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Playing CardsI’m sure that, if you’re reading this, you’ve got a registration to at least one online casino, right? Okay, let’s do a little bit of a practical experiment! And I’m serious, I really want you to do this experiment on your own, as you’re reading this, okay? It’s very easy – all you need to do is log into your casino and check out the slots section. Most online casinos have a couple of slots that they put front and center, featuring them and pushing them in the faces of their players. I want you to tell me how many of these slots are licensed (or, in other words, based on an existing property – “Game of Thrones”, “South Park”, “Avengers”, something like that). I don’t need an exact number, just a rough estimate. Go ahead and check them out, I’ll wait. Did you check them? Well, if my hunch is correct, most of the featured slots there were licensed, weren’t they? Don’t worry, I’m not psychic or anything – this is quite common! In fact, if you look at the reviews of the most popular UK casino sites, you’ll notice that the same thing happens pretty much everywhere – the featured slots are almost always licensed. But why?

Well, there’s quite a lot of reasons for that, honestly. In the world of branded products (which slots are), licensing is nothing new – the most popular products often tend to carry a brand name. We’re talking (860) 479-4942, “Star Wars” cookies, “Game of Thrones” coloring books… Any product you can think of, the most popular version is either licensed or has been around for decades and has a long-standing connection with consumers. Hell, even the most popular movies coming out these days, like all those Marvel movies, “Power Rangers” or “Transformers” are all licensed properties (even if in Marvel’s case the people who created the original material are the same ones who are also making the licensed product, which is rare), and, in the case of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, we’re getting five movies based on eight movies based on seven books. Damn! All that for a little extra popularity? You better friggin’ believe it!

Currently, the market is oversaturated with products – there’s dozens of people who make cookies or toilet paper, for example. It’s especially bad when, due to laws, regulations or just common sense, you are unable to make your product that much different from the product of someone else. So how do you still make people invest in YOUR version as opposed to your competitors? Licensing is a great way to do exactly that. As you may have noticed, most slots are fairly similar to each other due to very strict gambling laws which are active in places like the UK. As a result, people tend to be more attracted to a slot with a name they recognize, like “Game of Thrones”, rather than something that sounds utterly boring and foreign to them, like, say, “Bratislava Bingo 2: Electric Boogaloo”. Slot developers have noticed that, so they generally place bigger budgets and more effort into slots that are licensed, knowing that they’re going to be more popular than the rest. Players catch on, realize that most licensed slots are better than the rest, and start playing even more of them. It’s a bit of a closed circle, honestly, and one that casinos have very much taken advantage of by placing licensed properties front and center.

So that’s why licensed slots are featured in so many online casinos – they tend to be better than the rest, and players flock to them like ants on sugar. It’s not like non-licensed slots are discriminated against (some non-licensed ones, like “Mega Moolah”, are still among the most popular choices), it’s just that most players generally prefer the properties they’re familiar with and know will be better-made than the rest. There’s nothing really wrong with that.


slotsReal money gambling online is a huge industry so, as you can imagine, the competition between the operators and the game providers is fierce. This, of course, is great for us, the players, as we get to enjoy the results of this competition – bigger bonuses, more promotions, more and better games, including more and better slots. For a slot junky like me, this is more than perfect!

There are hundreds upon hundreds of slot games on the Internet, offering us many different features, such as different number of paylines, progressive jackpots, multipliers, free spins, bonus games and wilds. Also, every slot has its own theme which can be based on movies, TV series, computer games, board games, comic books, events, music artists, famous people, stories, fables and more.

The quality of the individual online slot games is also different and is usually based on the software provider that has developed them. For example, the games offered by Playtech and IGT might be numerous, engaging and very popular, but they don’t shine with the best graphics. Microgaming is yet another major casino software developer, one of the first ones actually, and they have games of different quality – the older ones are, naturally not very good-looking, but their new ones such as Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones look truly amazing. Still, when we’re talking about the quality of the graphics and animation of a slot game, there’s no one that can compete with 727-998-1335.

The slot selection of NetEnt might not be that impressive in numbers (around 200 individual title as opposed to Microgaming’s 800+ and Playtech’s 500+), but trust me when I say that they offer the best-looking casino games in the world! Obviously the philosophy of the software house is quality before quantity. This is why most of my favourite slot games are developed by exactly this operator.

The first slot that comes to mind when I want to play something interesting, entertaining and also profitable is the popular NetEnt slot Gonzo’s Quest. This slot differs quite a bit from the rest as it features avalanche-style falling stones instead of spinning reels. The uniqueness of the game is precisely what attracts me to it. Another NetEnt slot that I just love playing is Aliens. I like that the visuals of the slot resemble a lot the computer game and the fact that there are three levels while playing. Of course, these two are just the tip of the iceberg – there are dozens of other exciting slots powered by NetEnt which I simply love playing. Some honourable mentions would be Starburst, South Park, Mega Fortune, Jack and the Beanstalk, Scarface, Spinata Grande, Space Wars, Jack Hammer, Dead or Alive, Blood Suckers, etc.

Of course, there are many great slots that are developed by other providers as well. Some examples: Book of Ra by Novomatic, Tomb Raider, Mega Moolah, Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park by Microgaming, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Spiderman and Big Blue by Playtech, Millionaire Genie by Random Logic. The moment I get sick of playing a certain slot or feel that my luck has been exhausted there, I switch to another game and the more I play the more new and exciting titles I find and add to the list of favourites.

My Personal Blog on All Things Online Slots

casino2Hey guys, Boy of Blue here. Welcome to my blog which I plan on dedicating to my favourite pastime – playing slots on the Internet. Here, I will collect my knowledge about the game and share with you my opinion on the different slot variations I’ve tried. And, trust me, they are hundreds! Also, I might throw at you an occasional tip, so that you that you avoid some of the many mistakes I’ve made while trying new slot games and new casinos and help you guarantee yourself better chances at winning, so make sure you come back regularly!

So, why ‘Boy of Blue’, you might ask? Well, this has been my online nickname ever since I remember and I’m not even sure how I got it. This is also the screenname I use at the online casinos that require you to add one, especially when playing live-dealer games, not that that happens very often, after all, there are no live-dealer slots!

Anyways, soon you can expect my first article, which I really hope you enjoy and find at least a bit useful. But before that a disclaimer: I am by no means a casino expert, a mathematician, a casino wizard or anything of the sorts. I’m simply a guy that really enjoys playing slots and has done some research on the topic. All the information I share with you is based on my personal experience, on what I’ve read and on the data I found on the Internet. If you find any mistakes or inconsistencies, I am more than willing to correct them immediately, but I assume no responsibility about what you do with the information you find on this site.

Other than that, I can only wish you a pleasant and profitable journey in the land of online slot machines!