Slots Providers & Manufacturers
Slot providers and manufacturers are the innovators that provide the world's favorite way to wager. Without the companies profiled here, we'd still be in the slots dark ages, spinning mechanical reels in hopes of winning a free cigar.
The ten slot providers and manufacturers listed on this page are the biggest names in the global slot machine design industry. Some of these companies produce land-based slots, others focus on the online market, and many of them produce titles for both markets.
Founded in 1993, Amatic Industries is a family-owned small business specializing in the design of land-based and online slot games. The company is headquartered in Austria, and that's where their first games appeared. For nearly two decades, Amatic services the Austrian gaming market, with no expansion beyond Austria's borders. In 2011, the company made two huge moves. First, they released a small library of online slots for the first time. Second, they expanded into two new markets — Poland and the UK. Their trademark semi-circle shaped cabinets are available all over Europe, though their games are just now appearing online.
Amatic is a European leader in slot game design, even if the company isn't yet a household name. It's clear that their main focus is still producing games for the land-based marketplace, though their library of some 200 online games is impressive for a company that just got its start. As is often the case with a new slot game designer, they're not exactly at the top of their game, producing a long list of nearly-identical five reel games without many special features or involved plots. Still, with their expansion into the UK and the global slot gambling market, we're sure to see more Amatic games in the next couple of years.
Amaya Gaming, sometimes called The Amaya Gaming Group, is a Montreal-based gambling provider that participates in both the online and land-based gaming markets. Amaya is the world's largest publicly-traded company in the gambling industry, appearing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Amaya made a name for themselves in the gambling business by purchasing PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker in 2014 for just under $5 billion. Amaya is a massive conglomerate with offices all over the world, from America and Canada to South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Amaya Gaming is not a major producer of slots, though their casino solutions and other gaming products are so ubiquitous that we felt they needed a spot here on this list. They have a small number of casino games available, alongside products for the poker, sports gambling, and lottery software niches. Amaya provides games to some of the world's best-known gaming names, like Cryptologic and Aristocrat. They appear to be ready to release a huge number of licensed games, after forming licensing deals with companies like Capcom, DC Comics, and several movie production houses.
- Forrest Gump
- Jade Idol
- Rags to Riches
- Superman: Last Son of Krypton
- Vampires VS Werewolves
- Treasure Island
Australia's Aristocrat Leisure Limited is the second-largest producer of casino games in the world, behind only IGT in America. Aristocrat is a rarity for this list — a company with roots going back nearly seventy years. Aristocrat's first slot machine appeared in 1953 — this was also one of the first slots ever designed and manufactured outside of the United States. As the oldest manufacturer of slot machine games still producing for the industry in a big way, Aristocrat holds an important place on this list of game designers and producers. Aristocrat is a billion-dollar company with very little competition in their native Australia.
The fact that their games are available in land-based and online casinos all over North America, Europe, and Asia is a testament to their quality. While Aristocrat isn't producing flashy cinematic titles like Betsoft and NetEnt, they're not producing boring repetitive titles with nearly-identical gameplay, which is more than we can say for a few other names on this list. Aristocrat's slots typically have five reels, but their variety of Ways to Win arrangements, licensed deals, and special gamble features (along with other innovations) means Aristocrat slots tend to have high replay value, in spite of their average graphics and effects.
- Let's Go Fish'n
- Lucky 88
- Pelican Pete
- The Walking Dead
- Queen of the Nile
Betsoft was founded in 1999. It took the company about a decade to put together its current library of about 100 Web-based slot machine games. Around the year 2010, they began partnering with some of the biggest names in the online gambling business, and first appeared at sites aimed at the North American market. These days, a new Betsoft slot release is a major event, thanks to the company's reputation for producing outstanding Internet slots.
Betsoft is one of two online slot machine design companies around the world earning rave reviews for their high-quality graphics and involved gameplay. Along with NetEntertainment, reviewed further down the page, Betsoft represents the cutting edge of Web-based slot machine play, incorporating features like 3D graphics and video game-like plots into their online slots. You'll often hear the word "cinematic" thrown around during reviews of Betsoft games, and for good reason. Their games, like Sugar Pop and 2 Million BC, use animations and other effects that wouldn't be out of place in the latest Disney or Pixar release.
- House of Fun
- Good Girl Bad Girl
- A Night in Paris
- After Night Falls
- Greedy Goblins
- Once Upon a Time
International Game Technology
IGT produces about half of the slots found in casinos all over the world. They have a massive market share, report $1-2 billion in revenue per year, appear on the NYSE, and employ tens of thousands of people in the gambling business. They're the world's largest manufacturer of slot machines and other games of chance and skill. It's hard to overstate IGT's role in the modern business of gambling.
IGT was founded in 1971, but didn't release a hit game until a series of video poker titles in the late 70s attracted the attention of some big-money investors. When IGT went public in 1981, they did so with gusto, immediately purchasing a number of assets that would prove valuable in the future. IGT doesn't just put up most of the slots and other games on casino floors, they also produce the player-tracking software used by both online and land-based gambling halls to pay player rewards. IGT slots have long been among the best-reviewed and most exciting titles on the Internet — they were among the first companies to offer a progressive online system, and they've held long-standing licenses with brands like Wheel of Fortune. Their high-quality games are highly-visible, by virtue of appearing all over the place. IGT slots often appear as part of a suite of games from a number of manufacturers, thanks to their name recognition and high quality.
- Jurassic Park
- Sex and the City
- The $100,000 Pyramid
- Wheel of Fortune
- Back to the Future
- American Idol
Microgaming is another big name in the world gambling business. Microgaming Software Systems is headquartered on the Isle of Man. This company claims to have released the world's first online casino, called GamingClub, in 1994. Other producers have claimed the same title, though the consensus is that Microgaming was the first in the business. Now in their third decade of providing high-quality slot games to casinos all over the world, Microgaming is a household name among gamblers.
Microgaming produces everything from slots and table games to software for live dealer suites and multi-player titles. They're now producing games for land-based casinos as well, in a reversal of the traditional move from land-based casinos to the Web-based marketplace. Microgaming hosts more than 800 games in their massive download and instant-play collections. At last count, 270 casinos run Microgaming software, alongside a total of 40 poker rooms and poker skins. Their slot games are well-reviewed, though they're not the fully-featured, cinematic titles found from producers like Betsoft and NetEntertainment, profiled immediately below.
NetEntertainment is a Scandinavian game design company that started out as a provider of land-based slots and entered the online market in the last five years or so. NetEnt's software is among the best-reviewed of all online game designers. These are beautiful games with a focus on graphics, special effects, and in-game features like side games and bonuses. NetEnt software is available in twenty different languages, and they host a library of some 200 casino games, most of which are slot and video poker variants.
Headquartered in both Sweden and Malta, NetEntertainment has one foot in the traditional world of online gambling and one in a place known as a design haven. Founded in 1974, the company was briefly forced out of Sweden by a ban on slot machines. The company's exodus to Eastern Europe for two decades created the competitive spirit their known for today, the one that drives them to produce state-of-the-art online slots that cut no design or entertainment corners. In case you can't tell already — we love NetEntertainment slots. Their licensed games like Aliens and South Park combine existing brand recognition with skilled game development to produce familiar games with lots of replay value.
- Arabian Nights
- Blood Suckers
- Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Egyptian Heroes
- Mega Fortune
Playtech is another of the heavy hitters on this list, a top designer of online gambling software. Playtech is publicly-traded on the Main Market in London. Founded in 1999, Playtech doesn't just produce well-reviewed slot and video poker titles. They also provide back-end solutions and turnkey gambling software — that means they don't just make the games, they also help run the sites that host the games. Playtech was founded in Estonia in 1999 by a group of people with limited experience in the then-burgeoning online gambling business. A group of software engineers and artists were originally responsible for the company and its games, a nice change from the typical corporate origin stories of these design firms.
By 2001, Playtech had several games live at major online casinos all over the world. For the next decade, Playtech was at the leading edge of online gambling design, being among the first companies to produce live dealer games, new variants of popular bingo software, and a poker network that is still popular today. Now that Playtech has crossed over into the land-based industry, they've come full circle, and are a major player in every part of the global gaming business. Their games are the typical blend of licensed and proprietary themes, with a lot of style variation and a focus on things like 3D graphics and progressive jackpots.
Rounding out the big names in the casino software design industry is Realtime Gaming, known in the business by the initials RTG. If you set aside the fact that RTG hasn't produced a single title for the land-based market, they're one of the world's top providers of slots and other games of chance. RTG was founded in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. After the passage of the UIGEA bill, the founders were forced to sell to a foreign holding company, so that the firm now has its headquarters in the Netherlands Antilles. They're one of the largest providers of gambling games on the Internet, with a large number of download, instant-play, and mobile-capable slot and video poker games. If you're an online gambler, you've heard of RTG, and you've probably played dozens of their games.
RTG slots appear in lots of online casino libraries — not necessarily because of their quality, but because they're plentiful and inexpensive to license. Most RTG-powered casinos host a large number of slots, especially in proportion to other games. The fact that Realtime has a huge slot library makes them very attractive to casino operators looking to satisfy their customer's wants. The majority of RTG's slot library is made up of what the company calls Real Series slots. These are highly-adaptable games with simple bonus rounds, a small number of pay lines, and a wide range of available bets. Realtime also produces a significant number of All Pays slots. What you won't find among the hundreds of slot variations in their library are any licensed titles, and only about a dozen games with progressive jackpots.
VGT Slots is a major manufacturer of land-based casino games. They're a major force in the US gambling business, as big a provider of slot machines and other entertainments as IGT in certain specific markets. VGT focuses mainly on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of Class II games for the US Native American casino industry. VGT was founded in 1991 to serve the burgeoning tribal gaming market.
The company's games are easy to identify thanks to the ubiquitous Red Screen free spins feature. Since VGT was acquired by Aristocrat Leisure in 2014, we've started to see a lot of talk about a possible expansion into online gambling by this company with decades' experience producing harshly-regulated games. We think VGT could be a big force in the future of US online slot play. Their joint venture with Aristocrat makes that seem even more likely. VGT is the world' top provider of Class II machines and stands right now as the largest privately-owned gambling machine manufacturer in the United States. The company now operates 20,000+ Class II machines in more than 140 tribal casinos and tribal-run game rooms all over North America. If you've ever visited a tribal casino in Oklahoma, you've definitely played a VGT game. IN that massive gambling market, they are the dominant force. VGT is in the process of expanding their holdings on the US Gulf Coast as well.
- Lucky Ducky
- Double Freedom Reels
- Pirate's Paradise
- Gemstone Falls
- Reel Fever
- King of Coin
Other Slot Providers
We have a list of various other slot providers and manufacturers that are not as well known and some of the others listed above. However, if you would like to learn more about these companies, you can check out our full reviews on these pages below: