For the last couple of years, one of the companies that have constantly gotten the attention of players thanks to its releases is Yggdrasil Gaming. Established in 2013, the company has its roots in NetEnt thanks to its founder, Fredrik Elmqvist, which was a CEO of the giant at one time. They’ve launched over 40 slot machines since then, all of them considered Premium as far as production value is concerned. Though they have Swedish roots, and even their name comes from local legends, their offices are based in Malta.
The games and casino operations which are done through Yggdrasil Gaming are covered by several gaming licenses, depending sometimes on the country where it takes place. Malta, Gibraltar, Great Britain and Romania have all issued gaming licenses to Yggdrasil Gaming.
History of Yggdrasil Gaming
The history of Yggdrasil Gaming started in 2013, which was both the year when they were founded, and the one when they obtained their first gaming license. Next year, in 2014, they decided to give up on Flash technology, which was still widely used at the time, and they made the move to the iSense platform, using HTML5 for their next games. They released their new promotional tool, Boost, in 2015, and it’s something that can be used inside the games.
The work on tools to help out the casinos continued, and they released one in 2016 which players could use for sharing on social media. They also released Missions that same year, along with their White Label Studios.
2018 seems to have been an especially good year for them, with awards won at The International Gaming Awards and at EGR B2B, but they have won something every year since 2015, in one category or another.
While you may know them mostly as developers of slot machines, Yggdrasil Gaming is so much more than that. They also have scratch cards, keno or pooled progressive jackpots, and they also have a big focus on lottery content or live lottery. In each case, they strive to be the best, even though they’re not the biggest. They believe so much in this, that they even made it the company motto.
The first thing that you’re going to notice about their games is that they look stunning. The effort that goes into each and every slot machine is noticeable, and the attention to detail is very high. You can see it in Penguin City, in Hanzo’s Dojo, Wolf Hunters or any other game they release.
Their first branded slot machine is due to be released in November 2018, and it’s going to be based on Nitro Circus, with which they entered into a partnership.
When you’re playing one of their slot machines, chances are that the top payouts aren’t going to be your main motivators to try them out. They seem to be going mostly for slots with smaller rewards, which pay fairly often or which use features to boost winnings. High volatility slots aren’t part of their repertoire as of yet.
You’re going to find a good mix of features inside those slots, usually including wilds or free spins and improving them in some way (with multipliers, extra wilds, etc).
The first progressive jackpot slot they offered, Joker Millions, is one of the titles which get a bit more attention. Jokerizer, Holmes & The Stolen Stones and the Vikings Go To Hell (and its predecessors) are the others which seem to be preferred by players.
Highest RTP Games
No matter at what game you’re looking at, the RTP is going to start from 96% and will go only up from there. A couple of them do have better numbers than the rest, and here I would especially mention the Jokerizer, where the RTP reaches 98% taking into account the special feature as well. Several others do a little bit better than the majority, and here I would mention Fruitoids (96.7%), Holmes & The Stolen Stones (96.8%), Robotnik (96.7%), The Dark Joker Rizes (97%) and Winterberries (96.75%).