Ever wondered about who makes all those casino games? To answer this question, we need to take a look at the history of online casinos. The casino industry became “digital” in the year 1994. Caribbean nations passed the Free Trade & Processing Act in that year and started to deliver online casino licenses. Before that, there were digital casino games but none of them had online capabilities. Microgaming was the first company to adapt the process and to deliver the first online casino game ever. The hardest part was to develop a database for transactions and player tracking – games themselves were easy. Microgaming was one of the first casino software providers, to this date, the “QuickFire” platform is still the most popular software amongst online casinos.
Delivering a platform meant that other casino gaming providers can focus on games and not on back-end systems too. For this reason; lots of companies started to appear, and almost all of them were using QuickFire platform for the delivery of their games. First online casino games were about the oldest ones: lottery, keno and scratch cards. Video poker games came second and slot games developed as three reel classic slot machines in the beginning. Companies such as NetEnt and BetSoft were the first pioneers of 3D slot games and advanced graphics. If we are seeing movie-class animations and amazing graphics in casino games, we owe this to them. Today, there are hundreds of casino gaming providers available and each one brings a new thing to the industry. Again, each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. Microgaming is not the only king anymore – it has many rivals and new ones come into play every day. Even the legendary companies of land-based casinos are entering the online casino business, such as Bally Technologies and WMS. And this is a good thing, because when it comes to online gaming business, “the more the merrier” principle applies.