Well, not exactly by playing their social games, but by buying their social gaming stocks.
Scientific Games (SG) recently announced that it is ready to take its social gaming business public. According to the company, it has filed an initial public offering (IPO) application with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Their Social gaming wing is called “SciPlay” and the stock would be traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market exchange under the ticker symbol “SCPL.”
Scientific Gaming has a pool of 1,800 free-to-play social slot games that offer a quite an authentic Las Vegas casino gaming experience. The most popular titles include Jackpot Party®, Quick Hit® Slots, Gold Fish® Casino Slots, Hot Shot® Casino, 88 Fortunes®, Bingo Showdown™ and Monopoly Slots.
During a recent investor meet, SG declared that their gross gaming revenue from social gaming reached $416.2 million in 2018, 15% higher than a year earlier. If it keeps growing at the same rate, there might actually be good money to be made on the stocks. But first, let’s get to know the Scientific Gaming’s social gaming wing a little more.
What is social gaming?
No, you do not have to hang out with your social circle and play these games. So what’s social about social gaming? It’s called so because you play these games using your social media credentials. So, for instance, there are social gaming sites where you can play free slot machines, scratchcard games, lotto, blackjack and even poker using your Facebook account logins.
Many providers have been launching social media games on Facebook, Google+, Bebo, and even MySpace in order to reach more players. Up until 2014, when the social media gaming giant Zynga launched real money poker on Facebook for their U.K. players, all of the social gambling apps on social media were free. However, real money gambling on social games is still allowed in very few countries. In most countries, the games do not offer “real money gambling” or an opportunity to win real money or prizes
Even though the majority of the games are available for free, social gaming is a $2.7 billion industry. So, how do the operators make their moolah?
Social games typically have in-game purchases, currencies and virtual goods that can be bought with real money or Facebook credits, which require players to pay with real cash. That’s how the operators of the game or social gaming sites make a profit.
Although called ‘social’ these games are still intended for an adult audience, that is, it can be played only by players who are 21 years or older. Most people play it for fun or as a practice for real money games.
Social games from Scientific Gaming
Practising or success on these social games does not guarantee future success in online casinos when playing with real money. However, you can not deny that these games are equally fun, especially if you do not want to gamble but want to get a feel of a real Vegas casino. Scientific Gaming’s social gaming titles also promise the same.
Here are the top five social games from the SG camp that we like a lot:
Gold Fish Casino Slots
This one is a social adaptation of the iconic slot from Vegas casino floors. If you aren’t familiar with the game and it’s famous character Goldie, you must be really new to the online slot sites world. So, for the uninitiated, in this slot, you join Goldie and his pals on an adventure that takes you beyond the aquarium. In this underwater journey, you progress by unlocking classic and new releases. Here, you can take a spin at popular slot games such as i’l Red®, Lock it Link Diamonds™, and Bier Haus®. Next up is Mermaid’s Cove, where you can play premium content such as Gold Fish 3, Quick Hit Platinum Plus Triple Blazing 7s™, and Cash Wizard®, earn free coins and protect Captain Goldie’s Booty from the treacherous Dabloons in an all-new mini-game. There are huge wins and extravagant bonuses. If you haven’t tried this one yet, dive in today!
Quick Hit Slots
If you like a party feel when playing at a casino, this is the social game you should be playing. The platform includes many of the vegas classic titles beginning with the authentic taste of the Bally® Las Vegas games. You can spin to win a jackpot or experience the thrill of a live casino tournament. Don’t forget to try their innovative ‘Portrait Mode’ where you can win huge on expanding reels. Also, they have some very unique customisable features, such as ‘build your own jackpot’ or ‘choose your own rewards, coins, boosters or even more slots’
that make the social gaming slots truly immersive and interactive. Apart from slots, there are also many Mini-Games, Daily Challenges, Special Events and Community Promotions that make Quick Hit an exciting social game. Also, they keep adding new games every now and then.
Like Live Bingo Sites? We too. This multi-player social game combines both the thrill as well as the competitive edge of a tournament-style game. And to spice up things a little more this game takes to to the Wild West. So, shoot your way through the bingo cards and catch outlaws on the run and win rewards, free gifts, Bingo bonus offers, and more. There are back-to-back live tournaments and win huge rewards of free Tickets and Powerups so you can quickly climb up to the top of the leaderboard where more prizes await. Also, don’t forget to activate the Insta-Bingo spot on each card to increase your odds of winning. Also, remember, here you are not playing against just a few players but racing for the rewards with hundreds of players from across the world. Truly a showdown!
If you are a high-roller, this is probably the social gaming experience you were searching for. Jackpot party has over 110 free-to-play slots from casinos around the world, which includes all-time-favourites such as Zeus® II, Jungle Wild®, Fu Dao Le®, Brazilian Beauty®, Super MONOPOLY Slots, Invaders from the Planet Moolah®, and more. The party is of course also loaded with In-game features like free coins every four hours, Daily Bonus Wheel spins with huge rewards, slot tournaments, exclusive sales with incredible offers, gift exchanges with your friends and mini-games that give big prizes. This social game is surely aiming to be the coolest party in town!
Did you know that everyone’s favourite board game also has a social slot avatar? In the Monopoly Slot, you obviously travel to Monopoly city with Mr Monopoly and the mission is to restore the ageing metropolis to its former grandeur. Just like the real money slot from WMS, even in the social version you can construct a grand hotel and win free coins every day or Develop each block of Monopoly City to increase your income, earn new tokens, meet interesting characters, unlock special bonuses, and most important of all…win massive jackpots! No matter how much you win or lose, this game is sure to make you feel like a Moghul at the end of the day.
Most of the social games from Scientific Gaming can be experienced on your Facebook. You can even access them by going to thier site directly using your browser. Also, all these games have dedicated apps. So, doesn’t matter whether you are at home or on the go, you have a authentic Las Vegas casino experience right in your pocket and for free!
Have your say about social gaming!
Have you ever tried playing one of these social games offered by Scientific Gaming? Write to us about your thoughts on social games, your favourite ones and why you like them so much.
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