General information about Playtech
Even in its infancy in 1999, the gaming studio clearly determined its main development vectors – online casinos, multimedia products for gambling entertainments, and software design. The developer made its presence felt after releasing the first slot in 2001 exclusively for one British operator, and it was a success. Just in a year, in 2002, the studio completely transferred its first land-based slot machine to the online format. This casino was licensed by the provider itself, after which there was a surge in demand for Playtech video games, and online casinos eagerly included Playtech slots into their game catalogs.
At the beginning of 2003, the studio opened its own iPoker poker network that quickly became popular. The client database of this network incorporates tens of thousands of gamblers today. In 2006, the value of the company and all its assets exceeded a billion dollars. Curiously that it was exactly this year when the USA prohibited gambling business, but thanks to well-established partnerships, beneficial agreements, and the opening of its own academy, the Playtech Corporation continued to enjoy huge profits.
From year to year, Playtech swallowed up more and more gambling software developers and providers. The most famous enterprises absorbed by Playtech are Poker Strategy, Gaming Technology Solutions, Quickspin, Aristocrat Lotteries, Ash Gaming. Needless to say casinos with Playtech slot machines expanded throughout Europe and Asia. The developer cooperates with such big-name gambling clubs as William Hill, Gala, Coral, Bet 365, 888, and others.
The company’s growth was so steady and its incomes were so high that in 2012 Playtech shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange, which became an unprecedented event in the gambling industry. In recent years, the company’s annual sales have been quickly growing, and in 2017 the company’s annual business volume reached 700 billion dollars, the net profit of which was 300 million. Online casinos with Playtech slots are now distributed worldwide. The popularity of Playtech products mainly owes to beneficial agreements with world-renowned brands such as Marvel Comics, DC, Warner Bros, Universal, HBO to name a few.
However, the company is engaged not only in games creation and online casino development. Playtech also develops platforms for bookmakers, video poker, bingo, and lottery operators. Several years ago, Playtech also started designing B2B software solutions for virtual and live casinos, either leasing its facilities and the equipment or completely undertaking the whole development process.
The main development and simultaneously the company’s distinctive feature is special software that allows integrating slots, board games, bingo, poker, a bookmaker’s shop, and even live-dealer games into any device, no matter it is a land-based gaming machine, smartphone or computer.
Playtech also boasts numerous awards from prestigious publications and exhibitions including prizes from IGA, EGRB2B Awards, EGR Operator Awards. 6 years consecutively, the developer has won the nomination “Best Provider” at the IGA exhibition.
To ensure all its slots and games are fully legal and fair, the provider took heed to receive all the necessary licenses and certificates from international gambling supervision authorities. The company holds over 140 licenses and certificates, including the UK gambling commission license, Malta license, eCogra certificate, and Alderney license. There also over 20 jurisdictions subordinated to the corporation. With all this in mind, it is safe to state that Playtech slot machines are all about unfair play.
The company’s headquarters is based in Estonia with several representative offices found in the UK, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Israel, Scotland, and Gibraltar. Playtech hires over 5,000 employees worldwide in total.
Here are the main features of the company and the products it releases:
- a huge variety of games including the ones from other developers subordinated to Playtech;
- an average RTP rate — 94%;
- PlayTechONE – a proprietary development ensuring seamless compatibility of games with any device;
- branded games devoted to popular themes;
- unique settings;
- the company’s portfolio includes not only slots but trendy board games;
- live-dealer games;
- progressive jackpot games;
- the possession of more than a hundred licenses and certificates including prestigious ones;
- plenty of bonus rounds in games;
- games can be played both through computer browsers and mobile devices.
Playtech repertoire includes slot machines and board games. Slots boast absolutely all known game mechanics since the corporation consists of over 10 development studios. Slots offer various bonus features (including two-level ones), free spins, wilds, scatter symbols, and a risk game when you can either multiply your gain or lose your stake. Above that, there are lots of jackpot slots. In 2016, one player won whopping 6.3 million dollars playing the Gold Rally slot with the progressive jackpot.
The range of board games includes baccarat, wheel of fortune, blackjack, poker, roulette, and others. Board games can be both with a live dealer and without. You can play Playtech slots for real money in any licensed casino in the world. Playtech slot machines offer a demo version, too, if you first want to try out the gameplay without staking real money.
Most games of this provider boast an original setting; however, you can also come across branded slots inspired, for example, by Marvel and DC with cult superheroes (Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and others). All-time classic games with fruits and crystals are not in huge demand.
The best-selling slots by Playtech are Marvel Ultimate Power, X-Men, Beach Life, Jekyll and Hyde, Gladiator, Blade.
Have a look at one of the most popular non-branded games developed by Playtech – Sun Wukong:
Stunning design and three-dimensional graphics are what make this Playtech slot so popular with gamblers worldwide. Apart from that, the machine has classic gameplay with a bonus game and free spins.
Playtech is the largest international corporation in the gambling industry. It is as popular and powerful as giant Microgaming and NetEnt.