Casino Artwork: A Creative Outlook
Kevin Dale delves into the world of casino game designs and takes a look at December’s top charts, the Christmas Champions, and some recent advertising rulings.
The year-end review of the most popular casino games in December of 2023 revealed a surge in the number of Christmas-themed games released by software developers. Pragmatic Play led the way with 11 festive games, compared to only 9 the year before. The top title on the chart was “Big Bass Christmas” from 2021. Other notable games included “Invading Vegas” from Play’n GO and festive offerings from Booming Games, Relax Gaming, and Endorphina.
The increase in the number of new Christmas titles was significant, with 141 new releases compared to 111 in 2022 and 98 in 2021. Spinomenal was the most prolific developer of Christmas slots, while other new names such as SpinPlay Games and Max Win Gaming also made an impact. The diversity of the Christmas theme was evident, with games featuring Rock Stars, Aliens, and even a twisted take on tradition with Nolimit City’s “Jingle Balls”.
Amidst the holiday cheer, Dale also commented on recent compliance rulings that have raised concerns about the use of images that may appeal to minors. However, he pointed out that applying such rulings to Christmas games and promotions would leave the gaming and offers pages empty. Despite the potential controversies, with a new year on the horizon, Dale wished the readers a belated Happy New Year and urged them to look out for the Casino Review 2023.
In addition to the Christmas-themed games, Dale also provided insights into dealmaking activities within the industry. The data on deals by month, collected since April 2020, reflected the current dealmaking performance and showed that companies were keeping their powder dry for ICE in February 2024. Pateplay emerged as the busiest studio, while EveryMatrix was the busiest aggregator.
With the increasing focus on compliance and creativity, the future of casino artwork remains a topic of discussion as developers navigate the evolving landscape of the gaming industry.