Casino Game Providers – A Living History
Any proper history lesson in the realm of casino game providers begins and ends with the folks at Microgaming. Microgaming is widely seen as the trailblazing company who started it all with popular table games like blackjack and roulette. From there they went ahead and developed Cash Splash which was a blockbuster in 1998. Beyond Microgaming though there are several other companies that were also there when the industry began that also caught on. Providers whose popularity has soared over the last few years like NetEnt and Playtech, are seen as some of the more forward-thinking online gaming providers in this bustling industry. Let’s take a deep-dive into some of these more popular providers.
Microgaming was the very first casino game provider to develop traditional casino table games. At first, they used games like roulette and blackjack on their own casino platform but over time they realised it made more sense to specialise in one field only. So they decided to team up with other casinos and simply supply the games. Possibly the smartest move Microgaming made was not focusing simply on traditional casino table games and instead developing an expansive library of games from many different genres. In addition to developing the first online roulette and blackjack games, they also created the first 3-reel and 5-reel slots. In 1998 they created a game called Cash Splash, which would revolutionise the online slots industry by offering a progressive jackpot pay-out. This paved the way for them to create even more progressive jackpot slots, many of which became gold-standards on which other progressive games are still based on today.
CryptoLogic used to be a a major casino slot provider but they don’t exist as such anymore. As a matter of fact, although they did begin in the casino industry, their initial focus was not on developing games. Early on, CryptoLogic developed security platforms dealing with encrypted communication between players and online casino operators. Their initial foray into this part of the industry was meant to give them the opportunity to test their security protocols. Some time later they realised a potential for profit by the licensing of their gaming software and developed an arm of CryptoLogic called: “WagerLogic”. WagerLogic is still seen today on some games but is no longer owned by CryptoLogic as they sold it to a company called Amaya Gaming in 2012.
Playtech is a company which background story could remind you of the super-heroes “The X-Men”. Back in 1999, they recruited the best people from around the industry with different strengths from software engineering to multimedia to form Playtech. That experience has served them well as Playtech was the very first casino slot provider to offer live dealer games. They started doing this way back in 2003, only two short years after their very first games made their debut.
NetEnt is a company that may not have the same longevity in the industry as Microgaming and doesn’t have the technical wizardry as Playtech but it has still managed to leave its mark in the online casino world. NetEnt, a Scandinavian company which is based in Stockholm, also started out as an online casino, and was an immediate success, not in the least thanks to the solid brick-and-mortar casino experience of the founders of the company. It currently specialises in 3D animated slots and a touch-slot casino gaming platform developed for mobile gaming.