The power behind online casinos lies with the casino software providers as they are the creators of the games which so many Irish casino players enjoy. In the very beginning of online casinos several of them tried to create their own casino software as that was the only alternative but as the software has become much more sophisticated it has become a specialised area to the extent that no online casino worth its salt would even attempt to write casino software. That leaves the industry of casino software writing in the hands of only a few companies although it is pleasing to see that there are new entrants that are attracting online casinos to place their games on the sites. The big players in the casino software industry are, in no particular order, Microgaming, Playtech and NetEnt. Microgaming is the oldest of the bunch having been around since 1994 which was pretty much at the beginning of online casinos and they are based in the Isle of Man and have a large number of casino slots featuring well known names such as Jurassic Park™ and Terminator 2™. As a large casino software supplier they are also keen to keep adding new casino slots so for example even this month (July) you can keep a look out for “Six Acrobats” which is a five reel 9 line game and “Sugar Parade” which is a 5 reel 15 line game both with wilds and free spins mode with enhanced multipliers of wins. Also scheduled for this month is Castle Builder 2™ which looks intriguing although casinos.ie has not yet tried it out.
Playtech is a company which was established in 1999 in Estonia and welcomes the first casino licensee in 2001. From these early beginnings Playtech has grown through acquisition and internal development into a major player in the casino software industry and is listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2012. Playtech is also based in the Isle of Man but has development centres in 14 countries and employs more than 5000 people which gives some idea of the size of this industry. Playtech clims to release around 50 new games each year and is proud of their relationship with movie and entertainment brands such as Marvel, MGM, HBO and NBC Universal which enables them to create casino slots featuring some of the best known characters in the entertainment industry. New games this month include a slot based on the 80’s classic film Dirty Dancing™ and Ice Cave™ which a Norse themed slot of 5 reels and 20 lines taking you back to the Vikings.
NetEnt was founded in 1996 a few years before Playtech and introduced their first casino in 2002 and have since grown to employing over 1000 people in 6 different countries including Malta, USA, Poland, Gibraltar, Ukraine and of course Sweden which is where they are listed on the stock exchange. NetEnt has a number of casino slots that will be familiar to Irish casino players especially those who play at All Irish Casino that include Starburst™ and the always quirky Gonzo’s Quest™ along with Jack Hammer 2™ and the jackpot slots Mega Fortune™ which is listed in the Guiness World Records as having a record breaking payout of €17.86 million and a world record jackpot of €8.6 million on mobile. These jackpots are what are known as pooled jackpots which include other titles such as Hall of Gods™, Arabian NIghts™ and Mega Fortune Dreams™Look out also for the themed slot Guns N’ Roses™ where their music accompanies an interesting casino slot game.
Outside of these three largest casino software suppliers there are others which although smaller still have a lot to offer. For example Amatic Industries has been in operation since 1993 but have focussed on cabinet style games including electronic roulette and lottery terminals. Recently they have created an online casino division called Amanet which is bringing their wealth of experience to the online gaming market. One of the first online casinos to feature Amanet games is CasinoCasino.com which can be accessed from this casino.ie site. Based in Austria Amatic also operates around the world as can be seen from the participation in the Peru Gaming Show just last month.
Another lesser known name is NYX Gaming and they may be better known for the sports betting group Openbet. NYX games can be found at large operators such as Bet365 and William Hill but also at specialised online casino operators. Thunderkick is another lesser known name in the casino software industry but has some spectacular slots. Created in 2012 they operate out of Malta and Stockholm and are licensed in the UK as well. Their slots are used by a number of online casinos both large and small including InstaCasino.com which again is available from this site. They have a number of different games but certainly Birds on a Wire® is worth a second look if only for the way in which strange looking birds are electrocuted after landing on live wires. The game also has wilds and win multipliers but the graphics are great fun. Instacasino probably carries the greatest mixture of casino software suppliers in one place but top Irish casinos such as All Irish Casino also carry games from more than one supplier. The majority o games are from NetEnt which in itself has a wide line up but when complemented by casino slots from Microgaming under the Quickfire banner it should provide enough choice for anybody.
The whole casino software industry is developing all the time with more and more new games being introduced to online casinos every month. The best way to keep up to date is to follow the news section of your online casino or to choose the new games section where the new games can be found.