If you've already spent some time playing here at GoWin, then you've probably noticed we offer a wide range of slots from different software developers. If you haven't spent some time playing yet – what on earth are you waiting for!? Get yourself over to the casino right now, well not exactly right now as reading this guide first could help you out!
Software developers are the teams which make the slots you love to play. Most casinos offer a roster with a set of core games, and we're proud that here at GoWin we've got access to some of the biggest brands in the business. Developers not only invest time and plenty of cash into creating innovative new games, but they also create the coding and the algorithms which make sure you're playing a fair and balanced game.
As the online gaming market continues to grow, both new and old software developers compete to produce the best games possible, in order to draw in more players. This competition is what drives the sector forward, and it's what you can thank for the interesting and exciting bonus features and graphics we see in slots today.
In our ultimate guide to software developers, we're discussing some of the names in iGaming, what makes them unique and what some of their best slots are. Whether your a casino newbie or a seasoned player, you'll probably have played games by at least one of these developers before, as they are all considered to be prestigious world-class brands.
NetEnt – Awesome Games!
So, we'll start with the big guns! NetEnt are one of the best software developers around, and they've got the prizes and awards to back it up. Founded in 1996, this Swedish brand have over 20 years experience, which is why it's no surprise that they're the people behind some of the most popular slots around.
They're well known for their instant play games that work across all devices, including flawless performances on mobile. In fact, NetEnt were the first software developers to adopt Java technology into their games. NetEnt games are also renowned for offering a wide range of bonus features and spectacular graphics.
The team are also responsible for bringing you some of the best branded title slots such as Guns n' Roses, Aliens and South Park. On top of that, they also boast some incredible progressive jackpot games in their portfolio too. All in all, NetEnt are a force to be reckoned with in the mobile gaming world.
NYX – A Gaming Powerhouse
NYX is one of the biggest gaming companies out there, having over 600 titles in their roster. The brand started out in Stockholm in 2006, but has expanded massively in the past decade. Now, they boast offices all over the world, including Sydney, Las Vegas, and London.
Their huge growth is thanks, in part, to the fact NYX have partnerships with a lot of other gaming brands. Software developers such as Realistic Games, Lightening Box and Scientific Games are all delivered to players through the NYX platform.
NYX also develop their own games, through the NextGen brand. NextGen slots are recognizable due to their quality graphics and their novel features. Last year, NYX scooped a prestigious Global Gaming Award, for their innovative work on the Witch Pickings slot, which allows players to choose their own bonuses. Some of the most popular NextGen titles include Foxin' Wins and Gorilla Go Wild, whilst the company also deliver high quality video Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat titles.
Nektan – A Whitelabel Classic
Nektan not only produce some great games, they also offer a casino platform. Our regular players may know already that GoWin is, in fact, ran on the Nektan platform and we're proud to be doing so. Netkan started way back in 2008, yet it wasn't until 2013 that they really hit the ground running. That year, the brand acquired Mfuse Limited, another gaming technology company.
The merger gave Nektan the manpower and expertise to design and develop the mobile and online slots they'd always envisioned releasing, as well as allowing the brand to grow exponentially. Nektan's games are relatively simple, when compared those created by the two software developers we've mentioned already. However, they still manage to pack a punch.
Casino classics like Get Fruity and Plucky Pirates are some of the brands most popular titles, and whilst these lack some originality, the quality and flawless game-play means they have a legion of loyal players. In recent years, Nektan have really upped the ante, and newer releases such as Troll's Tale and Candy Swap are the perfect example of their hard work and dedication.
Elk Studios – Growing Exponentially
Elk Studios are still seen as newbies on the scene, yet their amazing range of indie titles have made them well respected throughout the industry. The team started in 2013, from a small office in Stockholm, with the mission to create beautiful games with ‘mobile first' mechanics. This mission has been wholly accomplished, as the slots by Elk Studios run exceptionally well across mobile devices (and desktop) and have some of the best graphics around.
Late last year the team hired their 15th employee, which gives you some idea of the scale of the brand. However, as they say, big things come in small packages! Elk Studios are known for having original ideas and executing them perfectly. Their first slot ever to be released was The Lab, which remains much loved by thousands of players. Since then, they've released games such as Taco Brothers, Electric Sam, Poltava and Wild Toro.
IGT – Jackpot Paradise
IGT are one of the most historic software developers around, dating all the way back to 1975! Back then, the brand were developing bricks and mortar casino games. In 1981 the company went public, following the success of their video poker machine gaming product. This product was seen as a huge accomplishment for the brand and became the foot-in-the-door IGT needed.
Fast forward to the age of online gaming, and IGT started producing video slots in 2005. With such a huge history behind them, it's no surprise that IGT know how to produce some great games. Many of IGT's slots are based around their successful land-based casino machines, such as Wheel of Fortune and Cleopatra.
The brand also release plenty of branded titles such as Monopoly Multipliers, Star Trek and Cluedo. IGT's most popular slots however are, arguably, their Megajackpots series. This includes titles such as Wolf Run and Siberian Storm. These games all feature a network progressive jackpot, with prize pools that can reach over £1 Million.