The Gambling Industry’s Biggest Wins and Hottest Trends in 2022Published January 10, 2023 by Shane
2022 was good to us, providing a year of FIFA-themed games, new cryptos, gambling licence changes and, of course, a fantastic array of new online and mobile casino games. How could 2023 ever live up to the year that was 2022?
A new year has arisen, allowing us to reminisce about 2022 and look back at what we have learned, what we were given, and how we can improve. Some iGaming enthusiasts won big in 2022, some game providers were granted their gambling license, and some countries updated their iGaming laws to improve how online casinos are welcomed. It was a good year.
Impressive 2022 Big Wins
Cleopatra: The Queen of Big Wins
At BetMGM Online Casino, a player won big when playing MegaJackpots Cleopatra, an Egyptian-themed slot based on the popular land-based casino game, both of which are developed by IGT. In 2022 BetMGM more than $95 million was paid out to jackpot wins across the United States and Ontario.
Stunning Double WowPot Wins
Games Global announced the payouts of €10,913,481 and the follow-up prize reaching €4,913,495. WowPot! is a top choice for any iGaming enthusiast, and since its launch in 2020, the progressive network has paid 2,596,394 players jackpots.
Merry Christmas from IGT
A player in Canada won a whopping $2,143,114.10, becoming an instant millionaire thanks to IGT! This life-changing jackpot was a POWERBUCK$ record win in 2022 and paid out on the 15th of December 2022. It is the second-largest ever Powerbucks jackpot.
Most Innovative Gambling Feature
Stakelogic has a new innovative live progressive jackpot game show feature, which is worth a spin or two when it triggers a live casino event WITH a professional host! This live casino feature cranks the progressive jackpot experience up a solid 100 and provides players with the experience of being a contestant on a live game show.
The spin-to-win feature triggers every few minutes at random, and when it does, the live host spins the Jackpot Wheels; the player is rewarded instantly if it lands a cash prize. When landing on "Jackpot", the wheel spins again and can trigger a Mini, Major, and Grand jackpot prize. Players can win up to $500,000! Who wouldn't want to try a Spin-to-Win?
Trending Online Casino Games
Crash X by Turbo Games
This game is new to the industry and was released in August 2022. The theme for the game is Qatar World Cup 2022, giving soccer fans and iGaming enthusiasts a game to remind them of the unforgettable soccer world cup of 2022. Crash X is a unique casino game with many online slot features. Instead of spinning reels, a spaceship shoots into the stratosphere, increasing its win multiplier as it ascends. To win, a player must jump out of the spacecraft before it crashes! Are you ready to Crash X?
Vinnie Jones Stories Roulette
A classic roulette with a twist; Vinnie Jones does a celebrity tell-all while you wait for the ball to land on the winning numbers. Players are entertained with a never-before-seen 'interview' with the legendary Vinnie Jones!
During each round, the world-famous English 'tough guy' answers a different fan question while his co-host spins the wheel. This engaging iGaming experience is unique to fans and players. Players can get a front-row seat into Vinnie's life story with as little as $0.25 and bet up to $1,000 at a time. This incredible fan opportunity comes with a winning potential of up to $64,500 and includes exceptional features like racetrack bets, special bets, and autoplay. So where can I buy tickets for the show?
Drops of Water tied to Charity
This game is the first to provide access to clean drinking water to several communities in need of safe drinking water. When a wager is placed on the water-inspired slot game, a donation is added from Amusnet to help fund water and sanitation projects across Africa and India.
Utilising a new video slot initiative - Drops of Water - this African-themed online game was launched with the help of a charity: Water, a global non-profit organisation. Drops of Water offer players a unique iGaming experience, and apart from making a difference through Amusnet's donations, punters also have the chance to win exciting rewards! So who is ready to take a trip to the African Safari?
Crypto and NFTs in Gambling
Aviatrix Looks to the Future
Another exciting and innovative gaming experience is becoming more popular: the partnership of these virtual assets and gambling. The Business Development Manager for Aviatrix, Mikalai Pobal, combined NFTs with crash games; these games involve riding a wave of growth before the inevitable crash, and the trick is to get out before the crash.
Aviatrix defines itself as an "NFT-based B2B iGaming Solution", offering games that incentivise both players and brands. The NFTs allow players to customise the appearance of their planes; upgrading them will increase their value but will not affect gameplay; however, Pobal says performance enhancements are in the plans for the near future.
Fasttoken Becomes an iGaming Favourite.
The new kid on the block has become every crypto-supporting iGaming platform's new best friend. Fasttoken (FTT) prides itself in its unmatched level of security, incredible processing speeds, the ability to transact across borders and receive funds instantly, decentralised safety when fiat is in crisis, the ability to provide provably fair gambling checks, and lastly, the potential for high-value holding returns.
One of the reasons Fasttoken has been accepted with open arms is that it is the brainchild of a well-established global gambling company, BetConstruct. FTT was established in 2003 as SoftConstruct. The software provider created its blockchain and cryptocurrency division, Fasttoken, in 2018, along with its global payment portal, Fastshift.
Lucky Block is Growing at Record Rates
Lucky Block is a decentralised gaming system whose crypto asset has increased by over 6,000% since launching in January 2022. Lucky news: they have released a much-anticipated NFT series too! Just 10,000 Lucky Block NFTs will ever exist.
The iGaming platform launched in early 2022. Lucky Block games are backed with smart contracts and can be accessed worldwide without jurisdictional restrictions. Due to the limited number of NFTs, the Lucky Block NFT value is predicted to increase over time. Of the NFTs that have been minted, 25 are defined as rare collectibles. You will know if you have bought a rare NFT only once you've completed your purchase.
Significant Gambling Regulation Moments
The Finnish Parliament approved Finnish Gambling law reform at the end of 2021, with changes implemented on the 1st of January 2022 and the rest on the 1st of January 2023. The new law aims to strengthen the position of the government-owned betting agency Veikkaus and to reduce the possible harm caused by gambling. Most of the changes in gambling laws are related to marketing. If the National Police Board determines that an iGaming company infringes the marketing prohibitions specified in the Lotteries Act, it will be placed on a blacklist. If a company is on a blacklist, it will be subject to payment blocking.
Gambling is illegal in the seven UAE, with Dubai senior tourism official Issam Kazim stating that legalising gambling is not an option for the near future. A new Wynn resort is due to open and requested a gaming license; however, they are yet to announce what that license will include. The UAE has some exceptions regarding gambling, including horserace betting and iGaming, as they have no jurisdiction regarding what UAE residents do on the internet.
The MGA approved BetConstruct, allowing them to accept player deposits using cryptocurrencies. Earlier this year, BetConstruct announced the launch of Fasttoken, where over 70 iGaming content developers agreed to include FTT as a supported cryptocurrency.
Qualifying for a license is a challenging task. The MGA assesses all information on the client regarding the finance and management of their business. MGA conducts investigations with international regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies. The backgrounds of shareholders and key persons are investigated and verified. This is why it's one of the industry's most widely-recognised licences
2022’s Most Impactful Gambling Trend
The FIFA World Cup happens every four years, and when it does, the world pulls out the red carpet and branded items found in every store. It is officially recognised as the most significant sporting event in the world, with industry experts predicting that viewership will reach an all-time high of 5
During the FIFA World Cup, many casino game developers used the global event as a reason to flex their creative muscles. The soccer theme saw a rush of new game releases in 2022, covering online slots, table games, dice games, and even Crash games. We can't wait to see what notable releases lay in store for us in 2026!