Size, they say, is not everything, but in the slots world size is a good (and perhaps inevitable) sign.
A big company is more likely to be legitimate and to have proved its worth. And it’s getting harder and harder to find smaller companies as they are snaffled up by the giants as soon as they reach any sort of profile.
At the end of 2020, NetEnt, certainly, one of the giants of the slots world was on the verge of being taken over by Evolution Gaming, the undisputed king of the live casino world. Bigger keeps getting bigger!
So who are the biggest and best slots providers in the world? Sadly, it’s not possible to come up with a definition of “biggest” that is easy to apply to what we know about slot companies, but we’re looking for major movers with lots of titles.
1 – IGT
International Gaming Technology has the history, size, and stock market listing to make its claims to be a giant pretty concrete. The company was founded in 1980, has an HQ in London and a stock market listing ($17.27 when we last looked), and several subsidiaries, including regional offshoots like IGT Australia and WagerWorks. Among their biggest titles are Cleopatra, Mistress of Egypt, Hex Breaker 3, Skeleton key, and the enormous Da Vinci Diamonds series.
2 – Microgaming
Microgaming claim to have made the world’s first online casino, and they’ve not wasted any of the time since that mid-90s landmark was passed, churning out slot after slot as well as behind-the-curtain software and systems that keep your favourite casino site running. Based in the Isle of Man, a sort of UK off-shore territory, the company’s biggest title is nearly a teenager. Mega Moolah is one of the world’s best-known progressives, and since its launch in 2009 has made a ton of millionaires and broken the world record for slots pay-outs at least once. This company is nothing if not versatile, and their other hits include the likes of movie tie-ins like Game of Thrones and series like Immortal Romance.
3 – NetEnt
NetEnt are in the takeover churn at the moment, but we’re confident that this Swedish brand will exist for a while yet. The company is massive and commands enormous shares of the world slots market: around a fifth of the world market, and nearly a third in Europe.