Published Published: July 10, 2019 Updated Updated: August 26, 2019

Yggdrasil

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Yggdrasil is a software provider of online gaming solution for online casinos and other iGaming operators. It is not the biggest company in the industry, but it is one of the most respected because of its continuously original, high-quality game products.

Yggdrasil, the software provider, is highly regulated and its games are safe and secure for its players. It currently holds licenses from some of the world’s strictest gambling jurisdictions: Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission. On top of these, it also holds licenses from the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority and the National Gambling Office of Romania.

Yggdrasil made a name for itself even when it was the new kid on the block in the iGaming industry. Their games have high-quality graphics, thrilling and innovative bonus mechanisms, as well as they use an award-winning framework known as iSense 2.0. 

Pros
  • Superb graphics with innovative technology and features
  • Accessible in nearly all the countries thanks to its licenses from the main gambling authorities
  • iSense technology for the mobile casino that allows for particle animation
Cons
  • It doesn’t have a big collection or wide range of games
  • Most of their games are high variance, meaning they typically give big wins but few and far in between. So you could have long periods of dry spells

About Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil was established in 2013 and it is based in Malta. Due to its success and increase in popularity, the software company expanded with offices now based in Gibraltar, Poland and Sweden as well. Yggdrasil was founded by Frederik Elmqvist, a former CEO of NetEnt, a giant in the iGaming industry.

Its first video slot, Jokerizer, was released in November 2013 and it was an instant hit, receiving awards for the ‘Game of the Year’ from numerous websites. Since then, Yggdrasil has enjoyed an increase in popularity and appreciation from the slot games-enthusiasts. Part of their success is their consistency in delivering creative, unique and diverse games and bonus features that keep your adrenaline rush.

Yggdrasil games have splendid graphics, innovative modern-day themes, with perfectly smooth fast-paced action. It also earned a name for itself for its focus towards providing smooth instant mobile play experience. It has an impressive collection of games that are developed in HTML5 code that supports their iSense technology. This makes their games available on various devices and players can transition flawlessly from one device to another.

Yggdrasil also stands out through its unusual name. At first, you might think it’s an acronym but that is not the case. Yggdrasil comes from Norse mythology and it symbolizes the mighty tree, or the tree of life, located at the centre of the spiritual cosmos. Literally, it means the Horse of Odin, who was the Viking’s God of wisdom and war. Hard to say why the company chose this name for itself but interesting to know its meaning nonetheless.

Game Portfolio

Yggdrasil Gaming puts most of its time and effort into video slots. Video slots heavily dominate their selection of games which is not very big to begin with. The company can no longer be called new to the industry as it does have 6 years under its belt and there are much newer software providers established after 2013.

Yggdrasil doesn’t have the rich history of big names like NetEnt, Microgaming and Playtech, which were all established in the late 1990s. Even so, it has established itself among these industry giants through the quality and innovation of its games. Their game portfolio may be smaller than its competitors, but where it lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality.

Yggdrasil doesn’t churn out game after game just for the sake of increasing its portfolio. Instead, it devotes the time and effort necessary to ensure that the final product would meet or exceed the expectations of players and casino operators alike.

The company’s game portfolio showcased on its website features a collection of 64 slot games. These can further be categorized under:

●       Video Slots – this is where the bulk of Yggdrasil games collection can be found. Somewhat logical considering video slots are the most popular games among online casino players. Its collection features captivating storylines and innovative features that deliver an inimitable experience for its players.

●       3D Slots – Yggdrasil came into existence during the modern era of online gambling and into a field of fierce competition from reputable companies. It knew that in order to succeed it had to stand out from the rest. It did so by developing and delivering games with flawless graphics that immerse you into the gameplay. Yggdrasil has gone from strength to strength in how good their games look and play, with Beauty and the Beast as its latest example. Reef Run would be its first example as it was its first 3D slot game released back in 2014.

●       Classic Slots – there will always be those players who prefer the simple, old school slots games with 7s and cherries filling the reels. Yggdrasil has a few classic slots games to bring back that experience and drive away the nostalgia.

●       Progressive Jackpot – currently Yggdrasil only has only one progressive jackpot slots game to its name and that it Joker Millions. It was released back in 2015 and it has an estimated jackpot value of €1.3 million. There have been notable wins from it, particularly a jaw-dropping €3.3 million win from a €2.50 spin.

Yggdrasil is also trying to grow outside its slots dominated market. It has recently added three table games to its portfolio: Sonya Blackjack, Lucky Blackjack and Doctor Fortuno Blackjack. More table games will be released with the next one being the Golden Chip Roulette due out by the end of 2019.

Unique Features

  1. Graphics – as previously mentioned, Yggdrasil is dedicated to the quality of its games rather than their quantity. They do release new games at a slower pace than other software providers. However, the splendid graphics make the gameplay experience all the more enthralling. This is why their games are so highly anticipated and even some of their new releases become instant classics.
  2. iSense 2.0 – Yggdrasil switched completely to HTML5 and its client framework iSense 2.0 before any other major iGaming providers. This means their games are scaled automatically if you switch from a laptop to a smartphone for example. The iSense framework also delivers the best loading times possible. Lastly, if you choose to go into auto-play mode from your mobile, it will never go to auto-sleep or auto-pause.
  3. Boost – this is a feature that allows casino operators to run promotions from inside a certain game. Boost makes sure that the operators have the tools necessary to run promotions that are different than free spins and poor tournaments. Boost includes the ability to run:

●       In-game tournaments – play tournaments from within the game client so you don’t have to leave the game to see your position on the leaderboard.

●       Prize drop – any given spin can produce a random cash prize coming from a pre-defined prize pool.

●       Missions – this is an interesting concept, where players are sent on missions to play other games. It’s called cross-game gamification. It may sound like an inconvenience to the players, having to leave one game for another. However, it’s been shown to be very efficient in retaining and engaging players according to online casino operators.

4. Brag – if you’ve ever had a big win at online slots, you probably wanted to be able to watch it over and over again. With Yggdrasil’s Brag feature, players can watch replays of big wins. They can also share them on social media or in tournament leaderboards.

Awards

Yggdrasil’s first slot game, Jokerizer, was voted “Game of the Year” by a few sites in the iGaming sector. It was nothing official because the websites didn’t have any authority in the matter other than simply conducting a poll among its users. But they were websites about online gaming so their users were experienced in this field. Even unofficial, to be voted by members of the iGaming community for the Game of the Year on the first game released was the best feedback Yggdrasil could hope to get.

That was back in 2013, the same year the company was established. In the years since Yggdrasil has been nominated and won numerous prestigious awards:

●       Software Rising Star at the EGR B2B Awards in 2015

●       Gaming Software Supplier of the Year at the International Gaming Awards in 2016

●       Slot Provider of the Year at the EGR B2B Awards 2016 and 2017

●       Innovator of the Year at the International Gaming Awards in 2017 and 2018

●       Innovation in RNG Casino Software at the EGR B2B Awards 2018

That is an impressive collection of awards in a rather short time. These stand as a testament to Yggdrasil’s passion for delivering the best games possible.

History

In a pretty short time, Yggdrasil was established and quickly made a name for itself and found a place among some of the biggest names in the online gaming industry. This is quite an achievement considering the competitiveness of the software providers in the iGaming industry.

●       In 2013 Yggdrasil was founded by former NetEnt CEO, Frederik Elmqvist. The same year the company receives its first license.

●       In 2014, the company ditches Flash for the HTML5 technology and develops its own iSense HTML client framework. This allowed for their games to be available to play in different screen sizes without disrupting the quality of the gameplay.

●       In 2015, Yggdrasil launches Boost, the in-game promotional tool package.

●       In 2016, Brag is launched giving players the ability to watch replays of their big wins as well as share them on social media.

●       Later in 2016, Yggdrasil launches Missions part of its Boost in-game promo tools.

●       Also in 2016 the company launches the Yggdrasil White Label Studios.

●       In 2017 Yggdrasil Dragons is launched. This is a business development programme looking to help external projects get off their feet as long as they match Yggdrasil’s vision and goals. Propositions can be made to the company and if successful, they will provide the corporate infrastructure, tech support and the customer network to give the project a chance at success.

●       In 2018 YGS Masters is launched. This programme works on an invite-only basis. Yggdrasil will invite independent games developers to develop games on its platform using the Yggdrasil Game Server.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, Yggdrasil has achieved more in a shorter time than it took some of its main competitors. Its games come with amazing graphics, play smoothly and transition instantly from one device to another.

Yggdarsil was launched in the modern day era of online gambling. As such, it is no wonder why one of their first moves as a company was to ditch Flash technology for the much friendlier HTML5 technology. This move combined with the constant release of high-quality games put Yggdrasil in the top software providers for online casinos.

While its game portfolio doesn’t feature as many game titles or categories as you can find at other software providers, it is the quality that makes the difference. Their games feature beautiful graphics and immersive storylines. Most of their games are high volatility so there is a chance of a huge win at any given spin. Likewise, there is the chance for longer periods of time without any wins, so do stake accordingly.

All in all, since the launch of its first slot game, Yggdarsil has seen a drastic increase in its popularity and its fan base. It has signed numerous agreements with some top casino operators such as Unibet, Betsson and LeoVegas. This will only help to further spread the quality of Yggdrasil games and make them known and accessible to more players. 

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