Eilers & Krejcik Gaming and Fantini Research have published their latest US igaming performance report, with Evolution, Light & Wonder and IGT leading the supplier tables once again.
However, the latest Eilers-Fantini US report was accompanied by the researchers’ first-ever report into Canada’s online casino ecosystem, which saw Pragmatic Play rival the aforementioned ‘big three’ suppliers.
Anaxi’s Buffalo slot title stampeded the competition to claim the number one spot in the US report for December’s top games by gross gaming revenue, with IGT’s Blackjack title pipped at the post for consecutive months.
Despite a slight drop in percentage of GGR, from November’s 4.55 per cent to 4.08 per cent, December saw Anaxi’s Buffalo slot remain top of the pile ahead of IGT’s Blackjack table game (3.54 per cent) and Cash Eruption slot (2.53 per cent).
Meanwhile, Digital Gaming Corporation’s Fire and Roses Joker slot came in fourth place (1.7 per cent GGR), meaning the top four games remained in these positions from last month’s results.
The studio’s Blazing Bison Gold Blitz was also the only change in the top five games by GGR, signalling a GGR percentage of 1.26 per cent.
Out of the top 25 titles by GGR, 16 were slot releases to represent the strongest-performing format. The rest of the top-performing titles included five live casino titles, three table games and one video poker release.
Looking at the top-performing games overall, a new entry headed straight to the top of the list, as DGC’s Blazing Bison Gold Blitz stopped IGT’s Blackjack from making its way back to pole position.
Meanwhile, Internal’s Craps table game made an impressive leap from 33rd to fourth, and Evolution’s Live Dealer Speed Baccarat fell from second to sixth, allowing DGC’s Fire and Roses Joker to move up one place from fourth to third.
The slots charts saw DGC’s Blazing Gold Bison Blitz and Fire and Roses Joker lead the way in first and second place, with IGT’s Cash Eruption keeping its third place, Anaxi’s Buffalo falling from first to fourth and Capital Gains remaining in fifth place.
Within the top 25 slots, 11 individual suppliers were represented as Reel Play, Inspired, Greentube and Bragg Gaming Group each found a place in the top slot charts.
An even share was also witnessed in the top performers, as seven individual suppliers made up the top 10.
In the US report’s new game rankings, Anaxi’s Buffalo was knocked off its perch as it fell to third place, with DGC’s new entry Blazing Bison Gold Blitz taking the top spot, followed by Fire and Roses Joker.
AGS’ Mega Diamond rose from seventh place to fourth with Light & Wonder’s Ultimate Fire Link Cash Falls China Street dropping from fourth place to round out the top five.
Of the top 25 new games, 24 were slot releases, with Evolution’s 12th-place VIP Blackjack being the only non-slot in the top 25.
Once again, Evolution continued to sit atop the supplier GGR percentage tables. The group led the way with 19.3 per cent, although this figure did see the supplier fail to make two consecutive months of growth, falling from last month’s 21.3 per cent.
The company’s supplier mix by game category represented by slots rose in December, increasing from 85.8 per cent to 86.
IGT remained in second place, climbing slightly once again from November’s 17.4 per cent to 17.8 per cent, witnessing a third straight month of recovery from September’s 16.7 per cent.
For the group’s portfolio, 85.6 per cent (November: 85.9 per cent) of its games were tracked as slots.
Light & Wonder remained in third place, gaining back some of its revenue lost in November, when it fell from October’s 15.8 per cent to 13.4 per cent, as it came in at 13.8 per cent for December.
For another month, DGC and Everi kept their fourth and fifth places, achieving 9.7 and 6.5 per cent respectively. However, Internal and Anaxi remained a threat to the top five by maintaining respective GGR percentages of 5.1 and 4.9 per cent.
Slots remained the dominant segment when looking at the total games tracked, with a total percentage of 91.5 (November: 91.3 per cent), ahead of table games which fell from 3.8 per cent to 3.7 per cent.
Live casino was next up with 1.8 per cent, ahead of instant win’s 1.6 per cent, video poker’s 1 per cent and the 0.2 per cent shared by lottery and bingo/keno.
Each segment remained consistent month-on-month once again, with video poker the only exception as it decreased by 0.1 per cent.
Mobile recorded 70.8 per cent for the highest percentage of theoretical win generated, beating desktop’s 28.3 per cent (November: 28.2 per cent) and tablets 0.9 per cent (November: 0.9 per cent).
This latest analysis examined data from Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut across 33 online casino sites, tracking 55,395 games to represent around 64 per cent of the US market.
The first-ever Ontarian Eilers-Fantini report covered statistics from seven online casino sites, tracking 8,182 games across the Canadian province’s igaming sector.
For top games by GGR, Pragmatic Play took the maiden first place in Ontario’s December charts with Sweet Bonanza, while its Gates of Olympus slot also rounded out the top five.
In between those Pragmatic Play titles, Light & Wonder’s Jin Ji Bao Xi Endless Treasure title took second place, Live Dealer Roulette from Evolution took third place and Cash Eruption took fifth – making it the only title to appear in both the US and Canada’s top five games by GGR.
Canada’s supplier charts saw Pragmatic Play lead the way again, gaining the highest percentage of theoretical win for December with 18.58 per cent.
The studio came ahead of Evolution’s 16.07 per cent, IGT’s 15.23 per cent and Light & Wonder’s 11.13 per cent, showing that the US’ top three are just as prominent in Canada.
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