iGaming in CA: Slots for Canadian Players
In previous news posts, we've announced that Net Entertainment withdrew its products from the Canadian market last year. That included video slots, progressive slots, table games and even its live casino games. This year, it slowly reintroduced itself to the British Columbia region specifically. Even then, NetEnt games did not become readily available in all BC online casinos. Already, this eliminates a lot of slots for Canadian players – NetEnt easily being the major creator and distributor of iGaming.
But NetEnt isn't the only iGaming software provider that has pulled out from the CA market over the years. Other gaming mega-giant, NYX Gaming, also withdrew some time ago. It took with it its subsidiary companies – NextGen Gaming, ELK and Thunderkick. IGT slots, which are usually high paying, are also unavailable to Canadian players. Edict Gaming has also taken its leave. You get the general gist of it: a lot of providers aren't open to CA players.
That's why it can get confusing, and downright frustrating, to find an online casino which has enough providers in its portfolio to make the gaming experience worthwhile for the CA player. We're trying to make your life a little easier, and give you a list of some of the best providers for you: Microgaming, Play'n GO, Yggdrasil, Red Tiger and Quickspin. Each of these has its own strengths (and weaknesses). So, we'll be giving you a frank overview of which provider to look out for what.
The point of all this, of course, is so that you can easily identify the best slots for Canadian players, at least in 2017.
Microgaming is the oldest, and largest, provider from this list. Take a look at the pie chart here, and you can immediately see how monstrous the Microgaming portfolio is in comparison to other providers. It has a casual 850+ casino games under its belt, as compared to the others (which all have below 100).
This provider is by far the most prolific. If you love to try out new slots constantly, then Microgaming is the provider to look out for at your online casino. Here's just a few of the slots which came out recently:
And it keeps going. The only problem with Microgaming slots is that they tend to be repetitive in terms of programming, and also not that great to look at. It might be the most prolific, but it's not the provider with the best quality games.
Play'n GO definitely has better quality slots than Microgaming. And although it doesn't produce as many slots as the latter provider, it still holds its own. Players can look forward to a new Play'n GO slot twice a month, roundabout.
The problem with Play'n GO is that it's not consistent. Some of their slots are hits (Book of Dead, Viking Runecraft, Moon Princess), and some of them are misses. Although they change up the structure of their games, the graphic and design quality isn't always up to par. You're hardly going to compare a slot like Multifruit 81 to Hugo, for example.
Yggdrasil has a lot of fans, and a lot of players anticipate its slot releases with great excitement. It's known for producing absolutely top-notch quality slots – often creative in theme and design, creative in terms of different gameplay, and of varying volatility. Yggdrasil is a provider for every player. Seasons, Beauty and the Beast, Spina Colada, Golden Fish Tank and more all owe their existence to it.
There's only one problem with Yggdrasil, they don't release that many slots. Quality needs time and effort, after all, and this provider sure takes its sweet time. It should be said that Yggdrasil is a young company, however, so production might pick up with time. For now though, you shouldn't hold your breathe waiting for a new slot from this provider. You can keep occupied with any of the other slots for Canadian players in this list.
Red Tiger are known for one thing and one thing only: insanely volatile slots. If you like risk and high payouts, Red Tiger slots should be your no.1 choice. These slots are typically also themed around Chinese culture and history (not all, of course – Three Musketeers definitely has nothing to do with China) because the team behind Red Tiger is largely from Asia. It's produced slots like Epic Journey, Dragon's Luck and Three Kingdoms.
Red Tiger don't have the best looking slots. In fact, we'd say they're pretty basic. But more and more players are turning to Red Tiger both because it pumps out slots frequently, and because the stakes are high when spinning of one of its games. It's all about what you prefer. Pick your poison, they're all good slots for Canadian players.
Quickspin has the least amount of games out of the above providers (around 32 slots, total). But don't let that fool you – Quickspin is often given kudos for its extremely fun and extremely attractive looking slots. The provider has titles like Crystal Queen, Gold Lab, Sakura Fortune and Wins of Fortune which do it credit.
But, again, like Play'n GO its slot releases can be inconsistent. Some of its slots clearly took up more time than others, and it doesn't release a slot necessarily every month. Heads up on that, if you like Quickspin games.
In Conclusion …
There you have it – some of the best slots for Canadian players, and certainly some of the best providers. There are others which you might want to read up on, like Betsoft and Scientific Games, for slots, but the above selection is the best in our humble opinion.
You can find more of these providers' slots on our slot page, just click through the side-bar to the left. With these slots, and new ones being constantly released, you'll be more than busy (and entertained) for months to come.
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