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IGT overtook Pragmatic Play as the largest individual iGaming supplier in the Canadian market in January, according to the latest Online Game Performance Reports from Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG).

Each month, EKG releases the reports alongside Fantini Research. Gathering data directly from operators, the reports provide an in-depth recap of US and Canadian online casino and iGaming performance.

Below are some of the latest standout market figures, through to January 2024, presented in partnership with NEXT.io.

US GGR share by supplier

The top three suppliers in the US market, Evolution, IGT and Light & Wonder, all managed to increase their overall share of GGR between the December and February editions of the report.

Evolution remained in first position with 19.5% of overall GGR, up from 19.2% in the previous report.

That improvement came despite drops in its share of slots GGR, from 12.5% to 11.6%, and its share of table games GGR from 23.4% to 12.5%.

The firm’s dominance of the live casino sector, however, helped it to maintain its leading position on the board.

In second place, IGT’s share of GGR increased modestly from 17.7% to 17.8%. That improvement came amid a slight increase in its share of table games GGR, from 43.2% to 43.8%, and a small drop in its share of slots GGR, from 14.1% to 14%.

Light & Wonder remained in third place with 14.1% of GGR, up from 13.7%, as its share of slots revenue grew steadily from 15.8% to 16.7%. That meant the firm continued as the largest individual slot supplier included in the report, by share of GGR.

The company’s share of table games revenue, meanwhile, slipped from 11.4% to 10.8%.

In fourth place, Digital Gaming Corporation’s portfolio of games, now under the Games Global brand since it was acquired from Super Group, held 9.7% of overall GGR, up from 9.6%, as the company secured 12.8% of overall slots GGR.

That represented a solid improvement from December, when the firm accounted for 12.4% of slots revenue.

Elsewhere on the top suppliers leaderboard, Everi remained in fifth place despite a drop in its share of GGR from 6.5% to 6%, while operators’ internal titles remained in sixth place, though their share of GGR grew from 5.1% to 6%.

Other big movers this month included White Hat Studios, whose GGR share grew from 3.3% to 3.7%, and Anaxi, whose fate went the other way as its share fell from 4.9% to 3.5%.

Top US game titles by GGR

In the previous report, Anaxi’s Buffalo slot made a surprise first-time appearance at the very top of the leaderboard of highest grossing individual game titles by GGR.

This month, the game slipped from its top spot with 4.08% of GGR to third place, with 2.14%, marking a significant reduction between the last report and this one.

That opened up the top spot for IGT’s Blackjack, which returned to pole position having consistently ranked as the top grossing game title in the US market across multiple monthly reports.

The table game regained its top position from second in the previous report, despite a reduction in its overall share of GGR from 3.54% to 2.64%.

In second place this month was another IGT game, Cash Eruption, which moved up from third place amid an increase in its GGR share from 2.53% to 2.6%.

In fourth, Games Global’s (previously Digital Gaming Corporation) Blazing Bison Gold Blitz slot accounted for 1.36% of GGR, compared to 1.26% in the previous report, where it came in at fifth place.

Evolution’s Lightning Roulette, meanwhile, had a significantly better month than previously, jumping from 12th place with 0.87% of GGR to fifth place with 1.16%.

The live casino specialist’s RNG Blackjack offering, meanwhile, remained in sixth place with 1.05%, down from 1.12%.

One particularly big mover this month was Digital Gaming Corporation slot Fire and Roses Joker. 

In the previous report, the game occupied fourth place by its share of overall GGR, accounting for 1.7% of all revenue analysed in the report.

This month, the game fell from grace right down to 13th place, with just 0.9% of GGR.

Top game titles in Canada

One of the key differences between the US and Canadian iGaming markets is the list of suppliers currently active in each market.

Pragmatic Play, for example, is not included in EKG’s rankings of the top suppliers in the US, but stormed to the top of Canada’s leaderboard in December’s report with 18.6% of GGR.

This month, the supplier came in second place with 15.5% of GGR, while IGT beat it to the top spot with 16.8%, up from 15.2% in the December report.

When analysing the top individual game titles in Canada, however, the prominence of Pragmatic in Canada can be seen, as it accounted for five of the top 25 titles this month.

That marked a decline from the last report, however, when seven Pragmatic titles made it onto the leaderboard.

In December, the supplier’s Sweet Bonanza slot was the top ranked individual game title in the Canadian market by GGR share, as it accounted for 1.94% of all revenue analysed in the report.

This month, the title fell to third place with 1.26% of overall GGR.

Instead, Evolution’s Live Dealer Roulette took the top spot this month with 1.47%, of GGR, up from third place last month, despite previously accounting for a larger proportion of revenue at 1.73%.

Previous number two, Light & Wonder’s Jin Ji Bao Xi Endless Treasure slot, also fell precipitously this week to 20th place with just 0.57% of GGR, down from 1.82%.

Instead, IGT’s Cash Eruption ended up in the second spot this month with 1.29% of GGR, up from fourth in the previous report despite another dip in its overall share of revenue, which previously came in at 1.52%.

Overall, IGT held eight of the top 25 ranked game titles, Pragmatic Play held five, Evolution and Light & Wonder each held three, while Fortune Factory Studios, Hammertime Games, Everi, AGS, Pixiu Studios and Games Global each held one.

For a month-on-month comparison of some of the above data points, you can read the October Online Game Report write-up here.

If you are interested in learning more, subscribing, or participating in the Eilers-Fantini Online Game Performance Database, reach out to Rick Eckert at reckert@ekgamingllc.com.

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