Mobile casino sportsbook
In 2005, many believed mobile casinos to be in for a bright future, and this prediction was partially correct. There was still a hurdle the online casino industry had to deal with on the way, namely the American ban on online gambling. Even in a small country Sweden, the state tried to stop online casinos, but it did not work due to EU regulations. So in Sweden and in the other Nordic countries, online gambling flourished and mobile casinos had great success. Today most players choose the mobile casino experience in favor of gambling on a desktop or laptop computer. Slots are by far the most popular type of game for mobile casinos. There are thousands of different video slots from a wide range of developers to choose from. But table games such as roulette, blackjack, video poker or punto banco can also be played from a mobile phone with ease.
Betting on sports odds is the other “half” of casino games. While still considered casino games in the world of online casinos, sportsbooks have their own section within casinos. In odds and betting, mobile casino is very useful for live bets – no matter where you are, you can pick up your phone and place a bet. A survey conducted in 2010 showed that less than 10 percent of owners of smartphones and mobile phones played online casino at least once every three months. That is to say, 90 percent of users did not. Today, the tables have turned almost 180 degrees. A massive number of smartphone users are playing mobile casino online on a regular basis.
Mobile casino games
The menu at a mobile casino can of course vary between casinos, but on typically the casino games are categorized in the following way:
Lotto / Lotteries
Sportsbook with odds (for casinos with such a section)
In addition, many casinos have placed the most popular games in a special tab. Players can find these games easily without having to search for them. The player can then find their own favorite games in any category. One of the most popular games is Starburst which is a video slot that casinos usually offer free spins for as a welcome bonus. There are many other such slots, for example Fire Joker and Book of Dead.
Mobile casino and casino apps
When playing casino games on your smartphone, you can choose to play via a web browser or through a dedicated casino app. The app provides easier login and is generally easier to use than a browser. Many mobile casino apps let you automatically log in with a simple touch on the screen. The apps are easy to find through Google Play or AppStore and are free (there may be some exceptions). The competition for players via mobile has become so fierce that it leads to special offers when registering via the mobile app. You sometimes receive extra free spins or a new casino bonus if you download the casino’s own app.
Are there any major differences between a mobile casino or a regular desktop / laptop casino? There is no clear-cut answer as it depends on the casino provider. Once you have entered the casino games, things are very much the same on both platforms because lots of casinos use the same games from the same game developers. One such developer is the Swedish developer NetEnt, which is one of the leading companies in the industry together with English developer Microgaming and many others. In Sweden, there are in fact many casino game developers that have become extremely successful, including Evolution Gaming and Yggdrasil. Casino experts consider Sweden a real trailblazer in casino technology development.
Mobile casino game developers
NetEnt was one of the first casino game developers and was established way back in 1996 as a true pioneer in the industry. In the beginning, NetEnt managed their own casinos, but since 2005, they have opted to only provide software for other casinos. NetEnt now delivers both casino games and other services for online casinos. In the beginning, NetEnt was called Net Entertainment but changed it to NetEnt eventually. It is now part of the Betsson Group. NetEnt became the world’s leading casino game provider because they have consistently invested in quality gaming experiences and always put the player first. With their inventions for video slots and other fun games, they now entertain millions of players worldwide, especially through the mobile casinos.
Play`N GO is another Swedish company on the casino software development market. Play N Go quickly made a name for themselves thanks to their groundbreaking games that took the gaming world by storm. They have created well over a hundred casino games, all of which are held to a very high standard. Their range of games is called Scandinavian Babes and some of its most famous slots are: Gem Drop, Gumball 3000, Gunslinger, Irish Gold, Jazz of New Orleans, Mr.Toad, Oily Business, Piggy Bank, Riches of Ra and Ring The Bells. Play`N GO is based in Sweden, but has offices in other countries such as Hungary. They also have gaming licenses in Italy, the United Kingdom, Malta, Alderney, Gibraltar and Denmark.
NetEnt, have schooled many skilled game developers and some of them eventually go their own way. One such occasion was when a few of them started Yggdrasil Gaming. But slots did not become their focus, that all came later. In the beginning, they developed various other games such as Keno and lotteries. After a while they entered the market for online slots. Yggdrasil’s developed their own platform from ground up, which gives the company full control over the games and their development. Its video slots quickly became popular among casino players and the casinos they delivered them to. Of course, most of Yggdrasil’s slots also work on mobile devices, nothing less is to be expected from this state-of-the-art group of game developers. However, we should mention that its investment in keno and lottery games was what guided them into the casino market initially.
A few years ago, most new casinos completely lacked scratch cards as well as lotto, keno, bingo and more. But with Yggdrasil, this was all changed. Early on in their lifetime, Yggdrasil won two major awards for its creations: iGaming Software Supplier of the Year and Slot Provider of the Year.
Other casino game developers
Microgaming is one of the largest, most well-known and highly regarded manufacturers of online casino software. With more than 20 years in the industry, they have developed close to 1000 different games in total. Its full name is Microgaming Software Systems Ltd and they are based on Isle of Man in the sea between Ireland and Great Britain. Slots for mobile gaming include Avalon Mobile, Double Magic, Fruit Fiesta, Major Millions, Mermaids Millions, Pub Fruity, Thunderstruck, Tomb Raider and Treasure Nile. The big draw is Mega Moolah, which is a progressive jackpot type of game. The biggest payout is well into tens of millions of Euros. Winning a jackpot at Mega Moolah means you won’t have to worry about money ever again.
Playtech call themselves the world’s largest company in gaming and software development as well as online casino services. Whether this is true or not is difficult to determine, but there is no doubt that they are one of the largest companies in this industry. The company established in 1999 and delivers casino games, poker clients, online bingo, sportsbook with odds, scratch cards and games for mobile casino. Swedish casino game developers Quickspin were acquired by Playtech in 2016. Just like Microgaming, Playtech is based in the Isle of Man and has more than 5,000 people in its staff.
Bingo is still a very popular game for online casinos despite many believing it only to be played by seniors in bingo halls. This is evident if you look to the operators that offer mobile bingo for smart phones and tablets. In recent years, online casino games such as Keno, Lotto and Bingo have sky rocketed in popularity thanks to new casino games emerging on the market. To play bingo online has become a thrilling experience enjoyed by all kinds of casino players. There are enough mobile bingo variants to choose from to guarantee that every player will find something that suits their style.