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RacingTV joins forces with 2mee
Affiliate powerhouse is allowing its operators to leverage the power of direct human messaging with trial campaigns hitting engagement rates of 38%
2mee, the Direct Human Messaging platform that helps online gambling companies take player communication and engagement to the next level, has joined forces with RacingTV so that the affiliate powerhouse can offer its technology to operators.
This means that online sportsbook brands working with RacingTV can create human hologram messages and use them to drive bettors to their sites.
RacingTV partners Bet Victor and SkyBet have been trialling the technology for several weeks now and across various campaigns have been able to achieve unrivalled rates of engagement and conversion.
One messaging campaign has performed particularly well with Bet Victor ambassador Harry Redknapp delivering a new player bonus offer which hit an engagement rate of 38% with his hologram message.
2mee’s patented technology allows gambling operators and affiliates to send Human Hologram Messages directly to customers in a way that demands their absolute attention.
It has been deployed by big-name brands such as BetFred and Sportsbet.io on their own websites and apps to leverage the power of emotional intelligence to boost acquisition and retention, and deliver KYC and compliance messaging with empathy.
Now operators can maximise their ambassadors and brand reach on third-party affiliate collateral as well.
2mee has been designed to do everything a volumetric studio can do but from a mobile phone. The user simply records the person delivering the message from any setting then 2mee recognises the face and cuts out the surrounding clutter, focusing the viewer on the person and the message.
James Riley, CEO of 2mee, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the innovative team at RacingTV and for its operator partners to be able to use our technology to send direct human messages to bettors. This really does allow them to stand out from the crowd and take engagement and conversion to the next level.
“Emotional marketing is absolutely the most effective way to engage and communicate with consumers and what better way of fostering this connection than via a face-to-face message. 2mee allows operators and affiliates to do just that.”
Clive Cottrell at RacingTV, added: “Quite frankly, we haven’t seen engagement and conversion rates like it. While running hologram campaigns, both BetVictor and SkyBet were our top-performing brands on the pages where the hologram messages were active.
“As an affiliate, this not only allows us to acquire increased volumes of new customers to our operator partners, but we too benefit from enhanced engagement, conversion rates and affiliate revenue streams.”
Luke Zgaga, Head of Acquisition UK at Bet Victor, said: “2mee’s value proposition through offering a unique human hologram message to prospects was exciting for us to test and exceeded our expectations. We saw strong results and far beyond the engagement levels we get with static image formats and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Are Evolution poised to become the biggest name in online slots?
Towards the latter end of July Evolution Gaming Group released its second quarter financial results which showed the iGaming powerhouse’s year-on-year operating revenues had doubled to an incredibly impressive €256.7 million.
If you know, or have read anything about Evolution in the past year then this news will hardly come as a surprise to you, as the company has been making serious leaps and bounds forward within the industry thanks to some shrewd and impressive acquisitions.
So impressive has their growth been in the last twelve months that many industry insiders are predicting big things for the Swedish company, with the experts at SlotGods.co.uk, one of the leading sources of independent bias free online slot reviews, believing that Evolution could quite easily become the biggest name in the world of online slots for years to come.
If you’re not yet acquainted with Evolution then allow us to explain exactly who this trailblazing iGaming studio are, and why they’ve made such a splash in the last few years.
Who are Evolution and what do they offer casino players?
Founded as Evolution Gaming in 2006, the company has for the most part provided top quality live casino content to iGaming operators around the world with live casino studios set up in Latvia, Romania, Georgia, Lithuania, Malta, Belgium and the United States.
For more than a decade the company focused solely on live casino solutions, bringing popular table games to life online, ensuring players could enjoy roulette, blackjack, baccarat. sic bo and poker from the comfort of their own homes in real time, with real dealers, as if they were there.
In 2016 the company turned its attention to developing more creative live casino games that pushed major boundaries, offering game show style games, something that had not yet been seen before in the live casino space.
In the three years that followed since the release of their first live casino game show game, Dream Catcher, Evolution released a number of innovative new games to huge fanfare and applause, these include Monopoly Live, Lightning Roulette, Lightning Dice, Mega Ball, Crazy Time and most recently Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt.
Having conquered the fiercely competitive live casino market, helping develop it into a completely new beast in less than a single decade, Evolution decided to turn their attention to an even more competitive and lucrative market, online slots.
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In 2018 Evolution made the decision to acquire one of their closest rivals in the live casino space Ezugi for the modest sum of €15.8m, this move allowed them to make positive moves in expanding their operations into the United States, a market with great untapped potential.
However, as exciting as Evolution’s acquisition of Ezugi was, it barely registered as a drop in the ocean in comparison to the groundbreaking news that was to follow just two years later when the company announced they were purchasing NetEnt for the phenomenal price of €1.8 billion.
NetEnt, as most online slot fans know, are by far the most decorated and well established slot development studio in the world, nobody has come close to replicating the success they’ve achieved in the last two decades, and their line-up of games are unrivalled.
The studio is known for creating true classics such as Divine Fortune, Dead or Alive, Gonzo’s Quest and Mega Fortune, just to name but a small handful of hit games that have graced the lobbies of online casinos.
However, in purchasing NetEnt, not only had Evolution gotten their hands on one award winning slot studio, they had also taken control of Red Tiger Gaming by default, another high profile studio NetEnt themselves had purchased for £220 million just a year earlier.
With firm control over two of the online slot industries biggest studios there were plenty of questions regarding Evolution’s next moves. Would they begin to release online slots under the Evolution brand? Would they change the direction in which NetEnt and Red Tiger Gaming were going or would they just continue to operate business as usual?
The immediate answer was actually quite unexpected… Rather than lay out a roadmap stating their intentions, they went big once more. In 2021 Evolution unexpectedly completed the purchase of Big Time Gaming, the studio behind the legendary Megaways mechanic.
Having splashed €455 million on Big Time Gaming we really have to start wondering what they’re going to do next, especially considering they’ve got full creative control over the Megaways mechanic, a huge money-spinner for the Australian studio over the years.
What will Evolution do with the slot IP they’ve acquired?
Those of you that have been keeping a keen eye on developments at Evolution and the live casino world will have noticed that Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt Live was released in June 2021, this 3D augmented reality utilises the main character in NetEnt’s most successful slot game of all time, Gonzo’s Quest.
The release was heralded as a ‘whole new direction’ for Evolution and their live casino games, so that potentially gives us quite a large clue as to what the studio are set to do with the IP they’ve acquired in the last two years.
There’s clearly a high-demand for Evolution’s live casino offering with the studio experiencing 59% growth year on year, so naturally it makes complete sense for the company to continue in the direction they’re already going, so we could be seeing some of the most popular titles developed by NetEnt, Big Time Gaming and Red Tiger Gaming make a transition into the live casino scene in the not too distant future.
It’s difficult to comprehend how Evolution will fit the Megaways mechanic into a live casino game, but one thing is for sure, if anyone can pull it off, Evolution can.
Can Evolution become the biggest name in slots?
Having keenly watched each and every move Evolution has made since their acquisitions, the team at Slot Gods believe that whilst Evolution will quite literally be the biggest name in slots on paper (in terms of the intellectual property they own), their direct involvement in the world of online slots will likely remain minimal.
It’s clear that the studio is looking to continue growing in the live casino space, especially as they make a move into the United States where iGaming is becoming increasingly more popular as liberal states slowly begin to open up to online gaming.
All three of the studios purchased by Evolution can rightly be described as some of the biggest players in the iGaming industry, their business models were working well before the live casino giant came along and they’ll continue to work for years to come, especially with the additional investment they’ll likely receive.
If anything, you can expect NetEnt, Red Tiger Gaming and Big Time Gaming to all continue dominating the online slots market, whilst Evolution continues to dominate the Live Casino market, taking a back seat as they allow their subsidiaries to do what they do best.
May was a Record-Breaking Month for Casino Streamers
In the last few years Twitch has become the platform of choice for streaming with as many as 9.36M active streamers, and viewers consuming over 110M hours in 2021 to date. As a result, Twitch has become the online home for gamers and a digital marketer’s dream.
Call of Duty, Fortnite, FIFA, and even casino games like blackjack and poker have scores of dedicated channels that regularly broadcast to audiences numbering in the thousands.
Many of these channels and their respective categories set new records for viewership regularly. And unsurprisingly, the slots category is no different.
A detailed study of the slots category on Twitch has revealed that slots streamers set three new records in the month of May.
- Twitch slots streamers set a new record of 130,622 hours streamed in the slots category — this beat the previous record set in April by over 10,000 hours.
- The peak number of viewers in the slots category at any one time was 204,468.
- The category had an average of 47,421 viewers watching slots streams — up from 30,533 in April.
Historical Twitch Slots Streaming Data – Graphic courtesy of newfreespinsnodeposit.com
Some key highlight from the study include:
- 6,438 channels streamed in the slots category during May marking a 19.6% increase on April’s stats.
- Slots was the 13th most watched category on Twitch in May moving up 4 spots from the previous month.
- An average of 175 channels were streaming slots throughout the month (while over in ‘poker-land’ there were just 108 channels streaming online poker on twitch in May- according to a report from poker-rakeback.com.
- 7,694 was the lowest number of viewers — Wednesday 5th.
- ROSHTEIN was the category’s top streamer streaming 388 hours.
- The lowest viewer ratio — 49.32 — Wednesday the 5th.
- The highest viewer ratio — 1,215.93 — Monday the 24th.
- Peak number of followers gained in the slots category — 21,981 — Sunday the 30th.
- Lowest number of channels streaming at one time —121 — Monday the 3rd.
- Highest number of channels streaming at one time — 263 — Friday the 7th.
(Data & graphics provided by casino affiliate site newfreespinsnodeposit.com)
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