Online Casino Game Designers & Providers
Casino players who choose to spend their time and money online now have an overwhelming choice of different, highly talented teams and creative studios designing imaginative new releases every month. Thankfully, long gone are the days when just a few core game publishers controlled most of the online entertainment market and as a result, the increased competition for your attention and your gambling funds has led to a much wider variety in online casino games available for players to choose from. Lots of online players have their preferred game publisher or designer and eagerly await their next release. Long may this continue. Below we take a look at some of the best known online casino game developers and publishers.
Ainsworth Game Technology was founded in 1995 and claims to be committed to becoming "the leading manufacturer and supplier of gaming machines, software and related equipment". Ainsworth's HQ is based in Sydney, Australia with offices in Florida and Las Vegas, USA. Regular news reports and press releases reveal this is an expanding enterprise with new contracts being agreed on a regular basis to provide its games to more online casinos. Ainsworth's founder, Len Ainsworth, has a long history of working in the gambling industry having previously served as chairman of Aristocrat Leisure (of which he maintains a significant stake) which produced its first gaming machine way back in 1953.
Ainsworth featured games: Enchanted Eyes: Big Hit Bonanza
Alchemy Gaming is a relative newcomer to the online casino games industry, having launched in 2019 as an exclusive independent designer for Microgaming. Alchemy's game output thus far hasn't been overly prolific but with the backing of the mighty Microgaming as a route to supplying its wares to online casinos, the future is probably bright for the company once it develops a more comprehensive output of game releases. Alchemy Gaming's website states that the team behind-the-scenes are 'gaming alchemists' and that they intend to focus on being "inventive, quirky and calculated" whilst "creating a polished audiovisual experience". Alchemy aim to produce fresh gaming experiences that balance player experience with win potential. They freely admit they'll need to experiment to find this magic sweet spot.
Alchemy Gaming featured games: Wheel Of Wishes
Founded in 2006, Betsoft is a very well-known game designer and supply their releases to online casinos catering to worldwide players, with few of the country-restrictions enforced by most software developers and studios. Located in Malta, Betsoft is one of the most prolific game producers with a regular flow of new releases made available to players every month and now provides its games to more than 500 online casinos. Betsoft's game frequently stand out from the competition with entertaining, fun graphics and 3D slots. Betsoft is hugely popular with download-friendly and browser-based casinos alike, along with a healthy number of mobile-based games. Since the company's inception, Betsoft has won numberous awards for its innovative games including 'Casino Supplier of the Year', 'Slot Provider of the Year', 'iGaming Excellence' and 'Media Innovator' on several occasions.
Based in the Isle of Man, Microgaming is one of - if not the - best known of all online casino game developers. The company claims to have created the very first internet-based casino games (for Gaming Club) in 1994, although this claim is disputed by at least one other online casino. For the majority of its history, Microgaming solely produced casino games in-house but in recent years has branched out to include hundreds of titles from independent third-party developers, further enhancing its already enormous database of hundreds of games. Regardless of if Microgaming's claim to have been the first online casino provider is correct or not, the company can certainly boast of having the biggest progressive jackpots available with many of them reaching several millions (in the player's own currency) and these jackpots are frequently won and paid out in one lump sum by the best participating casinos.
Microgaming featured games: Aces and Faces - All American Poker - Astro Legends - Lyra and Erion - Attack On Retro - Aurora Beast Hunter - Baccarat - Battle Mania - Bowled Over - Dream Date - Electric Avenue - Electro Bingo - European Blackjack Gold - Georgie Porgie - Germinator - Immortal Romance - Poke The Guy - Premier Roulette - Reel Splitter - Reel Talent - Rockabilly Wolves - Sidewinder - Taboo Spell - Thunderstruck II - Tiki Vikings - Treasure Skyland - Wheel Of Wishes - Wonder Woods
Founded in 1996 (though working in the land-based casino industry since 1963), NetEnt is now a firmly established name in online casino scene and has been responsible for many of the biggest in-game officially licensed releases. Seemingly going from strength to strength, NetEnt is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and continue to knock-out quality games at an incredible pace with the company's releases continuing to soar in popularity throughout lots of countries globally. NetEnt has offices located in Gibraltar, Malta, Kiev (Ukraine), Gothenburg and Stockholm (Sweden), London (UK), Poland and the USA.
NetEnt featured games: European Roulette - Evolution - Fisticuffs - Gonzo's Quest - Jack and the Beanstalk - Jack Hammer - Marbles - Mini Blackjack - Mini Roulette - Muse - Wild Inspirations - Ocean's Treasure - Robin Hood - Shifting Reels - Shoot 4 Gold - South Park - Victorious
Pragmatic Play's background and company information is one of the more complicated in our industry. Originally going back to the year 2007, Pragmatic Play's history began under the title of TopGame which is a name you might occasionally still come across in your internet travels. TopGame had a so-so reputation at best that involved some dodgy games and progressive jackpot pools that were never paid out to players. Move forward to 2016 and the company was rebranded (or purchased, depending on who you believe) and became Pragmatic Play. Since then, the company's reputation and casino game offering have been considerably improved and there are plenty of very reputable online casinos carrying Pragmatic Play's releases. Things become even more murky when we introduce another brand - Octopus Gaming - that appears to be part of the same company. From what we can determine, it is probably dependent on the jurisdiction/countries catered for that depends on whether the company decides to brand new game releases as a Pragmatic Play or Octopus Gaming title. Some players and review websites are still wary of the company which is more than understandable given some unpleasant background but this does appear to be historic and as long as you are playing at a reliable online casino then we see no reason not to recommend taking part in their games. Of course, we keep a regular eye on this. Pragmatic Play certainly has a worldwide presence globally with 'Business Offices' located in Gibraltar and Malta and 'development and operational' offices based in Belgrade (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania), Cardiff (Wales, UK), Hyderabad and Noida (India), Kiev and Zhytomir (Ukraine), London (UK) and Manila (Philippines).
By any definition, Realtime Gaming - usually referred to by its abbreviation RTG - is a true veteran of the online casino industry having been launched in the USA back in 1998. The company has changed hands at least once and remains a popular supplier of new games today with a contant stream of fresh releases hitting the best online casinos monthly, sometimes weekly. Realtime Gaming has been a stalwart supplier of online gambling entertainment for players in frequently overlooked markets such as Australia and the USA which are often excluded by game developers. RTG has consistently remained loyal to these and all markets throughout years of legal difficulties and they are worthy of praise for their determination to keep on producing games for as many countries as possible. Of course, it will always be down to the decision of individual online casinos which countries to accept or exclude but Realtime Gaming freely make their games accessible for all players to enjoy.
Realtime Gaming featured games: 5 Wishes - Cai Hong - Cleopatra's Gold - Dr. Winmore - Eagle Shadow Fist - Halloween Treasures - Mermaid's Pearls - Pulsar - Ritchie Valens La Bamba - Storm Lords - The Mariachi 5 - Trigger Happy - Wu Zeitan
From seemingly humble beginnings at the launch of Rival in 2005, this casino games developer has since become one of the best known producers of high-quality, original and entertaining gambling games of all types for online players. With fifteen years of experience and learning, Rival has consistently improved and enhanced its offerings to online casinos with a company philosophy of "Build games people love to play", resulting in a huge number of casinos now featuring Rival's games as their core provider. Lots of download-based casinos are primarily Rival-based and also incorporate the benefit of including games from other software providers, creating super-sized online casinos with enormous virtual gaming floors - bigger than anything you'll find in Vegas. Another huge plus in our eyes is Rival Gaming's accessibility, particularly when compared to its competition. We have always found Rival to be extremely approachable and friendly and that speaks volumes.
Exclusively designing games for the online gambling giant that is Microgaming, Triple Edge has created a small but steadily growing portfolio of casino games since its inception in early 2018. Triple Edge Studios state that "every new project and product is an exciting challenge and that their team is "passionate about producing quality world leading software". It's still very early days for this game developer so time will tell. There is definitely enough industry experience within the Triple Edge Studios team with individuals at the company having previously worked at Bally Technologies, IGT and Scientific Games. If our research is correct (and we hope it is!), Triple Edge Studios' current Executive Director is also the Studio Head at another prominent gambling company, Mahi Gaming based in San Diego, USA.
WGS Technology, often referred to simply as WGS, has been operating in the online casino business since 1996. Originally named OddsOn, WGS was rebranded to Vegas Technology in 2005 and then rebranded again to its current identity of WGS Technology in 2011. It appears this was the point when WGS immediately stepped up its output of new casino games that continues to this day, supplying propriety games to a wide number of online casinos targeting various markets globally. WGS Technology isn't the easiest company to communicate with and most of their new game releases are advertised by participating casinos rather than the designers directly. The company has a registered website domain but it has not been active for some time. That said, any WGS-related queries we have are directed to a WGS Technology-powered casino and we've always received a prompt response from the casino, courtesy of WGS.
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