Geco Gaming is a relatively new name in the gambling software business, but the company is rapidly making a name for itself as a valuable asset to the e-gaming industry.
Launched in 2014, this UK based outfit strives to provide the gaming community with something that they call a GECO RGS, which stands for Gaming Engine Co-operative Remote Gambling Server. If you're not fluent in techno-gabble, that means that this software company aims to provide a shared software platform through which third party game designers can deliver their concepts from the drawing board to players at online casinos.
The content delivery service is specifically set-up for game studios which are based in the UK and Australia, providing licensing from the UK Gambling Commission and the Alderney Gaming Control Board. What's more, the platform is specially focused on building a portfolio of games which are coded in Flash and HTML5, meaning that the entertainment can be delivered to players on desktop screens as well as handheld mobile devices.
Having only emerged in 2014, Geco Gaming is still very much in the process of establishing itself in the hustle-bustle environment of the modern day e-gaming world. However, the company was the product of a merger between two fairly well-established game developers – Wagermill and The Gaming Lab. So, effectively this is a company that had everything already in place to succeed and now, with a number of strategic partnerships and clients on board, Geco Gaming is not far away from taking off to new heights in the industry.
And it is no surprise that the company is on the up considering the talent which it has at the helm. The management team at the software platform provider consists of CEO Mark Paling, who founded one of the UK's first development studios that was specifically focussed on creating games for the online betting market. Then there is the company's Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Neill-Stevens who heads up the software provider's Australian branch in Sydney with over a decade's worth of experience in the industry. Finally, the company's management team is completed by Daniel Burns, a brand manager and business strategist with more than 20 years' experience.
At the heart of Geco Gaming's operation is an “open RGS (Remote Gambling Server)” which gives small scale, independently managed game studios a platform upon which they can host their creations. The operative word that Geco want to drill home is “open”, because the success of the platform depends on the co-operative nature of the software community which contribute to the server. Effectively, it's all a bit of a “you scratch our back and we'll scratch yours” scenario, and the more people that get involved, the bigger, better and stronger the service will be.
Already there are some innovative game creators participating in the co-operative, such as Games Warehouse, Nyx Interactive, Core Gaming, SunFox Games, The Games Company and more. Plus, just in case you were wondering whether any casino operators were interested in this service, Geco Gaming have been enlisted by no other than William Hill to supply third party gaming content and proprietary titles via the software platform.
The efforts of this company to deliver a fully licensed, multi-platform content delivery service has not only been recognised by those key partners, but also by some of the industry's most respected figures and critics. That is because Geco Gaming was nominated for the 2015 EGR B2B Awards in the category of Rising Star. They never won the accolade, mind you, but it's not a bad thing to be recognised as one of the most exciting prospects in an industry that is awash with so many new software companies trying to make a name for themselves.
Despite all of the partners listed on GECO Gaming's website, the software company only lists a select number of active games as available on their RGS platform. Well, after all, they are still very much in the early stages of business, so we can only hope that this portfolio will be added to in the months and years to come.
Nonetheless, the games that are presented on the software server are all of a very high standard as far as 5-reel video slots go. Two of the titles hosted on the platform are creations of The Games Company, who present some bonus filled spins with completely different themes. First up is Light Racers, a video slot game with 50 paylines and a futuristic racing theme set within a virtual reality world of neon lights and towering skyscrapers.
On the other hand, there is KGB Bears, another 50 payline game but this time the theme follows the humorous exploits of some furry soviet spies. Both of these games offer a unique ticker feature at the side of the reels randomly reveals a number of free spins and multiplier values with each spin; all you have to do to win the bonus reward is find three or more scatters in any position.
Even though those games have very different themes, they both offer up some stunning visual displays to capture the mood of the game perfectly. Light Racers, for example, uses streaks of light over a dark background to create an otherworldly science fiction atmosphere while KGB bears uses comical cartoon characters as well as illustrations which take after soviet-era propaganda.
Other slot machines that have been attributed to GECO Gaming include a number of enticing titles. The only problem is that they are somewhat difficult to come across on the web, be it for real money play or fun demo spins. Those titles include the likes of Meerkat Mayhem, Sunshine Reef, Trident's Power and Island in the Sun.
One title that doesn't shy away is Mystic Gems, a 5-reel game with 25 paylines which can be easily found on Bingoextra.com. This game combines elements of the universally popular gem theme with the rich and magical culture of the Arabian world. Therefore, players are presented with an opulent display of precious stones and cultural artefacts such as Middle Eastern instruments, ornately designed carpet rugs and magnificent royal palaces enshrouded in clouds. At the heart of the slot machine, there is a beautiful Arabian princess character who acts as a scatter to award up to 24 free spins. During this bonus game, the three wild gem icons – ruby, emerald and diamond – are given special multiplier values of 3x, 4x, and 5x respectively.
If you're looking for somewhere to play the slot machines that GECO gaming has to offer, then you can try out a number of well-respected betting websites such as William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes and Unibet. All of these online casinos have been listed as sourcing their games from the remote gambling server provided by this UK based company.
This software aggregation service is still in the stages of take off, but we have few doubts that it will soon be soaring. With some big name game-making companies already on-board and a number of high profile casino operators associated, GECO Gaming is set up for a very bright and prosperous future in the gaming industry. That said, it would be good if the company were to show us more of the games that it has to offer, be those game from their third party partners or from their own in-house software developers.