Worldwide gaming revenue in 2013 was $159, 707 million, according to the Global Gaming Outlook report published in 2015 by by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. This is 8.9% higher than in 2012. The highest increase of 15.2% was registered in Pacific Asia. Many new casinos opened in 2013, but some had to resume their operation due to various reasons. For example, some casinos merged with other, more successful brands and transferred their player accounts. Other casinos went through rebranding process, closing temporarily for maintenance. A number of casinos closed their sites to the new players for good. Below you may see a list of casinos closed in 2013.
As soon as the casino gets closed, all site visitors are redirected to another casino of the group owned by the same company, or a casino that does not belong to the group but is technically or administratively related to the closed one. This is the way the owners optimize their business by closing ineffective brands and transferring player account to more successful online casinos. As soon as the player account is transferred, the user may get similar service and support, almost identical game selection powered by the same software providers, and comparable promotions and bonuses in the new casino as they had in the closed one.
Closed for maintenance
Sometimes online casinos are temporarily unavailable to players due to site maintenance. Casinos may close for maintenance for various reasons. These include site restructuration, any updates in casino software and game modules, some technical work in service modules that include support and embedded payment solutions. Additionally, some casinos may close for rebranding that does not lead to a merge with any other brand. Sometimes the reason for casino temporary closure may become casino poor revenue. The owners may close the casino site in order to make decisions about development strategies, whether the casino should be restructured, rebranded or closed for good
Closed for good
In case the online casino does not show any steady positive growth regardless of any measures taken to revive it, the owners can make a decision to close this casino for good. In some cases the casino may be closed by the supervising authority due to the licensing violation or other reasons. Things that can happen to the player's account and player's funds depend on the gambling authority that supervised this casino. UK Gambling Commission, for example, is one of the best licensing authorities that protects players' rights, and all closed casinos licensed by it always pay the balance.