Gamesys has been founded in 2001, and since then they’ve managed to grow their operations a lot, so much so that these days they have 1,000 employees and more than 25 million players. The company is based in London, but has offices all over the world, and they proudly announce that their employees are of 51 different nationalities.
This is no small company, and not only are they powering some of the biggest brands around, but they also have several other companies as subsidiaries, so they have their hands in a lot of different niches through them. The names of some of these subsidiaries include Mice & Dice, Profitable Play, Entertaining Play, Leisure Spin, Nozee Limited, as well as Gamesys companies for several countries in which they’re active with their casinos and bingo sites.
History of Gamesys
Noel Hayden founded Gamesys back in 2001, and one year later they launched the Jackpotjoy brand in UK. They moved their main office in Piccadilly, London, in 2003. The 100th million wager on their sites came just one year later, in 2004. In 2005, Jackpotjoy had 100,000 members. A slot machine called Deal or No Deal was released in 2006, the same year when they got the first place in the Tech Track 100 list, made by Sunday Times.
Botemania was launched in Spain in 2007, and Gamesys was also named Bingo Operator of the Year. They registered the 4th billion bet in 2008, and they also launched Sun Bingo (closed in 2016).
2009 had them winning the award for innovation at EGR, plus they also released the first social games. A lucky winner won a 1.6 million GBP jackpot from them. In 2010, they delivered another big jackpot, worth 1.9 million GBP, and also partnered with several major brands.
Jackpotjoy Sweden was launched in 2011. Gamesys also had their first Innovation Sprint that year. They were the first ones with a real money game for the Facebook platform, in 2012. The year finished with 4.3 billion bets made. They also released mobile cash games that year.
2013 was another good year, as they launched Starspins, Bingo Lane and Virgin Games then, while also partnering with Tropicana, for New Jersey, US.
In 2014, the company launched Gamesys DNA, along with Virgin Poker for Facebook. They were the first ones to launch US-based online bingo in 2015. They also sold several brands to Intertain then, including Starspins, Jackpotjoy and Botemania. 2016 had them opening their first office in Estonia.
As of right now, Gamesys offers 77 different casino games of their own. This includes slot machines, but also bingo and scratch cards. Several card games are present as well, such as Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker or Hi-Lo. New games are being released at a fairly high rate, with 9 titles launched in the first 10 months of 2018.
The branded category seems to be an important one, and often enough they will use TV shows for inspiration. Deal or No Deal, Take Me Out: Date Night and The X Factor are examples of that approach. The Godfather is a different one, and being inspired by the 70s movie makes it fun for a more international audience.
The design is typically well-handled, and I find most of their releases to be enjoyable. There are exceptions to this though, and one of their older and more popular titles features only a basic classic mix of symbols (Deal or No Deal).
I’ve found a good mix of features in the slots they’ve released so far. Whether it’s bonus games, free spins, wilds or even multipliers, these are all used, though you don’t always find them all together.
When it comes to popular titles from Gamesys, Deal or No Deal still gets a lot of attention, despite the ultra low RTP. Some of the others which are heavily promoted by casinos include Secrets of the Phoenix, Double Bubble, Wonderland or Tiki Totems.
Highest RTP Games
Gamesys isn’t the type of developer that’s too generous with their returns, but you can still expect for them to have their fair share of slot machines with good RTP. Fun of the Fair appears to be the highest one right now, at 96.71%, followed by Family Fortunes with 96.6%, Wings of Paradise with 96.43% and three titles which get 96.29% RTP (Monopoly Paradise Mansion, Tiki Island and Winning Streak).
Some of their older and more popular games, such as Deal or No Deal, are extremely low, 90.2% in case of this classic of theirs. While most of their slots look good RTP wise, I wouldn’t recommend jumping blindly in.