North America has made significant strides to regulate and license iGaming in the last couple of years. The likes of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia have legalized online casinos while, north of the border, the province of Ontario recently became the first in Canada to legalize the industry.
One of the main reasons individual states and provinces have sought to regulate the iGaming scene is to generate considerable tax revenues for public spending. Licensing the industry also provides safer, fairer, and award-winning iGaming entertainment for all. That’s because most licensees will have to abide by responsible gambling measures and look to partner with the best iGaming software studios to give their customers the best portfolio of games on desktop and mobile devices.
For those not acquainted with the iGaming industry, we’ve put together a hit-list of four award-winning studios to look out for. If you can find games supplied by any of the following studios, you can be sure of fun and highly relevant casino gameplay.
Swedish iGaming developer NetEnt has been around for more than two decades. Established in 1996, the firm has revolutionized the sector in recent years amid the smartphone “boom”. Like so many online slot games in the early 2000s, they were powered by Adobe Flash, but NetEnt was one of the first to use HTML5 technology to redefine its portfolio of games, making them fully responsive for any viewing device or screen size.
Today, all NetEnt games are independently verified and tested by www.ecogra.org, underlining their safe and fair gameplay.
Isle of Man-based Microgaming is said to have created the world’s original online casino software way back in 1994. Since then, it has been pioneering iGaming software and the underlying iGaming platforms for some of the biggest online casino brands in the world.
It specializes heavily in progressive jackpot slots, as well as slots inspired by popular culture. Its Tomb Raider-inspired Lara Croft video slot is available at www.bodog.eu/casino/slots, with video slots just one of nine slot categories on offer here. A video slot features official visuals and audio used to create more immersive storylines and themes.
Formed in Estonia back in 1999, the dawn of the “Dotcom Boom”, Playtech describes itself as the world’s “largest supplier of online gaming and sports betting software”. The specialists deliver state-of-the-art online slot titles, as well as turnkey iGaming platforms for brands to white label.
Today, Playtech is positioned as one of the leading omnichannel iGaming studios, underpinned by cutting-edge technology. Its portfolio of games now extends beyond the 700 mark, with a string of popular in-house favorites as well as premium-branded “franchise” slot titles.
International Gaming Technology (IGT)
Nevada-based IGT has been synonymous with the world of casino gaming for many decades. Founded in 1975, IGT initially specialized in land-based slot machines and later branched out into the iGaming sphere.
So successful was its portfolio of iGaming titles that it was acquired by Gtech in 2015. Gtech opted to retain the www.igt.com brand for its iGaming services – a name that’s still hugely popular with casino and lottery sites throughout North America.
Other credible mentions also go to Quickspin, Play’n GO, and Blueprint Gaming, all of which have also innovated the North American iGaming industry in more ways than one in recent years.