The first online casino, the Gaming Club, was established in 1994. After this initial success many online casinos followed, including Star Games in 2002. It’s one of the oldest and most popular places to take a gamble. Past December it announced very bad news. Star Games has decided to call it quits after many years. According to the company it was a commercial decision. What is the real reason behind the end of this popular online casino?
Novomatic and the German law
Recently the international gambling company Novomatic announced that it will not be active in the German gambling market anymore. Before that it already ended its activities in several Eastern-European countries. Novomatic doesn’t support her online slots for German players anymore. One of the reasons for this is the fact that gambling isn’t completely legal in Germany yet. For example, online casinos are still illegal in this country. To avoid trouble with the law, Novomatic has decided to stop its activities in German. Earlier, another German company named the Gauselmann Group did the same thing. It could very well be that other gambling companies will follow.
Novomatic slot machines
Novomatic and StarGames are two independent companies. However, with the help of Novomatic the online casino was able to offer Novomatic slots. It does not have other slot machines, such as NetEnt or Play ‘n Go. . That’s not the only setback though, because earlier another gambling company called Super Gaminator also called it quits. So with this news Stargames loses important companies to work with. Eastern-European players are probably not happy right now. Most of the StarGames members came from countries like Poland, Romania and Czechia. They have to find another place to gamble.
Play with a digital coin
The developments above have led to end of Star Games in the traditional sense. At the moment the only way you can play games on the website of Star Games is with a digital coin called ‘Stars’. These coins do cost money though. Not very much, but it’s cheaper when you buy a lot of them. For example, 2.5 million Stars costs about 200 euros.
Other online casinos
Of course there are still some online casinos where you can play with Novomatic slot machines. However, they become less and less. One of the great places to do so is Betsson. Popular titles that you should definitely try are ‘Sizzling Hot’ and ‘Book of Ra’. The pay-outs of these machines is quite good actually. Other casinos that still offer Novomatic machines are OVO Casino and Quasar Gaming. Be aware that of the fact that they’re less player-friendly than Betsson though.
The fact that there are still some other online casinos with Novomatic slot machines is good news. There is other positive news as well. StarGames doesn’t go offline, but will continue as a so-called ‘social casino’. You can still play casino games, but only with the Stars and not with real money. The social casino might be a solution if you really like to play casino games and money isn’t your first priority. If you win a game you can use the Stars to play again.
The social casino could be a temporarily solution for StarGames. It might continue its activities as a standard online casino if Novomatic returns to the German gambling market. Only then the slot machines become available again. However, this will not happen very soon. We’ll keep hoping!