The Gambling Industry Monthly Review – April 2021
While we kick off May in anticipation of fresh and exciting slots, let’s take a look back at the month of April and remember all the ups and downs the iGaming industry has gone through in the previous 30 days. From thrilling new reels to the uprising of regulatory updates in the USA, the global gambling scene seems more energized than ever.
The Further Expansion of Slots Market
With at least one new video slot landing on the market each day, the steady expansion of this part of the iGaming industry is bringing players a lavish and highly entertaining gaming experience. In the abundant collection of new reel-spinning arrivals, some releases rose to the top as the players’ favorites.
The innovative software provider Nolimit City published Bushido Ways slot featuring a renowned xNudge mechanic and up to 12,288 ways to win. With a max win potential of 30,000x the stake and 2 Bonus Free Spins rounds, this Malta-based studio caught the attention of the gaming community members, including popular casino streamers.
Pragmatic Play added several titles to its ever-growing portfolio of top-notch titles. Floating Dragon slot with the well-known Hold & Spin feature and upgraded Megaways version of a classic Buffalo King are the Pragmatic’s top-performing fresh releases for the month of April.
Famous Red Tiger adventurer Lady Anne Wild and her crew have set their sails towards a new destination in the 3rd installation of the Pirates Plenty series. This Megaways release features up to 200,704 ways to win, the max win potential of 10,000x the stake, expanding Wilds and Free Spins with a progressive multiplier.
Mexican-themed games are pretty common on the online gambling scene. Popular studio Relax Gaming has brought to the market high volatility, high winning potential slot – Wild Chappo. With explosive gameplay, stunning 3D visuals, and outstanding audio effects, this title is a perfect choice for those looking for fast-paced and feature-filled gameplay.
Yggdrasil has uncovered GigaRise mechanic for the first time in the Atlantean slot. This new mechanic activates every time a Trident symbol appears in the view, increasing the reel by one position. The maximum size is 8 rows high grid which takes ways to win to a stunning 32,768. Players can look forward to many lucrative prizes, including progressive jackpot and cash wins.
Casino Streamers’ Big Wins
Roshtein, the No. 1 casino streamer on Twitch, shared some amazing wins with his ever-growing group of followers. The one that will certainly be remembered for a long time by both Rosh and his followers is the breathtaking €1,000,000 win on the Book of Dead slot. Deadwood by Nolimit City has been popping with some stunning wins as well, going as high as €350,000.
Check Out Roshtein’s €1,000,000 Win
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DeuceAce broke his personal record playing Mystery Museum, winning whooping €515,000 on a bonus round. The rewards of this size don’t happen very often but he was pretty close while spinning the ‘Rosh Immortality Cube’ with an amazing €477,620 on a €400 bet. On Relax Gaming’s latest Mexican-themed slot ‘Wild Chapo’ full of explosive features’, Deuce landed €40,000.
iGaming Regulatory Changes
The iGaming scene in the United States is moving forward fast and each month brings something new in terms of the regulatory framework. More and more states are pushing for the legalization of land-based and online gambling, with a special focus on sports betting.
People in Alabama will have 6 locations to enjoy sports wagering and classic gambling games. The sports betting bill was also signed by the Governor of Arizona with a plan to give 10 licenses to major league sports organizations as well as 10 licenses to tribes that run more than 20 casinos.
Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Maine are on the road to legalization while Maryland is waiting on the final approval of the Governor. New York is preparing to legalize mobile sports betting. Wyoming is legally ready for the wagering to starts but to get the license, the operators need to be active in at least 3 other states.
European Legal Updates
The atmosphere regarding gambling laws in Europe was much more chill compared to the US. German states Saarland and Sachsen-Anhalt voted and approved the Interstate Treaty of Gambling, leaving Nordrhein-Westfalen as the only state with an undefined position on the matter.
Also, the gambling restrictions in Sweden are being prolonged once again due to still high Covid-19 rates in this Scandinavian country. Although they were supposed to end in June 2021, the government now believes they should continue till November 2021.