White Hat Studios Continues US Expansion via Partnership With Caesars in West Virginia

White Hat Studios has extended its partnership with Caesars Palace Casino to West Virginia. The companies already have a similar arrangement in place to bring White Hat content to Caesars’ sites in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Now, Caesars players in West Virginia can likewise play popular White Hat games, many of which feature tie-ins with popular TV series and movies.

Andy Whitworth, CEO at White Hat Studios, said he’s excited to expand the partnership and that his company’s games have been well-received by Caesars’ customers:

We’ve seen incredible results through our partnership with Caesars, one of the leading operators in the U.S. market, so we’re thrilled to be expanding upon that with entry into West Virginia.

As the leading ‘house of brands’ provider, we’re extremely proud of how our IP-inspired content has been received by Caesars’ players, and we’re excited to grow engagement and retention rates even further with this development.

Ricardo Cornejo Rivas, Vice President of Online Gaming at Caesars Digital, expressed a similar sentiment:

White Hat Studios is a valuable partner for us that continues adding impressive gaming content to our platforms. Their dynamic and expansive range of titles have been embraced by our players in multiple jurisdictions, so we’re thrilled to bring more of their popular games to our West Virginia players.

White Hat is best known for its movie and TV show licensing deals. The company has a wide range of branded games, including:

  • The Goonies
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Ted
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Sausage Party
  • Top Cat

White Hat aims to keep players engaged with interactive features and bonuses. For example, the Peaky Blinders slot features the characters from the show and their voices, plus four bonus features.

Aside from the TV and movie tie-ins, one of the studio’s selling points is its Jackpot Royale progressive jackpot network. According to White Hat’s website, Jackpot Royale offers an average top prize of $175,000. The potential is a lot higher, however. The company says it paid out $9.8 million across just three jackpots in 2023.

More Content Could Further Boost WV Casinos

Caesars Palace is the third operator to add White Hat games in West Virginia. The studio entered the Mountain State in August via a deal with BetMGM Casino and, in December, partnered with Golden Nugget.

Adding White Hat content to another West Virginia casino could boost gaming revenue in the state, which got off to a good start in 2024. In January, online casinos in the state generated $16.4 million, a 39% increase year over year. The daily average revenue was $527,878, a 3.2% increase from December. With the results, the state outperformed the PlayUSA monthly forecast by 8%. (Bonus Managing News Editor Alex Weldon provided this year’s revenue forecasts for PlayUSA.)

West Virginia outperformed all other iGaming states except Delaware in terms of growth for January. Given that the month was forecasted to be the slowest for the state, 2024 could be a good year for West Virginia online casinos. That could be especially true if they continue to add more games by new studios. Also, the potential addition of online poker could further boost gaming revenue in the Mountain State.

White Hat Has Kept Busy the Last Few Months

This month, in addition to the deal with Caesars, White Hat entered its sixth US state via a partnership with BetRivers in Delaware. BetRivers recently took over from 888 Holdings to run the state’s online casinos, and the initial results are promising. Delaware’s monthly revenue nearly tripled in the first full month of operation by BetRivers. As Rush Street Interactive’s flagship brand, BetRivers consistently ranks high in other states for its game selection, which now includes White Hat’s slots.

Also this month, White Hat also announced that it received a license in Rhode Island. Like Delaware, Rhode Island’s market will operate on a monopoly system. The sole operator, Bally’s, is expected to launch on March 1. White Hat’s recent partnership deals include ones with Bally’s in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In December, the content provider expanded in New Jersey via deals with PlayStar, Virgin Casino, and the newly launched Jackpocket Casino. Other recent partnerships include Tipico in New Jersey and PokerStars in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Given the momentum it’s building and its goal to gain significant US market share, we expect to see more partnerships and new games from White Hat in 2024.

About the Author

Chav Vasilev

Chav Vasilev

After years of managing fast-casual restaurants, Chav turned his passion for sports and occasional slot wins into a career as an iGaming writer. Sharing his time between Europe and the US, he has been exposed to betting and gambling for years and has closely followed the growth in the US. Chav is a proponent of playing responsibly and playing only at legal online sites. When not writing, you will find him watching and betting on sports, especially soccer, or trying to land the next big bonus on a slot.
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