What do they do?
Put simply, casino software developers create casino games. This is just the simple version though, there is a little bit more to it than that. Each software developer will have a number of partnerships with different online casinos. These partnerships mean that their games will be offered to players at that particular casino.
So, if an Indian player wants to play a particular game, but the casino they are playing at doesn’t have a partnership agreement with that casino then it means they will be unable to play that game. Because developers have agreements in place with lots of different casinos it means that there are a lot of games that are available to play at different casinos. For example, Starburst by NetEnt is available to play at the vast majority of casinos.
Some developers will also sign exclusive deals with some casinos. This means that for a limited period of time after the game is released it will only be available to play at one single casino. The game is usually only kept limited for a period of three to six months then it becomes available to all partner casinos.
Do any casino operators make their own games?
There are very few of them on the market, but there are some that offer their own titles. Most operators outsource the game creation to outside companies though. This is why there are so many partnership agreements in place at the moment. It allows software developers to get their games seen by a large number of people, without having to carry out the hard work required to operate an online casino. The most modern providers offer HTML5 casino options, these can be played without having to install any additional software.
Who are the biggest software developers right now?
There are a number of developers who stand out as the biggest developers on the market at the moment. Indian players have a big selection of games to choose from due to these particular software creators.
The first, and probably the market leader is Microgaming. They have a wide range of titles on offer to players as well as having a big network of smaller studios that create games for them. This means that Microgaming tend to have the ability to put out titles that differ in terms of features and graphics with every release. It allows them to keep their game roster fresh, without there being a big dip in the quality of their games.
Next up is NetEnt. They are another large provider who are most well known for Starburst, but have a large portfolio of titles to back it up. Their regular release schedule has been complemented with a foray into live dealer games recently, which is expected to help NetEnt to grab an even bigger market share in the future.
Playtech are another large software developer within the casino market. They’re slightly smaller than the other two, but still a big player. They moved away from traditional video slots in brick and mortar casinos to start offering their titles online over the last decade. It’s a move that has gone very well for them.
SkillOnNet are more aimed towards providing casino platforms. This means that their software is used to collect all of the games from other providers in order to make it easy for them to be used at an online casino. They also provide game development through their subsidiary Green Valley Games. So if you see a game by Green Valley Games at an Indian casino then you will know it’s truly developed by SkillOnNet.
Betsoft are another big name who had made a move away from brick and mortar casinos and into the online world. They offer some of the most technologically advanced titles on the market and are dedicated to trying to push the boundaries of what the market can offer.
Other software developers are Merkur Games, Novomatic and Stakelogic.
Finally, Real Time Gaming are a relative newcomer to the market. They offer unique and innovative titles to players. Indian players will recognise a Real Time Gaming title instantly by the excellent features and attempts to try something new and exciting with each new release.
Which provider is best?
It’s almost impossible to answer this question. Every provider has their positives and negatives. The best course of action for Indian players is to look at the different titles that each provider offers and then from there try out the ones that appeal to you. If you find a provider who regularly creates titles that you enjoy, then this is most likely to be the right developer for you.
Just like everything in life, everyone likes different things. It’s no different for choosing your favourite software developer.