This patented technology eliminates the need for gamers to travel for competitions, allowing them to play tournaments from anywhere on their mobile devices and win real money
Wamba Technologies today announces plans to develop a proprietary eSports wagering platform, Gamers Oasis, which allows video gamers to enter a tournament on their mobile devices for a fee and compete against other players in real-time to win real money.
The acceptance and settlement of wagers on mobile video games is at the heart of Wamba Technologies’ product and its exclusively holds the patent. In the United States, Wamba Technologies owns the technology for any wagering system that is connected to a skill-based and physics-based game where the wagering system and game are communicating with each other in real-time. Applying to ‘physics-based and skill-based games’, this includes sports games, racing games, first-person shooters, fighting games and more, just to name a few. The key feature of these games is that there is no chance involved. Therefore, in the absence of chance, these are not classified as gambling games but, rather, skill-based sporting events.
“If a video game player wants to compete against other players to win money, whether it be heads-up one-on-one or in a multi-person tournament, they usually have to travel to an arena or a venue to compete,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Wamba Technologies, Gary Denham (pictured), said. “This means that many people can’t participate due to travel costs or lack of accessibility. Gamers Oasis will allow everyone to compete for real money directly from their phones without needing to travel. We proudly own the patent on the only technology that can make that happen. Summed up, with our patent, we own online eSports.”
Online real-money competition (online eSports) is still in its infancy but Wamba Technologies is currently engaging with gamers, game designers, coders, programmers, eSports influencers and financial consultants to aid in the development of Gamers Oasis.
In the United States alone, 215 million people play mobile video games and globally over 500 million people compete in video games for real money. Of these 500 million people worldwide, only a very small percentage are competing online for money while the rest of the players are competing in person at physical locations. Wamba Technologies anticipates that when offered and monetized properly, a mere 10% of the global market share could generate $13 billion to $15 billion in annual revenues from tournament buy-ins and ad revenues.
Non-Gaming Offerings Crucial for Casinos to Attract Emerging Demographics, Build Loyalty: LaneTerralever Study
Data from study reveals 83.9% of Millennials and 80.5% of Gen Z weigh factors such as restaurants/bars, live entertainment and hotel amenities when choosing a casino to visit
LaneTerralever, a full-service marketing and customer experience agency with a division focused on casino, hospitality and entertainment destination brands, today released its new study, 2024 Casino Player Trends Report: How Non-Gaming Activities Are Transforming Casinos. The study, conducted in partnership with Anthony F Lucas, professor at UNLV’s College of Hospitality, measured the opinions of respondents aged 21 to 75 on various non-gaming offerings of both local and destination casinos and how they impact their loyalty to the properties they choose.
Non-Gaming Most Vital to Millennials/Gen Z and Still Important to Boomers/Gen X
Notably, 83.9% of Millennials and 80.5% of Gen Z indicated non-gaming activities such as restaurants and bars, live entertainment, hotel amenities, etc significantly impacted their decision-making process when choosing a local casino. While still significant, those numbers were smaller for older demographics including 65.3% of Boomers and 76.1% of Gen X reporting non-gaming offerings had a significant impact.
All Generations Budgeting Time and Money for Non-Gaming
Across all generations, it was found that ~20% of their time is spent doing something other than playing with non-gaming activities, something they specifically budgeted for – Millennials lead that group at 68%. Restaurants/bars were the top non-gaming activity mentioned for local casinos at 40.9%, followed by live entertainment at 23.2% and hotel amenities at 16%.
Visiting with Groups has Become Increasingly Important
The ‘group visit’ to casinos is seen as increasingly important, especially among younger market segments, with 80% of people visiting local casinos in groups and 87% of destination casino visitors doing the same. Notably, 70% of casino-goers say non-gaming offerings are more important when they visit with family and friends.
“Our study underscores the prevalence of the experience economy and how important it is for casino operators to continue to hone and expand their experiential and entertainment-focused offerings, particularly to attract the attention of younger generations and maintain long-term loyalty of all players,” the Marketing Vice-President for LaneTerralever, Nick Dan-Bergman, said.
Additional Noteworthy Findings:
Affluent Players are a Unique Segment, Value Non-Gaming Activities
Affluent visitors will likely spend 50% of their time on non-gaming activities during a single trip to a destination casino, meaning they prioritize non-gaming offerings more than the average player. They consider live entertainment most important with 27.2% of affluent players ranking it as their top non-gaming offering compared to 20% of non-affluent.
Hard Rock Leading Competition Among Non-Gaming Offerings
When asked which destination casino brand has the best non-gaming offerings, 21.1% chose Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. MGM Resorts International, at 20.1%, was a close second, followed by Caesars Entertainment at 13.8%.
Non-gaming and Customer Experience Offer Opportunity to Build Deeper Relationship with Players
When it comes to fostering loyalty among players, non-gaming offerings once again ranked prominently among younger demographics with 69.3% of Millennials and 65.7% of Gen Z saying non-gaming features have at least some impact on their loyalty to local casinos. In comparison, just 56.9% of Boomers and 61.3% of Gen X scored this as important. In addition, customer experience was identified as a top way to build loyalty with 89% of casino-goers saying good customer experience can lead them to choose a smaller casino over a larger brand.
Opportunities to Entice Online Bettors to Visit In-Person
Gauging the prevalence of online versus in-person wagering within the context of age groups, 73% of Gen Z and Millennials indicated they’ve placed a bet online. When the topic turned to in-person wagers, the responses effectively flipped, with 79% of Boomers stating they’ve placed a bet at a brick-and-mortar establishment; a significantly higher proportion than Gen Z and Millennials
Webinar Presenting Key Research Findings
The authors of the research are hosting a webinar in partnership with Tribal Gaming and Hospitality Magazine on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am PST. They’ll present the highlights of their findings and host a panel discussion; register to attend here.
To download the full 2024 Casino Player Trends Report, visit LaneTerralever .com.
bet365 announces official launch in Arizona
bet365 announced its official launch in the great state of Arizona in a partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. This news marks the ninth state in bet365’s expansion into the United States, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Iowa and Colorado.
“Like bet365, the Arizona sporting scene is Never Ordinary and boasts several professional and college teams, earth-shaking, fan-favorite moments, and exhilarating championship events,” said a bet365 spokesperson. “Just in time for the Big Game, sports fans in the Grand Canyon State can enjoy the bet365 experience featuring market leading offerings like amazing Bet Boosts, the fastest In-Game product, and Same Game Parlays.”
As a part of their partnership, bet365 will also be making a $1 million charitable donation to the Ak-Chin Indian Community in support of local initiatives designed to make a positive impact in the lives of tribal members.
“We are excited to partner with bet365, and appreciate its charitable contribution to the Community and vital services for Ak-Chin Members,” said Chairman Robert Miguel of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. “With bet365, we will be able to provide our customers a premier experience – no matter whether they visit our sportsbook in-person or online.” Sports bettors in Arizona can register for the new bet365 website at az.bet365.com/.
Colorado’s Sports Betting Market Surges, Attains Third Largest Status in the United States
Sports Betting in 2023: States that are wagering the most
New Jersey has spent the most per capita out of all states so far on sports betting in 2023 while New York has the second highest spend per capita followed by Colorado in third.
Currently between January and July this year, America has wagered over $59 billion. This is a 176% increase from the entire of 2020 and a 4% increase from 2021. Last year Americans wagered $85 billion so projections would suggest that in 2023 the total amount wagered may surpass over $100 billion.
Research by NoDepositRewards analyzed the state-wide reported figures up to July of 2023 and calculated how much has been wagered per capita (only including the population that is over 18) in every state.
Nevada has a handle of $1,766.44 per capita however we decided to not include this state in the rankings due to not being able to differentiate how much of this handle is from gambling tourism within Las Vegas.
1 – New Jersey
Legal online sportsbooks began taking bets in August of 2018, two months after the law was signed by Governor Phil Murphy. Since then, New Jersey has seen a huge increase in wagers. New Jersey so far in 2023 has wagered over $7.7 billion, which is equal to $1,069.30 per person. Handle per capita: $1,069.30.
2 – New York
It hasn’t taken long for New Yorkers to show their love of sports betting. With nine sportsbooks kicking off online betting in 2022. New York has seen the most money wagered in sports betting across all states with over $13 billion already wagered in 2023; that’s a 59% increase from the entire of 2022. New York does have a much higher population so this equates to $828.90 per capita. Handle per capita: $828.90.
3 – Colorado
Colorado legalized sports betting in 2020 and since then has seen huge growth in the market. With over $13 billion in total handle, $3 billion of that has been in 2023. Divided by the total adult population of around four million it equates to $685 per person. Handle per capita: $685.
4 – Illinois
Residents of?Illinois in 2023 have so far wagered just over $6.6 billion, which is a 40% increase from the first half of 2022. This means that each adult could have wagered $678.53 so far this year. Handle per capita: $678.53.
5 – Arizona
Arizona is also experiencing a surge in sports betting with $3.9 billion already wagered this year; that’s a 124% increase on 2021’s yearly figures. Arizona’s adult population is around 5.7 million, which means that each person could have wagered $677.27. Handle per capita: $677.27.
6 – Iowa
Iowa in total has wagered over $6.7 billion since sports betting was made legal. $1.5 billion of that total has been in 2023. Iowa has one of the lowest populations in this list with around 2.4 million adults. That means that between January and July this year each member of the population could have wagered $643.27. Handle per capita: $643.27.
7 – Maryland
Maryland began sports betting in 2021. Between January and June of 2022 residents of Maryland wagered around $173 million. So far in 2023 over $3.9 billion has been wagered, that’s a 18,166% increase. With just over 4.8 million adults in Maryland, that’s equal to $627.55 per person. Handle per capita: $627.55.
8 – Kansas
Kansas began sports betting in 2022 and so far in 2023 there has been over $1.3 billion in wagers, that’s equal to $601.53 per capita. Handle per capita: $601.53.
9 – Massachusetts
Massachusetts began sports betting in 2023 and already there has been over $3 billion, one of the largest figures achieved within the first year out of all states. When adjusted to the population this equates to $550.26 per capita.?Handle per capita: $550.26.
10 – Indiana
In 2022 Indiana wagered over $4.4 billion. So far in 2023 there have been over $2.8 billion in wagers, which shows that Indiana, although hasn’t experienced the same growth as some other states, is maintaining a solid baseline for possible future growth. Handle per capita: $549.36.
“Sports betting has been growing exponentially in America since its legalization in many states,” Mason Jones from NoDepositRewards said. “In just two years wagers have gone from $21 billion in 2020 to 85 billion in 2022. So far in 2023 there has been a total of $59 billion, this is a 176% increase on 2020 figures and a 3% increase on the whole of 2021 and it’s only halfway through the year. Sports betting seems to only be growing in popularity and trends suggest it will only continue to grow, especially as more states legalize it.
“This increased revenue from gambling has shown positives for governments as they have been able to tax it – over $3 billion has been made in tax revenue since 2018 – and utilize Americans’ love of betting to build and improve the nation at local and national levels. It’s important, however, to be aware of the risks of gambling and never gamble if you can’t afford to lose the money.”
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