While everyone knows what a slot machine looks like, you may not know the components that go into the online slot experience. To ensure that online slots replicate the action of a lever-operated machine, a lot of software and backend tools are required.
This tech is vital to deliver the experience to customers and most importantly, making the spins unbiased and trustworthy. Here we have briefly explained the three main components that you’ll find in every online slot experience, no matter who is providing it.
So, Which Software Powers Online Slot Machines?
1. A Host Website
First, there is the website. This is fairly standard for most websites, having high-level hosting to account for a lot of traffic, all the necessary security certificates, and compliance features as needed.
Along with the games, some iGaming-related sites may have a section for tutorials and guides, allowing users to learn tips about slots before committing to a game. This can include information like bankroll management, hunting for offers available to you, and choosing games that have a high payback percentage. Some also have a blog section covering industry news and other good-to-knows.
iGaming websites need to be some of the more sophisticated sites you’ll find online. This is because they can get high traffic and a lot of money flowing in and out of them. They are usually custom-built and independently hosted, if not hosted with a very advanced provider. They also have hefty security measures that often use proprietary software that we don’t know everything about, for security reasons.
2. A Random Number Generator
With the basics covered, we come to the random number generator. This is the most important part of the online slot game, along with any other random elements that are required for other games. These are typically pseudo-random number generators (PRNGs) that use algorithms so vast that, to a human, they may as well be unpredictable.
The RNG software behind a game will change depending on the different types of slot games. Some can be multiplayer, and others have progressive jackpots, both of which require a carefully weighted RNG to make them function as they should.
This field is constantly improving, with more recent advances in cryptographic technology and quantum computing showing that the industry can and will make their slots even more random in the future.
3. The Graphics & UI
Lastly, there are the graphics and UI of the site and its games. This is very front-end, so it’s all about what the customers see, how it makes them feel, and what they learn from the graphics presented. Of the games, many of them are built and licensed by third parties and follow familiar themes like ancient Egypt or a bank vault. This makes every slot game look unique, offering a lot of different experiences for a varied customer base, which is good for business.
While one could theoretically make a working site that looks like a bare HTML script, it wouldn’t do well with audiences. Instead, sites find their own branding and style that is visually appealing to the audience, though there are shared design philosophies that work consistently.
Branding and the graphics on display are arguably where many casino sites fall at the hurdle. Customers aren’t drawn to the fancy backend tools that make the site work. Instead, it’s the games on offer and how to put together the site looks that inspire confidence.
These are the basic features that an online slot game needs to have. Once hosted on a website, with a trustable RNG, and a customer-friendly UI and design, an online slot game becomes as functional as their real-life counterparts.
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