There are a host of casino software providers on the market, all of whom craft exciting and immersive slots and table games for your entertainment. Download casinos will offer games from one supplier exclusively, but sites where you can play instantly in Flash can provide titles from a range of different companies.
All software companies have their own areas of expertise and recognisable styles. Here is a guide to the most popular casino software used around the world at the moment.
Playtech is headquartered on the Isle of Man and is the world’s biggest supplier of online gambling software. The firm is well known for its hook-ups with huge Hollywood films and Marvel Comics characters, offering slots themed around Captain America, Rocky and X-Men to name just a few. As well as regular slots, the firm provides massive progressive jackpot games, multiplayer table games and renowned live dealer offerings.
Casinos partnered with Playtech include William Hill, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.
Also located on the Isle of Man, Microgaming prides itself on having created the world’s first internet casino in 1994. Since then, it has developed more than 800 different titles, which are played at some of the biggest sites around.
The company produces sports games such as Football Star and Cricket Star, film tie-ins like Terminator 2 and classics such as Mega Moolah, the much-loved progressive jackpot slot that can climb up to eight figures.
You can play Microgaming titles at 32Red Casino, BetVictor Casino and Bet365 Games.
Net Entertainment, more commonly known as NetEnt, started life in Sweden in 1996. The company’s games are renowned for their slick animations and beautifully-realised cartoon-like graphics.
The firm dedicates itself to constant innovation and ensures that its titles work just as well, if not better, on mobile as they do on desktop thanks to its Touch product. NetEnt designs its games to have a higher payout percentage than many competitors, a feature that it claims keeps players interested for longer.
Titles such as Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst and Jack and the Beanstalk can be played at Mr Green Casino, 888Casino and Boylesports Casino.
IGT / GTECH
Short for International Game Technology, IGT is based in Nevada in the US. A leading name in designing games for the casino floor, IGT also provides online versions of these titles as well as games created solely for desktop and mobile play. Its merger with multibillion-dollar grossing lottery and iGaming firm GTECH has further cemented its place in the casino hierarchy.
If you’re playing online, Coral Casino, Genting and Grosvenor are the places to go to spin the reels of Cleopatra, Wolf Run and Golden Goddess from IGT. Those who like to play in land-based casinos will find IGT titles at Grosvenor and Genting locations across the UK.
Progress Play was formed by an experienced team of iGaming professionals and the company provides the software to run a series of online casinos, including Lottery Games. The firm offers its partners titles from suppliers such as Microgaming and Thunderkick, meaning you can enjoy games such as Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones and The Dark Knight Rises at Progress Play sites.
In addition to providing software for several online bingo offerings, Gamesys also creates exciting, engaging slot games for a number of websites. Operating under the idea of being “wonderfully weird”, Gamesys productions are whimsical, cheeky and always a good laugh.
You can access fun Gamesys titles such as Secrets of the Phoenix, Double Bubble and Wonderland at Virgin Games and Caesars Casino.
Scientific Games is responsible for the world-famous Rainbow Riches slot, which is in high demand at land-based and online casinos and has even spawned a spin-off room at major bingo sites. The SG Interactive brand brings together titles from studios like Bally, Barcrest and WMS.
Other big name games include Monopoly Big Event, Zeus 1,000 and Rainforest Dream, and you can give some of Scientific Games’ slots a spin at Gala Casino and Sky Vegas.
In an unusual move for the industry, 888Casino employs a crack team of developers to create many of its games in-house. Titles like Millionaire Genie and Ultimate Grill Thrill are available to play at the casino, as well as its sister sites.
Other Software Providers
Other companies creating interesting and innovative products for online casinos include Thunderkick, which makes its mission to develop “amusing games” whilst prioritising “quality over quantity”, Yggdrasil and Novomatic.