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Just like some western themed film, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly slot game developers all over the world. Thankfully we only trust the good companies that put fairness and quality into their slot games rather than those who are simply out to make quick money. Then again, the list of trusted soft game companies has grown over the last 50 years with many of them being celebrated pillars known across continents. Want to know who makes your favorite slot game software? Read on and play the most popular slot games online and see who the best really is, because until you’ve tried them all, you’ll never find the answers!


The top 10 list of slot game developers for online play

 

It’s funny how these world famous companies all have something in common with each other. Not by coincidence but merely from the competition that has weathered them over the years. Each one has a story that links them to another and so on. Perhaps one of the most amusing of all stories is the relationship between IGT and Aristocrat. Back in a time where land based casinos and slot machines ruled the earth. In the early 1980’s when video poker was first introduced both Aristocrat and Sircoma (later to become IGT) shared a partnership until the dispute over who claimed to create the first fully electronic video poker machine caused them to split ways.

A similar paradox happened in 1996 with WMS Gaming when they claimed their newest video slot featuring the first second screen bonus game called ˝Reel ‘em In: Big Bass Bucks˝, however they first tested their technology in Australia with a game called ˝Three Bags Full˝ two years earlier and within the realm of Aristocrat’s slot game territory. When Aristocrat unveiled their Hyperlink system they paid a $500,000 fine to the Colorado Gaming Authority which is where Sircoma (IGT) did most of their Las Vegas business.

Other companies such as Bally and WMS Gaming share similar interests in creating pinball machines in the late 1930’s and 1940’s were major rivals but still co-exist well with each other to this day. Another company who began producing assorted machines in Europe is Novomatic. They produced electronic dart machines -yet more popular are the Gaminator and Novoline slots.


Who are the two most established slot game developers?

 

When it comes to two well established names that always come up, Microgaming and Playtech are typically the first names you’ll hear. Both companies have the strictest policies for safe and fair gaming and also are the two major companies who often help smaller slot game developers by offering themselves as an Umbrella for software and game distribution. Perhaps in their (own) class of over-the-top technology and sophistication is Cryptologic, but is better known for their awesome Marvel-themed slot games. These last two are the youngest in this list and both got into the game in the late 1990’s. The original members of Net Entertainment got their feet wet in the 70’s working for a company in Scandinavia under the name ˝Cherry˝. The even made slot for land based casinos from 1986-1991. By 1996 the idea had emerged to try making slot games for the very young internet! Betsoft follows a similar path but didn’t get off the ground until 1999 and were among the first to take on the concept of 3D slots.


Newer slot developers since 2000

 

For the last 15 years, there are some new software designers on the block who all have something exciting to bring into the online slot game arena. Among them, they include some of the most technologically advanced slot games which are quickly grabbing the attention of fans of traditional slot games. Many of them also have adapted to the social casino gamers and offer games which offer higher entertainment and more involved bonus games that resemble many games commonly played in social media sites like Facebook.

Some of these guys have been around nearly as long as the big guns of the industry. Companies like Realtime Gaming (RTG) started as far back in 1998 but didn’t get off the ground until 2007 (when they were funded by Hastings International. RTG is often compared to big industry giants like Net Entertainment, Playtech, or Microgaming, in reguards to progressive jackpot slot game winnings that build-up so quickly. Rabcat is another that also began in 2001 and is actually powered by Quickfire by Microgaming, so as a result they get immediate exposure whenever new games come out. NextGen (NYX) began in 1999 and since then is great working partners with Openbet, Cryptologic, Microgaming, and Playtech.

They also have great slot games with extra bet functions like Super Bet, Up Wild, and Dynareel. Another new company who started in 2000 is Ash Gaming, who is also a partner with Playtech and is quite popular with many online slot fans. Then of course there is also Play ‘n Go who began in the mid 90’s and admittedly are tech geeks. The games they offer are fun all around, which they have no shortage of. One success story here got their start working at the bigger company before going solo. Both the CEO and VP of Products for Quickspin got their start working for Net Entertainment. Even established slot companies like Leander who got off the ground in 2005, worked hard enough to catch the eye of Playtech. They eventually were acquired by Playtech.

Then there is the story of Rival who started in 2005 and is still working to lock-in a big player buy-out. Not like they don’t have a great selection of 205 assorted casino and slot games, they do have an impressive partner collection. Top Game is the newest on the block and one that even Forbes Magazine gave the title of China’s top entrepreneur under 30 years of age in 2012. This lone wolf of started Top Game in 2010 and offer their unique brand of slot games through Google Play and the Apple Store.  And don’t forget Thunderkick, a relative newcomer to the online slot world with slot games focusing on originality, fun and of course……….kicks! For those looking for an Easter European spin, go to the EGT slots page and enjoy the fun as well as the MrSlotty page for a taste of Lithuania

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