This is going to be an interesting write-up. Why?
Because Cryptologic is hardly their own company anymore.
They’ve been under new management since they got bought out by Amaya (who always seems to be in acquisition mode) in 2012. They don’t even have their own website anymore – it redirects to Amaya.com. But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Cryptologic got their start waaay back in the mid-1990s. They were founded by two brothers, Andrew and Mark Rivkin, in their parent’s basement. (Cliché, I know.)
They launched their first casino – InterCasino – in 1996. Shortly after this they inked more deals to lease their software to other casinos and poker rooms. That included powerhouses such as William Hill and Betfair.
At the turn of the century the company experienced MASSIVE growth. They grew from $90 million to more than $400 million.
And what do you do when you generate millions of dollars in annual revenue? That’s right, you go public. Which is exactly what Cryptologic did 1998 (Toronto Stock Exchange), 2000 (NASDAQ) and 2003 (London Stock Exchange).
They continued to expand, opening new offices and partnering with new brands such as Playboy and the World Poker Tour (WPT).
Then, in 2012, the Amaya Gaming Group bought them out for $35.8 million in company stock. Amaya ended up selling Cryptologic’s subsidiary, WagerLogic, for $70 million. This included their gambling sites InterCasino, InterPoker and InterBingo.
And that leads us to the present.
Nowadays you don’t hear anything about Cryptologic without Amaya. But they’re still leasing their games to online casinos, although the library is smaller than it used to be. One of the reasons why makes me sad.
Want to know what it is?
Cryptologic Casino Games
A Good Selection of Games (Even Without the Marvel Licenses)
Cryptologic has been producing online games for more than 15 years.
This comes with benefits – like relationships that lead to licenses to produce games around popular titles like:
- Call of Duty
- Street Fighter
- Forrest Gump
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Iron Man
- Fantastic Four
- Green Lantern
- Wonder Woman
- Incredible Hulk
- King Kong
Combined with the basic table games – Baccarat, Roulette, Red Dog, Blackjack, Let It Ride, Video Poker, etc – Cryptologic’s library offered more than 200 games.
Rather, it used to.
When Amaya bought out the company many – if not most – of the games were dropped in favor of Amaya’s instant play software.
You’ll also notice the overwhelming (but welcomed) Marvel presence. They’re not around anymore.
But that’s not Cryptologic’s or Amaya’s fault.
You can thank Disney for that.
They bought Marvel in 2009. Being a family-oriented company they decided not to renew their (slots) licenses with companies like Cryptologic.
I still see their machines in (Las Vegas) casinos, but the newest machines I’ve come across are titles like Iron Man 2. So, chances are if you come across any Marvel-themed machines, they’re on their last leg.
That’s my biggest complaint, though. You’ll still find plenty of other licensed titles from the likes of DC, FreshGames (Cubis) and Hasbro (Jenga). That’s on top of the hundreds of other titles, thanks to parent company Amaya. Their company largely revolves around aggregating games from other software providers (read our Amaya write-up for more details), so you won’t have any shortage of games to play. It doesn’t matter what casino you sign up to.
Online Casinos That Use Cryptologic Software
A lot of casinos continue to use Cryptologic software. Some of the more popular options include:
- Mr Green
- Redbet Casino
- Cherry Casino
- Coral Casino
- Gala Casino
- LeoVegas Casino
- Betfair Casino
- Sky Vegas
There are roughly 20 casinos total that pack Cryptologic’s games. Unfortunately, none of those accept US players. Americans will want to read our Real Time Gaming and BetSoft write-ups instead.
Everyone else, though, will get to enjoy Cryptologic games on licensed and regulated platforms. I recommend you check out Paddy Power, Ladbrokes or Betfair.