Beyond NetEnt and Microgaming (and possibly Playtech) it’s tough to be one hundred percent certain about which company would be placed next upon the list of the most popular online slots and casino software providers. NYX Gaming would certainly be in with a shout. They have been in business for a very long time (since 1999 in fact) and over that time have created over 650 online slots and online casino games.
Although the NYX Gaming branding still appears on online casino games and slots, the company does not really exist anymore. In the early part of 2018, the NYX Gaming Group joined forces with Scientific Games Interactive to become SG Digital.
Just to add confusion into the mix, NYX Gaming (then called NYX Interactive) acquired NextGen Gaming in 2011. This means that if you see games that are created by NYX Gaming, or NextGen Gaming, or SG Digital, there are all primarily the same company!
Who Is NYX Gaming?
Like most good things in the online wagering world, NYX Gaming originated in Sweden. They were created in Stockholm, Sweden in 1999, but nothing much is known about their early years. Perhaps they were too fearful to venture out of the shadows while NetEnt and Play’n GO were throwing their casino weight around. Nobody even knows what ‘NYX’ stands for.
NYX first established an online presence in 2006 with the creation of ‘NYX Interactive’, which began to provide online wagering software products and white label solutions for online casinos, slots and bingo sites. In 2011 it decided to take matters a step further when it purchased Sydney-based software house NextGen Gaming. The company decided to brand all its software titles with the NextGen Gaming name, while keeping NYX Interactive for their white label solutions. Their platform allowed the integration of software from their partners, and in particular Microgaming.
By 2013 NYX Gaming (as they company was now called) had added offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney and Las Vegas to its headquarters in Stockholm. In the same year it won the EGR award for ‘RNG Casino Supplier of the Year’.
In 2018 the lifespan of NYX Gaming finally came to an end when the company was purchased for $626.5 million by American wagering giants Scientific Games. The new company decided to drop the NYX brand and call itself SG Digital. NextGen Gaming still exists though, as a subsidiary of the newly-merged company.
SG Digital has offices all over the world including Las Vegas, New Jersey, Vancouver, London, Malta, Stockholm and Sydney.
What’s Hot and Not About NYX Gaming
The best NYX Gaming slots (released under the NextGen Gaming banner) are probably considered to be as follows: Medusa, Volcano Eruptions, 300 Shields, Double Play Superbet, Medusa II, Spin Sorceress, Doctor Love, Foxin’ Wins Again, Irish Eyes II, Glorious Empire.
- Get Foxy with Foxin’. One of NYX/NextGen’s best games is Foxin’ Wins Again. This is the 2014 sequel to Foxin’ Wins which had been released in 2011. Foxin’ Wins was a pretty tame slot, but the sequel was something else! A trio of little fox cubs were added to the mix and their scamp-like antics made for an entertaining game. A truly great NYX Gaming slot.
- Choices man, choices! There are well over 650 games in the NYX portfolio. If you get bored with one NYX Gaming game, you move on to the next one.
- Many great games to come? The merger of Scientific Games and NYX Gaming has created a true force of nature in the online gambling realm. You can both hope and expect some great slots and games to be released under the NextGen gaming banner, surely!
- Too similar. There isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to many of NYX Gaming’s slots titles. Once you’ve played one of NYX’s mundane slots, you’ll start to recognise the gaming engine and the ‘look and feel’. If you stick to NYX’s best games though, you should be fine.
Our Final Thoughts
There has always been a lot of confusion about NYX Gaming and NextGen Gaming as to whether they are the same company or completely different entities. To put it simply, NextGen Gaming were an Australian company brought under the NYX banner but allowed to ‘exist’ as a separate entity with the group. With the acquisition by Scientific Games of NYX Gaming to create SG Digital this situation remains the same.
As a result of this merger, you will no longer see any titles being branded NYX, but you should still see games being released by NextGen Gaming. This is great news, as NYX/NextGen have released plenty of great slots over the years, and long may it continue!