NetEnt Slot Sites
NetEnt – or Net Entertainment as they used to be called – have been around for over 20 years and the first NetEnt casino was launched way back in 2002, but it is only relatively recently that they became the massive force in iGaming that they are currently. Indeed, prior to 2003 they made no profit and in 2000 there was even an attempt to give the company away for free but no-one wanted it (bet they’re all kicking themselves now!).
It is a far cry from that today – they have over 1000 employees of 47 nationalities in several different locations worldwide (including the USA as an official provider to New Jersey, one of the few states where online gambling is allowed) and 200+ games running on more than 3500 servers. A staggering 27 BILLION transactions (e.g. slot spins) per year are now carried out on NetEnt servers.
Originally based just in Stockholm, NetEnt opened their Malta office in 2006 and floated shortly after that. The much loved progressive jackpot slot Mega Fortune was launched in 2008 and it wasn’t too long before a lucky player went away richer by more than 4 million euros. The jackpot continues to drop to this day, every 10 weeks or so on average and usually paying out 3 to 4 million – and for a while it held the world record for the biggest online progressive jackpot win ever of 17.8 million euros, beaten in 2015 by a Mega Moolah jackpot that was only slightly larger. It still holds the record for the biggest mobile payout of 8.6. million euros.
Another milestone came in 2010 with the release of the much loved slot Gonzo’s Quest followed by the first NetEnt mobile games at the end of 2011. NetEnt mobile games have always been designed for touchscreen devices and represented a quantum leap forward from the sort of slot games for mobile phones that had been around previously.
Arguably it was the release of Starburst in 2012 which really put NetEnt on the path to world domination. The slot didn’t make much of an impression when it first came out but – surprisingly for a slot which doesn’t even have a bonus round – slowly became more and more popular with players .
What makes Starburst so popular – especially on mobile devices – is its engaging simplicity combined with one of NetEnt’s special gimmicks – the Starburst Wild – which provides instant gratification when it triggers. This and other special gimmicks are part of what makes Net Ent slots so memorable and so appealing to players – whether it’s the octopus in Beach moving the symbols around, the dual play area of Planet of the Apes or the Cluster Pays feature found in a number of their slots.
NetEnt have deservedly been the recipient of many industry awards, including being named as the EGR Mobile Supplier of the Year in four out of the last five years.
So what can we expect from this industry behemoth in the future? More branded games certainly, building on the success of music themed titles like Guns n’ Roses and film themed titles like Creature From the Black Lagoon. We also expect something you may not yet have heard of – NetEnt Engage – to come to the fore. One of the functions of this tool is to enable casino operators to create tailored free spin rewards for individual players and this is bound to be very popular.