NetEnt are arguably the biggest name in casino software development. Certainly one of the best known companies in the competitive iGaming industry, NetEnt have cemented their reputation over well over a decade with a steady stream of top quality online casino games.
It isn’t only the games that NetEnt have done right, and a host of deals with other big names, as well as expansions into various global markets, have ensured that the Swedish developer has built a veritable empire by this point.
The success of NetEnt is validated by the veritable plethora of awards the company has gained during its tenure in the industry.Read More
The History of NetEnt
NetEnt began life way back in 1996, and their first foray into creating online casinos came in 2002 with the launch of their first proprietary casino in 2002. NetEnt were the first company to use the Java Platform to develop their own engine, CasinoModule.
By joining the iGaming world in the mid-90s, NetEnt essentially got in on the ground level, and the developer took full advantage of the opportunity. However, the story of NetEnt goes back some 40 years before that.
One of the founders of NetEnt was the son of one of the creators of a gambling business in the 1960s which would become Cherry, one of the first ever online casinos. So, it is fair to say that online casinos, and casinos in general, are in the blood of NetEnt, and it shows.
NetEnt have always been at the forefront of evolution when it comes to steps forward in the online casino market. There are many examples of this across the life of the company, some of these we will get into, but the biggest example is probably mobile play.
Not too long ago, mobile gamers were something of a neglected entity when it comes to the iGaming world. Some sites offered a courtesy smattering of games that could be accessed by mobile players, but the options were substantially more limited than their desktop using cousins.
Times have certainly changed since then, and now mobile players have become one of the largest parts of the entire online casino market.
NetEnt clearly saw these changes coming, and development started on the NetEnt Touch platform in 2011.
In late 2011, the first selection of mobile games started to be released on the Touch platform. The list started with NetEnt’s heavy-hitters, the likes of Gonzo’s Quest and Starburst.
Off the back of the success of the NetEnt Touch platform, the developer maintained their place at the forefront of the industry’s evolution.
The next step was to join the growing Live Casino industry. In 2013, NetEnt launched its first online casino, CasinoRoom#. The Live Casino games consisted of popular table games such as Blackjack, many of which were available to mobile players.
Since that time, NetEnt have kept improving and expanding their Live Casino options, to the point that NetEnt live casino games are now seen by most in the industry as some of the very best around, and are available not only at NetEnt’s own casinos, but also at a number of the most popular online casino sites around.
Explaining the quality of the Live Casino product, a NetEnt spokesperson said:
“Chroma key technology allows a seamless integration of live HD images, empowering your brand to be displayed in your own personal casino environment – giving you the opportunity to be unique and truly stand out from your competition.”
The next step for NetEnt came more recently in the shape of virtual reality. As VR has become a more accessible tool for players thanks to more affordable VR headsets, NetEnt jumped on the opportunity with the release of Gonzo’s Quest VR.
Since that point, virtual reality has been at the forefront of development for NetEnt, as the developer once again keeps itself at the front of the race when it comes to progressing the industry.
While NetEnt clearly has a keen eye on the future, they are not neglecting what brought them to the dance either, and the developer still releases top quality online casino games on a regular basis to join the smorgasbord of immensely popular titles they already have on offer.
It is impossible to list all of the games NetEnt has released which are worth checking out, but let’s take a look at just a few of the quality titles on offer.
The first NetEnt games to go platinum, and one that has ‘inspired’ many a release from other developers, Gonzo’s Quest is a slot that incorporates a Cascading Reels feature of sorts.
The reels are blocks of rock, and a winning combination will see the winning symbols crumble to be replaced by those above them, giving the chance for consecutive wins on one spin.
Based on the tale of Don Quixote, Gonzo’s Quest is NetEnt at their purest, a colourful, fun game with a few ways to win big.
NetEnt has a few progressive jackpot games to its name. Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune Dreams are both known for making multi-millionaires around the world. But it all started with Mega Fortune, and the simple, yet effective progressive jackpot game still enjoys many players every day. All hoping for the chance of a life-changing jackpot that has been known to reach seven figures.
Planet of the Apes
In 2018, NetEnt’s developers again proved their ability to bring the screen to life in slot form. Narcos and Vikings both did it with TV, and Planet of the Apes was one of a few to do it with film.
Based on the first two movies of the modern trilogy, the slot includes twin reel sets with features that can affect the reel sets individually or together. This adds a new dimension to the game, and provides a host of ways to win.
NetEnt is one of, if not the first developer to look at when you make your first forays into the online casino world. Whatever you’re looking for, you can rest assured that NetEnt have done it, and done it well!