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A major part of finding your perfect casino revolves around the software powering its iGaming content. Over the years, a few companies have risen to the top of this industry, and collectively they have developed some of the world’s best online casino games. We’ll take a look at these mega brands whilst also highlighting a few other names worthy of your attention.
Online Casino Software
When it comes to online casino software, the choice is truly massive. The number of world-class development houses is growing all the time, with everyone vying for position to be the next big thing.
Seasoned online casino players will know that certain
games crop up over and over on various sites. That’s because, when a game is good, all the biggest online casinos want to have it in their catalogue.
At present, there are a handful of developers moving ahead of the rest. These guys are the biggest and best in the
business, and for good reason. No matter whether you like slots, table and card games, live dealer games, video poker, bingo, or lotto, you’re sure to find a ton of choices with these big hitters.
Microgaming is one of the world leaders in online casino software. It is based in the Isle of Man and claims to have created the world’s first true online casino software back in 1994. It also developed the first mobile casino software in 2004.
It has over 600 games on offer, including slots, blackjack, roulette, and video poker. It also runs a standalone multiplayer poker network called The MPN.
Progressive jackpot slots are a big selling point for Microgaming casinos. Its Mega Moolah slot holds the current world record for the largest ever payout by an online casino. An incredible 13,209,300 from only a 25 coin spin!
Some of the top games on offer include:
- Jungle Jim El Dorado
- Lost Vegas
- Immortal Romance
- Hot As Hades
- Thunderstruck 2
- Avalon 2
- Titans of the Sun Hyperion
It also features some huge licenced titles, such as:
- Jurassic World
- Terminator 2
- Battlestar Galactica
NetEnt is another huge name in the online casino software industry. It’s a Swedish company, originally founded in Stockholm in 1996. It now employs over 1,000 people from around the world, and its software handled over 41 billion transactions in 2017.
It has a library of over 200 games, including popular titles:
- Asgardian Stones
- Gonzo’s Quest
- Mega Fortune
- Lost Relics
NetEnt casinos also have some fantastic branded games, like:
- Guns N Roses
- Jimi Hendrix
- Planet of the Apes
NetEnt is also well known for its live dealer games. Some of the biggest names in the online casino world use NetEnt Live software to operate their live casinos.
Over the years NetEnt has won numerous industry awards. Most recently, it picked up the ‘Innovation in Mobile’ prize at the EGR B2B awards in 2018. It also won the ‘Online Casino Supplier of the Year’ at the 2018 Global Gaming Awards in London.
Playtech is currently the world's largest online gaming software supplier, and it’s traded on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. It was founded in 1999 in Estonia and launched its first casino product in 2001. Like Microgaming, it is now based in the Isle of Man.
Playtech offers a huge range of gaming and betting software, including blackjack, roulette, poker, bingo, sports betting, live dealer games, and video slots. It employs over 5,000 people in 17 countries around the world and has 140 global licences in 20 regulated jurisdictions.
It launched the world’s largest poker network, iPoker, in 2004, but also has a catalogue of over 600 casino games. Some of the ones to look out for at the top Playtech casinos would be:
- Age of the Gods (series)
- Jackpot Giant
- Beach Life
- Buffalo Blitz
Like all the best developers, it also has a range of well-known licenced titles. These include:
- Top Gun
- Ace Ventura Pet Detective
- American Dad
- Green Lantern
International Game Technology PLC, known as IGT, was formally called Gtech S.p.A and
Lottomatic S.p.A. It is based in London, UK, but also has major offices in Rome and Las Vegas. As well as online casino software, IGT is one the world leaders in physical casino gaming equipment.
It has a huge workforce of over 12,000 employees and spends an incredible $300 million on research and development every single year. Of course, a large percentage of that workforce and research budget is directed towards the equipment side of the business. But make no mistake, with all that experience, IGT casinos are among the best out there.
That translates into some great games. As well as online blackjack, roulette, poker, bingo, and lotto games, it also has video slots like:
- DaVinci Diamonds
- Monkey Prince
- Elephant King
- White Orchid
There are also licenced titles here, such as:
- Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles
- Wheel of Fortune
Novomatic was started in Austria in 1980. Its founder, Johann Graf, was an apprentice butcher. In 1974, at age 28, he began importing Belgian pinball machines to be set up in pubs and cafes. As of 2015, Forbes listed him as the 208th richest man in the world, worth an estimated $7 billion.
Novomatic has offices in 46 countries around the world. As well as online casinos, there are also bricks-and-mortar Novomatic casinos in locations such as Berlin and Chile.
It is well known for bringing popular land-based casino games to online players, with slots such as:
- Book of Ra (series)
- Captain Venture
- Big Catch
It also owns the video slot rights to the classic Tarantino movie From Dusk Till Dawn.
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