The guide to online casinos in the Netherlands, Online Casino Ground, has released research that hints at traditional slot gaming being the continued go-to for Dutch players – at least initially – when the newly regulated online market finally opens for business in October.
The much-anticipated regulation of the Dutch online sector is set to mark a flurry of activity as the industry makes the most of one of the few remaining new jurisdictions in Europe and getting the inside track on the players there is among most stakeholder’s priorities.
The team at Online Casino Ground has drilled down to uncover exactly where Dutch player loyalties lie and how it expects to change post-launch. With the market in the Netherlands being largely land-based its players have grown accustomed to the physical slots that have populated the country’s casinos and gambling halls.
Since domestic developer Stakelogic began creating digital versions of popular land-based slots, it enjoys three of its titles in the top 15 of those most popular with Dutch players in the global market, and the top three of all slots played by Dutch players.
The research goes on to show that these same players eventually move onto the more contemporary titles from other studios, once in the online environment, hinting at diversity in content proving pivotal in ongoing behaviour trends.
Two of the top three in the six most popular slot developers in the Netherlands have their roots firmly in bricks and mortar, a reflection of current traditional preferences, but the rest of the positions are populated by online leaders such as NetEnt, Play ‘n Go, Microgaming and BTG.
The analysis breaks down the prospects of over a dozen of the main expected players in the fledgling market and considers what the future holds for trends within Dutch players.
Online Casino Ground commented: “Our findings have been fascinating. While it’s no secret that the preference for many Dutch players leans toward the traditional, it’s interesting to see how those tastes appear to change once exposed to the same kind of variety found in global regulated markets.
“There will always be a place for the classic slot, but how much and for how long will be interesting to see, once the new market finds its feet, players get used to the new games available to them and developers start to adapt.”