A casino software platform provides, as it were, the bricks and mortar for an online casino – so everything BUT the slot games. How you deposit and withdraw, how you get a bonus and what promotions there are all depend on it. There’s lots of choice of casino software platforms for UK players in 2021. Here, we cover all the popular ones plus several you may not have heard of.
In the past, this was a much easier question to answer as everything in an online casino generally came from the same provider. Let’s take Playtech as an example. Until quite recently Playtech casinos only offered games by Playtech and wholly owned subsidiaries, and conversely they were the only places where Playtech games could be played. So “Playtech casino” meant both a casino managed by Playtech and a casino full of Playtech games and these were essentially the same thing.
The same was true of Microgaming, until the advent of Quickfire. This innovative product does two things:
Playtech now has a similar product and this has enabled Playtech games to be rolled out to non Playtech casinos. For instance, Jumpman Slots sites now offer a range of Playtech slots, but this doesn’t make them Playtech casinos.
In the case of the Jumpman Slots sites as discussed above, Jumpman is the casino software platform and Playtech is one of the many games software providers they use.
It’s not always that cut and dried though – there’s often some overlap as several casino software platform providers write their own games as well as bringing them in from 3rd party games software providers.
Almost all casino software platforms power multiple sites, either as
L&L specialise in niche products, whether they are looking to fill a geographical niche as with All British Casino or a different type of niche as with the now defunct Free Spins Casino. The platform has recently undergone some big improvements in terms of both usability and range of games, and is now being offered as a white label solution whereas it was previously confined to house sites.
Dazzletag are known for quirky design and peak gamification. All of their sites are house owned and have complex and absorbing loyalty schemes that involve collecting sets of items as you level up, to exchange for slot spins and other goodies.
Betable is a platform that powers various apps as well as a few casinos such as Temple Slots. Players are only allowed to have one Betable account and once you’ve signed up at one Betable site you’ll have access to all of them.
Gamesys are both a platform provider and slot game provider, but only to their own sites. The Gamesys proprietary bingo, poker and slot games are complemented by a dazzling array of slot and casino games from other providers.
Playtech too are both a platform provider and slot game provider, but the Playtech-only casinos that used to be so common are slowly disappearing. Even giant bookies such as Paddy Power that used to have a Playtech casino as one of their many products are moving away from that, integrating the Playtech slots into a more comprehensive games tab rather than ghettoising them in a separate area.
Microgaming as a platform provider dates back to the days when you had to download the casino games to your computer – a far cry from today’s world of mobile phone compatible browser games. For a while after that, Microgaming-only casinos offered a fuller range of slots than were available via Quickfire but those days too are largely gone.
BGO is short for bingo and the original BGO site had proprietary bingo software but this is now long gone. BGO’s deal with Playtech enables them to run games by many other providers alongside Playtech slots and bingo, and in 2017 they started rolling out more sites on their proprietary platform (minus the bingo). For a while they were well known for their No Wagering style of welcome offer but this has now changed to a spin the wheel offer.
Genesis Global casinos including Sloty and Casino Joy are based on an EveryMatrix back end (see below) and have massive numbers of slot games. All Genesis casinos are house owned with no white label availability. Genesis are known for their generous welcome offers and although they had a run-in with the regulator that resulted in their UK licence being suspended for months, they are now back and no further action was deemed necessary.
Daub Alderney is a subsidiary of Stride Gaming (which is in turn owned by Rank) and all of their sites are now house owned. Daub used to have proprietary bingo software but this has now been retired. They still have some proprietary slot games as well as many from other providers including Novomatic.
Entain is the new name for giant iGaming company GVC (who own Bwin Party and Ladbrokes Gala Coral). The Entain platform is based on the old Cozy Games platform which was acquired 2017. Since then it has been massively improved in terms of the number of slot game providers on board; Entain have access to more than 3000 games including Playtech slots as well as many exclusives. An enhanced version of the platform powers most Entain house owned sites including Foxy Games. All Entain sites have the High level of player funds protection which provides complete reassurance if you ever have substantial sums in your account.
The InTouch platform is intended for use on mobile phones and they develop all their own games. All InTouch sites are house owned and are very definitely not exactly the same as each other, as different sites have different games.
Over the last couple of years we’ve seen many online casinos exit the UK market, whether voluntarily or whether they lost their UK licence, and in some cases entire casino software platforms have said goodbye. If one of these was your go-to, you’re out of luck!
MT Securetrade casinos were heavily gamified, drawing on themes such as fantasy, gangsters and even the infamous video game character Leisure Suit Larry. Almost all of the theming and gamification ended up having to be hidden from UK players for regulatory reasons and it came as no surprise when they surrendered their UK licence.
EveryMatrix is not so much a white label solution as a whole suite of casino, sportsbook and payments management products from which a bespoke solution can be offered, including licensing and payment processing. As a white label supplier, they lost their UK licence in summer 2019 but some UK licensed platforms still use EveryMatrix technology for payment processing and other account management functions.
The platform originally developed by Gaming Realms and subsequently run by River iGaming powered a whole series of TV tie in sites including X Factor Games but these all closed suddenly in December 2019. A few have since resurfaced as Skill On Net or Jumpman sites.
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