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Betting games

Today I thought I would write a news article on betting games as a means to help HTML5 Game Developers better understand where the money is when considering what betting games to produce. And yes, a good betting game will likely offer a good Return on your Time Investment.

What are the popular types of betting games?

According to AdWords, the most popular types of betting games at the moment are as follows:

  1. Casino betting games
  2. Football betting games
  3. Soccer Betting
  4. Sports Books
  5. Grand National Betting
  6. Cricket Betting
  7. Golf Betting

There are more, however, the above appears to be the most popular.

Casino betting games generally cover things like: Poker, Slots, Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Bingo, Keno and Lottery.

When thinking about a game to design it would be worthwhile seeing if you can come up with a concept that perhaps takes a new look at how these games work. I recently wrote an article on Hell Club which is a take on Poker. The game uses a poker engine to deliver a unique and fun card game experience. Whether it will be successful or not is anyone's guess, however, the game developer has thrown caution to the wind and given the game a shot. 

Football betting games are traditionally quite complicated, however, they do not need to be. You could create a game that simplifies how fans bet on football be it as simple as win, lose or draw or who is going to score or how many goals will be saved etc. What needs to be considered here is the data costs... which will determine how you build your game and what it will do. Depending on where you are from, soccer betting is the same as football betting...

Sportsbooks are very popular and if you are to write a game, a sports type app is likely going to be the most profitable. Everyone loves sports the world around and no matter which conference I have attended, sports betting companies appear to be the richest and charge the highest fees. But it does not need to be complicated, you can, of course, create your own sporting spin on things making your game easy to develop, fun to use and cost-effective to maintain! 

The real cost of any sports app is the data feeds and the last thing you want to be doing is updating your apps data manually.

Grand National Betting is a popular search term at the moment due to the race recently having taken place. This is a good example of seasonal types of games built for specific things such as a world cup or a yearly event. It can be very profitable for the short few weeks prior to the event.

Cricket Betting is huge and if you have access to ex-pat Indians living to say in the UK or the EU, these guys are going to eat up your game. Again, the game could be simple and abstract with a fun betting element to it.

Golf Betting is popular too with a very large following. If your game takes off, you will easily find a large audience who will support it.

The above are examples of popular betting games based on a quick look at Adwords, it is not extensive but the idea is to give you some insight into what people are looking for as a means to inspire you to build betting related games around those genres.

How to decide what game to spend your time on?

Think about it like this. The time you spend on a fun game such as a hybrid Tetris or PacMan etc. will be the same amount of time you spend on a betting game. The difference, however, is that a betting game "may" be more profitable at the end of the day. You could create a lottery styled sports betting app that is so simple to use that everyone plays it... I have seen games making well over a million pounds per month and you would get a % of GGR (Gross Gaming Revenue).

How to offer a gambling game legally?

This is the crux of the article and the thing that will stop most game developers from even bothering to attempt a betting game. Fortunately, you can, in fact, create your own gambling app and you do not need to go through too many hurdles to get it published and making money. I have written about it in this GamblingTec article which I suggest you read should you be interested in writing such a game.

How can we help you with your betting game?

If you are interested in writing a betting game, feel free to ask me questions in this thread, or private message me or visit GamblingTec.com and get hold of us via our support desk.

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I already have seen you write like 3 posts or more about your service.
So i really have to ask... how are you handling off a country like Belgium?
We have a very complicated and strict legal rules about betting sites and such... with very expensive licences and you need to be lucky to even be allowed to start a project like that
Even sites likes https://www.gamepoint.com are blocked in our country. This site is not even build by a Belgian company , is not hosted in Belgium either...

very curious for your response...

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Hi Jensdj,

Thank you for your question, it is a good one.

We operate off a Curacao gambling license and this allows us to operate in a wide variety of jurisdictions. In many instances, local gambling laws would prevent us from actively advertising in those regions, this, however, does not mean that players from those regions are unable to use our services. It is really up to each jurisdiction to actively enforce their regulations which they often do by preventing 7995 (gambling coded payments) from being accepted by their citizens (USA) or in the case of Belgium/Russia/China, blocking the actual gambling website outright.

You can find out more about the Curacao gambling license here: Curacao Gambling License

The proposition we are offering to game developers is a simple way to plug their games into a licensed platform/wallet without the need to go through bureaucratic processes. Essentially for you to launch a gambling game, you really just need to integrate into our API...

So how do we handle countries like Belgium? To be honest, we would not target it due to the associated hassle (sites getting blocked). This does not mean we can not target expats who no longer live in Belgium, they are fair game as long as they live in countries where gambling is accepted.

I trust this answers your question?

 

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Hi,

Can we get gambling license for our sportsbetting game ?

I read on gamblingtec.com that you allow license for casino styled games. How does it work with sports betting or more precisely a game which offers peer to peer cricket betting ?

BR

Ruchir

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Hi Ruchir,

Yes, you can get a gambling license for your game, if you want to do this directly, have a read of the following posts Curacao remote gambling license / Maltese remote gambling license to get an idea of costs.

If you wanted a simpler system, then I would suggest using GamblingTec.com which would provide a white label gambling license and casino solution as well as the underlying wallet system. It is pretty easy to integrate into it and it makes no difference if the game is P2P or Sports Betting.

I trust this answers your question.

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