Even though the revenues for casinos in Macau have been dwindling for 15 straight months, it would seem that electronic gaming machines are continuing to grow in popularity and income. The reports coming from casinos in the area show that electronic gaming machines (EGM) have had a very strong performance in the last few months.
Some analysts from Union Gaming have estimated that Macau's EGM accounted for revenue of around $131 million in the month of August alone. This is just a fraction of the overall revenue of casinos in Macau but it is still a rise in figures. The 5.7% share that EGM's had in August represents an all-time high and their revenues have been up by 8.5% from July's figures.
Casino operators in Macau had already embraced EGM's long before their current revenue slump began. It was mostly due to how successful the multi-seat electronic table games (ETG) had become with their customers. These types of tables also catered to their more budget-minded gamblers who were on the verge of being pushed out of regular table games due to the money involved.
These ETG's are slowly but surely becoming very important for the casinos in Macau because herds of VIPs and premium mass bettors have slowly but surely grown more thin. The operators are also becoming more cost-conscious, and the stadium ETGs require only a few staffers to serve over 100 gamblers at a time.