On this edition of Game Provider Profile, we will be taking a look at one of the industry’s most recognisable contributors. Thanks to an ever-growing portfolio and creative approach to games, NetEnt continues to make waves at online casinos.
A short history of NetEnt
Back at the dawn of time… Well, the internet but it’s the same thing. Back when the world wide web was still a fledgling technology, there were some who could see the potential for big things in the future of this nascent network.
In 1996, NetEnt was born, ready to carve a niche out of a world that was just beginning to emerge online. NetEnt was right there when the first online casino launched in 2000 and has been leading the charge on casino games ever since.
It’s not just quality games from NetEnt. That aspect is just one feather in the cap for this casino service provider. Thanks to a multitude of agreements with land-based and online casinos, NetEnt has ensured that the word ‘casino’ is never far away from the brand name. Its presence in a host of newly regulated countries means that more and more players around the world are playing NetEnt games. Strict licensing rules mean that they can do so safely.
NetEnt has recently moved towards another innovative project – Virtual Reality. This looks to be a part of online gambling that has the potential to go far and as technology improves and becomes more accessible, we can expect NetEnt’s edge on the VR front to serve them well in future.
If you’re interested in animation as an art form, you will certainly love NetEnt games. While this game provider offers a range of game ‘looks’ – Jack Hammer 2, for instance – it really excels when it comes to the 3D animation.
Check out games like the inimitable Gonzo’s Quest or Jack and the Beanstalk for an excellent example of smooth animation, unique characters and an all-round immersive feel thanks to NetEnt’s attention to detail and creative approach.
It’s no secret that NetEnt’s biggest, most popular assets are its slot games. For sheer range of themes and characters, they are hard to beat.
And it’s not just new slots that get all the attention. NetEnt has worked hard in recent years to update old favourites, bringing them up to modern standards and even making older titles mobile-friendly.
NetEnt also offers a live casino range of games that includes baccarat, roulette, blackjack, and a rewards system that gives casinos the opportunities to give their players even more.
With 22 titles that fall under progressive or pooled jackpots, players have plenty of options to choose from when chasing that big win.
Hall of Gods, Mega Fortune (and all its variants), and Arabian Nights regularly make lucky players very happy indeed. Hall of Gods alone paid out about €14 million in 2017.
What we think
As one of the bigger names in the industry, NetEnt’s fans and the intensity of their fandom speaks for itself. We particularly appreciate the quarterly roadmaps that NetEnt releases, giving some details about forthcoming titles. But watch out – they like to throw in a few surprise launches too!
A number of casinos have agreements with NetEnt, giving them exclusive access to a title for a period of time before it goes on to general release. So if you’ve heard of a game that should be available but isn’t at your favourite casino, this might be the reason. We like to keep on top of that sort of thing in our news blog so keep an eye out to stay ahead of the curve on that kind of info.
You should play… Bloodsuckers, a high-limit slot that players love returning to.
Where to play
With close to 200 casinos featuring NetEnt titles in their games library, you won’t have to look too hard to find a place to play.
Below are just a handful of our favourite NetEnt casinos.