Choosing a Career Path: iGaming Casino Operator vs. Online Betting Company – Which Is Your Perfect Fit?

Posted on 18/01/2023

Embarking on a career journey in the online gambling realm leads you down two distinct paths: the casino operator and the sports betting company. While both share a common thread as part of the same industry and have similar business models, one delves into casino games while the other is dedicated to sports. Join us as we delve into some specific differences to help you navigate your career choices!

The world of iGaming is a tapestry woven with diverse job roles that cater to unique sectors. In the sports betting arena, roles like sports trader analysts, sportsbook managers, and odds compilers steer the ship. On the other hand, online casinos offer exclusive positions like game designers (especially when games are crafted in-house) and game presenters. Yet the overlap comes in positions that traverse both domains, such as developers, affiliate managers, marketing gurus, graphic designers, and customer care agents.

Another distinction between iGaming casino operators and online betting companies are the games and activities. While the former typically offer a wide range of casino games such as slots, blackjack, roulette, and poker, sports betting companies focus on football games, horse racing, and other competitive events.

As an employee, you might be expected to have a different level of knowledge or expertise depending on the type of company you work for. If you are an avid sports fan, you might want to go for a sports betting company. All the roles mentioned and others are offered in Malta as in-house, hybrid or fully remote, depending on the role and individual company.

Online casinos generally make money by taking a small percentage of each bet placed by players, known as the "house edge." Sports betting companies, on the other hand, may generate revenue through a variety of methods such as odd trading, where the odds are calculated and the company makes money on the lost bets. This may affect the types of tasks and responsibilities you would have as an employee.

Another factor to consider is the customer base as this may also affect the types of customer service and support tasks you would be responsible for.

Online casinos may attract: 

  • A more diverse group of players
  • Those who are interested in traditional casino games
  • Those looking for more interactivity
  • The social gambling experience

 Sports betting companies may primarily attract: 

  • Sports fans
  • Individuals interested in betting on specific events or outcomes

Finally, the culture and environment between the two types of companies may differ quite a lot. This depends on several factors, such as the size of the company, and whether it is privately owned or stock-market listed. When it comes to pursuing a career in the sports betting scene, a fervent passion for sports, especially football, is often expected.

On the other hand, stepping into the world of online casinos demands knowledge about gambling terminologies, the different game types (slots and variety of table games), as well as game providers and their products. Moreover, it is an added benefit if you've experienced gambling yourself as this helps understand the industry from a customer’s perspective.

At this point, you may be wondering how to start working in either of such companies. Let's take a look at a few tips:

  • Having an interest in either casino games or gambling is considered an advantage to getting your foot in the door when it comes to online casinos.
  • For betting companies, being keen on sports would help a lot.  
  • If you have no industry experience, look for companies that have vacancies for junior roles.
  • Look up games from famous game providers like Playtech, Play’n GO, and NetEnt to find out more about typical slot games such as the popular Book of Dead, Gonzo’s Quest, and Starburst.

We will be covering other topics related to iGaming jobs, so follow us to stay up to date. Until our next post, though, this should get the ball rolling!

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