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Social casino gaming - statistics & facts

Social gaming most commonly refers to online games that allow for social interaction between players. They may include multiplayer card games, board games, social network games, as well as interactive multiplayer video games. Social casinos which enable gamers to play and wager on casino games online is one of the biggest branches of social gaming. In 2020, the global social casino gaming market was estimated at 6.2 billion U.S. dollars and mobile casino games were among the top-grossing mobile gaming genres worldwide in 2020.

Social casino gaming compared to other mobile genres

What once started as social network-based browser games in the early 2010s morphed into Facebook-to-mobile games with casual gaming apps exploding in popularity with the increased usage of smartphones among the population. As of the first quarter of 2021, casino apps account for approximately 19 percent of mobile gaming app revenues in the United States, ranking second only behind puzzle gaming apps. Compared to other genres, casino apps are usually monetized through in-app purchases and only about a quarter of casino gaming app revenues are generated via in-app advertising.

Social casino players are also more willing to spend money on in-game content than other players – in 2020, the average value of in-app purchase transactions per paying user amounted to 11.92 U.S. dollars. This is almost double the amount than users of other gaming genres are spending on their digital content.

Biggest social casino players & titles

One of the most popular titles in this segment was - and still is - Texas HoldEm Poker, a poker gaming app published by Zynga. The game can be played on Facebook and the app remains Zynga’s top grossing gaming app to date. In 2020, Zynga Poker grossed approximately 80 million U.S. dollars in app revenues. Zynga, however, is not the only player to capitalize on casino gaming going mobile. Other successful social casino game publishers include Moon Active, Playtika, as well as other emerging players such as DoubleDown Interactive and Huuuge Games.

The most popular casino gaming apps worldwide based on revenue are Coin Master, Bingo Blitz, and Slotomania. In May 2021, Coin Master generated approximately 73.98 million U.S. dollars in IAP revenues. The top downloaded casino gaming apps during the same period were Island King – Coin Adventure, Coin Master, and Teen Patti Win-3 Patti Online.

Social casino genre outlook

Social casino gaming has boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic and several companies in the sector have gone public or are preparing for an IPO. The market is seeing lots of movement, as there are not only pure play social casino gaming app developers but also traditional gambling companies which are entering the online and specifically mobile social casino market.

Upcoming online casino gaming regulations are also expected to have a strong impact on the market; however, this can vary strongly by region. As such, many social casino gaming companies are diversifying their portfolio to counter an over-reliance on their gambling segments. For example, Zynga’s revenues from its social slot and card game segment have been decreasing over the past few years and while Playtika still generates most of its revenues via casino-themed games, the company’s casual gaming segment currently accounts for a solid 43.6 percent of annual revenues.

In order to appeal to wider audiences than online gambling users, the social casino segment is also seeing a lot of genre-crossover on mobile. Moon Active’s Coin Master is a particularly successful mashup-title, combining slot machine gaming with mid-core mechanics of base building, as well as attack and raid PVP gameplay. Thanks to in-app purchases and microtransactions, Coin Master has recently passed 2 billion U.S. dollars in lifetime player spending on mobile.


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