Casino Software

Most online casinos don’t create their own gaming software, but rather license it from a handful of casino software companies. This is why you’ll notice many casinos with the same games – they’re using the software that they’ve licensed from one of these software creators.

Here we’ll look at some of the companies that produce the software used in hundreds of online casinos around the world and how the licensing system works.

Our top Casino Software Companies

Established in 1994 Microgaming is a privately held company that released the very first online casino. Microgaming is one of the largest software providers to the online gambling industry, supplying more than 2000 games to over 120 casinos including Ruby Fortune and Spin Palace. Their software powers the world’s largest progressive jackpot network, having paid over AU$520 million.

Founded in 1999 Playtech provides software for online casinos, poker rooms, bingo games,  and online sports betting. Playtech has grown to become the world’s largest publicly listed provider of software for online gaming, and is especially known for their Marvel licensed pokies games.

Based in Dublin, Cryptologic, now known as Amaya, was launched by brothers Mark and Andrew Rivkin in  1995. WagerLogic is  a subsidiary of  Cryptologic and is the entity through which the  company manages its gaming software products, online payment processor  ECash and customer care services.

Founded in Sweden in 1996 NetEnt gaming launched their first casino in  2000, with a further four going live that same year.Net Entertainment sold off their  casinos in 2005 to focus wholly on casino software development.

Based in Sydney NextGen Gaming has grown in reputation and now sits alongside NetEnt as providing the most innovative and feature rich slot games.

Founded in 2009, Zynga was one of the first to offer social gaming and it continues to lead the charge with favourites like Zynga Poker and Wizard of Oz Slots topping the app charts year after year.

Playtika is an award-winning software platform with a focus on social gaming, fun and interaction. From slots to casino games, social gaming has never been so exciting.

The Modern Online Casino Software Model

In the 1990s when online casinos were first emerging, it was common practice for online casino companies to produce their own software. But it soon became apparent that creating software and running a high quality customer-focused service were two separate skillsets. Hence, many of the early casinos turned their interest to creating software, which they then licensed to dedicated casinos. This allowed the casinos to focus on marketing and customer support without having to worry about coding software.The end result is a large number of casinos using the software from a handful of software providers, which is fine because of the huge array of games being produced.