January 2016 – Top of Slots

The main battle this month was between Guns N’ Roses slot that was launched on January 21 and Starburst. There were no strong releases from NetEnt in December 2015, as they focused on Christmas versions of their successful titles Flowers and Fruit Shop. This has led to a strong month for Starburst.

When there are no good new slots being launched, Starburst is being preferred by online casinos. This goes specifically for holiday seasons. Risky decisions are avoided. It is always a safe bet to promote Starburst. As many new players sign up and make their first deposits in January, acquisition slots with free spins are being heavily used in promotions. Starburst is by far the most popular free spins slot in the world.

Having said that, Guns N’ Roses still managed to win in January. This slot game is a unique collaboration between one of the greatest rock bands of all time and one of the best slots suppliers in the world today. NetEnt announced the launch of this game almost a year ago – at ICE conference in London in February 2015. They took their time on creating a great product, much longer than they normally do for their ICE announcements. The slot turned out to be a success.

It comes as a surprise that Glow – slot that used to be exclusive for Betsson Group brands – made it to the top three in January. After being rolled out in the end of November, its popularity should have decreased. Still, as most of the other slot suppliers seem to have focused on good vacation instead, in front of a competitive year, there was simply no real competition.

Wizard of Gems and DJ Wild were both released in December, while Koi Princess and Nirvana remain among top selling slots in January two months after being released. Incinerator slot was released by Yggdrasil on the same date as Guns N’ Roses, which probably wasn’t the best business decision ever made by a slots supplier.

Mega Fortune jackpot was won at around €2.7M on January 17th. We saw an immediate drop in attention to this jackpot slot. Two days earlier Mega Fortune Dreams jackpot was won, too (€3,4M). The winnings from these pooled progressive jackpots by NetEnt went to Finland (PAF) and the UK (Casumo Mobile). Both of these slots should drop a few positions next month.

Top of Slots January 2016

1 Guns N’ Roses 2695 NetEnt
2 Starburst 2594 NetEnt
3 Glow 1837 NetEnt
4 Wizard of Gems 1450 Play’n Go
5 DJ Wild 1349 ELK Studios
6 Koi Princess 1253 NetEnt
7 Nirvana 1242 Yggdrasil
8 Gonzo’s Quest 1126 NetEnt
9 Family Guy 1106 IGT
10 Mega Fortune 1018 NetEnt
11 Incinerator 990 Yggdrasil
12 Mega Fortune Dreams 956 NetEnt
13 Second Strike 939 Quickspin
14 Twin Spin 811 NetEnt
15 Spin Sorceress 785 NextGen
16 Winterberries 667 Yggdrasil
17 Gemix 445 Play’n Go
18 Vikings Go Wild 396 Yggdrasil
19 Jack and The Beanstalk 393 NetEnt
20 Dazzle Me 356 NetEnt

Suppliers’ Top January 2016

1 NetEnt 14192
2 Yggdrasil 3536
3 Playn Go 2048
4 ELK Studios 1411
5 Quickspin 1128
6 IGT 1106
7 NYX/NextGen 966
8 Lightning Box 223
9 Thunderkick 60
9 Push Gaming 60