UK bookies are about to get hit by FOBTs restrictions and the requirement to fund a problem gambling awareness campaign.
Problem gambling is one of any government’s major concerns when discussing the industry and its regulation. That’s why the British government is set to impose restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and will demand bookies to fund a problem gambling awareness campaign.
Despite knowing they’re about to get hit, it is still unclear how big the impact will be for bookmakers as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is preparing three options for the maximum stake limit to be set on FOBTs (which is currently £100 every 20 seconds): one is a cut to £2 (promoted by the Labour party); one that foresees a £50 limit (which bookies are expected to approve); and one between £10 and £30.
Worst case scenario (dropping the limit to £2) would cost 20K jobs and would cut down the Treasury’s income from machine gaming duty, the Association of British Bookmakers say. However, the industry reportedly accepts the need to reduce the limit and won’t be challenging the decision at court.
Once the DCMS publishes the review, a 12-week consultation will follow in order to determine what DCMS’ final determination will actually be.
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)
Poker fans consumed 7,000,000+ hours of poker on Twitch.tv in March
Twitch Poker streaming report: stats & records – March 2021
Twitch isn’t just for video-gamers. In fact, poker-streamers have taken Twitch.tv by storm since launch- setting & breaking new category records and setting new viewership records for the poker category, with pro-players and amateur players streaming their deep-runs and big wins, while racking up millions of dollars in wins.
Poker fans enjoyed watching over 7,000,000 hours of poker in March 2021.
The Twitch service began in 2006 as a streaming platform focused on video gamers, but has morphed into a platform where there’s a category for almost everything – from just “chat” and music and casino and gambling games like slots or poker. Since then, Twitch has attracted more than 35 million unique visitors a month.
For streamers It’s really easy to get set up on Twitch from a PC, mobile or laptop / desktop computer. Within minutes players can share their gaming experience with viewers and fans all around the world.
26.5 MILLION visitors come to Twitch daily, with 93 BILLION minutes watched per month
Poker tournaments run daily, but Sunday is the day where the big buy-in “Sunday Majors” take place – with qualifier tournaments (a.k.a. satellites) running or direct buy in, and offering eye-watering, multi million dollar prizes + bragging rights for winners.
Millionaires are sometimes made in the poker-world on Sundays – and viewers can watch deep-runs, final table crushing, epic wins, and of course brutal beats- all from the comfort of their own homes.
March 2021 Twitch Poker Streaming Key Statistics
- Hours of poker watched on Twitch : 7,011,830 (+16.8%)
- Hours Hours of poker broadcast 96,550 (-10.8%)
- Average Monthly viewers 9,437 (+ 5.5%)
- Average Poker channels: 129 (-19.9% )
- Viewer ratio 72.6 (+30.9%)
- Max viewers 86,549 (+4.8%)
- Poker Broadcasters 5,429 (+5.8% on February with 299 new streamers)
- Lowest # of channels : 40 (Monday 15th March)
- Peak Channels: 393 (Sunday 21st March)
- Peak Twitch Poker Viewers in March: 84,347
- Languages streamed included English, Russian, French, Portugese, Spanish, German, Italian and more, with English language used in ~ 45% of all streams.
Why Do Poker-players Love Twitch?
Many poker players and poker fans watch poker streams for entertainment, but for many there’s a valuable learning aspect too – for those who wish to learn how to play winning poker from those who have mastered the game.
“By following Twitch streams, you can get insight from top players’ thinking processes. For this, you’d have to pay hundreds of dollars on poker training sites. Entirely free on Twitch – crazy but true!”
-‘Arvain’, Team Pro at BeastsOfPoker.com
- Standing on the shoulders of giants – you can literally learn some of the best poker players in the world (based on amassed winnings). These wizards are showing and explaining their plays and thought processes for each spot in each game for hours on end.
- Anything that improves your ‘edge’ in the poker games with no investment other than time is good (or +EV!)
- Twitch poker is free and always available
- Viewers can join in and be part of a community – viewers and channel supporters can often enjoy added value private / exclusive community games, freerolls and promotions with popular streamers.
Top Poker Streamers March 2021
The top streamers in March are all partnered with Twitch.tv except Winamax Poker. The Runitup channel gained the most followers (2902) in poker on Twitch during the month while streaming poker.
Casino players set new streaming records on Twitch in February
The Twitch streaming platform is not just for players of racing games, shooters and RPGs.
The platform has been embraced by gamblers and igaming marketers hoping to reach new audiences via streaming and entertainment .
Gamers have flocked to twitch at a phenomenal rate, with more streamers than ever broadcasting on the platform due to its simplicity and easy integrations with popular games and consoles. In fact, the site has overtaken Youtube to become THE site to stream on and build a community – with more than 260 Billion minutes of video consumed so far this year on Twitch, and 117,300 concurrent streamers on average broadcasting on the platform.
Poker and casino streams with hosts trying to rack up huge wins have become popular on the site too. Twitch has a number of dedicated gambling related directory pages including a dedicated Twitch Slots category.
80%+ of the top 30 streamers on Twitch Slots have partner deals in place with Twitch , or with casino operators and casino deposit bonus websites.
In February 2021 The Slots category on Twitch was the 76th most watched on the platform based on viewed hours
A data analysis and stats breakdown of February slots streaming data from Twitch by casino review website casinodepositbonus.com reveals interesting numbers – including the fact that two streaming records were smashed in the online slots category on Twitch in February
Slots Category Records Broken in February 2021 on Twitch
● A new average high of 175 slots channels were streaming slots games in February
● There was a peak of 25,365 average slots viewers worldwide in February
Twitch Slots Category – February 2021 Key Trends
● Total Hours of slots watched: 17,019,922 hours
● Hours Broadcast in the slots category : 110,975 (+4.7% from January)
● Average Viewers of slots category: 25,261 (+2.4% from January)
● Average # of Slots Channels: 154 (+4.8% from January)
● Most Concurrent Viewers: 72.877 (+11.1% from January)
● Total Slots Broadcasters in Feb: 4,896
● Top 3 slots streamers of Feb: ROSHTEIN, ClassyBeef, DeuceAce
The Top 10 Slots Category Streamers on Twitch, Feb 2021
Just in the last 24 hours, the slots category had 47,000+ peak views
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