516 Playtech Games
Global market leader in online casino games is still Playtech. Although competitors are closer and closer, the software company founded by the Israeli Teddy Sagi is still on the top. It not only delivers online Playtech slots but complete casino systems. For both online casinos and land-based casinos.
In addition, Playtech also provides software for online bookmakers and online poker. Playtech has been on the takeover path in recent years. The Swedish slot machine maker Quickspin was taken over. And also an advertising website with poker tips. Playtech has a turnover of around 1 billion euros per year. It supplies software to the largest gambling companies in the world, such as William Hill, Bet365, and Ladbrokes. In the Netherlands, Playtech has signed cooperation agreements with some famous land-based casinos, and it will run their online casinosю
Playtech: Nice Pokies, Dark Sides
In the online gambling world, you are either a fan of Playtech or a so-called hater. There is no any middle way. Playtech fans claim that Playtech delivers the best slots. There are many players, especially in English-speaking countries, who don't like NetEnt at all but only play Playtech games. You usually play them at Playtech casinos. These are casinos that run on a Playtech technical platform.
But the shoe often pinches there. Many of these online casinos make a mess of things. Low payment limits, a lot of spam, not always being careful with responsible gaming ... The list is long. That's why many players ignore these Playtech casinos. In recent years, Playtech has focused primarily on large, land-based parties that want to make a move to online:
- Grosvenor in the United Kingdom
- Fortuna in the Czech Republic and Romania
- Holland Casino in the Netherlands
- Caliente in Mexico
- Olympic Casino in Estonia
- Lutrija in Serbia
- Maxbet in Romania.
Little by little, Playtech pokies are also popping up in online casinos that also offer pokies from other suppliers. Slots Million, for example, has nearly 2,000 different pokies, including some Playtech slot machines.
Another remarkable fact is that Teddy Sagi was convicted in Israel for insider trading, forgery, and fraud. After serving his prison sentence, he started with software company Playtech.
Playtech's slot machines generally have a somewhat higher variance than the ones from NetEnt. It is more about being able to win money than about design and animations. Yet many Playtech slot machines look great.
At the beginning of 2017, Playtech was struck: the Marvel series had to be removed from the shelves. Years ago, Playtech signed an agreement with Marvel. It has since been allowed to use the names and images of well-known Marvel cartoon characters in slot machine design. That led to a series of popular, even legendary pokies. Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Thor Wolverine, X-Men, Iron Man, and Daredevil were among the most played online pokies worldwide.
After the acquisition by Disney, however, this contract was no longer extended. As a result, Playtech has had to remove the Marvel pokies from its casinos. These slot machines have been replaced by the Age of the Gods series. Although these are technically the same pokies and only feature a new design, they cannot match the Marvel pokies in terms of popularity.
Playtech excels in making beautiful pokies with the theme of famous films, cartoon characters, or television series. For this, contracts have been concluded with well-known television and film magnates such as HBO, NBC, and MGM. That provides pokies such as King Kong, Rocky, The Love Boat, The Mummy, The Six Million Dollar Man, Baywatch, Blade, and Ace Ventura
The live casino of Playtech looks stylish, but also stiff and boring. In recent years Evolution Gaming, in particular, has shown that things can be done differently. The offer in the live casino of Playtech is more limited than with competitors such as Evolution Gaming and NetEnt. You will mainly find blackjack, roulette, casino hold'em and baccarat here.
The emphasis is more on VIP players than on offering many different live casino games for a broader range of players. Playtech has many VIP tables where serious amounts are played. There are even private tables for true high rollers. Here you can play at your own pace and you are not bothered by other players at the table. It is just between you and a dealer. These private tables can be found in the Ruby Room and are intended for high rollers.
The live casino studios of Playtech are located in Belgium, Latvia, the Philippines, Romania, and Spain. The live casino studio in Riga is with 8,500 square meters is the largest in the world. Playtech sees a big future for live casinos and therefore invests heavily in it.
United Kingdom Center of Gravity
Traditionally, Playtech mainly does business in the United Kingdom. Playtech works there with almost all severe bookmakers. Until recently, Playtech was even a shareholder in William Hill Online. Then William Hill's land-based branch bought out Playtech. Playtech purchased BGT, Eyecon, and Quickspin, among others. An acquisition of forex broker Plus500 was canceled by the British competition authority.
Playtech is slowly gaining market share on the European continent. Playtech generally awaits regulation. Then it tries to do business with large, often land-based parties. You will have to rely on typical British bookmakers for Playtech slots. Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill, those kinds of parties.
It, therefore, remains difficult to find reliable Playtech casinos. William Hill and Ladbrokes are not directly the most player-friendly companies in the online gambling industry.