You might be surprised to hear that the majority of top casino games are created by just a handful of production companies. Building online video slots worthy of Pixar movies, and Live Roulette games that transport you straight to the casino floor, the user experience has become better and more vivid than ever before. Here is a look at the top five online casino software makers.
The world's biggest suppliers of online gaming software didn't get to where they are today by standing still. Playtech have produced some of the most impressive software around, much of which you’d never even realise was their handiwork. Ever played a Marvel slot like The Avengers? Playtech produces them all.
Their Live Casino games grace big online casinos such as Winner Live Casino and Coral Live Casino, and they’re also currently the only gaming software company offering Casino Hold'em. Arguably, their Double Screen Roulette delivers the best Live Roulette experience on the market.
Few game developers can boast the kind of skill and scope that goes into producing NetEnt's video slots. From the graphics to the storylines, they pride themselves on the qualities of immersion and innovation. Think of the most unique online slot experience you've had - you can bet your bottom dollar it was a NetEnt creation.
The recent Aliens game, which drops players into battle against a horde of space creatures and evolves as the gameplay progresses, is an excellent example. As is Jack and the Beanstalk, which boasts one of the most elaborate, exciting and profitable free spin games you’re likely to encounter. And that’s without mentioning that a player won a fantastic €2.5m on their Mega Moolah slot at LeoVegas Casino.
Microgaming can claim to have created the world’s first true online casino in 1994. And they haven't looked back - the jackpots available across all of their slots add up to an impressive £4,753,282. But perhaps it's not so surprising when you consider the prizes their biggest titles have awarded. A player from Lincolnshire won £5.88m on the Dark Knight slot in 2012, while another picked up £3.7m on Mega Moolah, the biggest prize ever to be won in mobile gaming.
And Microgaming's online slots have proved equally profitable. Thunderstruck II has awarded several payouts in excess of £4,000 at Roxy Palace Casino this week alone.
They might not be one of the big boys just yet, but Evolution Gaming are snapping at the heels of their rivals thanks to their increasingly powerful offering of Live Casino products.
William Hill Live Casino and Ladbrokes Live Casino are already using Immersive Roulette, a new development that offers a slickly edited user experience while cutting between multiple camera angles during gameplay. Not only can it be played across desktop and mobile platforms, it also comes in full HD. Expect big things from this outfit.
BetSoft has taken the lead when it comes to 3D slots. Whospunit, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Aztec Treasures are just three of their 150-strong games selection, and good examples of the sumptuous visuals created by the pixel-proud production team.
They extend their distinctive 3D animated style to their table games output, which includes classics such as Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. They also have a reputation for delivering some of the best video poker offerings on the market.