Exclusive Interview.- Focus Gaming New talks over the industry’s prospects for 2021 with Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming.
While he’s eager for the pandemic to come to an end, Dmitry Starostenkov recognises that it’s brought only benefits for the online casino sector.
The CEO of EvenBet Gaming has seen the pandemic act as a catalyst to help land-based casinos make the transition online.
Starostenkov noted that EvenBet had received new clients from unexpected areas in the past year, including land-based casinos, poker leagues and the sports betting industry.
“The pandemic worked as a catalyst to make land-based casinos consider online gaming.”Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming.
“I think the pandemic works not only as a factor that pushed land-based casino online but it works as a catalyst to make land-based casinos consider online gaming,” he says.
“Now they’ve understood it’s a good business and I think it will continue, maybe not at the same pace, but land-based casinos have realised that they need to go online and that in this changed world they need to have diversified sources of revenue.”
“Operators are starting to look into crypto and crypto payments more and more.”Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming.
Starostenkov believes esports will continue to be a trend in the industry, along with games of skill and casual gaming, but another major trend he expects to see is cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology making waves, “because of all the regulations introduced around the world and tighter and tighter payment compliance in different countries.
“Crypto gives more flexibility and better agility to operators and players,” he notes.
“For poker, the US market is the best market in the world.”Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming.
As for markets, all eyes are on the US for poker
“People know poker in the US,” he says. “It’s integrated into American culture and in general the wealth level and lifestyle mean people can afford online gaming.”