Eilers-Fantini: Light & Wonder secures May top-spot as Evolution maintains momentum

Eilers-Fantini: Light & Wonder secures May top-spot as Evolution maintains momentum

Light & Wonder secured two top five places in the latest Eilers-Fantini Online Game Performance Report, whilst Evolution also further cemented its position. 

The former company’s Zeus 2 title soared up the rankings from 55th place to first place in May, and momentum was also minatined for its 88 Fortunes game, which remained in the top five despite falling from first to third.

Meanwhile, Evolution remained on form as LiveDealerRoulette and Bonanza held the fourth and fifth spot – rising from fifth and falling from third respectively – whilst IGT’s Blackjack maintained steady in second place, previously first. 

the newest entrants to market, saw Real Play’s 10000 Wonders 10K Ways as the standout performer, maintaining its top position whilst sitting eighth in the overall rankings. 

Additionally, Inspired continued to impress as the company’s two latest releases, Space Invaders and Double Cash Spinner, sat at second and third place – in the case of the former retaining its position, whilst the latter rose from sixth.

In the overall rankings, the duo came in at 19th and 24th, a slight drop in the case of Space Invaders which previously held the 11th place spot, but an improvement for Double Cash Spinner from 45th. 

From a GGR perspective, Evolution continued to lead the way from the previous month’s report, accounting for 27.7 per cent of total GGR – albeit a slight decline from the previous figure of 30 per cent.

IGT and Light & Wonder also continued to maintain their status at second and third place respectively, representing 24.4 per cent and 18.6 per cent of total GGR.

Published monthly, the Eilers-Fantini report collects game performance data directly from online operators to track how games perform in North America’s nascent online casino market – in which online casino is legal in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

The report aims to grow its database, similarly to that of Eilers-Fantini’s land-based game performance index.

For May, the report tracked 28 online casino sites, analysing 1,520 themes and 29,568 games – repreatning 57% of the sector overall, although Eilers-Fantin asserts that this is ‘not necessarily representative of the entire North American gaming market’. 

Operators participating in the survey come from five core igaming states – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia and Michigan. 

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Evolution led the way in terms of overall market saturation, with the supplier’s releases accounting for 24.5% of total games available across the five jurisdictions, of which 88.2% were slots. 

Evolution was followed by Light & Wonder – shortly after the supplier’s re-brand from the Scientific Games corporate identity – at 21.1%, of which 89% of releases were slots, and in third place by IGT at 15.2%, of which 83.3% were slots. 

In third, place were High 5 Games at 7.7%, followed by Everi (5.5%) and Ainswoth 3.9% with all three being singular slot suppliers.

Indeed, slot games remain by far the most dominant vertical in the igaming market across the five sampled states, with a huge 90.3 per cent of total releases being these products.

Table games unsurprisingly was the second most played vertical at 4.8 per cent, followed by live casino, (1.9 per cent), video poker (1.7 per cent), instant win games (0.7 per cent), lottery (0.3 per cent), and bingo/keno 0.2 per cent and virtual sports (0.1 per cent).

Lastly, analyzing device usage,  Eilers-Fantini found that mobile remained the most popular means of igaming in the five states, followed by desktop and then tablets.

If interested in learning more, subscribing, or participating in the Eilers-Fantini Online Game Performance Database reach out to Rick Eckert at [email protected].

Author: Ava Harvey