BetSoft – Overview of BetSoft Gaming
BetSoft has grown from being a niche player in the casino software market to one of the most innovative software creators around. Started in 1999, this UK based company creates 3D slots which are unlike anything else available online. They have animations which are closer to a Pixar type movie than anything the other slots makers are offering. Combined with this the games have quirky themes and feature interactive feature rounds which keep players entertained. BetSoft games are licensed to casinos offering games to US players via a gaming license in the Netherlands Antilles. It is the fact that US players are allowed which recently caused Alderney to revoke their Euro License.
This article covers the history and background of BetSoft in detail. First up, I have outlined the history of this innovative casino software house. After that the focus is on their game development, and some of the key features and types of game offered. You’ll then find information on the many awards which BetSoft have picked up – mostly in recent years. At the end is a summary.
BetSoft were formed in 1999 in a small town in the North of the UK called Lytham St Anne. For the first 6 or 7 years of their existence, this company was a small time player, providing gaming solutions to very few casinos.
As both computer hardware and the speed of networks improved, many online casinos looked around for opportunities to use these technological advances to their full potential. Instead of powering entire casinos, the late 2000’s saw BetSoft games being added as extras to existing casinos. In addition to the software download based on the traditional giants like RTG or MicroGaming, you were now able to access a select number of titles through your browser using the same casino account.
Once people saw the innovative and player-friendly 3D slots range – BetSoft started to get a reputation as a casino software house that was producing truly unique games. In 2012, they released their first ‘ToGo’ slots games. These were adapted for mobile phones using Java and Flash technology, and kept the amazing animations and 3D graphics of the desktop games.
This enabled BetSoft to ride the recent wave of take up of mobile casino games. You can now find their games at a large number of casinos. While there are 150 titles in total, BetSoft rarely power casinos alone. Instead their games are added on, or offered as mobile-friendly alternatives to the main titles on offer.
In 2014, BetSoft had their license with the Alderney Gaming Control board revoked. This was supposedly because they allowed casinos which were US-friendly to access their games. While there were a few issues with big brand casinos dropping their titles, these effects were relatively minor. BetSoft have another license, from the authorities in the Netherlands Antilles, which enables them to keep operating without restrictions around the world.
BetSoft Game Technology
There are two key parts to the technology offered by BetSoft. First of all the 3D slots are pooled together into a range known as ‘Slots3’ (which stands for Slots cubed). There are more than 50 games in this range, which are at the cutting edge of slots design and playability. You’ll find amazing animated opening videos, animated reels which come to life when a win is triggered, along with interactive bonus rounds which are both very entertaining and potentially very profitable.
The ‘ToGo’ range features the games which have been adapted for mobile devices. These still look amazing, and work great with touch-screen controls. They are often offered by casinos whose primary software is not well adapted to smartphones or tablets. With 35 slots already converted, this is obviously a big focus area for BetSoft.
In addition to the slots games, this developer produced the whole range of casino table games. Many of these are also mobile compatible. I recommend you check out their heads-up poker game, which is a simple game based on Texas Holdem that you play against the casino. The graphics are stunning.
While BetSoft have yet to pick up any industry awards directly, the casinos which they provide games for have started to pick up some of the most coveted awards in the casino Industry. These include an accolade by eGR for a BetSoft powered casino, along with 2 slots operator of the year awards for another BetSoft casino. It is only a matter of time before the innovative slots from this provider start to pick up awards in their own right.
These slots are a must-see for online casino fans anywhere in the world. They look different to anything you have seen before, and work across your computer and mobile devices. With the improvements in both computing devices and network speeds, I believe that this developer has a very bright future once people find out how good their slot titles are.
Suzie Adams, Associate Writer: Suzie has extensive experience writing on a number of different topics, but writing on slots remains her first love, and it really shows.