«Multi Platform Casinos: The Best ‘All-in-One’
Multi Platform Casinos: The Best ‘All-in-One’
I remember one of the gamers wondering: ‘Why do casinos need to be run each on a different software? If I like a couple of slots by Microgaming, some slots by NetEnt, plus a video casino, then I find myself gambling in three different places! That’s too time consuming and all I do is I waste my time while transferring money from casino to casino. Playing in one single place would be far more convenient!’
More and more casinos understand the importance of meeting customer expectations and needs. And I am here today to tell you about multi platform casinos – facilities offering games by various software developers and providers.
I think the advantages of this type of casinos are obvious. All you need is one account and one source of money for gambling. You apply your documents once only. Besides, it’s easier to receive a VIP status if you focus on one casino. Multi-platformity guarantees a higher reliability of the facility, since only trustworthy casinos can run several types of popular software at a time.
The largest bookmakers were one of the first implementers of multi platform casinos a few years ago. It soon became their main strategy of diversification which included a betting platform, main casino (usually run on Microgaming, PlayTek or NetEnt), poker room, bingo and an additional section of flash games by a less known software developer. There is one inconvenience: you play in one place, but the bookmaker, bets, and casino have sub-accounts which requires transferring money between the three. Of course, transferring is done within one site and it takes seconds, still it is some sort of inconvenience… Some might find it quite comfortable, though. You split your money into two and play two games on one site simultaneously.
Nowadays bookmakers keep applying new platforms, and this leads to casinos running on several types of software. At present it is done in a unique and specific way and the system differs from that described above. Now many software developers offer ‘plug-in’ flash games packages. Of course, it’s close to impossible for one downloadable client to accommodate different types of software, because that would require a close collaboration of competing companies that are unwilling to merge. However, it’s really possible to create browser based games that are separately launched.
Such games are easy to plug in on any site. Besides, they are more cost effective than full dowbloadable game packages. As a rule, some bookmakers have ‘red casino, blue casino, black casino, live casino’ tags. Some casinos have tags, such as: ‘casino, Vegas casino, 3D casino, live casino’. And in other places games are not sorted by software and simply go all together. Either way each of the games is launched in a window on the site (usually one game window can be launched at a time), and no money transfer between different ‘types’ of casinos is required.
Many of the relatively new (but already popular) software developers first started with creating plug-in games, such as Sheriff, BetSoft. The NetEnt team was one of those who found this kind of platform quite promising. This helped the company to evolve into one of the leading developers of casino software. Now the company dominates the whole of the market of bookmakers and browser based games.
Microgaming is not far behind. Now even Runet offers a few projects based on their platform QuickFire which accommodates up to a hundred of the most popular games by Microgaming – just the amount to satisfy most gamers. IGT is a large offline slot developer owning online software WagerWorks that is now heading in the same direction. Some of the companies are still behind. Although being a leader and having a flash software, PlayTek is not yet active on the market of the plug-in games. RTG, Rival, and a number of other ‘old’ companies are not in a rush to get on the market either. So, there is merely a slim chance you will ever see their games along with games by other developers.
Let us now review some of the leading providers of multi platform games. The most famous and popular casino project would probably be Mr Green – the Swedish casino which has become one of the leaders and has gained a number of gaming awards and innovative site awards alike. They offer games by Microgaming, NetEnt, BetSoft and IGT. Their used currency is euro, there is a 100% first deposit bonus and they also give free spins for NetEnt slots. The mobile version of the casino offers games by the above mentioned developers which makes Mr Green the largest mobile casino. The mobile site is compatible with a number of browsers, not all, though, but that’s a different story.
Casino Guts offers even a wider range of software. Not only does it offer all the software found in Mr Green, it also includes Sheriff and NextGen! The casino is quite new and has been around for about a year.
Now a few words about bookmakers. Some of the largest and most popular bookmakers offer a range of casino software, usually software by a leading developer, plus some software by a less popular provider, and a live dealer casino. The set of chosen software might differ in each case. Let’s take William Hill. Here the main casino, as well as the live casino are by PlayTek, while Vegas games are by Ash Gaming. Ladbrokes combined two main casinos – one by Microgaming and the other one by PlayTek, plus another few games by various providers, including Cryptologic.
All in all, if you enjoy quality games by various software developers, then at present you’ve got them all available in one casino. Once you put funds on your account there is no need for you to hop from casino to casino. I think in the future these options will keep gaining and spreading their popularity.
Keep searching, keep testing, keep gambling and winning!