The software used by online casinos to drive their gaming platforms can broadly be divided into three categories:
Instant Play software enables you to play games directly from the web browser without the doing any downloads. Typically, this type of software uses Adobe Flash, making it compatible with a wide range of mobile devices and operating systems.
As the name suggests, this type of software needs to be downloaded and installed onto your PC or device before gaining access to the casino’s full library of games. Downloadable software is only compatible with Windows operating systems.
Some internet casinos also offer native apps that feature games specifically designed for mobile use. These apps can be downloaded onto your device from the relevant app store, or it can be directly obtained from the casino’s website.
The most important facet of online casino software from a player’s perspective, is how well it ensures that games are totally fair. This is where random number generators (RNGs) come in. These computer programs continuously generate random patterns of numbers, which determine the resulting outcome of any casino game; i.e. what symbols will appear on the next reel spin, which card will be dealt, etc. This means, the outcome of each game is completely random and not rigged in the casino’s favour in any way.
To keep things interesting for players, most online casinos will employ software from more than one provider, giving them a wider variety of games to choose from.