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Casino dashboard: April 2021

| By Kevin Dale
Resurrected Easter titles didn’t make the cut and there’s further consolidation at the top, writes Kevin Dale.

By snapping up Big Time Gaming, Evolution have now secured both top spots in our slots chart, plus a share of all Megaways titles beyond – not to mention their leading position in live games.

The slots chart looks set then to be dominated by three players – Evolution, Microgaming and Pragmatic – with a bit of room left for studio launches by SG, Gauselmann, Playtech or Novomatic and the odd independent, such as Play’n GO, whose Book Of Dead still performs well.

Top 20 games by distribution

There were four new games that launched in March and which also secured top 10 positions: Stormcraft’s Fire Forge, Netent’s Hell’s Kitchen plus Amazing Link Zeus and Solar Wilds, both by Microgaming. Gordon Ramsay’s game is the first branded title to hit the charts in 2021.

No big Easter titles were launched this year so it needed the resurrection of a dozen older games to compete for the seasonal top spots. Lucky Easter (Red Tiger), Easter Eggs (Play’n GO) and Eggomatic (NetEnt) cracked open a few sites but didn’t come close to the top 20.

Clover Rollover 2 was Eyecon’s top performer this month and Pragmatic Play had a good month with 6 of their titles in the top 20, Big Bass Bonanza being one of their more recent launches to reel us in.

SoftSwiss announced a trio of studio deals in March (Eyecon, EA Gaming and Five Men Games) which was enough to secure top aggregator dealmaker spot over the six-month rolling period.

Biggest aggregator dealmakers

On the studio side, ESA Gaming announced a couple of deals but Booongo maintains its position as top studio dealmaker.

Biggest studio dealmakers

It’s worth mentioning that securing a deal is different from maximising the potential of a deal – in case you missed our piece on how account management can make all the difference to game rankings and game coverage on operator sites.

* Please note these are live charts which update every month so please ensure the month of March 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.

***The games chart here excludes live games and table games. Game rankings are determined by the number of game appearances on the casino homepages of more than 1,000 casino sites. To access many other charts including game rankings, live and table games, positions on subpages or to filter by operator type and size, see our partner’s site, egamingmonitor.com which covers 30,000 games, 1,100 suppliers and 1,000 operators.

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