NetEnt have been seen as a pioneer in the iGaming industry since 1996 and provide online casino games and back office software to online casino operators. They are known for innovative and graphically superior online games. See for NetEnt casinos and games

Introducing Microgaming Systems (MGS)

MGS have been in the online gambling game about 2 years longer but has grown into areas beyond online gaming. They are also involved in land based gaming and provide bak office software to traditional casino operators. Unfortunately they seem to have a finger in everything but online-propertymanagement .

  1. NetEnt established in 1996
  2. NetEnt listed on the Stockholm stock exchange in 2009
  3. MGS established in 1994
  4. Part of a confusing conglomerate

The rivalry between NetEnt and MGS to be the top supplier of online casino software has been brewing since the rose to prominence on Internet based gambling in the mid 1990s. Let's try and make sense of this rivalry and see who the winners are.

The NetEnt games portfolio

NetEnt started supplying to online casinos around 2003 and the focus of their games development has always been on innovation quality over sheer quantity. They have produced close almost 450 casino game titles to date of which over 300 of these are slot games.

NetEnt's slot games feature a lot of branded content and collaborations with television and film studios. NetEnt have also proved to be masters in focusing on genres such as rock music. Starburst is one of the most popular video slots and is often copied by other providers.

The MGS games portfolio

MGS have been known to dominate the iGaming market due to the sheer volume of games that they continue to push out. MGS' games portfolio number over 850 games but it must be said that most of the games are just rehashed templates in terms of functionality.

The comprehensive MGS catalogue includes some iconic titles such as the player favourites, Thunderstruck, Jurassic Park and the cult favourite, Immortal Romance. Their progressive slot game, Mega Moolah has amassed and paid out some of the largest pay loads in online gaming history.

So where does the difference come in?

NetEnt has been known to focus on innovation and quality of the games. They are also known to partner with outside game studios to develop games. Their latest innovation, Street Fighter II, is testament to that and fuses 80s arcade visuals with modern casino game technology.

  • NetEnt - Quality over quantity
  • MGS - Churning out games meat-factory style

MGS does dominate online gambling, but that is in terms of numbers, giving their players a lot of choice in gaming content. However, this focus on volume is perceived to come at a cost to innovation and quality. The reason for this seems to be the company culture.

Sorry to ask again, but who is winning?

It seems that the main difference in the NetEnt vs MGS rivalry boils down to the games. MGS leads in therms of numbers and variety but that could be due to the kind of player that enjoys MGS games. These players seem to enjoy the familiarity of template-regurgitated games.

NetEnt on the other hand could appeal to the younger gambler that has grown up with technology. These players expect technology to work for them and hold their casinos to a higher standard when it comes to entertainment. Find a NetEnt casino online and see for yourself.