The future of the igaming industry

| By Josephine Watson

Sapar Karyagdyyev, CEO of Gamingtec, took part in a panel discussion “The Search for Innovation in Gaming”. He made a report about the prerequisites for innovation and the changes the iGaming industry faced over the last few years.

The panel discussion took place at CasinoBeats Summit on September 18. Sapar Karyagdyyev discussed the topic together with representatives of Casumo, LeoVegas, Playson, and Play’n Go. The speakers talked about the possibilities for startups to enter the igaming market.

According to Sapar, there are a few necessary components that should be taken into account such as the ease of entry for disruptors, the appeal of the industry to outsiders, and the regulation.

“I think, igaming is still a pretty much very closed industry with little information known to the outside world. Increasing the awareness will eventually lead to other e-commerce companies entering the industry in one form or another,” – said the speaker. According to Karyagdyyev’s presentation, the industry is dominated by “big boys” with very few new good companies making headways. The trend for consolidation, pushed by the rising cost of business and regulation, is making this situation even worse. In other words, Karyagdyyev believes that the industry is heading strongly towards some kind of perfect oligopoly where each market is dominated by a handful of incumbent companies.

Sapar Karyagdyyev referred to a problem that most operators offer 95% similar products and services. That is why the game content is pretty similar and operators have to be more creative to engage customers. “Looking for cooperation with game developers, we appreciate companies producing valuable and original content. A month ago, we signed an agreement with Spinomenal, a responsible and fast-growing content provider, and added more than 120 HTML5 games available on desktop and mobile devices to our gaming platform,” – added CEO of Gamingtec

Among the developments that will impact innovations in igaming industry, Sapar Karyagdyyev listed faster internet, bigger and better phones. “One notable thing I’ve noticed was a video on Linkedin showing a slot game being played in Tesla. With auto-pilot on and with permissions in place…could be interesting, couldn`t it?” – he finished the speech.

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