Playtech entered the online gaming industry a few years after Microgaming and NetEnt, but is equal to them. Playtech was founded in 1999 by Teddy Sagi and other entrepreneurs from the casino, software engineering and multimedia industries. The first Playtech operator went live in 2001. Playtech operates from its headquarters in Isle of Man. It is the largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange. A part of Playtech’s strategy has been to acquire smaller gaming software providers like Ash Gaming. Playtech has a strong presence in other online gambling verticals like poker, bingo, sports betting and lottery.
- Playtech offers the complete range of gaming platforms that cover download and instant play for both desktop and mobile gaming, giving players greater choice.
- The highlight of the Playtech portfolio is easily the set of branded video slots that are based on movies, television serials and even comic books.
- Players that like to unwind with fast paced games can select from the large portfolio of arcade games and scratch cards that are structured in unique and thematic ways.
- Playtech boasts of an excellent live casino offering with a range of unique live baccarat games that involve in-play betting and betting on the margin of wins.
- Players at Playtech online casinos can play the best Ash Gaming video slots some of which are The Winnings of Oz, Sinbad’s Golden Voyage and The Bounty of the Beanstalk.
- Though Playtech has a fair number of progressive jackpot games, there are none that guarantee payouts in millions and this deters some online casino players.
- Playtech does not host multi-player tournaments at its web sites and this eliminates an important and different gaming experience from the mix.
- New Playtech games are not released simultaneously at all online casinos. If your online casino is not the first to get the new games you may have to wait a while for them.
Playtech online casino software for desktop users
Playtech began with the download platform for desktop online gaming. It is still available at the dedicated Playtech online casinos. Players have to download the software package and install it on their computers. The platform is compatible only with PC operating systems. The download platform has over 500 titles and the number is growing. Many of the older Playtech titles are available only on this platform and this is its main advantage. When you activate the process, a smaller selection of designated games is immediately downloaded. The other games then download while the players wager on the already downloaded games.
In order to reach out to players using other operating systems like Mac, Playtech launched an instant play platform. It initially operated on Flash, but now works on HTML5. This platform offers a slightly smaller selection of games. However, the quality of the casino games and the gaming experience is the same in these two platforms. When you register at a dedicated Playtech powered online casino then you can choose from both the desktop platforms. You can seamlessly switch from one to the other whenever you wish. Smaller selections of Playtech casino games are also available on the instant play platforms of operators based on multiple software providers.
Playtech casino software for mobile device users
Playtech entered mobile gaming only in 2012. By that time the mobile gaming industry had already entered its growth phase. Playtech did not develop mobile gaming technology in-house. Instead it acquired a mobile technology company called Mobenga and built its basic mobile hub through that company. For mobile casinos Playtech offers two systems. The first one is the no download mobile platform based on HTML5 technology which is compatible with almost all devices from entry-level mass-market models to the latest high-end smartphones and tablets. Playtech has also developed native apps for the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Dutch players using smartphones and tablets based on these systems can download the apps from App Store or Google Play.
The Playtech mobile portfolio is comparatively smaller than that of its main rivals in the Dutch online gambling market. Some of the most popular desktop video slots from the Playtech portfolio are available for mobile gaming. You can play these on the move and switch to the online casino of the same operator when you are at your desktop to play the other games. The quality of Playtech mobile games is not an issue. They have high resolution graphics, clear audio and follow the swipe and tap navigation of touchscreens.
Evaluation of Playtech casino software
As is the case for all online casino software providers, the focus of Playtech is on video slots. Playtech is particularly strong in branded online slots. Most popular is the series of Marvel superhero slots based on the movies. DC Comics is the rival creator of superheros and Playtech features video slots based on Batman and Superman. Many of the branded video slots are released with corresponding scratch cards, which are a big hit. Table games and video poker variants are adequately covered. A unique Playtech games category is Arcade Games that includes a collection of instant win fixed odd games. With the acquisition of Ash Gaming, Playtech online casinos got infused with some delightful and innovative video slots.
Playtech is abreast with the competition as far as the facilities offered to players in the software. The customisation options give a reasonable amount of flexibility with speed and audio settings. You can select the background music in table games, which is something different. To its dedicated operators Playtech offers turnkey services that include customer support, fraud prevention, hosting services and other features that improve the quality of gaming experience.
Some landmark Playtech online slots
The most popular titles from the Playtech branded slots are Iron Man 2, Ace Ventura, The Flintstones, Pink Panther and Batman and the Catwoman Cash. Playtech has launched a series Age of the Gods slots that will be loved by players fond of Greek mythology. Playtech has introduced its own unique featured video slots. Among them are games with 9 reels and 8 paylines like Chinese Kitchen and Gold Rally. There are several progressive jackpot slot games of which the highest payouts are awarded by Beach Life.