If you have a look at Playtech’s official website, it brands itself as “the world’s largest supplier of online gaming and sports betting software”. There is little arguing with that, given it is a multi-billion-dollar company with a listing on the FTSE 250 on the London Stock Exchange. But what does that ‘boast’ actually mean? Well, in the simplest terms, Playtech supplies the software that allows you to place bets online. And as for the gaming side, it builds some of the most popular online casino games on the planet.
Most people who play at an online casino probably don’t think too much about the people behind the games. But experienced players learn to recognise marks of quality, and Playtech is up there with the best. Is it the best maker of casino games? That’s a subjective opinion, and we could probably name a dozen others, including Pragmatic, Microgaming and NetEnt, who rival it. However, it does make good quality games. More importantly, it is trusted by players.
As Playtech makes 100s of games, we thought we would break them down by section into this handy guide:
Playtech Classic Slots
Playtech is arguably best known for its 100s of online slots. Among its classic collection (those that have remained popular down the years) are Buffalo Blitz, White King and Legacy of the Wild. A good starting point to introduce players to Playtech games is A Night Out slot, a 20-line slot with a very decent 97% RTP.
Playtech Branded Slots
Nobody does branded slots quite like Playtech. By “branded”, we mean games that are based on movies, tv shows, pop stars, and so on. Some of these, like the DC Comics Superhero range, are directly linked to the source material, featuring real imagery, audio and video clips from movies like Justice League.
Playtech Slots Series
Several major slots series have been developed by Playtech, but the two most notable are Age of the Gods and Kingdoms Rise. Each series is linked together through a progressive jackpot network, allowing any spin on any game to randomly award the grand prize. The design and artwork in these games are superb, with Kingdoms Rises, in particular, bringing players into a vibrant fantasy world that has echoes of Game of Thrones.
Sometimes players want simple games, and online scratchcards deliver that. These are a little more sophisticated than the scratchcards you might buy in a shop, and arguably a bit more fun. Games like Rock Scratch, based on the Sly Stallone movies, are among the most popular choices for players.
Playtech Arcade Games
Like scratchcards, arcade games are mostly simple. Examples include Heads or Tails (betting on a coin toss) or horse racing themed games like Derby Day. Often, these are retro-style games that look little like Playtech premium branded slots, but they are just as fun.
Playtech Virtual Card and Table Games
Like all top iGaming developers, Playtech has a host of casino classics – blackjack, roulette, poker, baccarat, craps, and so on. It’s important to note that the payback rates in these games are exactly the same as you would find with the house edge in a real land-based casino. These games are tested for fairness by independent agencies.
Playtech Live Casino
Probably the most important development in the online casino sector since the advent of mobile gaming, live casino games are played with real dealers in a live stream. Playtech has been at the forefront of this technology. You can find classics like roulette and blackjack, but also new games like Money Drop Live.