Social casino games still popular after pandemic

Anne Freer | October 29, 2021

App Business

iOS users spent around $1 billion in social casino apps during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Liftoff and mobile games expert GameRefinery.

But the reopening of casinos following lockdown restrictions lifting hasn’t slowed down casino app growth.

During Q2 2021, quarter profits reached $260 million.

“As we examine the effects the pandemic has had on gaming, it’s no surprise casino apps are soaring in popularity around the globe,” said Joel Julkunen, Head of Game Analytics of GameRefinery. “Since we are seeing more movement in this market, it’s vital for mobile marketers and developers in this vertical to use these insights to inform long-term strategies.”

Social casino is a category that seems to be particularly interesting for older mobile users with over half of users being over the age of 45 years.

The data also noted that amid Apple’s IDFA changes, Android CPIs dropped 14% year-on-year while it increased 10% on iOS.

iOS install costs were 122% higher than those on Android.

Reaching engaged users in the US, however, comes at quite a cost. CPIs are some of the highest globally at an average $10.37 per user.

APAC CPIs were half at $5.68 and marketers looking for value are advised to turn to emerging markets as a consequence.

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