10 software developers you should follow in 2019
Software developers are really battling it out on the online slot mainstream. Here is a list of 10 software developers to watch in 2019
Every new season calls for new discoveries, and there is no exception to 2019. As experts in the online slots world, we have chosen a select group of software developers who are responsible for making this a promising year for the online slots world.
Packed with all sorts of entries into the online slot world, our 2019 software Developers to watch list comprises of more than just a few releases of popular games for a certain developer. It shines a light on developers who wowed us in the last year, and are still continuing with their impressive record this year.
International Gaming Technology (IGT)
After an interesting run in 2018 and all the other previous years, it is quite hard to put International Gaming Technology behind any other slot provider. Totally deserving the number one spot, IGT is a company specializing in the design & development of online slot software located in Nevada.
It is among the most respected game providers of all time in the US. Popular IGT slots that have driven the popularity of the company include Da Vinci Diamonds, Cleopatra, Monopoly, Wild Life, Royal Spins, Family Guy, and Wheel of Fortune. Da Vinci Diamonds, in particular, has been so successful because it features something not seen before in the online slot industry, “the tumbling reels feature”.
As early as 2010, IGT was celebrating the release of its 2 millionth gaming machine. IGT has also made some bold steps in the past including the acquisition of Wager Works back in 2005. Wager Works was lost to Gtech in 2014 but this did not stop IGT from continuing to intrigue the masses with state of the art online slot releases.
- Cash and short-term investments: $703.02 million
- Total shareholder equity: $2.71 billion
- Current Share Book Value: $13.28
Playtech’s ability to create games with high graphics is unmatched by any other slot provider. Through their recent technologies, they have a unique talent of turning movies, tales, and myths into mesmerizing online casino slots.
- Annual revenue: $966.8 million
Novomatic waves the Austrian flag quite high by being the most successful slot provider in the region. It is mostly known for releasing classic slots that never seem to get old among players. Some of its most popular titles of all time include Sizzling Hot Deluxe, Lady’s Lucky Charm Deluxe, and the Book of Ra, famous for exquisitely bringing out the Egyptian theme.
- Annual revenue: EUR 1365.3
NetEnt’s releases are featured on virtually every casino that exists today. According to recent news sources, you are more likely to come across a NetEnt game than you are likely to come across one from any other provider every time you visit a casino.
From very humble beginnings, NetEnt has managed to overtake some of the long-existing giants in the software development industry. Their commitment to building top-notch slots software still continues to increase by the day. Working with close to 300 casino operators, NetEnt has delivered over 200 game titles for the masses to enjoy.
- Annual Revenue: $209.3 million
Microgaming is a long-existing giant in the software development industry. Started over 21 years ago, Microgaming has seen the dawn of the online slot industry and was among the first companies to venture into it. The long existence in the market, however, doesn’t prevent it from keeping up with the times; Microgaming is competing quite well by incorporating the most recent tech in virtually all of their recent releases.
In the time they have been existent, Microgaming brags close to 1000 casino operator partnerships. On top of this, Microgaming has over 900 game releases including slot games, table games, and specialty games. Popular titles from Microgaming include Jurassic Park, Thunderstruck II, Terminator II, Immortal Romance, and many others.
- Annual Revenue: 8 million
Play n’ Go
Play n’ Go is quite a young company in the industry. As such, it is perfectly suited to understand the needs of the modern gambler as seen in all their works. On top of providing top-notch products for the online casino industry, Play n’ Go also ventures into other dimensions such as software development on different platforms.
Play n Go is based on Sweden and also has many license affiliations in jurisdictions such as Alderney, Belgium, Gibraltar, Denmark, UK, Italy, and Malta. This way, they are better suited to stay in line with the legalities of these territories.
- Annual Revenue: $8 million
Isoftbet is a slot provider based in the UK. Their releases are also among the most featured in online casinos, mostly renowned for their ability to deliver 3D online slots coupled with intriguing tale-telling. They currently have over 100 games released in the market and still counting.
Their games are released after satisfying the ability to provide a high gaming experience when still in the lab. Currently, Isoftbet has licenses to operate in several jurisdictions including Alderney, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, and Italy.
- Rank by CB: 268, 724
Bally is one of the software providers that have gone through a tough past. Always emerging over possible acquisitions and takeovers, Bally has continued to provide slot fans with what they love most- smooth gameplay with an abundance of winning opportunities.
Quite notable, Bally was among the first software providers to develop a touch-screen slot machine. Their machine also featured the largest progressive in the whole world at that time.
- Reported income as of 2017: $242 million
This list would definitely have not been complete without our ninth contender, Konami. This developer has not been in the industry for long to witness the dawn of online slots but they are doing quite well. Most of their releases are adopted straight from brick and mortar casino games.
- Reported revenue as of 2018: 239.5 billion in Japanese Yen
NextGen is another old fish in the online slot world. Founded back in the late 90s, the company is focused on creating timeless games suited for the future of the gambling industry. With their slow but sure approach, some of their titles are highly acclaimed on online casinos.
Unlike other companies on our list, NextGen provides casino software on top of creating casino games. They are also extremely popular for their games that have the ability to eliminate the need of having Flash Player installed. Most of their games can be played on bizarre platforms such as Facebook which is quite interesting as it provides for additional features such as leaderboards and live-chat feature.
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