Best Casino Software Providers

Last Updated: 22/10/2021
Players don’t often know much about software; they just know what their online gaming experience feels like, if the graphics are engaging and if the platform is intuitive. However, getting to know more about the companies that provide the software and platform can help you find more games you may be interested in playing for real money, as their library of titles often runs deep.Below, we get into the software available to players in the United States at legal, licensed and regulated gambling sites. We also offer a look into each of the top casino software providers and go deeper into the information all gamblers need to know about the software used by the
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Lena Sciberras is our Casino Content Manager. Lena has been covering online casino and gambling related topics in multiple online publications. She believes in delivering fresh, useful, in-depth and unbiased information, tips, reviews and guides to the casino players around the world. Her main priority is to educate the readers about the best online slots, their mechanics and payouts.

Safe Online Casino Software

Most casinos are powered by renowned software providers such as Playtech, IGT, Microgaming, BetSoft and others. These work meticulously to provide casino games powered by the latest technology. Key features include HTML5/CSS3 powered graphics, varied themes, features, math models and mobile compatibilities.

Understanding casino gaming software will enable you to better understand fair play, responsible gaming and safety. So we only feature on CasinoSource.co.nz game developers that are fully licensed and regulated by the MGA (Malta Gaming Authority).

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1. Microgaming

When a casino player wonders about the best online casino software providers for safe online casinos, Microgaming is the answer that fits the bill. With more than 800 games in its portfolio, Microgaming is one of the most admired, longest-standing pokie machine developers in the world. Microgaming has been in the business for over 25 years and has been continuously churning out gambling content in over 25 languages.

Its games have been licensed in more than 20 international jurisdictions. Microgaming is responsible for hit pokies such as Lara Croft, Thunderstruck and of course the famous progressive pokie Mega Moolah. In 2015, Mega Moolah set the Guinness World record for the highest jackpot ever paid online, with a prize of £13,213,838.68.

1. Microgaming

2. NetEnt

It is a rare for an online gambler to have never come across this software developer. NetEnt is undoubtedly one of the top casino software providers with many famous pokie games such as Starburst, Gonzo's Quest, Twin Spin and Dead or Alive. NetEnt was launched in 1996 by a group of Swedish gaming enthusiasts. Trust NetEnt to come up with some of the best graphics and exciting gameplay. This makes its games hot favourites on every casino online.

2. NetEnt

3. Playtech

Playtech is also one of the longest-standing game developers in the world. Since founded in 1999, it produced over 700 games out of which 100 are progressive jackpot pokies. Playtech also develops poker, sports betting, and live games. Try out some of its top games like Age of the Gods, Superman, and Aquaman.

3. Playtech

4. Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming is considered the most prominent casino software developer of live dealer games. You can join a game that is streamed from brick-and-mortar casinos around the world. Try some of the best live dealer games provided by Evolution. These include Lightning Roulette, Dream Catcher, Live Blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, and Live Roulette.

4. Evolution Gaming

5. IGT

IGT, short for Interactive Gaming Technology, was founded in 1990 and is trading in the New York Stock exchange. It specializes in pokie games that are interactive as well as mobile-friendly. You will find their famous games in both online and land-based casinos. Traditionally catering to the land-based casino market, IGT acquired in 2005 WagerWorks and took its first step in online gambling.

5. IGT

6. Betsoft

There's never been a better time to play free online pokie games, with thousands of titles already playable and hundreds being released every year. The web's pokies have reached a level of maturity where players are literally in gaming paradise. But if there's a downer, it's the problem of spending your gaming budget to find which classic pokie games suit your style and deciphering which new releases are worth spending your pennies on.

6. Betsoft

7. Play'n Go

Founded in Sweden in 1997, Play'n Go carved its way to becoming a leading provider of games in the online casino industry. It mainly specialises in high-resolution pokie games and bingo products. Play'n Go caters to both offline and online casinos and is well known for brilliant design and attention to detail. A Play'n Go pokie that deserves special mention is the Eye of The Kraken.

7. Play'n Go

8. Novomatic

Here is a casino software provider that develops pokie machines along with great card and table games. It is therefore popular amongst gamblers of all types. Novomatic was founded in 1980 and has rolled out many successful games that are popular in both land-based and online casinos. One of the greatest pokies of all times produced by Novomatic is Book of Ra. It is also famous for its European Roulette titles. Novomatic has a considerable fan base around the world, and especially in Europe.

8. Novomatic

9. Barcrest

One of the oldest producers of casino games, Barcrest started manufacturing pub fruit machines in 1968. In 2010, it was acquired by Scientific Games and left the traditional pub fruit machines for next-generation online pub games. The company was founded and has been based in New Zealand, and was always known for producing games that were proven to be a hit amongst New Zealand bettors. Barcrest's most famous game is Rainbow Riches. An Irish-luck-themed pokie that has produced many popular sequels, and even has its own casino.

9. Barcrest

10. Bally

Bally Technologies is another heavyweight pokie machine developer that started in land-based casinos and moved to produce online pokies. It was founded in 1968 as Advanced Patent Technology and is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Bally games are known for advanced mechanics and gameplay, exciting bonus offers, and a capturing user interface. Famous Bally games include Cash Spin, Vegas Huts, and Golden Pharaoh.

10. Bally

11. Pragmatic Play

An up-and-coming software provider based in Gibraltar, Pragmatic Play has close to 300 games in its portfolio. It includes pokie games, poker, table games, bingo and live dealer games. Pragmatic Play offers advantages such as easy bets, enhanced visual interface, betting history, and game data. Try 888 Dragons, The Catfather, Gold Train and 888 Gold for an idea of what its games are like.

11. Pragmatic Play

12. iSoftBet

iSoftBet is a relatively-young casino software developer that was launched in 2010. It has two development studios, in Luxembourg and London. iSoftBet specialises in 3D games along with traditional pokies. To date, it produced over 200 highly entertaining, mobile-friendly games. Check out some of their famous titles such as Vegas High Roller and Basic Instinct.

12. iSoftBet

13. NextGen Gaming

Founded in 1999, NextGen Gaming is known for casino software that offers rich gameplay, immersive graphics, and innovative technology. Operating from Sydney, Australia, NextGen's developers produced great pokies like Monster Wins, Medusa, Robin Hood Price of Tweets and Psycho.

13. NextGen Gaming

14. Quickspin

Quickspin a game developer from Sweden that has brought in a fair amount of games that have great free-to-play features. Quickspin games boast excellent design with attention to detail. Its games feature distinct style, artwork, and graphics. Some of Quickspin's famous games include Big Bad Wolf, Sakura Fortune, Treasure Island and Panther's Reign.

14. Quickspin

15. Red Tiger

Red Tiger came about in 2014 through a collaboration of industry veterans. It has since been one of the fastest-growing software providers in the online casino industry. In 2019, NetEnt purchased Red Tiger for £220 million. Red Tiger specializes in table games and pokie machines with famous titles including Rainbow Jackpots, Rocket Man, Thor's Lightning, Red Spins and Slot Fruity.

15. Red Tiger

16. Ash Gaming

Ash Gaming is a UK casino software provider that was founded in 2000. In 2011 it was acquired by Playtech for £23 million. Since then, it serves as one of Playtech's premier game studios. Ash Gaming offers a small, specialised portfolio of games that are known for frequent payouts, fun gameplay, and high-end design.

16. Ash Gaming

17. Playson

Established in 2012, Playson games quickly became a hot pick in many NZ online casinos. The brand has partnered with Bet Construct, 1x2 Gaming, Quickfire, and Leander Gaming to develop technologically superior games. The Viking Gods: Thor and Loki is a Playson pokie that certainly deserves a mention.

17. Playson

18. Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil Gaming was a niche software developer that started its way by making high-end games that are dedicated to English and Finnish markets. Since then, Yggdrasil games gained a large following around the world. It mostly creates pokie games that are mythology-based. However, over the past few years, one would notice 3D pokies and various other themes too. If you are looking for high-quality games, try Yggdrasil's Vikings Go to Hell, Beauty and the Beast, Jackpot Riders and Winterberries.

18. Yggdrasil
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Smaller Game Providers

In addition to the big developers mentioned above, there are many smaller, specialised casino game studios that release game less frequently. However these are usually games that have a lot of thought, creativity and effort put into them.

For example, Elk Studios has only 37 games listed in its portfolio. However, it has managed to win the Game of the Year award in 2017 and become the fourth fastest-growing tech company in Sweden in 2018. Another example is Thunderkick that has only 41 games in total, but a player base reaches far and wide around the world.

More up-and-coming game studios have an avid following of players. These are quickly getting noticed by developing superior games in straight competition with big game developers. Some names to watch are Gameburger, Switch, AII41, and Booming Games.

Thunderkick

A popular Swedish game studio that prides itself on state-of-the-art graphics, Thunderkick have been making waves in the iGaming industry over the past few years. They started out in 2012 in Stockholm with just one simple mission, to produce "kick-ass content" in the shape of fun and exciting games for their customers. Their premiere titles, which include the likes of Big Fin Bay, the Crystal Quest series and Pink Elephants 1 & 2, boast a unique twist that has set them apart from their competition.

Thunderkick

ELK Studios

Another relatively new player on the market having only established themselves in 2013, Elk Studio has "passionately pushed boundaries" in the industry since their inception. Another company based out of Stockholm, Elk Studio games are features at online casinos all around the globe. The company prides itself on delivering the chance of big rewards, a feature that has earned them a stellar reputation with both players and online casino operators.

ELK Studios

Fantasma Games

A relative baby in the iGaming industry having only launched in 2017, but don't let their lack of years fool you as Fantasma have already made a real name for themselves among online casino operators and players. They generate really impressive pokie games with top-notch graphics and having has acquired the rights to the Megaways license from Big Time Gaming, they incorporate high-pay mechanics into many of its pokies, which of course has proved to be a popular move.

Fantasma Games

How We Rate and Review Game Providers on CasinoSource

There are tens of thousands of online casino games available to Kiwi players. So it difficult for a player to keep up with every game software company. This is where CasinoSource.co.nz comes in to help. We have a large team of corporate and casino experts, mobile gaming experts, designers and mathematicians who work hard analyse every game provider and bring to you our conclusions.

We evaluate each game provider based on the following factors:

    👉 The number of games and types of games offered.

    👉 Player and expert reviews on reliability and quality.

    👉 Industry and technology awards won.

    👉 The number of monthly releases.

    👉 Mobile compatibilities and security features.

    👉 Licensing, compliance and regulations.

These are the main deciding factors of the ratings and reviews that an online casino software company receives from our team. However, we also make it a point to test each game and evaluate the interface, user-friendliness, gameplay, RTP, graphics and design, in-game features, and betting limits. The games of each software provider also count towards our ratings. You can also find detailed game reviews in our game section at CasinoSource.co.nz.

Top Progressive Jackpot Pokie Developers

Progressive jackpot pokies resemble the gameplay of standard pokies. However, they feature a community prize pool. A software developer will contribute an initial amount of seed money to fund the jackpot prize. Then, a portion of each wager that every player makes will be allocated towards the prize pool. The prize will keep growing (i.e. progressing) until a lucky player will trigger the jackpot and win. The jackpot will then reset and start progressing again. Progressive pokies give players a chance to win life-changing jackpots worth millions.

There are much less progressive pokies than standard ones, as they can be quite challenging to develop and expensive to operate. However, the demand for progressive games has been increasing. The reason why progressive jackpot games are so sought after is that gamblers stand a chance to win an extra huge prize within a spin. This, apart from the bonuses and base game payouts.

Below are a few leading software developers that offer progressive jackpot pokies:

  • NetEnt: Mega Fortune, Mega Fortune Dreams,Arabian Nights, Hall of Gods
  • Microgaming: Mega Moolah, Major Millions
  • Playtech: Jackpot Giant, Age Of The Gods
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  • Victoria Sansome

    Victoria has worked in the iGaming Industry for over 5 years. She had tested and reviewed hundreds of online casinos and slot games, making her an expert in the field. She is always on the lookout for the highest standards of casino experience.

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    Lee James Gwilliam has over 10 years as a poker player and 5 in the casino industry. He has been all around the industry, working for a casino, writing more than 3,000 articles for various independent review sites and is an active player of slots, live dealer and poker.

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    Colm Phelan has spent several years working in the iGaming industry and has plenty of experience when it comes to writing, researching and rigorously testing online casinos and sportsbooks. While Colm has invested a lot of his time into the digital marketing world but his other passions include poker and a variety of sports including golf, NFL and football.

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    Lena Sciberras is our Casino Content Manager. Lena has been covering online casino and gambling related topics in multiple online publications. She believes in delivering fresh, useful, in-depth and unbiased information, tips, reviews and guides to the casino players around the world. Her main priority is to educate the readers about the best online slots, their mechanics and payouts.

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    Ziv Chen has been working in the online gambling industry for over two decades in senior marketing and business development roles. Ziv writes about a wide range of topics including slot and table games, casino and sportsbook reviews, American sports news, betting odds and game predictions. Leading a life full of conflict, Ziv constantly struggles between his two greatest loves: American football and US soccer.

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    Adam Kenny has spent over a decade working in the online gambling industry, across Sportsbook and Casino, and writes about some of his biggest sporting passions – NFL and horse racing.

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    Natasha Alessandrello is an English Editor in the Casino Source content team. She began her career as a Features Writer for several weekly and monthly magazines, and has a decade’s worth of experience in writing, researching and editing casino content. She is interested in all equine sports, and enjoys blackjack and the occasional game of poker.

  • Jamie Dickenson

    Jamie Dickenson is a former sport newspaper website editor who has also worked on sites in the gambling space. He led the content expansion of one well-known brand into 12 non-English language markets this year and now writes for the Gambling.com group. A budding football manager and keen Arsenal fan, Jamie is now in his 30s and worried about it.

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Software Developers and Responsible Gaming

Every reputable software developer will get its platform and games certified and licensed by regulating authorities like the UKGC, Malta Gaming Authority, Gibraltar Gambling Commission, etc. Game suppliers also work closely with external regulating bodies such as eCOGRA to promote fairness, safety and responsible gambling. Game developers also get their Random Number Generator (RNG) tested and certified. This ensures the outcomes of games are always random and fair.

Game Developers FAQ’s

No, they cannot. Every game has an RNG (Random Number Generator) engine that is certified by external bodies. This makes sure that all the outcomes of games are completely random and games are never rigged. However, games still have a certain house edge programmed into them which will enable casinos to profit in the long run.
Yes, you can. Many casinos offer no-deposit bonuses, free spins and playing games in demo mode. This will allow you to test games before you spend your decide to play for real money.
Software developers that provide games to NZ casinos are licensed by the MGA (Malta Gaming Authority). This means they are subject to the strict rules of the Gambling Act of 2005. Every game also has to go through extensive testing and certification by both the New Zealand government and independent testing houses and safe-gambling bodies.
The largest winnings on online casino games are usually given by progressive pokie games. Microgaming, NetEnt and Playtech are three of the leading providers that are known for producing progressive games with life-changing jackpot prizes worth millions. In 2015, Microgaming's Mega Moolah progressive pokie broke the Guinness World Record with a £13,213,838.68 jackpot win.
Microgaming is considered the longest-standing, most admired pokie provider in the world. However, more prominent providers such as NetEnt, Playtech and Evolution Gaming for live dealer are also considered widely popular.
The development of an online pokie game is an extensive process that involves teams of mathematicians, programmers, designers and even sound artists. Producing each game will depend greatly on the complexity and features. However many of the largest pokie developers tend to release around 4 pokies each month on average.
Microgaming is the software provider that has the most pokies. With a portfolio of over 800 games in total, it has close to 700 pokies.
Many New Zelanad casinos are connected through technical gaming platforms that have them integrated with many game providers.
Pokies profitability is measured by the House Edge, which is the built-in amount that the players will statically lose overtime as a portion of their wager. It will depend greatly on the pokie's RTP (Return to Player), which for online pokies averages around 96%.
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