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Free-to-Play Summit: Casino Royale Meets Battle Royale: Winning Big with Casino and Mid-Core Hybrids


In 2019, the game Coin Master by Moon Active became one of the top-grossing mobile titles and hasn't slowed, ascending to the summit of not just the casino charts, but the broad games category. A brain-dead three-reel slots game at its core, the title cleverly combines a casual Saga Map and city building meta-game with effective mid-core multiplayer mechanics such as attacking, defending, and stealing ultimately making its popularity appeal far beyond the typical casino player. And this isn't a one-hit-wonder. Earlier this year, Monopoly Go! rehashed a similar formula using dice and the classic board game rather than a slot machine, giving Scopely a huge hit.nnWhat makes these strange hybrid games tick? We'll lift the curtain and delve beyond the obvious. Further, what other casual and mid-core mechanics could potentially be blended with an inner casino loop to entice and keep players hungry to return, play, and spend? We'll share a medley of soup-starters that your own studio can spin until it hits the jackpot.

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