Online Casino Software Providers
In Canada, online and mobile casino gaming is by far the most popular form of gambling in the country. For players who are thinking about signing up with an online casino, there are a lot of factors to consider. Chief among them is the casino software provider.
The casino software that powers a mobile and online casino determines how a player can access games and what types of games they can play. The software provider is also responsible for the accuracy of the games and the auditing of their random number generators among other things. But let’s start off with the basics.
Types of Casino Software
Online casino software can be split into three main categories:
- Download Casinos
- Instant Play Casinos
- Mobile Casinos
Depending on the software provider and the casino itself, the site might only offer and instant play option or all three options. The download casino is specifically designed for PC, Mac computers or mobile. The download casino can only be accessed from a single computer or mobile device but it does offer the full range of games. This is ideal for players who want a reliable, secure connection and a complete gaming package.
Instant play casinos include flash-based software, which allows players to play instantly online using flash technology. This type of casino can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices via the web browser. The third type of casino software is the designed and optimised for mobile. This can either be in the form of a mobile friendly website or a downloadable app. The casino software developer creates and designs the app for the casino or provides specific game apps.
Quality Casino Games
While the casino software provider plays many roles, the most important factor to consider is the type games available. If a specific software provider powers a casino, they will feature only those specific games. It often happens that a casino site makes use of more than one provider and uses and in-house team to run the site. For the most part though, casinos tend to stick to one or two software providers for their online and mobile casino software. This means that players should focus on what type of games the software provider offers and the range of games in lobby.
While there are many casino software providers on the net, there are a few industry leaders that are always a good choice if you are looking for a site to sign up with. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular online casino software providers.
Established in 1994, Microgaming is one of the oldest and most established software providers in the industry. They offer a wide range of casino games and they operate one of the largest online poker networks on the Internet. They have won numerous awards and have over 600 games in their library with more games added each month. Some of the most popular Microgaming titles include:
- Thunderstruck II
- Immortal Romance
- Avalon II
- Mega Moolah
Net Entertainment or NetEnt is a Swedish company established in 1996. Originally set up by one of Scandinavia’s largest casino operators, NetEnt has gone on to become of the of the largest online casino providers in Europe. Net Entertainment has a primary focus on slot games but also offers a range of card/table and live dealer games. NetEnt games are particularly famous for their outstanding graphics and superb animation. Their slots are always entertaining and are constantly in play at online and mobile casinos. Some of the most popular NetEnt games include:
- Gonzos Quest
- The Invisible Man
- Jack & The Beanstalk
Playtech is one of the most popular casino software providers on the Internet. Their unique software is used by a large number of online casinos in the Europe and the UK. Playtech offer a massive range of games including slots, table games, card games, video poker and live dealer games. Playtech is perhaps best known for their impressive selection of DC Comic slots. They also run one of the largest online poker networks. Some of the most popular Playtech games include:
- Batman & the Penguin Prize
- Batman & Mr. Freeze Fortune
- Batman & The Batgirl Bonanza
- Batman & The Riddler Riches
- The Green Lantern
Real Time Gaming
Real Time Gaming (RGT) is one of the largest software providers that accept players from the US and Canada. Established in 1998 in Atlanta Georgia, RTG has since moved its operations to Costa Rica where they continue to pump out top-class online and mobile casino games. They are most widely known for their progressive jackpot slots and video slots games. However, they do offer a good range of card and table games as well as instant play games. They offer instant play, downloadable and mobile games that are compatible with a wide range of devices. Some of the most popular Real Time Gaming titles include:
- Mayan Queen
- Crystal Waters
- Cleopatra’s Gold
- Aztecs Millions
- Iris 3000
- Diamond Dozen