Gamesys have been about since 2001 and in that time have managed to turn themselves into one of the most reputable game developers in the industry. But, unlike most game developers, Gamesys have actually taken it one step further and operate a number of brands within the casino sector, such as Jackpot Joy and Virgin Games.
The company have been at the heart of cutting edge casino games over the last decade or so and in that time have created some of the most notable games ever. The software that they offer their clients is innovative, well designed and functional, which have been key features for the company to see the success that they have.
The lists of games on offer aren’t the largest by any means, but Gamesys are definitely one of those companies that have gone with quality rather than just quantity. Whilst the catalogue may not be bulging, the games on offer are all really well throughout and it’s been refreshing to see them not just develop hundreds of games for the sake of doing so.
The downside to this has to be the lack of table games, especially when it comes to both Roulette and Blackjack, two of the most popular games in the world. Having said that, these games are pretty generic within the industry and there is only so much you can do with them, which kind of takes away from the innovative ethos that Gamesys seems to pour throughout the company.
There are just 15 slots on offer within the slots section, which to be honest, is very low. But, as we mentioned, the games are all of a really high standard. They not only look the part but they also come jam packed with features, bonus rounds and the ability to change things such as paylines and even payouts.
Some of the highlights for us came in the form od Secret’s of the Phoenix, Houdini, Nuts and Bolts, Wonderland and Tiki island. But, the standout game was that of their only branded slot within the company, The Godfather. The game really does submerge you in the world of the Godfather film, with references to certain characters and even scenes from the movie itself.
As we mentioned, outside of slots there isn’t an awful lot going on to e honest in terms of table games. You get to choose from Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Video Poker and Hi-Lo. But, once again, whilst the range of games is relatively thin, the quality of each game is pretty much faultless. You get the classic variations, so don’t expect anything ground-breaking here, with each performing admirably at the job they have been intended to. In this case, it’s tough to really fault them!
The company have developed massively since Noel Hayden started the company as a one-man-band back in 2001. They now have over 25 million players around the world, over 1,000 employees and work 51 different nationalities within the Gamesys corporation.
It didn’t take long for Hayden to really get his teeth stuck into the business Whilst the main roll of Gamesys was to provide casino games for other platforms, they indivertibly stumbled across an opportunity in the bingo industry and from that Jackpot Joy was formed. The company continued to grow and soon had to move to a newer, larger office space in Piccadilly to keep up with the demand of this ever-increasing company.
By 2004 Gamesys had already taken their 100 millionth wager and Jackpot Joy’s player database had grown to 100,000. They won the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2006 and by 2008 they had surpassed 4 billion wagers across the Group.
By this point the industry were really starting to take note and they ended winning the EGR Innovation Award in 2009 which coincided with their first £1milllion jackpot winner (£1.6million to be precise). This also coincided with the breakthrough into emerging markets such as Spain, Sweden and Italy, along with a famous advertising deal with Barbara Windsor.
2012 was a pretty monumental year for the company as they partnered up with none other than Facebook to create the first real money social betting platform. This then catapulted their betting profile and with it they had cleared over 4.3 billion cash bets in just a single year.
By this time the company have made their biggest acquisition to date, Virgin Games. This allowed them to increase their platform portfolio, but they also used the Virgin Brand to good affect within the US, first striking up a deal with Tropicana Casino in New Jersey, before then being the first company to launch online bingo in the US.
Other Casino Software
- Ash Gaming
- Bally Technologies
- Blueprint Gaming
- Endemol Games
- Evolution Gaming
- Leander Games
- Play'n Go
- Realistic Games