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Thanks to the latest developments in gaming platforms, players worldwide can now access new and classic games from the comfort of their homes. Despite the convenience of gaming, the growing popularity of iGaming platforms is still closely linked to the range and quality of their games. In other words, a casino or sportsbook is only as good as the quality of its game. Hence, there are close partnerships between gaming platforms and software developers.

Despite the sea of game developers in the industry, only a handful have consistently produced top-notch games. In this piece, we highlight some of the best developers in the gaming industry.

Names to Know

Microgaming

Microgaming is a well-established developer founded back in 1994 in South Africa. Since their beginning, they have grown into one of the most impactful developers in the industry. With an impressive portfolio of over 1,200 casino games focusing primarily on slots. To say they have been innovators in the space would be an understatement; pioneering the progressive jackpot system, the first online casino software, and the first mobile casino software. They also have one of the best payout rates for players and are responsible for the largest slot payout in history at 20,062,600 won on Mega Moolah.

With their contributions to the gambling space, they also assisted in founding the Interactive Gaming Council to help promote and create trade guidelines for the gaming community. Helping to create a safer gaming experience for players and setting a high bar for the industry.

Evolution

Evolution, formerly known as Evolution Gaming purchased NetEnt for 1.6 billion dollars and rebranded to just Evolution. With a global reach, they’re one of the major players in the gambling software industry. They’ve amassed a solid portfolio of about 260 games to date, with a heavy focus on player interactions and storytelling. One of their greatest contribution to the gaming space has been their commitment to improving the mobile experience. As an early adopter of Flash and Java software, they pushed the mobile experience to new heights in the early to mid-2000s.

After its acquisition by Evolution Gaming in 2020, NetEnt has become the leader in live casino and online table games. Providing some of the most advanced live dealer experiences on the market.

Playtech

Based on the Isle of Man, Playtech has grown into one of the largest developers in the world. Their bread and butter has been their comprehensive library of slots and table games. With a heavy focus on online and mobile gambling, they’ve built an empire of high-end mobile games. Slots make up a majority of their content, including some recognizable titles such as Buffalo Blitz.

They have a specific focus on cross-platform titles opening up a hugely diverse audience. Allowing their games to run on a wide range of devices with ease. They’ve become one of the most flexible developers in the industry.

Pragmatic Play

Pragmatic Play is one of the newer players in the gambling development scene established back in 2015. They already have an impressive portfolio of over 200 games ranging from slots, and live dealer table games to bingo; with much of their lineup being cross-platform. Being such a new player in the industry they’ve already amassed an impressive array of accolades. Winning multiple awards from notable organizations such as the Innovation Award in Slot Provision from the EGR Awards, and the Innovation Award in Mobile from the SBC Awards.
They’re also strong proponents in the regulator scene, with multiple certificates from high-ranking regulatory bodies. Their growth has been a direct result of their dedication to creating engaging, well-functioning games.

Other Players in the Industry

Play’n Go

Since its founding in 2005, Play’n Go has become one of the largest suppliers of online slots in the world with a portfolio of over 300 games. They’ve become a leading force in the industry with some of the most visual and innovative slots in the market.

Bally

Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Bally has a long history in the gaming community. As one of the original slot machine manufacturers for Vegas going back to the 60s they’re one of the most established names in the industry. With the natural progression of the industry, Bally has transitioned into the development sphere. Their primary focus remains on slots, providing high-quality games such as Golden Pharaoh, Hot Shot, and Money Vault.

International Game Technology

With its foundation back in 1975, the International Game Technology, or IGT for short has done a bit of everything in the gambling industry. Their primary focus has been on slot games, producing over 800 titles available in over 100 countries.

NetEnt

Founded back in 1996 as Net Entertainment now just NetEnt, is ubiquitous in the industry for its innovation and high-quality slots. With hundreds of slots with over 100 providers worldwide, they have become one of the largest providers of gambling software in the world. Providing high-quality games for a multitude of platforms including PC, Mac, IOS, Android, and more. With its wide-spread success, NetEnt ended up being purchased by Evolution, but still operates under them as NetEnt.

Wrap Up

As the iGaming industry continues to expand, it’s clear that the leading game providers are offering more to players. With their commitment to delivering the best possible gaming experience, these top providers are poised to attract even more players and retain their existing user base.

Mitchell Lebrun

Mitchell Lebrun is the head of content at EatWatchGamble, working directly with our team of writers to ensure EWG is the ultimate casino resource. Mitchell is an Oregon State grad and avid NBA fan.

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