IGTech is an online game provider offering a range of video slots with all the familiar features and mechanics that make games great. (Not to be confused with IGT or GTECH) No information is available about ownership or licensing.
Most of the games will remind players of Pragmatic Play games. They can be found at a variety of internet gambling sites such a GunsBet, bitStarz, Space Lilly, and the Aus-friendly JokaRoom to name a few.
Whereas players in Australia have not been able to find their favorite Pragmatic Play titles such as the Cat Father and Queen of Atlantis since at least January 2018, they can play games that seem to be derived from the same source code and offer the same themes with slightly altered names.
While we have no knowledge of a business relationship between iGTech and Pragmatic Play, this is not the first time we've seen their games appear under a different brand name. The first incidence was with the birth of Octopus Gaming - another company with a historic internet footprint of slim to none.
Pragmatic Play acquired some or all of the assets of a now-defunct company called TopGame in 2014 or 2015. For the next couple of years, titles such as Grave Grabbers, Mad Orchestra, Diablo 13, and Douguie's Delights appeared in their portfolio as their labs or licensees produced new and higher quality games. Suddenly, the old TopGame titles disappeared from the Pragmatic line-up and a new company called Octopus Gaming began providing the titles to online casinos.
Perhaps not by coincidence, many of those former TopGame properties such as Winward, Rich, 7Spins, etc., began offering the now twice-rebranded titles.
Oddly enough, a similar but quite different thing occurred with the completely unrelated Betsoft Gaming at about the same time. Out of nowhere, a new brand called Nucleus Gaming appeared online with slots that bear a striking resemblance to popular Betsoft titles. Again, the company website provides no "About Us" or other contact information. But we digress.
It's all just rather... odd.
Games and Software
On to the games!
While IGTech doesn't seem to have a company website, we can find the games listed under the provider's title at fast paying online casinos. Most of these gaming sites accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrency payments - which can be handy for folks who live in certain jurisdictions.
The games are so similar, that if you are a person who processes things visually more than by name, you won't be able to tell the difference between Sugar Rush in all of its seasonal iterations and Candy Rush with just as many theme variations.
If you enjoy the excitement of Dragon Kingdom then you'll love Queen and the Dragons. There may be some code (arriving at the same volatility through different triggers) or maths that are different, (perhaps reel strip placement of the stacks) or possibly something else, but the paytables are identical.
With this, we can say that the games should give the same enjoyment - one as the other. Without seeing deeper than our own reverse engineered "data-sheets" we can't make a more precise comparison than the familiar themes, identical paytable maths, and theoretical return to player percentages (RTP) of every game we've examined.
So IGTech games stand in their own light as truly fun to play with the same occasional huge payouts to be found in the other brand.
We find a little over 40 titles at most sites - that's not to say that more games aren't available. Each gaming site seems to have the ability, depending on the platform used, to deliver the particular games they choose to. That's one of the beauties of multi-software game aggregators and "new" mega-sites!
RTP and Volatility of IGTech Games
You may be able to get a hint of what's going on behind the scenes by looking at a slot paytable, but without knowing the intricate maths of a game you simply can't dub one slot "High Volatility" because it has a big jackpot number, like 10,000x line bet and another game "Low Volatility" because it has a 500x jackpot.
In order to determine the risk of a game, over the millions of spins it takes to reach the theoretical RTP within the acceptable tolerance, you need to know quite a bit more. You need the hit frequency as well as where, and at what percentage those hits occur - base game, free spins, pick'em bonus, etc. You need the complete maths.
Lacking the maths, you need to depend on the developer or provider to report the volatility index correctly.
This is where it gets sticky...
Without a website or portfolio to tell us, and a license provider to run to if they miss the mark, there's no way to know the volatility of the games if the indexes are not identical. We almost have to assume that a game such as Queen and the Dragons will perform precisely the same as Dragon Kingdom with 96.47% RTP and a volatility rating of 5/10.
Some people don't care about anything but RTP, and that's fine. Others might use some imagination and try to arrive at a reasonable assumption about some of the IGTech games' variance and volatility levels.
If you want to go for the gusto and get the occasional big win with a few small and mediocre hits, try:
- RTP & Volatility: 95.19% (8/10)
If you want some middle of the road action, just enough to keep you from going to sleep at the wheel, try a medium risk game:
- Wolf Treasure
- RTP & Volatility: 96.01% (6/10)
When you want to enjoy the pleasure of a meditational 3-reel slot with frequent small returns and once in a blue moon small jackpot, try:
- Money Train
- RTP & Volatility: 97.16% (3/10)
The Final Analysis
There's no reason to think that there aren't any completely unique titles under the IGTech brand name - nor that the current scheme is any more than the seeding of a potentially wonderful new developer. Recall, Pragmatic Play started out as a capital corp who picked up TopGame assets and eventually became a highly respected front-runner with UKGC, Malta, and other licenses.
Perhaps this is a new business model, or perhaps it's just a way to provide high-quality products to an otherwise underserved market.
We don't know. As long as the games play and pay, and are found at trusted online casinos that honor winning bets, we're not too concerned with the lack of logo or corporate website. However, it's a coin toss as to which sort of duck we see walking.
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