The iGaming sector, which covers online betting and casino gaming, has become a massive industry over the last few years. And, it is expected to see continued growth in the coming decade as more of us opt to place bets and play casino games online. There are many successful online casino and sportsbook brands, some of which have now launched in India.
But much of the success of these gaming brands can be put down to the software developers working behind the scenes. The gaming sites provide the platform, but the casino software developers provide the product. A bit like Netflix or aha wanting the best studio producers and directors, the top casinos will want to attract the best developers to create great games.
So who are these developers? Over the past 25 years – since casinos landed on the internet – we could point to Playtech, NetEnt, Microgaming, IGT, and a few others as dominating the industry. These are massive global companies that provide games for players online on every continent. But lately, they have some competition from smart new developers with innovative ideas. Below we pick out five of the most interesting:
Starting with one of the fastest-growing software providers, Pragmatic Play, presented at www.casino.com/in right now. Founded in 2015, Pragmatic has entered the 2020s with a bang, providing some of the most popular games for online casinos across the world. It has products in bingo and lives casinos, but fans seem to love its range of slot games the most. The games are almost always presented in a fun design with excellent gameplay, but they can also be highly lucrative.
Best Pragmatic Games: Wolf Gold, the Dog House
Evolution is a live casino specialist. The live casino is a relatively new phenomenon, allowing players to access real dealers, tables, cards, etc., for live games streamed from a studio. Evolution will have studios set up to deliver these games, including roulette, blackjack and baccarat. However, players also enjoy Evolution’s wave of new-concept games like Monopoly Live and Crazy Time. These are live studio games that resemble tv game shows, and they have proved to be massive hits with players.
Best Evolution Games: Monopoly Live, Deal or No Deal Live
Big Time Gaming
An Australian developer, Big Time Gaming has the most outsized influence of any company on this list. It is a true innovator, creating games for the casino unlike anything we have seen before. Its greatest achievement was the creation of Megaways games, which offer 1000s of potential winning combinations with every spin. Big Time Gaming decided to license the Megaways technology to other rival developers, and we can find almost 200 different games across major casinos today.
Best Big Time Gaming Games: Bonanza, Lil’ Devil
If you are looking for a developer that packs the most fun into casino games, then Blueprint should be the number one choice. If we take the example of Blueprint’s Rick and Morty Wubba Lubba Dub Dub game, which is based on the hit cartoon series, there are several bonus games and special features stuffed into the gameplay. You could play for hours on end and still not discover all the special bonuses. Blueprint has quickly become one of the world’s top developers, and it seems to be growing all the time.
Best Blueprint Games: Rick and Morty Megaways, The Goonies
Like Big Time Gaming above, Push Gaming tends to make games that are unique, and many players find that refreshing. It does have some standard games, like Ultimate Dream Team – a game based on international football stars. However, the big attraction comes with Push Gaming’s unique offerings like Razor Shark and Jammin’ Jars. These games don’t play like ordinary casino games. Be warned, though: While they can be very lucrative, they can also be very volatile.
Best Push Gaming Games: Wild Swarm, Razor Shark