When you visit an online casino, you are greeted by an incredible variety of games. Most such services have hundreds, maybe thousands of games, most of the slot machines, but they also have many other games – table games, card games, even arcade titles and puzzles you can play for real money wins.
These games don’t just fall out of another dimension – they are built by developers who have to carefully balance not only their return-to-player but their safety, their entertaining nature, and their flawless operation.
When you encounter a new game at your favourite online casino, the developer behind it can give you a hint about what to expect when it comes to quality, entertainment, and wins. So, let’s take a look at some of the best-known and oldest casino game developers today.
Microgaming is a game developer and infrastructure provider based in the Isle of Man, UK. It is one of the oldest such companies in existence – it was founded in the mid-1990s. As such, it also has perhaps the biggest game library available today.
Microgaming is responsible for several breakthroughs in its industry: launching the first real-money mobile slot machine in 2004, the first smartwatch slot, and the first VR casino that offers its players a completely immersive experience. Today, it has more than 800 games, over 700 partners, and a progressive jackpot network that has paid out more than $1.3 billion over the years.
2International Game Technology (IGT)
International Game Technology (IGT for short) is a major international casino solutions provider that produces slot machines and other gaming technology for both the brick-and-mortar and the online gambling industry.
IGT – or rather its predecessor called “A-1 Supply” – was founded in 1975 and made a name for itself with its video poker machines. Over the years, the company has introduced several innovative features that are used in casinos to this day, like their player tracking system that is making ‘frequent player’ rewards possible.
Today, IGT is perhaps the biggest names in the world of land-based gambling, running famous slot machines like “Wheel of Fortune”, “The Joker’s Wild”, or even the jackpot world record holder “Megabucks”. Some of its slot machines are also available online, especially at gaming operators across North America.
NetEnt, formerly known as Net Entertainment, is a gambling solutions developer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its roots go back to the 1960s, to a company operating gaming machines at various hospitality establishments – the company itself was founded in 1996, and started to really take off in the early 2000s.
Over the years, NetEnt games made it into a variety of gaming outlets, including some of the biggest names on the market. In 2015, it becomes the first game developer to obtain a distributor license in the United States. NetEnt has several major titles in its library, including award-winning games like “Gonzo’s Quest”.
Starting this year, NetEnt is part of the Evolution Gaming Group.
Evolution Gaming is famous for introducing a new concept to online casinos: live-dealer games. These games are a combination of the usual online casino games and the personal touch of the real-life original by merging live streams and a digital interface online.
Evolution currently runs nine studios around the world from where it broadcasts its games around the world, including in the US and Canada. From there, it handles everything from traditional table games, TV broadcasts, even game shows online and on TV.
Yggdrasil is a relative newcomer in the industry, one that instantly made a name for itself with its high-quality games, earning the nickname of “the Apple of the casino industry”. The company was founded in 2013 by veterans of the casino business aiming to provide a better gaming experience to customers.
Aside from its high-quality titles, Yggdrasil also introduced innovative features like their signature in-game promotion tools and social media sharing components.
Yggdrasil Gaming has won the IGA Innovator of the Year award for the last four years and has expanded across Europe, signing deals with some of the biggest brands of the market.