Added: February 19, 2015
Altogether, awards were handed out for 24 different categories at the IGA 2015. Playtech won the iGaming Software Supplier award for the second year in a row. Mr Green Casino won the Casino Operator of the Year award for an amazing third year in a row and Net Entertainment won the Slot Provider/Supplier Product of the Year. In 2014 NetEnt won the Innovator of the Year award.
Speaking about the win was NetEnt’s President and CEO, Per Eriksson, “To walk away with the Slot Provider/Supplier Product of the Year for both online and land based is a superb achievement. Our mission is always to provide leading edge online casino solutions and we’re honoured to be recognized for our hard work.” These exact words came from the official NetEnt website. The Innovator of the Year award this year went to a company called Bet Construct.
Also this year, Unibet won the Online Sportsbook Operator of the Year award AND the In-Play Sports Operator of the Year award. Some of the other awards went to Play’n GO (Mobile Product of the Year), 7Red (Mobile Operator of the Year), Optimal Payment (Corporate Services Supplier of the Year), Mecca Bingo (Online Bingo Operator of the Year), PokerStars (Online Poker Operator of the Year), Cherry Casino (Online Gaming Operator of the Year) and Leo Vegas (Slots Operator of the Year - Online). For a complete list of winners, visit the official IGA website.
One of the other major events which took place in February (3rd to 5th) was the ICE Totalling Gaming Exhibition. This event took place once again at London’s ExCel Center and it gave operators a chance to showcase their latest technology. Microgaming previewed a brand new online slot machine called Bridesmaids which is scheduled to arrive in casinos in August 2015.
“Bridesmaids is a comedy classic! The storyline, characters and genuinely hilarious stand-out scenes combine to make it one of the most successful comedy films of all time,” said the Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever. He continued, “We’re thrilled to have signed another licensing agreement with Universal. Furthermore, the brand adds a completely new dimension to our branded game portfolio – we’re excited for its launch later in the year.” These exact words came from the official Microgaming website.
The new Bridesmaids online slot machine is otherwise known as a ‘branded’ slot and it is based on the 2011 Universal Pictures movie of the same name which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Rebel Wilson and Maya Rudolph. The Bridesmaids slot machine has 5 reels and 40 winning paylines and you will hopefully be able to win some really big prizes from within the entertaining multi-level bonus round.
Also keep an eye out for two other new online slots from Microgaming called Lucky Leprechaun and Golden Princess. These new slots should both be arriving in casinos at some point in March. NetEnt will also be launching a new slot in March called Spiñata Grande. There is also a brand new slot from NetEnt called Steam Tower which is now available in casinos. This new slot can be found in a growing number of NetEnt casinos.
Added: January 29, 2015
Plenty of exciting new online slot machines have already arrived in January 2015 and they were developed by the likes of Microgaming, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, Net Entertainment, Rival Gaming and various other leading online casino software providers. Most of these new slots are now widely available and they are all available in the free play mode and in the real money mode.
The two latest slots from Realtime Gaming (aka RTG) included Wild Wizards and Double Ya Luck. Wild Wizards has 5 reels and 25 winning paylines and the Double Ya Luck slot has 53 reels and 3 winning paylines. Both new RTG slots have some fun special features and great bonus rounds to win prizes from.
Microgaming recently launched a new online slot called Gung Pow which has 5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin. The company will also soon be releasing Cricket Star (5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin) and Golden Era (5 reels and 15 winning paylines). Net Entertainment (aka NetEnt) recently launched a new online slot machine called Tornado: Farm Escape and this one has 5 reels and 20 winning paylines.
Speaking about this new slot was the Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, Simon Hammon. He said, “Tornado: Farm Escape brings together the perfect blend of rich animations, ambient sounds and big wins. This innovative slot is packed full of fun and delivers the best gaming experience available to emphasize our dedication in driving the casino market forward.” These words came from the official NetEnt website.
The latest online slots from a company called Rival Gaming included Snow Wonder and Whale O’ Winnings. Snow Wonder is a classic slot which has 3 reels and 1 winning paylines and the new Whale O’ Winnings slot machine has 5 reels and 50 winning paylines. Playtech launched a new slot called Secrets of the Amazon and it also plans to launch a new slot soon called Cat in Vegas.
Some of the best RTG casinos that we can recommend for you include Silver Oak Casino, Slots Jungle, Manhattan Slots, Club World Casinos, Lucky Red Casino and Aladdin’s Gold Casino. Our most highly recommended Microgaming casinos include Jackpot City Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Spin Palace Casino, All Slot Casino and Royal Vegas Casino and our most highly recommended NetEnt casinos include Mr Green Casino, Betfair Arcade, Casino Euro, Casumo Casino and bgo Vegas.
If you want to check out any Playtech slots, head over to sites like Omni Casino, Mansion Casino, Casino.com, Paddy Power Casino, Genting Casino or Fly Casino and the new Rival slots can be found at sites like 888 Casino, Pantasia Casino and Golden Cherry Casino. Other new slots from IGT Interactive and WMS Gaming also recently arrived in some of these casinos as well.
Added: January 8, 2015
Whenever you accept a bonus in an online casino, you cannot usually just withdraw that bonus cash as soon as you receive the cash. The welcome bonus might be a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to $/€/£100 and with this kind of bonus, it basically means that the casino operator will double you up on your first deposit and this will give you a total of $/€/£200 to play with ($/€/£100 deposit + $/€/£100 bonus).
Before you can cash out any of the $/€/£100 bonus cash and before you can cash out any of the winnings that you make from this bonus cash, you will be required to complete the playthrough requirements. This term is also often referred to as the wagering requirement and it is something you simply cannot avoid. Players usually have to wager somewhere between 20x and 60x times the bonus amount before a withdrawal is possible.
You may also be required to play through the deposit amount as well. In other words, if you have to wager the $/€/£100 bonus before you can withdraw AND the deposit amount (with a 35x times playthrough requirement) it means that you would have to wager a total of $/€/£3,600 ($/€/£100 bonus cash x 35 playthrough = $/€£3,500 + $/€/£100 deposit = $/€/£3,600). The lower the playthrough/wagering requirement is, the better it is for you.
Most online casino will give you a certain amount of time to complete your wagering requirements and if you fail to complete this within the allotted time, you will lose your bonus cash, leaving you with just your initial deposit. Also remember that you can forfeit your bonus cash at any time. If you don’t want to accept a bonus you don’t have to accept it.
If you would rather not accept the bonus, simply decline the offer when it becomes available. This means that you can play with your deposit amount and you won’t have to complete any playthrough requirements. These playthrough requirements are the most annoying thing for players, but there is no way of getting out of them.
You generally have one week or one month to complete them before the bonus cash and any winnings expire. You should contact the support at your favourite online casino to find out exactly how their playthrough requirements work, or at least read through the bonus terms and conditions prior to accepting a bonus.
Also remember that some online casino games will count more towards completing your playthrough requirements per-dollar-wagered than other games. It’s usually online slot machines and instant win games (online scratchcards etc.) which will count 100% towards completing them, whereas games like certain video pokers, blackjack, roulette and most online poker varieties will only count anywhere from just 1% or 2% up to usually no more than 20% towards completing your playthrough requirements.
Added: December 18, 2014
Plenty of brand new online slot machines recently arrived in casinos and they were developed by some of the world’s leading online casino software providers. All of these new slots are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode and they can all be launched instantly in your web browser at a growing number of fully licensed online casinos.
Realtime Gaming launched a brand new Christmas themed slot called The Naughty List. Betsoft Gaming launched a science fiction themed slot called Mega Gems and Playtech recently launched a new slot called White King. The latest slot from IGT Interactive is called Bubble Craze and Rival Gaming launched a new online slot called Leonardo’s Loot.
Microgaming recently launched a new slot called Max Damage, plus two new Game of Thrones slot machines and Net Entertainment (NetEnt) also launched two new online slots. One of these slots was a science fiction themed slot called Cosmic Fortune and the other new titles was a branded slot machine based on the 1933 Universal© movie, The Invisible Man.
NetEnt’s Chief Product Officer, Simon Hammon, said “Partnering with Universal Partnerships & Licensing has enabled us to deliver another outstanding slot accessible by desktop and mobile devices.” The Invisible Man online slot has 5 reels and 20 winning paylines which pay from left to right and from right to left. There are two bonus features on this slot and these can only ever be triggered from within the main Free Spins Bonus.
The main Free Spins Bonus will trigger when the two Walking Wild Symbols ‘collide’ during regular play. You will initially receive 10 Free Spins, and then either the Police Spins Bonus or the Griffin’s Rage Bonus can trigger for the chance to win even bigger prizes. Also during regular play, Re-Spins will occur every time one of the Wild Symbols appears in view.
“The Invisible Man showcases a great player and gaming experience of a very popular title and story. NetEnt’s use of HTML5 for both desktop and mobile on this fantastic production continues to showcase our abilities, and our innovation in driving the casino market forward,” added Hammon. We took these words from the official NetEnt website. If you want to play on this new branded NetEnt slot today, head over to Mr Green Casino.
The two new Game of Thrones slot machines from Microgaming can also be found at Mr Green Casino, and also in most other fully licensed Microgaming powered casinos such as Gaming Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Crazy Vega Casino, Jackpot City Casino, 32Red Casino and Betway Casino.
One of these new Game of Thrones slot machines has 5 reels and 15 winning paylines and the other version has 5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin. They both have Stacked Wild Symbols, a Gamble Feature and Scatter Symbols, the latter of which can trigger a Free Spins Bonus selection where you get to choose between four different Free Spins Bonus Rounds.
These two new branded Microgaming slots both arrived on December 1st and speaking about these new slots was the Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever, “We revealed our licensing agreement for the Game of Thrones series in February, and anticipation for the game's launch has been building ever since. Such is the power of the Game of Thrones brand. With the game going live today to both Microgaming and Quickfire operators, online and on mobile, players can now enter the fantastical world of Game of Thrones with our new online slot! It's an exciting day for us all!" These words came from the Microgaming website.
Added: November 27, 2014
There are more than 40 online casino software providers in the world and some have become more famous than others. Some companies specialise in the development of games ONLY and their content will be released on certain platforms which are powered by much larger providers and there are some companies who develop games AND power the platforms that you can find these games on.
Each online casino software provider may have developed a similar breed of games, but these companies all have a unique style which may appeal to you, but perhaps won’t appeal to your friend. Some online casino software providers have been around a lot longer than others and the best ones have won numerous industry awards over the years. Some of the major online casino software providers in 2014 include Microgaming, Playtech, Net Entertainment (NetEnt), IGT Interactive, Realtime Gaming (RTG), Betsoft Gaming and Amaya Gaming.
Some of the other most well-known online casino software providers to have developed an impressive portfolio of online casino games include companies such as Aristocrat Online, Ash Gaming, Badda Media, Bally Technologies, Barcrest, Blueprint Gaming, Bwin Party, Dragonfish (888), Electracade, Endemol Games, Fremantle, Gamesys, Genesis Gaming Inc., GTS, iSoftBet, JPMi, Mazooma Interactive Games, OpenBet, Rival Gaming, SPIELO G2, Saucify (formerly BetOnSoft), Union Jackpots, Virtue Fusion and WMS Gaming.
You can also find games from Leander Games, Thunderkick, NextGen Gaming (an NYX Gaming Company), Quickspin, Yggdrasil Gaming, 2By2 Gaming and Play’n GO, plus new game developers seem to be popping up all the time with a new line of slot machines and other great online casino games for players to check out. These games are now widely available and they are usually available in the real money mode and in the free play mode, plus the vast majority of these entertaining games can be launched instantly in your browser over a flash casino platform.
Our favourite online casino software providers include Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, IGT Interactive, Betsoft Gaming, Realtime Gaming and WMS Gaming. These impressive software providers have developed some of the best casino games available online today and these games are generally really easy to find. Many of the best online casinos in the world are powered by one or more of these impressive software providers.
Some of the best online casinos where you can find their games include sites such as Casino Euro, Intercasino, Omni Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Jackpot City Casino, bgo Vegas, bgo Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Paddy Power Casino, be365 Casino, bet365 Vegas, Platinum Play Casino, 32Red Casino, Betway Casino, Mr Green Casino, Gala Casino, Aladdin’s Gold Casino, Club World Casinos, Silver Oak Casino, Betfair Arcade, Betfair Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, Ladbrokes Games, Slots Magic and Roxy Palace Casino.
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