Sweden leading the way in digital entertainment
If there is one country out there that is one step ahead of the rest when it comes to gaming development and digital entertainment, then Sweden is such a country. Its a country where gaming development both when it comes to technology and design is well ahead of other countries in the market.
But why is this? Why are things progressing so fast and at such a level as it is currently happening in Sweden? One could think that the bigger operators and developers which originated from Sweden, might have paved the way for newcomers given the reputation the country has within this market. Not only do we see companies produce games that are not only technologically advanced but also at the forefront when it comes to design but above all, innovation.
Producing a game is one thing but doing it to such an extent that it’s a hit amongst players, that’s a different story. There are tons of games produced each year but only a handful of them really hits the mark amongst players on all levels. Players are looking for the rush, the possibility to win big but at the same time enjoying the entertainment and thrill that the game provides.
Play n Go is one of these companies that have been able to provide several games that hit it big amongst players. They have several listings that have proven to be exactly what the players are looking for, providing big wins just like if you were to play and win big on Super Bowl winners or which team that’s going to win the Stanley Cup.
Several videos on Youtube have shown different players hitting it big on games such as Legacy of Egypt, Rise of Olympus, Dragon Maiden and Rise of Merlin. As seen in these videos Play`n Go has managed to combine an excellent mix of technologically advanced games with videogame-like graphics.
Another provider, that`s also one of the companies leading the development within online slots, and which have as mentioned paved way for other, new companies to emerge from such a small country as Sweden is NetEnt, a company which has its roots dating back to as early as 1963. Back then, long before the internet, the company was known as Cherryföretagen. NetEnt, as we know it today, was created in 1996. Since its creation, the company has produced several hit games such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Gonzo`s Quest but above all, Dead or Alive 1 and 2.
One of the “newer” companies on the market, founded in 2012, is the developer Yggdrasil Gaming who in some way has NetEnt to thank for their success. The former NetEnt CEO Fredrik Elmqvist was one of the people behind the creation of this company and much thanks to his experience and the team he had with him, the company was able to obtain their very first license just one year after opening their doors.
The company won the “Innovator of the Year” award during Gaming Awards both during 2018 and 2019, proving that the company is and will remain as one of the powerhouses in this highly competitive market. During 2019 the company also managed to bring another NetEnt profile with the hiring Björn Krantz as its Head of Publishing. We have yet to really see what this company can do and expect to see some great games to be released.
Yggdrasil’s success in developing games generating a viral appeal enjoyable gaming experience is evident in the Viking slots trilogy, Vikings Go Wild, Vikings Go Berzerk, and Vikings Go to Hell. All games built on consumers demand for Viking themed games, after the success of HBO´s production of the tv-show Vikings.
On top of the previous mentioned Viking themed games, the company has also released titles such as Niagara Falls, Cazino Zeppelin, and Golden Fish Tank. Thus far the company has produced over 70 themed video slots, a number which is expected to reach closer to 100 at the end of 2020.