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SlotCatalog Awards - Top release: January - June 2020

Once again, SlotCatalog lets the data speak to which were the most qualitative, popular and highly positioned casino game releases for the Ukrainian market during the first half of 2020.

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SlotCatalog Analytics Insights

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We’ve scanned 136 UA casinos. The 79 most popular casinos were selected to be included in the data set. The data includes games that were released between ’2020-01-01’ and ’2020-06-30’ and the Average SlotRank metric is based on the games rank between day 30 and day 60 after their release date.

 
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Great Panda

by Booongo

When we spoke to Booongo back in April, the most recent release in their Hold and Win series, Great Panda was not more than 3 weeks old. It definitely enjoyed great Ukraine lobby positions back then but did they know that the interest for their game would stay as high as it has?

It’s clear that Ukrainian players’ appreciates the company of the cute panda in their quest for the GRAND JACKPOT.

Released: 11.03.2020
 
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Crazy Time

by Evolution Gaming

Slots lobbies should be full of slot games, right? Well, maybe not. The live game from Evolution Gaming that opened its door to live casino players in June definitely took prime spots in casino lobbies in several markets.

The game is based on the highly appreciated Dream Catcher Money Wheel concept. However, This time the game contains four different bonus games that have definitely entertained players’ browsing the casino lobbies.

Released: 10.06.2020
 
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Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah

by Triple Edge Studios

In early April, the Microgaming studio Triple Edge Studios entered the Ukrainian casino lobbies with a bang. The quirky and colourful Wonderland-inspired theme combined with the famous Mega Moolah jackpot network definitely have players entertained in their quest to win a life-changing jackpot.

Will the Mad Hatter Tea Party continue its streak after the Ukrainian regulation enters into practice? According to our data, it definitely will!

Released: 07.04.2020

Read our FAQ to learn more about the SlotRank metric, the data selection and our methodology for this infographic.

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Avg SlotRANK 43.26

Game release: 24.04.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 46.19

Game release: 14.02.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 55.16

Game release: 09.01.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 56.35

Game release: 11.02.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 61.38

Game release: 05.03.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 63.38

Game release: 19.02.2020

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Avg SlotRANK 65.12

Game release: 23.01.2020

Games not in Top 10, but still impressed us!

by Yggdrasil

Avg SlotRank: 101.90

Release date: 24.03.2020

by Booming Games

Avg SlotRank: 105.25

Release date: 02.04.2020

by Playson

Avg SlotRank: 109.87

Release date: 20.03.2020

by 1x2gaming

Avg SlotRank: 148.22

Release date: 19.02.2020

by Green Jade Games

Avg SlotRank: 166.13

Release date: 02.05.2020

Commentary to the Ukraine rankings

The Ukrainian market is a market where the huge game providers like Play N GO, Pragmatic Play and Red Tiger aren’t as strong as they usually are in most markets. The eastern country Ukraine top 10 have their own favourite providers like Booongo, Spinomenal and Endorphina. SlotCatalog will follow and monitor the developments in Ukraine with excitement as this market becomes regulated.

The top 10 games of the first half of 2020 paint a clear picture of what’s appreciated by the players in Ukraine. Simple grids and a reasonable amount of Betways is what the players’ like. The exception being Red Tiger’s Piggy Riches Megaways that comes in for a position 10 with its 117649 ways to win.

Market Situation Overview

Market Situation 2019/2020

Game studios have brought fewer releases to the market in the first half of 2020 than the first half of 2019. The number of casino game releases is down by 22.26%. Is it due to the current world situation, a strong trend in quality over quantity or the peak of casino games? We’ll keep our conclusions regarding this decline for another analytical piece.

Commentary to SlotRank in general

SlotCatalog is tracking game lobby positions daily for over 40 different markets now. We often observe the same pattern for high-end releases. The release starts out on a high SlotRank at the release. Usually, it drops significantly after 2-3 months and after 6-7 months we often see the game lose more lobby positions.

Let's look at the Turn your Fortune rankings as an example. Released at the beginning of 2019, the game came with an original game mechanic and was ranked among the top 10 games of 2019 for the UK, Sweden and Germany. Six months after the release the UK SlotRank for Turn your Fortune was 100+ and now it has dropped to 500+.

Another common case is when a new game ranks high from the start for several markets. But after a couple of months, it declines in a lot of the markets but stays strong in one or two particular ones. Let’s have a look at Jackpot Raiders from Yggdrasil. This jackpot game was released in the middle of 2019 and reached a top 10 position for the Sweden market. The game’s popularity dropped in the UK and Germany but stayed popular and high ranked in Sweden.

The high SlotRank doesn’t have to mean that the game kept top positions in a lot of casino lobbies. In the case of Jackpot Raiders, it’s merely that one very strong Swedish casino (Swedish horse betting giant ATG) has kept the game at good positions. However, that positioning definitely provides the game with a large number of spins, even months after the release.

There are also rare scenarios when a game reaches its peak popularity several months after the game’s release. An example of this is Pragmatic Play’s January 2019 release, Mustang Gold.

Follow the slot rankings in real-time!

Our SlotRank numbers updates daily based on the games' positions in the casino lobbies. If you would like to follow the games' ranking in real time you can either check out our all time rankings, our Game of the Year rankings (365 days trailing) or our Game of the Month Rankings (30 days trailing).

Release dates are not our only verticals. You can also discover the game rankings of the most popular Megaways™ Games and our Jackpot slot rankings.

FAQ

What is SlotRank?

SlotRank is SlotCatalogs metric of ranking the geographical popularity of a given game, at a given time.

Each day, we crawl a huge number of casino sites for over 40 markets to discover which games they place in their casino lobbies. Some of these casinos have enough estimated traffic to be included in the SlotRank calculation, others will be excluded since their exposure towards players is small.

We aggregate the casino lobby data and distribute points to each game based on its positions in the crawled casinos. Points are distributed based on lobby position (where position 1 will give the most points) and then multiplied with a weight-multiplier.

The weight-multiplier is determined by the geographical popularity of the casino site, based on estimated traffic. For example, the largest UK casino will have full weight, and the least popular UK casino included in the ranking will have the smallest weight-multiplier.

What does the SlotRank metric have to do with the best slot games?

Online Casinos are very agile! If a specific game isn’t appreciated by players and does not generate enough action, the game in question will be moved down or removed from the casino lobby. Simply put, SlotCatalog is convinced that exposure is heavily connected with quality. Our SlotRank data can be seen as an index for casino games.

Which releases are included in the data selection?

In this Analytics Insight Infographic, we include all casino game releases in the first half of 2020. Simply put, we have included games released between the 1st of January and 30th of June 2020. The reason why we haven’t included games after the 30th of June in this report is that we want to have the data describe the quality and stickiness of the games, not the game providers distribution strength.

Why is the ranking based on day 30-60 SlotRank average methodology?

New games come and go. Some of the new games are entertaining, exciting and qualitative enough to keep their high position in casino lobbies even long after the release.

The reason why we’re basing our Analytics Insight Infographic on the 30-60 day SlotRank average methodology is:

• Highly established game providers have their games published in a large number of casinos quickly, and their games automatically get a chance to prove their quality to the players. If the release is appreciated by players’ it will stay at premium lobby positions.

• Lesser-known game providers might need some additional time to get their high-quality release discovered and appreciated.

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