Software Developers Power Modern Gaming Boom
Video game development has become a lucrative industry over the past few years, with many companies jumping on the bandwagon.
Home video game console manufacturers and online casino operators rely on developers to create the games, slots and everything else they offer to their players. Read on as we look at some of the best software developers in the industry.
The first Microgaming online casinos were launched back in 1994 and the company has been growing its brand ever since. Microgaming has created over 800 online casino games and more than 500 game variants. Its casino products are available online, on mobile devices and in real time.
Popular Microgaming games include Mega Moolah, Game of Thrones and Thunderstruck. The company was also one of the founders of eCOGRA, an organisation that stands for fair, responsible and secure online gambling.
The French company is responsible for some of the biggest and most important arcade games released in the 1980s including Asteroids, Gauntlet, and Marble Madness. Fast forward to 2018 and Atari has launched the Atari VCS, a console that is a nod to its Atari 2600 released back in 1976.
While Atari faces huge competition in a marketplace dominated by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, the VCS will appeal to players seeking a more nostalgic feel to their gaming experience.
Konami emerged as a major player in the gaming industry during the 1980s. Its Metal Gear, Pro-Evolution Soccer and Silent Hill series are amongst the most well-known franchises ever released.
In-house power-struggles haven’t helped Konami over the past few years, but many of its titles are etched in gaming folklore and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that they could regain their status as a major game developer in the future.
Known as DMA Design during its early years, this Scottish-based developer initially focused on producing Amiga, Atari ST, and Commodore 64 games. DMA released Grand Theft Auto in 1997, which was a huge worldwide success.
After the release of Grand Theft Auto III in 2001 the company was renamed Rockstar North and became part of the Rockstar Games umbrella. It continued the Grand Theft Auto franchise with Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) and Grand Theft Auto V (2013). Both games are considered amongst the best releases of all time.
The company is responsible for the creation of some of the most popular online slots in the gambling industry. These include the Marvel Series of slots including Iron Man, Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk-themed titles.
Playtech has also developed many top mobile games and the company has some of the best online casino games and live dealer games available today.