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Casino dashboard: May 2023

| By Kevin Dale
It’s all about the Bass, the Boom, and the Crash. Kevin Dale of Egamingmonitor takes a look at top new releases and shows how crash games have finally come of age.

A close call but the expected toppling of Starburst by Sweet Bonanza at Easter didn’t quite materialise. The sticky-toothed challenger made it to the second spot but has since dropped back –so maybe this time next year if predictions are allowed a year’s grace.

It’s all about the Bass again this month as a “hold and spinner” variation assured Pragmatic of three fishy titles in the top 20. From the Games Global stable a couple popped into the charts mid-month: Tippy Tavern (Snowborn Games) and the catchy Granny Vs Zombies (PearFiction Studios) but it’s Fire And Roses Joker by Triple Edge Gaming that looks the most promising and seems to have picked up the baton from Gold Blitz.

Top 20 games by distribution

Luxor Gold Hold And Win (Playson) makes an appearance for the first time, edging out sister title Book Of Gold Multichance and while not quite featuring this month, there are high hopes next for 9 Pots Of Gold Megaways (Gameburger Studios).

There’s been a fair bit of elbowing in the top 10 in recent weeks but the big news is that crash game, Aviator (Spribe), now has a top 10 spot – one which it is likely to “own” for some time. The game represents a category and seems to be a “must have” for operators and unless usurped by another crash game, it is unlikely to be demoted any time soon.

There are now 70+ crash games from 43 studios – still a tiny figure in the context of the nearly 28,000 casino games available.

The top 10 list of all crash games is shown below. Aviator’s nearest competitor is Spaceman which benefits from Pragmatic Play’s extensive distribution network. Other good performers come from studios such as Betsoft Gaming, Elbet, Bgaming, Gaming Corps and Ad Lunam plus parent company 1X2 Network.  

It’s interesting to note that some of the latest releases such as Triple Cash Or Crash, Maverick and Aviatrix (just outside the top 10) are all strong performers.

Game (Supplier)Rank primary pagesRTPMultiplierRelease date
Aviator (Spribe)197.0%20,00001/02/2019
Spaceman (Pragmatic Play)296.5%4,99924/03/2022
Triple Cash Or Crash (Betsoft Gaming)396.0%100,00006/04/2023
Maverick (Ad Lunam)497.0%10,00016/03/2023
Rocketman (Elbet)598.5%20,00001/09/2022
Space Xy (Bgaming)697.0%10,00013/01/2022
Skyliner (Gaming Corps)797.4%10,00026/05/2022
High Striker (Evoplay)898.0%1,00001/08/2019
Crash Out Fireworks (1X2 Network)996.0%2,50025/07/2022
Balloon Run (Spinmatic)1095.0%1,00024/01/2022

Most crash games work to a generous RTP, averaging 1% higher returns than the average slot game. Multipliers on winnings are similar at around 10,000x. Most games have an aviation/space theme but there are a few novel variations on the genre, deploying the same mechanics to balloons, dinosaurs, cricket matches and rodeo.

On the deals front 7777gaming, Rogue, Gamomat and Apparat Gaming have ramped up their distribution efforts but it is Endorphina that remains the busiest studio dealmaker over the last six months.

Biggest studio dealmakers

The platform Slotegrator holds on to the top aggregator spot, just ahead of Reevo, which looks set to take that crown in the next couple of months.

Biggest aggregator dealmakers

* Please note these are live charts that update every month so please ensure the month of April 2023 is selected in the drop-downs to match the analysis.

**The interactive games chart at the top excludes live games and table games. Game rankings are determined by the number of game appearances on the casino homepages of more than 2,200 casino sites. To access many other charts including game rankings, live and table games, positions on subpages or to filter game performance by game theme, game feature, market or operator, please get in touch with our partner, Egamingmonitor.com. Egamingmonitor covers 47,000 games, 1,400 suppliers and 2,200+ operators.

***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 six 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.

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