NetEnt Upgrades to HTML5 as Flash Era Draws to a Close

One of the biggest producers of online casino games, NetEnt, has converted the majority of its games into HTML5 as it reduces support for Flash technology.

The Dracula slot game running on HTML5

The Dracula slot game running on HTML5 ©NetEnt.

The move to HTML5 is somewhat necessary for the Swedish software developer as modern browsers such as Google’s Chrome become the worldwide standard. A total of 70 of the company’s top-performing games have been converted and are available in HTML5 format already.

The switch will allow NetEnt to deliver its games with better graphics, sounds and animations. Mobile versions of all the new HTML5 games have also been developed.

The move signals the end of the Flash gaming era after several other leading developers have already made the switch to the new browser technology.

Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, said it is an exciting time for the company.

As we expand our technological reach it is crucial we are able to give players the chance to keep playing their favourite games. Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer, NetEnt

The company recently released upgrades for four of its titles: Dracula, Jackpot 6000, Excalibur and Spellcast.

Fagerlund added: “Given the growth of mobile gaming, we have to continue establishing ourselves as an industry leader by making these advancements and moving with the times.”

Slots and table games make up the roster for the new upgrades. NetEnt announced that video poker games and baccarat tables in HTML5 will soon follow. The upgraded games will join the company’s Mobile-First Live Dealer Blackjack, which launched last month. The need for mobile-optimised games in the online casino industry continues to grow, as mobile internet use in the UK overtakes traditional desktop use.

NetEnt competitor, Microgaming, has been making HTML5 games since 2013. The Isle of Man-based company released three games in September that are built on the browser technology: Pure Platinum, Five Reel Drive and Couch Potato.

At the time, Neill Whyte, Head of Product Channels at Microgaming, said: “The number of devices available to consumers is continually growing, therefore, it is important that our mobile product evolves with this in mind. We have invested a lot of time and resources in developing our market-leading HTML5 platform, and we will continue to do so in order to meet the ever-increasing demands of the mobile gaming market.”

Playtech, the third major software developer in the industry also produces HTML5 online casino games.

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