Playtech PLC

Playtech was founded in 1999 and has become one of the most reputable gambling software development companies in the world. It is known for its high-quality bingo games, casino games, poker games, sports betting, live dealer games and more.

Playtech PLC

The History of Playtech PLC

Playtech has over two decades of work and experience in the gambling industry, which has led to it becoming a market leader in gambling software technology. Here is a timeline of Playtech’s history:

  • 1999 – Playtech is founded in Estonia in 1999 by entrepreneur Teddy Sagi
  • 2001 – the first Playtech casino software product was founded
  • 2006 – Playtech suffers a one day fall of over 40% in stock after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 is passed
  • 2008 – Playtech acquires private assets from Teddy Sagi in return for $250 million
  • 2011 – Playtech purchases PT Turnkey Services for £125 million
  • 2013 – Playtech purchases PokerStrategy.com from Etruvian Holdings Ltd for $49.2 million. This is one of the world’s largest poker communities and has nearly seven million members
  • 2014 – Playtech purchases Aristocrat Lotteries for €10.5 million
  • 2015 – Playtech purchases YoYo Games for £10.65 million
  • 2016 – Playtech purchases Quickspin in a two-part deal. €24 million was paid to acquire 100% of the Quickspin shares and then a further €26 million was to be paid depending on the performance of Quickspin for the next two years
  • 2016 – Playtech purchases Best Gaming Technology for €138 million
  • 2016 – Playtech purchases the CFH Group. Its name is later changed to TradeTech Group
  • 2017 – Playtech launches in Romania with a casino studio that will develop live casino games for online gambling operators locally
  • 2017 – Playtech announces new partnership with Warner Bros to acquire the licenses for slot games based on the DC Comic blockbusters like The Dark Knight, Justice League and Suicide Squad
  • 2017 – Playtech acquires BetBuddy, a responsible gambling analytics company. This is to help the company detect problem gambling quicker
  • 2017 – Playtech purchases slot developer Eyecon for £50 million
  • 2018 – Playtech reaches an agreement with the Polish national lottery provider, Totalizator Sportowy
  • 2018 – Playtech purchases a 70.6% stake in Staitech for €291 million. This is a betting and gaming company based in Italy
  • 2018 – Founder of Playtech, Teddy Sagi, sells all shares in the company
  • 2020 – Playtech pays £3.5 million to responsible gambling charities after the death of a player, Chris Bruney, at one of their sites after he gambled £119,000 and committed suicide
  • 2020 – Playtech enters the US market by providing games to Bet365’s New Jersey online casino
  • 2021 – Playtech sells YoYo Games to Opera Software for $10 million
  • 2022 – Playtech teams up with Ladbrokes to create a TV game content and production partnership
  • 2022 – Playtech agrees to a content deal with CT Gaming to release their content through Playtech’s Open Platform

 

Playtech Platforms

Playtech has different platforms for the many different areas of its business including bingo, poker and sports betting.

Playtech Platform Platform Function
Virtue Fusion Bingo platform which was purchased by Playtech in 2010 and provides customisable bingo games. Licensees can choose what bingo games they want to integrate into their websites
iPoker Poker platform where each website can use the skin of the underlying poker interface and then customise particular areas such as the branding and colour scheme. All sites use the same player pool
BGT Sports Sports betting platform that provides its software to bookmakers. This was created by merging Playtech’s platform with Best Gaming Technology’s platform after they acquired it in 2016
Playtech Open Platform A slots platform where licensees can get access to more than 3,000 online games

 

Most Popular Playtech Games

Playtech has a huge library of games with thousands of high-quality slots, jackpot slots, casino games and more to choose from.

Slots

Popular slot games from Playtech include:

  • Buffalo Blitz
  • Gladiator Jackpot
  • The Mummy
  • Age of the Gods Prince of Olympus
  • Green Lantern
  • King Kong
  • Age of the Gods Ultimate Power
  • Beach Life
  • The Dark Knight
  • Clover Rollover

Live Casino

Top live casino games from Playtech include:

  • Casino Hold’Em
  • Ultimate Blackjack
  • Mini Baccarat
  • VIP Baccarat
  • Prestige Roulette
  • Speed Roulette

Bingo

Popular bingo games from Playtech you can play are:

  • Age of the Gods Bingo
  • Best Odds Bingo
  • Bingo Beats
  • Britain’s Got Talent Bingo
  • Cash Cubes Bingo
  • Deal or No Deal 90
  • Fluffy Favourites Bingo
  • Rainbow Riches Bingo
  • Coronation Street Bingo
  • The X Factor Bingo
  • The Voice UK Bingo

 

The Pros and Cons of Playtech

Playtech is one of the world’s biggest and best software providers but alongside its positives, it has some negatives too.

Pros of Playtech Cons of Playtech
Playtech has the very best software developers creating games Not as widely available as some other software providers
Games are customisable which means each Playtech casino or bingo site offers something different for players While the company releases new slot games regularly, the same cannot be said for bingo games
With so many users playing Playtech bingo games, the linked bingo games can have larger jackpots up for grabs

 

Playtech is a platform that is enjoyed by both licensees and players around the world. The company now works in 30 jurisdictions and is always looking to expand into new countries, so we can expect to see continued growth for them in the upcoming months and years.

Lillian Grey

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Lillian Grey is a long time online bingo and slots player who started putting her thoughts down on digitial paper around 2008. Having been covering the industry for quite some time, she is able to spot the good from the bad when it comes to online bingo. An ever present at indsutry conferences and events, Lillian likes to meet fellow bingo enthusiasts to share stories and ideas, with maybe a glass of wine (or two) involved! When not covering the ever changing world of online bingo, she likes to read a good book and go for family walks in the forest.

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