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The Unstoppable Rise of Crash Games and Why We Can't Get Enough

by Josip Vrbić, Managing Director for Seven Games

26.01.2024.

You're sitting there, finger hovering over the 'Cash Out' button, heart pounding. The numbers keep climbing – 2x, 5x, 10x... do you dare to wait for 20x?

That's the thrill of crash games. So simple, yet captivating. Every second is a risk and your fortune hangs by a thread – or in this case, a rising graph line.

These games have zoomed from the sidelines to the center stage of iGaming, capturing the hearts and wallets of players worldwide. It's much like a digital gold rush, with game providers, operators, and players all after the next big win.

Charting the Rise of Crash Games #

Crash game logic

It all started in 2014 when Eric Springer introduced his "social gambling game," MoneyPot, to the Bitcointalk forum. It was pretty straightforward, with betting automation, provable fairness, and a 1% house edge. Springer refined it and sold it a year later, and it became the new and improved BustaBit (still alive and kicking).

From there, crash games took off. Between 2015 and 2017, they spread to online casinos and the Counter-Strike gambling scene. By 2018, games like Crash by BC Originals and Stake's Chartbet showed they were going mainstream. And then the genre evolved even further with games like Spribe’s Aviator and Roobet’s Crash.

Fast forward to today, and crash games are one of the most popular gambling games worldwide. Online and crypto casinos aren't just adding crash games to their lineup; they're developing them further, focusing on fairness and mobile optimization.

I've been keeping an eye on this trend, and the evolution is incredible. We've gone from simple graphs that felt a bit like watching the stock market (but, you know, more fun), to games with jaw-dropping graphics and community features that pull you right in.

How Crash Games Captivated the Masses #

The core of crash games? A graph or an object (like a plane or a rocket), steadily climbing, multiplying your stake as it goes. The catch? It could crash any second. The trick is to bail out (read: cash out) before that happens and to lock in your multiplied bet. It's a game of nerve, a test of timing, where being bold and quick-witted pays off.

So it’s no surprise that the crash-or-cash games are the talk of the iGaming town. I mean, just look at Google Trends – the momentum is real.

Crash games on Google Trends

So, what's the big deal here?

The simplicity of crash games is their first hook. They strip away complex rules, strategies and backstories. It's just you, a rising number, and a decision to cash out or not. Gaming minimalism at its finest.

Then there’s the thrill factor – every session is a new drama, a fresh risk of 'will it or won't it?'.

Community plays a huge part too. You're not just playing against the house; you're part of a global crowd. Chat rooms buzz with plans, commiserations, and the kind of camaraderie you'd find at a sports bar during the finals.

The accessibility factor is key as well. With the rise of mobile gaming, crash games have found a home in the pockets of millions. A perfect pick-up-and-play experience.

And, of course, there's the viral factor. The new generation of players isn't shy to show off their big wins (or epic fails). It's the kind of thing you have to share, to prove that yes, you did ride that multiplier to the stratosphere and lived to cash out.

In short, crash games hit the sweet spot – easy to get into, challenging to master, and totally addictive. And as they continue to captivate, one thing's for sure – the crash game craze is far from crashing. It's just taking off.

The Movers and Shakers of the Crash Game Phenomenon #

Alright, let's talk about the rockstars of the crash gaming niche – the people who turned simple ideas into gold.

First up, Spribe, the creatives behind Aviator. CCO Giorgi Tsutskiridze saw a gap in the market for something fresh and ran with it. Aviator is both straightfoward and incredibly engaging, winning over a massive fanbase.

Then there's BetGames, stepping up with Skyward. CEO Andreas Koeberl is right on the pulse – understanding that crash games are becoming a big deal, especially in up-and-coming markets.

Doug Merritt and his team at Aviatrix are also making a name in this space. They're mixing things up by integrating NFTs (non-fungible tokens) into their gameplay. It's a fresh spin on the genre, for sure.

BetSolutions is also in the race with their game Zeppelin, much like BGaming and their Space XY. Also, we can’t overlook Pragmatic Play’s Spaceman and Evolution’s Cash or Crash.

And here at NSoft, with CEO Dario Jurčić at the helm, we're pushing boundaries by bringing crash games to retail with Crash Cash. It's a big step for the genre – merging online and brick-and-mortar gaming and tapping into new markets.

The booming popularity of crash games in the iGaming industry is really turning heads. They're a smash hit with Gen Z and millennials, pushing us providers to really step up our game.

Wrapping Up #

Crash games coming to retail

And there you have it – crash games, once the playground of crypto enthusiasts, have now exploded onto the mainstream stage.

But they didn’t just barge in; they brought along the provably fair technology, a clever mechanism ensuring each round's fairness is transparent and verifiable – a big win for trust for us in the iGaming space.

Now, with NSoft shaking things up, crash games are hitting the retail scene big time. First reactions? Incredible. Our waiting list is growing by the day, because, much like crash gaming, retail betting is thriving.

From crypto corners to casino sites, and now to your local betting shop – crash games are on a roll, and you should be a part of it. Contact us and get Crash Cash. It's THE game your retail bet shop needs right now.

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