International Game Technology, better known in these circles as IGT, has recently announced that it has picked up the highly prestigious Remote Product of the Year award at this year’s ICE Totally Gaming award ceremony. The awards, which took place on the eve of this year’s ICE event at London’s ExCel, are considered to be one of the main industry events of the annual calendar and so winning the award is naturally considered something of a major achievement for a company that is primarily known for its land based services.
The product in question is IGT rgs – the IGT Casino Remote Game Server and is the cornerstone of their mobile strategy that is looking to capitalise on their existing brand value and reputation. In the most basic terms, it is similar to Microgaming’s Spin3 platform, which allows developers at the company to design and then deliver mobile games from the standard gaming library to mobile casino operators, with every game custom designed to work flawlessly on a range of mobile gaming devices such as iPads and iPhones.
The development of the platform is not just a victory for IGT themselves, but also for casino operators in their own right. After all, one of the primary drivers of traffic to both online and mobile casinos is that players are looking to enjoy the same games that they can find in pubs and clubs on their computers, smartphones and tablets. With the IGT rgs already featuring such recognisable titles as the likes of Wolf Run and Da Vinci Diamonds, such famous games are readily available to mobile operators.
The victory also marks just how far the Remote Game Server platform has come over the years, as it began as a means of delivering games to online casinos exclusively. IGT’s expansion into the online market began with their acquisition of WagerWorks and now sees the vast majority of their games being available to online operators. However, it has now been adapted for mobile use, and some of the best mobile casinos in the world now proudly offer IGT’s titles to mobile players.
One such casino is the increasingly popular Mr Green Mobile Casino, which is among the first of our recommended mobile operators to offer mobile versions of the aforementioned IGT classics, Wolf Run and Da Vinci Diamonds. Their use of the rgs also illustrates the flexibility of the platform, as their mobile casino offers both Microgaming and IGT slots side by side, meaning that players can effortlessly switch between Major Millions and Da Vinci Diamonds on the move. This will no doubt spur on some of the biggest names to move away from the traditional mobile casino methodology of signing up a single supplier and push them more towards becoming game aggregators that make themselves stand out in the crowd by offering games that competitors simply cannot match.
The platform has also been future proofed, meaning that operators that add it to their system can take advantage of the latest IGT games as they are released. With such an extensive back catalogue to choose from, these releases are certain to come thick and fast and mobile casino players can expect a surge in new IGT games on their devices. According to their published strategy, IGT is hoping to launch fifteen games or more every year on the rgs Mobile platform. With classic games and franchises such as the Monopoly and Star Trek ranges already lined up for conversion, it is looking like being a good year for both mobile players and IGT themselves.