Betsoft is a Malta-based gaming and software company that produces slots and provides services to casinos, including UK casino companies.
The company was founded in 2006 and has won multiple awards since then. They say their games are available at more than 500 casino sites.
The company owns SLOTS3, ToGo, and SHIFT brands that are services to casino sites that we’ll cover in this guide.
The company has won a number of awards, the most recent of which are:
Now we’ll take a look at what Betsoft actually do.
This is an interesting way for slots players to look at slots companies because it’s the place where they’re most likely to find an honest assessment of what the company is about. Any company exists for a purpose, and in a capitalist market system that is always to maximise the profits of the company’s owners, usually shareholders.
The company will tell you that its purpose is something different, usually something like “delivering high-quality products that people love”. That is not the purpose of the company, though no doubt it contributes to delivering its actual purpose. In the case of Betsoft, the company tells its customers what it does. And the customers aren’t slots players – they are the companies that run slots sites. They want the games to be popular and playable so that they will deliver players to their site.
This is what Betsoft say they deliver:
This means, they say, “state of the art games” with “stunning visual effects, fantastic soundtracks and non-stop action that keeps players coming back for more.”
The majority of players use mobiles to access their favourite slots these days. That has led to a “mobile-first” industry. This simply means that games and sites are now designed with mobile users in mind first. The vast majority of games are now mobile-first and every site has a mobile version or an app.
Betsoft uses ToGo, as their mobile platform and promise to deliver their full 3D experience to users of almost all hand-held devices.
Here we see behind the curtain. The Casino Manager is a “back office platform” for casino operators. This allows site owners to set up their sites to be as profitable as possible by monitoring player behaviour and encouraging more of what makes the most money.
This is a game deployment platform, another part of the machinery of any slots or casino site.
Betsoft offers its customers – not you, remember – account managers, support services, technical services, marketing, responsible gaming services, and “superior product line-up” basically, its games.
This is an internet connection tool that claims to offer a gaming experience of high quality that is independent of bandwidth. The company also makes a number of games that cannot be classified as slots, including casino games.
Responsible gaming is perhaps the most visible aspect of an industry that is under pressure from political and social forces. Online gambling has seen an explosion in a behaviour that has historically been quite tightly regulated. The switch to online gaming has challenged regulators and given the industry a rocket boost.
Players are in the middle of this, looking for safe, honest gambling experiences while keeping themselves safe from gambling addiction and the many problems that can cause.
There is now a growing pressure on the industry to not just warn players about the potential dangers of gambling but to monitor what they do and advise them – or even force them – to take a healthier line. Responsible gaming from Betsoft includes regulation from the Malta Gaming Authority, Curacao eGaming regulators, The Romanian gambling regulator, and the Italian regulator.
The company is also a member of a number of industry bodies. Betsoft slots games are approved and audited by Quinnell, “a leading independent and internationally accredited testing laboratory”. This means that you can rely on Betsoft games to be safe and fair for the player. That is, they are genuinely random and not “fixed”. They also have GLI testing where that is appropriate.
Betsoft games are available, according to audits that we’ve seen, at 60 casino sites in 40 countries.
These sites include, according to Betsoft:
In the UK the sites that most prominently feature Betsoft games are:
The sites with the most games from Betsoft on their front pages are:
Now let’s have a look at these games, starting with the 10 most popular games with UK players as we write (in May 2021).
This game was released in April 2019 and is themed on… Vikings! It’s a cartoon-style game and its main bonus features are wins from scatters, stacked wilds with free re-spins, and a free spins bonus round. The game uses a 243-ways-to-win gaming engine on a 5 by 3 grid, that delivers 96.1% theoretical return to the player (the percentage of money spent on a game that should be returned to players as winnings over its entire lifetime). It is a “high” variance (or volatility) game. This means that players may have to wait longer for pay-outs but those pay-outs are likely to be higher than average. The game uses card symbols as low-value pay-outs; helmets, aces and goblets as mid-level symbols; and cartoon Viking characters as high-paying symbols. A crow and a longboat are bonuses, and a Viking is the wild.
This game was released in June 2009. The game has an RTP of 94% with a medium variance and a top prize of 25,000 coins. Betting runs from 0.02 coins to 100 coins. The game is played out on a 5 by 3 grid with 20 pay lines. It is themed in ancient history. The symbols are: a timer, a treasure map, a blue gem, an emerald ring, a Roman helmet, a stack of coins, a pile of precious stones, and a treasure chest – which is a jackpot symbol. There is a wild, a compass, and a golden circle as a bonus scatter. A sword and shield bonus delivers wins up to 20,000 credits.
Stacked is a magic-themed cartoon game that was released in March 2021. The game has Mystery Wilds that trigger a free-spins round, and a Magician character. The game takes place on a 4 by 4 grid of cards that deliver new symbols by flipping over when you click play. The game has low to medium variance with an RTP of 96.39% and a top prize of 664.30-times stake. The symbols are cards, roses, rabbits, locked chests, magic wands, top hands, and a mystery wild. Three mystery wilds award five free spins. There are a number of extra features in the free spins round, including multipliers, extra free spins, instant pay-outs, and a wild reel.
This is a prehistoric wildlife game that was released in September 2020. It is a medium to high variance game with 96.1% RTP and a hit frequency of 14.33 (or 14.33% of base game spins should deliver wins, in the free spins round this rises to 46.69%, and the free spins round should be triggered on a 1 in 159 chance). The top prize is 4,420 times stake and staking runs from 0.1 coins to 20 coins. The game is played on a 5 by 4 grid with 80 pay lines. Cave lions are a scatter symbol that delivers free spins in three varieties.
Into every slot list, a little Luck of the Irish must fall! Every developer it seems has an Irish-themed game, and this is Betsoft’s most popular. Like most games in this niche, it is bright and colourful with cartoon graphics and folky music. The game is played on a 5 by 4 grid with a 6th reel that delivers the four bonus features: a money wheel linked to a jackpot prize, a mega symbol trigger, a pot of gold bonus, and extra wilds on the reels. There are wilds. The game uses cards, bars, pints, horseshoes, pots of gold, shamrocks, lucky 7s, rainbows, and a leprechaun on the pay table. There are 40 pay lines, a 96.31% RTP with medium variance, and a top prize of 350,000 coins from betting from 0.4 to 20 coins.
This game is a Safari wildlife themed game with free spins and wilds as its main bonus features. It plays out on a 5 by 4 grid of realistic cartoon symbols. The game has 1,024 ways to win and can deliver a 4,828.1-times stake top prize with betting from 0.02 to 200 coins. The scatter is a tree that pays out prizes and awards the free spins round. The top paying symbol is an elephant, with cheetahs, eagles, zebras, giraffes, and antelopes completing the high and medium-value pay table over card symbols. A gamble feature offers a double-or-quite chance on all wins.
This game was released in September 2019. It is a magic and fantasy-themed title. The game plays on a symmetrical set of reels with 5 reels and between 2 and 5 rows. The rtp of the game is 95.14% with high variance and 720 pay lines that run both ways. The main bonus is a free spins round that can award up to 96 free spins. A shaman is the scatter and there are also wilds. The pay table tops off with the titular tiger, an eagle, and a magical mask over gold figures, a drum, and a rock, with blue and pink gems at the bottom.
Lava Gold is a volcano-themed game with wilds and a free spins round that is triggered via a “lava meter”. The game was released in May 2021. It has 5 reels and 5 rows. Wins are awarded by clusters rather than along pay lines. The maximum prize is a 161-times stake, and the game is a low variance title with 96.02% RTP. Betting is from 0.1 coins to 100 coins. The lava meter is filled by matching its symbols with winning symbols on the reels. The free spins round has a single central reel of matching symbols so there will be a guaranteed win. There is also a wild. The pay table has three dinosaurs at the top then ancient eggs and flowers over a set of card symbols.
This is a cartoon safari game released in April 2021. It is medium variance with 96.3% RTP and a top prize of 505-times stake.
This game was released in July 2014 and is themed on the Victorian classic horror story with steam-punky cartoon graphics. It is a medium variance game with 96.17% RTP and a top prize of 480,000 coins. Free spins are the main bonus.
Yes, you can play Betsoft games safely if you play them at sites that are legal and licensed in the jurisdiction that you are playing them from. You need to learn how to find those sites and how to check that they are legit. Once you’ve found them then you can play with peace of mind.
The answer to our first question is true for real-money games. You must never play a real-money game at an unlicensed site – it is dangerous. If you’re playing slots for real money you also need to make sure that you have some understanding of safe gambling more generally. Please look into it before you start chucking your money around.
You can usually play free versions of slots in three ways: first, you can go to a casino site, get an account, and so on, and play games on demo mode; or you can find review and referral sites (which is what we are), and look for demo games; and you can often find versions of games at the supplier’s own website. In all of these cases you may – depending on where you are – be asked to prove your age.
A big problem with slots players is the belief in strategy. There is no strategy in slots play because it is governed by a random number generator. While slots games are more complex and you should certainly read the rules before you play, having a strategy at tossing a coin makes as much sense. You can assess games by their RTP, the theoretical return to player, which will give you a broad sense of how “generous” a game might be. And you can look for games with big prizes, while knowing that the chance of winning those prizes is extremely long odds. The best way to win big prizes is to accept that you have no influence over the outcome, to play for fun, and to set strong safe gambling rules around your play.
That’s a matter of opinion, of course. We have told you the most popular titles here, from Viking Voyages to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. These games must have something going for them. You can also look for games that suit your tastes by searching for Betsoft games with gameplay features, themes, and graphic styles that you like.
Betsoft remain a popular slots provider and the games keep coming. Lava Gold, Hat Trick Hero and Safari Sam are the three most recent, and the company is due to release Macau, Maze Quest Rise of the Mummy, and Jungle Stripes in the near future as we write. You can check back here for new releases and new slots sites hosting Betsoft Games.