In Italy there are almost 50 million connected users and our nation also sees 80 million smartphones for a population of 60 million inhabitants: the Digital 2020 annual report tells us this. This helps us to better understand the growing phenomenon of online gaming, supported by millionaire investments to improve the gaming experience, interactivity and security. Behind this success of online casinos there are certainly software developers, who employ hundreds of human resources including engineers, graphic designers and developers , ready to continually renew the proposed offer.
The giants PlayTech, NetEnt and Microgaming for online casinos
Some of the best live and non- live casino games are produced by a small number of houses, which are considered leaders in creating virtual play entertainment. Among these, PlayTech, founded in 1999 in the United Kingdom, has over 1200 employees and is particularly known for its bingo and poker software, while NetEnt is purely appreciated for slot machines. Company born in Sweden in 1996, NetEnt produces high-level software, with graphics with attention to the smallest details and titles that have made the history of virtual gaming, among all for example Gonzo's Quest. Last but not least, Microgaming, a company based in the Isle of Man, which claims to have patented the first real casino software in 1994. These three brands make up the Olympus of the virtual gaming sector, but others young and dynamic realities launch themselves with quality into the gaming and gambling business .
"Minor" names and Italian manufacturers
The competition in the world of casino software is enormous, and for already established brands, the birth of new developers represents a continuous stimulus to improve. Many companies entering the market, such as the very young Pragmatic Play, founded in 2015 in Silema, Malta: the company continues an ascent marked by the production of slot machines and live poker tables, which confirms it as the possible protagonist of the 2021. Then there is Novomatic, an “older” company than the previous one, founded in 1980 in Austria, which has always been present on the Italian market, albeit to a lesser extent than the three giants mentioned in the first part. Among the Italian brands, it is worth mentioning Capecod, whose software as of 2019 had been used by almost 80 Italian gambling and virtual gaming operators. Acquired by the Austrian Novomatic in 2017, it remains one of the Italian companies that have expressed themselves best in the sector. In the software of slot machines, the protagonist on our peninsula is the World Match of Padua , with over 116 different slots, thanks to important partnerships in the world of online gaming, but Tuko Production is also worthy of note, with over 30 slot machines operating in Italy.
The virtual gaming sector also represents an important focal point also at the employment level. The many IT hubs born in Italy from North to South are proposed to become protagonists of industry 4.0 of the present and of the future: emblematic cases the academy in partnership with Apple based in Naples , which in 2021 will celebrate five years of courses activated, and Terna's partnerships with the Polytechnic of Bari and Turin.