The popularity of casino slots and specifically online casino slots is completely booming in Europe at the moment. More and more online casinos and slot developers are popping up each month. For any player, this is just paradise. In this article, we will go deeper in on why this is happening now and what makes online casino slots so attractive to players.
Todays Online Casino Slots
Let’s start at the what’s happening now instead of looking back. Today we see more than 30 different online casino slot developers competing for a pretty small market in Europe. They are trying to outdo one another with the release of every new casino slot. These last years we have seen the development of both graphics and new game features popping up. Developers trying to be more and more innovative and by this giving us some really cool online casino slots. The leading brands at the moment in our minds are Netent, QuickSpin, Elk Studios and Microgaming. Only Microgaming is one of the older providers actually having land-based slots.
The new era started with a small idea from Sweden where Netent was born. They claimed that they were going to be the best online slot provider. With that said, they released their first slots already in 1998. But it was not until 2004 they got their real breakthrough with slots we are very familiar with, Gonzo’s Quest and Boom Brother. Today they have been multiple awarded and are both the casinos and players choice when it comes to choosing games. From the success of Netent there where literally a boom of amazing slot providers and which we think dominates the market at this point.
Yggdrasil, Play n Go, Elk Studios, Quickspin, NextGen and Thunderkick are all Swedish slot developer companies all based around the tiny country of Sweden. And boy do they know how to make slots. From them we get over 200 high-end slots that are being played every day all around the world. No wonder that the most successful online casinos are also Scandinavian companies with deep roots and connections with these providers.
Slot Providers Back in the Days
Which takes us back, who made the online casino slots back in the days. You have definitely heard of them. The brick and mortar slot developers like Bally, IGT, Microgaming, Novomatic and Playtech have been dominating the market for quite a long time. But due to not understanding the potential in an online casino, they have fallen behind in the quick growth that has been happening in Europe.
They are catching on and we see some great slots starting to come form them. Microgaming seems to be the one that adapts the fastest and they have released some really cool online casino slots in 2016. Hot as Hades and Lost in Vegas to mention a few. Still, their flagship is probably Thunderkick and Avalon.
Progressive Jackpot Slots
The players seem to love this Jackpot slots. Very few players cash in huge sums in pooled jackpots. Microgaming with its Mega Moolah slot and Netent with Mega Fortune is the ones competing for the most for jackpot players.
Mega Fortun from Netent holds the world record win from a progressive jackpot released to one lucky Finnish guy in 2013. The amount was around £16.000.000, and that sum can change any person’s life forever. He now lives happily in Hawaii, owning a small piece of land with investors taking care of his money. A true life-changing story.