Last week we were able to get a peek behind the scenes of the exciting gambling scene in Brazil. Besides some overall numbers, there was also a more detailed insight into the type of games the players prefer and how they want their casino experience to look like.
If you for whatever reason missed last week’s article, don’t worry, just click here and let the magical transportation process commence.
Welcome to Romania
Andrew Tate isn’t the only person who enjoys the country of Romania. There are also plenty of casinos that have gotten to know its lovely people and vice versa. Today, BCK has traveled (at least virtually) from our previous destination in South America all the way to Eastern Europe.
The idea is of course to continue reporting on the data from iGamingBusiness (IGB) and EveryMatrix and also compare the two markets, Brazil and Romania. Referred to as the Slot Trumps Player Behavior Reports, each of them will show the market’s most popular games, themes, volatility, mechanics, features and providers.
Brazilian casino players prefer Fortune Tiger and High Volatility slots. Let’s see how the players of Romania compare, shall we?
Romania Goes Old School
If you remember, ‘Animals’ was the top slot theme in Brazil. Ranked nr 3 on the Romania list, ‘Animals’ is almost as popular as ‘Classic’ but the favorite game theme amongst Romanian players turns out to be ‘Fruits’. Very interesting!
For me, Fruit themed games feel quite old school and take me back to the early days of one-armed bandits and retro symbols such as melon, grapes and of course cherries.
I have to say I was a bit surprised when I saw the results because ‘Fruits’ is literally my least favorite theme. However, as long as the players are happy, who am I to judge? Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that ‘Adventure’ and ‘Action’ didn’t even make the Top 5 last week.
EGT – Most Popular Provider
Themes and providers often go hand in hand as some providers specialize in certain types of games. EGT is a master of ‘Fruit’ games so considering it’s the most popular theme, seeing EGT taking the top spot among providers makes sense.
Looking at these titles above, you know what to expect at EGT and you can learn more about EGT as a provider by checking out our BCK provider review:
Other Popular Game Providers
Funny enough, Pragmatic Play was the second most popular provider in Brazil as well. Since they are one of my personal favorites, I fully understand why.
If you want to know more about about the other providers making the Top 10, these are the ones BCK has reviewed:
Top 20 Games – A Vitamin-C Booster Shot
Knowing what the people want in terms of theme and providers, it’s pretty easy to figure out what a Top 20 list of games would look like. If you expected a Vitamin-C booster shot then you would be right. I can’t say if it’s true or not, but there’s a chance that Romania could be the most health-conscious market of the industry.
It happens that you see data that doesn’t really match up with what you’re being told but this list leaves no room for imagination. With 8 of 10 fruit games, the list matches every single part of the information mentioned earlier in this article – Respect!
Shining Crown Continues to Shine the Brightest
A never ending supply of fruits (and hopefully wins) is what the number 1 game on the list brings. The fact that Shining Crown made its first appearance in 2014 and is STILL the most popular game in Romania is incredibly impressive.
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and there seems to be a lot left in the tank for Shining Crown.
Some quick info on the game itself:
- RTP: 96.37%
- Volatility: Low-Medium
- Layout: 5×3
- Betways: 10
- Bet Levels: €0.01-€1,000
- Features: Progressive Jackpot, Gamble, Expanding Symbols
The game isn’t all that easy to find but you can be sure to find it at Bitsler together with the rest of the games on the Top 20 list.
These Are the Features Players Want to See
When it comes to the games and their features, there are always some that are more popular than others. I’m a big fan of the Buy option in slots and the option of heading straight to the bonus round but that doesn’t mean every player is.
In the Top 20 list above, the games can be split into two different categories:
- Slots with classic themes and no bonus features
- Slots offering Bonus Buy
Higher Bets on Non-Fruit Games
I mentioned earlier how only 2 out of the Top 10 games on the list were not fruit games. Those games are:
- Gates of Olympus
- Sugar Rush
What makes these two Pragmatic Play games stand out compared to the others, besides the theme of course, is the fact that the Romanian bets are 14x-16.5x higher than the average bet.
This is where the power of the Buy features really shows. The reason for it is that the average bet size increases in these games because players play a lower number of bets but with a higher bet average.
Romanians Enjoy Lesser Risk Games
Brazilian players are known as thrill-seekers and prefer to play High Volatility slots in search of the BIG wins. Romanians on the other hand are a little bit more cautious and would rather stick to Medium-High Volatility. Not to worry as 65% of the Top Providers offer games that fall under this category.
Did you know that the average Romanian player places over 450 bets across 90 days?
How Do You Like to Play?
After having seen the EveryMatrix data for two markets, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I can see myself a little bit in both but neither Brazilian or Romanian players like to play like me. My least favorite theme happens to be ‘Fruit’ and I do like the riskier high volatility games. However, I do tend to bet a little bit more conservatively, which leaves me somewhere in the middle of these two markets.
The images above show the comparison between the two and I was a little bit surprised to see how much the two differ from one another.
There will be more markets coming up but I want to know where do you fit in so far?