwards and the rolling chart reflects current dealmaking performance, i.e. how many deals were signed over the last 6 months. Note that only deals either a) on company websites or b) in the gaming press or c) reported to us by studios and aggregators, are collated. Deals between studios & aggregators (and aggregators & operators) from all time are available via egamingmonitor.com.