NetEnt is one of the few iGaming developers to have been around since the beginning of the online gambling industry. The Swedish company was founded in 1996 and has grown into a giant in the sector in that space of time. As one of the best-known slot creators, NetEnt is always at the forefront of innovations. It could be the company to watch out for when it comes to the introduction of new technology in the coming years.

Upgrading and Refining Existing Games

One of the ways that NetEnt is solidifying its position among the world’s biggest slot developers is by updating and refining existing game series. A prime example of this is the new release of Dead or Alive 2, a sequel to the company’s highly successful western. The 2019 release brings the series in line with the top games out there in terms of graphics, sound, and gameplay. It is, therefore, smoother and more visually appealing than its predecessor.

NetEnt has also been leading the way in terms of unique themes for games in recent years. Its NetEnt Rocks range of music-based slots has been hugely successful and has brought a whole new subgenre to the reel-spinning games. In addition to the games based on bands like Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead, NetEnt has pounced on popular new TV series like Narcos and Vikings. By getting there before other powerhouses like Microgaming and Playtech, NetEnt has shown its dominance in the sector.

Dabbling with Upcoming Technology

As well as continuing to push the boundaries of the current standard of slot games, NetEnt has one eye on the future. For some time, virtual reality has been expected to enter the mainstream. But this hasn’t come to pass yet as current headsets like the Oculus Rift are still coming in at too high a price point for the average end-user. But as new generations are released, the older models will become more affordable. This is why VR is projected to boom in 2023 when it will be worth $14.8 billion according to some predictions.

NetEnt is well placed to be in the driving seat of new upgrades to slot machines when online casinos make the shift towards VR. The company has already been experimenting with how the new platform will change the way people play. Gonzo’s Quest VR is NetEnt’s first foray into VR slots. The original Gonzo’s Quest is one of the best-known games from the developer, so it stands to reason that it should want to continue the series when new technology comes into play. The game transports players to a fantasy world, where they are faced with giant reels.

In terms of progression in the iGaming industry, NetEnt appears to be leading the way when it comes to innovations. Microgaming has VR Roulette already, but NetEnt is making more progress with slots. The Swedish studio could be the main player to watch in the near future for an indication about which direction the iGaming sector is heading in.

Chris McdonaldTechnology
NetEnt is one of the few iGaming developers to have been around since the beginning of the online gambling industry. The Swedish company was founded in 1996 and has grown into a giant in the sector in that space of time. As one of the best-known slot creators, NetEnt...