There’s a significantly different aura about gaming companies that came to be in regulated parts of the industry when compared to their grey market counterparts. That’s not to throw any shade at those studios that serve countries that haven’t passed any firm laws on the industry: many of them are completely honest, trustworthy, and transparent companies that have created plenty of wonderful games. Still, the culture and attitude is just a little different when you’re dealing with a company that has developed around regulated and licensed casinos, both land-based and online.
That seems especially true in the UK, where there are a number of companies that have a real polish on their operations even if they aren’t widely known around the globe. One such firm is Bede Gaming, which was founded in 2011 by Joseph Saumarez Smith. Headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, with an additional office in Sofia, Bulgaria, the company is known for developing platforms that are accessible from all devices and can integrate both land-based and online operations from one central back end system.
Like most platforms of this size, much of the content you’ll get to play through sites running this software actually comes from other providers, as Bede has partnered with dozens of major developers to integrate their games. However, the company has also created their own slots and other games as well, adding even more variety to what you get to enjoy.
Slots and More Compliment Back End Products
While Bede may be best known for the behind-the-scenes support software and hardware they provide to casinos, they’ve made more than a few games on their own, too. This starts with a small slots collection of more than a dozen titles that includes a number of relatively common themes. What’s impressive, though, is that this studio has clearly but a lot of work into this portfolio of machines, with each one having a distinct look and more than enough gameplay features to keep players interested and invested.
Let’s start by taking a peak at Interstellar Slots, a space themed slot that uses a bright mix of galactic colors and an outer space collage as a backdrop. Some of the symbols even fit nearly seamlessly into the background, a very col effect that shows a lot of attention was paid to the design. The graphics aren’t out of this world (no pun intended), but the interface is easy to navigate and the symbols are visually interesting, even if there aren’t any exciting animations to see.
Interstellar is a five-reel, 10-payline game in which players are looking to make matches on consecutive reels. However, you can make them anywhere on the screen: they can go left-to-right, right-to-left, or appear in the middle three reels. We also liked that while the basic wins are tied to card game ranks like jacks, kings, and aces, they are stylized to look like constellations of stars, which is an appropriately thematic approach to take. Bigger wins come from planets and other cosmic objects, like comets and supernovas.
Two special symbols are available to provide you with extra ways to win. The sun acts as a sort of hybrid wild and scatter: not only can it sub in to complete wining paylines, but it is also the ticket into the free spins game, as hitting three or more of them will earn you up to 25 free plays with double the normal winnings. There’s also a black hole that can get you into the Escape the Black Hole bonus, where you can earn up to 100x your initial spin wager.
For a more grounded subject, you might want to check out the pet-themed slot named Pawz. Compared to Interstellar, you’ll see a much more cartoonish style of art used here, with the reels set in the windows of a home, looking out over a backdoor scene that could easily include some cats and dogs. You’ll hear plenty of woofs and meows during play too, making this a game clearly designed for pet lovers.
In terms of gameplay, this is a more conventional title, as you can only win on the game’s 25 paylines by making left-to-right matches. You’ll be looking for the same old poker ranks (this time designed to look like various cat and dog accessories), along with balls of yarn, tennis balls, and food bowls. Both cats and dogs make appearances on the reels as wilds; dogs are a bit more valuable, however, as they will earn you a 2x multiplier as well as substituting for any normal symbol.
The only special feature is attached to the Pawz collar symbol. If you can hit all three of these on the screen at once, you’ll get another spin in which your winnings are increased by a random multiplier. Every time you win, you get yet another spin, meaning the wins can continue for quite some time if you’re lucky. But even if you’re not, and lose on the first try, you’ll still earn 10 times your spin bet.
If you’re looking for something a bit more classical, check out Tropical Treasure. This 20-line, five-reel machine uses a variety of simply-drawn fruit symbols, the same ones every slots lover has been familiar with for generations now. For a little added flavor, the game is set in a tropical resort overlooking a light blue ocean – a relaxing scene if ever we’ve seen one.
As we said, most of this game is about matching various types of fruit, like pineapples, lemons, and watermelons, though coconut drinks and sevens offer up the biggest prizes in the game. As a nod to more modern games, there is a wild (a crab) that can substitute for any normal symbol or create the game’s largest prizes on its own. A treasure chest symbol can earn you 15 free spins, during which time all of your winnings will be tripled.
These games and many others make up a solid collection that doesn’t contain many surprises, but certainly delivers on enjoyable slots action. A few other titles you might want to check out are:
- Cleopatra’s Tomb
- Fairy Light Forest
- Lucky Pots
- Poseidon’s Pearls
- Mined Blown
- Medieval Magic
- 7 Smokin’ Wilds
In addition to their slots, Bede has also developed a full suite of standard table games. Throw in a robust bingo service, and there’s actually a surprising amount of in-house content here.
Partners on Both Sides of the Industry
Bede Gaming has been extremely successful in forging powerful partnerships through BedePLAY, their single integration package that allows operators to produce a complete offering no matter what they want to offer to their customers.
Those partnerships come in two types. First, there are the suppliers that they have teamed up with to create a much larger selection of games that players can enjoy at casinos that use this software. Big developers like IGT, Microgaming, Playtech, NetEnt and others have lent their content to this software platform, giving clients access to more than 700 games in total. On top of that, there are ways to integrate sportsbooks, poker, and live casino games into the Bede software.
Such a diverse and powerful collection of gaming content has allowed the company to partner with some serious operators, particularly in their home country. That includes Grosvenor Casinos as well as a number of local casino sites. Somewhat surprisingly, many of their most prominent clients are bingo sites throughout Europe, which can take advantage of both the bingo product and some of the extra games that can be easily integrated into the platform.
That reach has meant that despite being new, Bede Gaming has already been recognized by their peers as a leader in the industry. In 2016, eGaming Review’s B2B Awards honored the company by naming them Bingo Supplier of the Year, the second time in three years they were the recipients of that accolade.
A Trusted Source for Quality Casino Fun
If you just looked at Bede’s games, you might not be impressed enough to seek them out. Their slots and other offerings are nice enough, but we can’t go so far as to say they’re the best in the industry: there are definitely better collections out there.
Instead, this company shines in terms of their platforms, which is an area where players rarely look. If you’re in a place where this studio is active – which mainly means the UK – however, then you should absolutely consider taking a look at their sites. The content they’ve put together is one of the more impressive collections that you can find under one roof, especially in a regulated market. This is all the more true if you’re a bingo player, as this might be one of the best platforms for enjoying playing a few cards and then switching over to casino games without ever having to skip a beat.