Since 2013 there has been a massive expansion of the number of wagering sites that are available to play at on the internet. All these online casinos, slots sites and bingo sites need to source their software from somewhere (if they don’t have the resources to make it themselves, that is), so this has created plenty of opportunities for brand new companies to pop up and attempt to establish themselves within the competitive realm of online wagering.
A lot of these fledgling companies are gone before anyone takes any notice of them, but a few others show they are likely to be around for a more than just a few months. One such ‘newbie’ software provider is Pragmatic Play, who’ve been in business since 2015. They’ve not yet reached the dizzy heights of fellow newcomers like Red Tiger (sold to NetEnt in 2018 for £200 million), but given the way this Gibraltar-based software company has been performing so far, they are quite clearly going to be around for some considerable time.
To find out more about Pragmatic Play and their games, we humbly suggest that you keep on reading!
Who Is Pragmatic Play?
As mentioned previously, Pragmatic Play came into being in 2015. They were actually formed from the ashes of a previous online wagering software company called Topgame Technology (although Topgame Technology have since been revived). Topgame were based in Panama and to say they had not at the time exactly pulled up any trees when it comes to online wagering is like saying Panama have disappointed all, in football when it comes to the World Cup Finals.
Topgame seemed to be loathed to upgrade their attitude towards online casinos, still relying on Adobe Flash as opposed to HTML5, making their casinos download-only and caring little for mobile channels. When the online wagering world moved on, Topgame Technology were left behind.
In 2015 a group of investors purchased the ailing Topgame as they had seen enough to suggest that it was a company with enough tech to be worth saving. They upgraded everything that Topgame had done unsuccessfully, re-branding themselves ‘Pragmatic Play’ as well.
Pretty soon Pragmatic Play were releasing some pretty stellar games, although perhaps not yet stellar enough to challenge the likes of NetEnt and Microgaming and their hold on the industry.
The company started to win awards, though. They won the 2018 Malta Gaming Award for ‘Best Slot Game’ for Wolf Gold, for example.
Pragmatic Play now has offices in Gibraltar, Malta, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
What’s Hot and Not About Pragmatic Play
The very best games provided by Pragmatic Play so far are considered to be as follows: Wolf Gold, Great Rhino, Dragon Kingdom, 3 Genie Wishes, Chilli Heat, Beowulf, Wild Spells, Hercules: Son of Zeus, 5 Lions and Lady Godiva.
- Their slots are getting better. Pragmatic Play began life by converting all of Topgame Technologies’ slots from Flash to HTML5. This was the right thing to do, but Topgame’s titles were all pretty … meh. However, Pragmatic Play soon began to come up with their own titles which looked and played a great deal better than anything Topgame did. Check out ‘The Great Chicken Escape’ for an idea of what Pragmatic Play are now capable of.
- Not just slots. This company does not just concentrate on slots, although so far it’s just a case of blackjack, roulette and baccarat.
- Play bingo! Pragmatic Play is attempting to break into the bingo market. This company’s bingo options extend to 30, 50, 75, 80 and 90-ball bingo.
- Live Casino Games. Pragmatic Play are one of the few online wagering companies willing to tackle the live casino realm. Despite Evolution Gaming and NetEnt ruling the roost in this department, Pragmatic Play seem unafraid of the challenge. At the Pragmatic Play live casino you can play roulette and blackjack, with future additions promised.
- Like most ‘new’ online software providers, Pragmatic Play slots are not available everywhere. The number of casinos offering PP’s games seem to be increasing on a daily basis, but they can hardly be accused of flooding the market.
Our Final Thoughts
You have to hand it to Pragmatic Play; they are not afraid to challenge the big boys when it comes to online casino games. It’s a full-frontal attack, with slots, casino games, live casino games and bingo being the battlegrounds. We are not sure that the likes of NetEnt, Microgaming, Evolution Gaming and 888/Dragonfish are quite quaking in their boots just yet.
Who knows where Pragmatic Play may end up? Their bosses must have been gutted when NetEnt bought Red Tiger for £200 million, thinking ‘that could have been us’. Perhaps an even more generous bid will come in for them one day?
Until then, us humble online casino players will just have to be content will playing Pragmatic Play slots and enjoy them!