There is no doubt that as we become more and more dependent on technology, particularly computer technology, we also increasingly rely on the skill of the computer software designers without whom even the most impressive new technological developments will not work. It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of the software in any project relying on computer technology, and unfortunately we have seen many new computer systems fail to deliver the required results because of problems with the software. It is of course not just the big ambitious computer systems that need effective software, almost every individual internet site also requires efficient management software particularly if the site is intended to interact with the public and handle financial transactions. When it comes to online casinos however the casino software has an even more important role to play in the success of the site. Online casino sites clearly need extremely good management software to ensure that their customers can fund and play their favourite casino games in a safe and secure environment, but the casino software designers are also responsible for the vast majority of the casino games we can play online. Operating an online retail site usually means that the most important job of the site builders is to display the products as attractively as possible and they generally have no involvement whatsoever in the design of the products themselves. When it comes to setting up and operating an online casino site however, almost all the casino games featured on the site require some input from the specialist casino software companies. Presenting the traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack online is in many ways very similar to displaying a range of products on a retail site, because the games themselves are well established so the main objective of the casino software designers is simply to ensure the graphics are as realistic and attractive as possible. Even that has proved to be very difficult in the case of the game of roulette however, because as we know the casino software designers have found it almost impossible to realistically illustrate the movement of the ball on the roulette wheel graphics which in turn has led to the development of the live online casino option with casino games streamed live from a remote studio using real dealers and a real roulette wheel. It could be argued that streaming the game of roulette to our screens in this way was a very obvious solution to the problem, but even that required new casino software to make it viable.
The biggest influence of the casino software companies in the online casino sector is however to be found in their involvement in the design of the slots games which now form the majority of the available casino games on almost every online casino site. Almost all of the big online casino sites now feature well over a hundred different slots games for their customers to enjoy and some even have more than two hundred different games, all of which have been supplied by the casino software company they are associated with. Bearing in mind that the slots games are by far the most popular of all the casino games we can play online, it is clear that the popularity of any online casino site depends very heavily on which casino software company the operators have chosen to use. Ireland’s favourite bookmaker is of course Paddy Power, and their online casino site is managed using software supplied by a company called Wagerworks. Almost all the slots games on the Paddy Power casino site have also been designed and supplied by Wagerworks, and that long standing partnership has proved very successful. The biggest and arguably the most influential casino software company is however Playtech. Playtech was founded in 1999 in Estonia and began to supply online casino software as far back as 2001. They were also the first casino software company to launch the live online casino option we discussed earlier in this article, and also one of the first software companies to introduce specialist online bingo and online poker platforms. The real decisive time in the development of Playtech as one of the biggest casino software companies was however when in 2008 they signed an agreement with Paramount Digital Entertainment which allowed them to use a range of characters from Paramount Pictures in their slots games. They then followed that up with a similar deal in 2009 with Marvel Entertainment which then meant that they could also feature popular comic characters in their slots games. These two licensing agreements meant that Playtech became one of the most important online casino software companies in the sector, and Playtech software and slots games still feature at William Hill, Betfred and more recently the Ladbrokes online casino sites. During the early years in the development of online casinos when most of the sites were operated as part of the online sports gambling sites run by the big bookmakers, the tendency was for the site operators to choose just one casino software supplier for both the operating software and the casino slots games. That has now changed and new online casinos such as CasinoLand, Yako casino and Instacasino now all feature slots games from a number of different casino software companies. These include big names such as Microgaming, a casino software company with an even longer history than Playtech. Their first online casino software was developed in 1994 and they were able to supply more than 100 slots games as early as 2002. The popularity of the online casino slots is now the backbone of the online casino sector, but we should not forget the games many of us remember playing on real slot machines. Some of the most famous slot machine games were created by Amatic Industries, so we are very happy to see that the CasinoCasino site operators now feature many of those iconic slots games on their online casino site making them available online for the first time.