With casinos shut down across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online casino games are stepping up to fill the void - and provide a revenue lifeline for operators
by Frank Legato
The industrywide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to suppliers charged with developing and delivering slot machines and table games to idle customers. But there is one segment of the gaming supply sector that has actually gotten stronger during the pandemic: online gaming.
The online casinos of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, soon likely to be joined by other states currently considering legalization, are seizing the opportunity to offer games to gamblers who can’t go to casinos. Consequently, slot suppliers are ramping up their libraries of online games.
Smaller gaming suppliers like Everi Holdings and AGS were already in growth mode online before the pandemic hit. Both manufacturers have relatively young interactive divisions, and the shutdown of physical, land-based gaming has accelerated their drive into the market.