$500M is what slot machine manufacturer IGT paid for social game studio DoubleDown Interactive last year. More than EA paid for Playfish. For a company with 1 game that is not even in the top 25 of largest Facebook games. Before that, Caesar's had bought Playtika (Slotomania), also for a 9-digit buy-out fee. Why are social casino games are so hot right now? And why are gambling companies buying free-to-play game studios? What can the game industry learn from the world of gambling, and vice versa? In this session, Raf Keustermans, co-founder and CEO of social casino startup Plumbee will share insights and data from both worlds : current markets, similarities and differences, growth & margin softness in online gambling, analytics, 'whales', trends, risks and opportunities.