Playtech are easily one of the biggest software providers in the industry. They have been in operation since 1999 and were originally set up out of Tartu, Estonia. What’s probably been the most impressive aspect to the company is their ability to keep moving, acquiring dozens of companies along the way and tapping into their knowledge and drive to succeed in all areas of online gaming.
The software is fully accessible as an instant play option or a downloadable client and they pride themselves on being able to integrate with just about any online casino or gambling outlet for a professional finish. Playtech are able to target multiple countries being based under several jurisdictions, with only noticeable major absentee being that of the USA.
With over 500 games to choose from, it’s safe to say that Playtech offer up one of the largest games collections that we have come across. To add to that, they have recently acquired Ash Gaming, which means that they can add all of their games to their already impressive portfolio as well. They claim to add over 50 games per year, but what’s rally impressive is that they aren’t afraid to remove games that are either out-dated or simply not up to the high standards that the company sets throughout.
The slots are where the casino really comes to life and they include some of the best games in the industry at the minute. With so many to choose from, you would expect to see a fair share of poor slots, but to be honest, from the games that we have tested, they are few and far between, which is credit to the control system that they include with their games policy.
The standout games for us had to come in the form of their branded games such as Rocky, Blade, X-Men, The Sopranos and Iron Man 2. These games are all brilliantly designed, but with each we found that they were feature rich and contained loads of bonus games to get stuck into. We would even go as far as saying that if the casino only operated the branded titles on offer – of which there are plenty – they would still be on to a winner and just as popular as the brand you se before you.
However, the true test for the ultimate slots developer has to be to create new gams that go down as cult classics. Microgaming have long time been the Kings of this, but with games such as Elektra, Ocean Princess and Secrets of the Amazon, Playtech are hot on their heels.
The mobile section at PlayTech is also worth mentioning and it’s these guys that are arguably pushing the company on to new levels. You cant access all the games on offer from your mobile, but a vast majority of them are now available and with this adds another layer of depth to their catalogue.
There is a really good range of Blackjack games to choose from at PlayTech, which include 21 Duel, Pro, Surrender, Switch, Half Double, Lucky and Perfect, to name but a few. Each game comes with a clean, simple, yet engaging design and one that you wont quickly tire of.
Roulette carries on the depth that PlayTech offer with a great range of games to play on. These include 3D, American, Club, European, French, Multi-wheel, Premium, Pro and Video Roulette. Again, the standards are high with these games and they are as good as you will find from any software developer in the industry.
As you would expect, there are a plethora of other table to choose from ranging from Casino Hold’em, Casino War, Craps, Dice Twister, Heads or Tails, Keno, Let them Ride, Caribbean Poker, Pai Gow, Tequila Poker, Red Dog and Sic Bo. This is the first time where the games on offer will start to drop off somewhat in terms of quality. They aren’t bad by any means, but compared to other games that we have tested it does feel as though these offerings have come from one of the acquired companies as they don’t quite have the feel that the PlayTech games do.
The range of jackpot games is immense, with 30 titles to choose from spread across the one network. The footfall that these games get is almost unprecedented in the industry and this is reflected in the size of the jackpots on offer. At the time of writing, it was reported that over £11million worth of jackpot money was on offer, with this figure rising by the minute.
Some of the higher profile games and ones that payout the highest jackpot amounts are that of Jackpot Giant, Beach Life, Funky fruits, Spamalot holy Grail and Gladiator.
Playtech sprung on to the scene 1999 when the company were based out of Estonia. The team was headed by entrepreneurs from a number of industries including casino, software engineering and multimedia industries. Their goal was to create some of the best casino games in an online market that was starting to explode.
By 2001 the company had already managed to secure their first casino license and then a few years later in 2006 they were successfully listed on the London AIM, making Playtech one of the first casino software companies to do so. The companies expansion continued into Bulgaria and also managed to secure several European licenses in the form of Italy, Spain, Estonia and Serbia.
To move forward Playtech decided that they needed to invest and expand, and boy did they do that! By 2010 they had acquired companies within the bingo industry, games creators, mobile gaming sites, affiliate marketing specialists, management system companies and many more. These brought in the best bits of several companies and essentially made for one powerhouse of a company, Playtech.
Moving into the present day, Playtech are still one of, if not the, biggest casino development company in the world. They continue to acquire businesses to add to their already impressive armoury and it looks like this trend isn’t going to end any time soon.
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