List of online casino software companies
The online casino industry is diverse in the locations it spans and this means many different software companies have sprung up to cover the vastly different laws and expectations in each country.
For instance, the biggest software company in the world is Microgaming, which abides by each country’s different laws to a tee, which means players from key markets such as Australia and the USA are not able to access these games. But this has not stopped smaller software companies such as RealTime Gaming and Betsoft from servicing these markets.
This page will provide an overview of the software companies available and what kind of markets they service. In time the World Gambling List will cover each of the individual iGaming software companies in separate articles.
The biggest software companies
Microgaming: Has been around since 1994 and blossomed into one of the most talked about companies in iGaming. Has many different divisions and boasts close to 1000 slot games and table games. Also has live dealer games available. Has a downloadable platform for windows. As a listed company it only services countries which fail to address online casinos in law, or have regulation.
Playtech: The arch rival of Microgaming and also a giant in the industry. Has a downloadable platform for windows and solely powers many online casinos. Does also offer licences to allow some games to appear at casinos boasting multiple software providers. Again Playtech is a listed company so does not service countries with strict gambling laws.
NetEntertainment: While Net Ent is not as big as the other two companies listed under this category, it does have a strong following and boasts some of the most talked about games. Is listed so again doesn’t service the hard-to-reach countries. Provides a full platform, including live dealer, so you will find some casinos solely powered by NetEnt.
Mid-sized software companies
Betsoft: Is arguably the biggest software company to service the USA and Australia, two key gambling countries. Has a great selection of slots games and is very impressive on both mobile and desktop.
RealTime Gaming: Would comfortably sit among the biggest software companies in the world, but it’s hard to gauge just how big they are because they are a private company. Has many live dealer games and slots and operates in markets like China and the USA.
IGT: Formerly knows as WaterWorks, IGT is the world’s biggest land-based slots provider, but has branched out into the online world. Has many recognisable online slots available to countries that have casino regulation.
Aristocrat: Is an Australian company and one of the world’s largest land-based slots providers. Has a good selection of slots games available online, with its Vegas line the most well-known. Is not available in the USA and Australia.
Quickspin: Part of the Microgaming empire, but does not face the same restrictions as its parent company. Is available in many countries with strict gambling laws.
Rival: Are not that well-known outside of the USA market, but the fact they do service here and that they have been around since 2005 means they sit alongside some other important software companies. Keep an eye out for the i-Slots range.
Up and coming software companies
Felix Gaming: Has an exclusive agreement with SlotsMillion Casino. Is run by a group of experienced UK casino people. Has a small selection of slots.
iSoftbet: Has made its mark quickly in the online casino world. Has an impressive selection of slots games with many of them branded from TV and movies. Specialise in regulated markets and are a company to watch closely in the coming years.
2 by 2 gaming: A growing software company with a strong reputation. Well worth checking out the games available. Titles include Humpty Dumpty and Ming Dynasty.
EGT: Specialist in video slots and keno, but have pretty much had a crack at every type of online casino game since being founded in 2002. You will find their games available right across the industry.
Nolimit City: Based in Stockholm, NoLimit City have a strong reputation for cutting-edge games. Boast both Malta and Swedish gambling licences. Have great slots titles such as Oktoberfest and Creepy Carnival.
Felt: Specialise in table games as their name suggests. A boutique software company that you will find in various countries around the world.
Red Tiger Gaming: Has a growing selection of online slots games, including the much anticipated Esqueleto Mariachi, which is due out in 2018. Also has a small selection of RNG table games, which includes blackjack, baccarat and roulette.
Leander: Has a good selection of branded slots with Alice Cooper one of the main releases for 2018. Does not have a huge selection of games but have been around for a while and generally produce quality.
Playson: Provides games for both online and land-based casinos and has a good worldwide presence. Has slots, video poker, blackjack, roulette and some other tables games.
Booongo: Has more than 30 slots available on its platform and has an impressive roadmap for the future. Does operate at casinos servicing hard-to-reach markets like Australia. A company to watch.
Games Lab: An Australian boutique games provider with only a handful of games.
Games Warehouse: UK-based company with a good reputation for providing quality online slots. Is known for the land-based game Paragon machines which you will find right across the UK and include games of skill.
Best live dealer online casino software
Evolution Gaming is a favourite of the team at the WorldGamblingList.com. They operate in most markets, have a huge selection of live dealer games and are partnered with many of the biggest brands in the world — such as LeoVegas, 888 Casino and Mr Green. They have more than 13 different table games available across a heap of different platforms, including desktop PC, TVs, mobile and other handheld devices. In fact, some land-based casinos who have an online live dealer offering use Evolution Gaming as their turnkey solution.
Having said this there are plenty of quality live dealer offerings available on the Internet, including from the giant casino operators like Microgaming and Playtech, with both of these faultless in both operation and presentation. The one downside of these two brands is they don’t service many markets such as China, Australia and the USA, some of the biggest in the world. NetEntertainment is another that offers a great solution for live dealer play.
Some of the smaller software companies including Ezugi and Felt are up and coming in the live dealer category and continue to offer unique games and attractions. The main thing to watch out for when you are looking to play live dealer is the brand that it is offered by, because often the trust you are putting in the game is directed at the online casino, rather than the software company.
In terms of live dealer games available online you will find everything you would find in a land-casino plus more. For instance blackjack, roulette and baccarat are basically at every online casino, while many more will have poker variations, keno and even multi-game variations of the aforementioned, which means you can play more than table at once.
Best online slots software
Online slots are massive. While it’s hard to judge just how much is spent across the globe each year, because so many countries are without regulation, you can safely guess it goes into the hundreds of millions of US dollars. Some of the software companies that we like at the WorldGamblingList for their slots games include NetEntertainment, Microgaming, Playtech and Betsoft, although there are many more that are well worth a look.
Some of the things to watch out for when you play online slots are themed games, with many favourite characters such as Superman, Batman, Ironman and James Dean having their own games. Other themed games include Southpark, Game Of Thrones, Jumanji, Playboy and many many more. This space will continue to grow as the industry does.
Are there any rogue software companies?
Yes. Basically you want to play at casinos with good reputations because they are highly unlikely to rip you off. Ironically countries which have strict gambling laws have made it far more likely that you will get ripped off, although if you do your research and act smartly you will be fine playing online.
If you want to do your own homework on a certain game, work out which brand it is, then do a simple Google search, which will then reveal what other players are saying about it. If you are unsure about a casino game, look up its licensing. If you can’t find that or reviews, run for the hills. Companies like RealTime Gaming don’t have the most respectable licensing but they DO have great reputations for serving countries with tight laws.