Complaining about choice is perhaps the ultimate in ‘first world problems’, yet it’s a significant enough issue that supermarkets have tried to reduce the number of different products on their shelves in recent years. An article from the Guardian in 2015 noted that, for the one type and size of ketchup on Aldi’s shelves, Tesco had 28 different ones. The latter chain eventually reduced its product offering by a third to reduce customer anxiety regarding choice.
The iGaming and casino industry has much the same problem, with hundreds of different game developers and brands trying to attract new players. Then, there’s a maze of payment methods and bonus schemes to navigate. However, unlike ketchup, which is usually harmless, the potential presence of rogue operators and cybercriminals in the iGaming niche can make finding a safe, secure casino something of an exercise in endurance.
Websites like Scams.info have emerged to review the best Yggdrasil casinos (among others) and to identify insecure and potentially fraudulent casinos. These pages assess aspects of a gaming site like appropriate licensing for the region it operates in, its RTP (Return-to-Player) rate, and the safety features included by game providers. In the latter case, the developer is an award-winning company that has already earned the trust of casinos like Dunder, Bwin, Guts, and Casino Heroes.
But how can you tell that Yggdrasil – or the casinos they work with – are trustworthy? It’s arguably Yggdrasil that provides confirmation of a site’s credentials, as the company’s name hinges on the performance of its partners. Yggdrasil is internationally recognized as a responsible games provider by gaming authorities in all the countries it operates in, specifically, the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, and the National Gambling Office (Romania).
RTP and RNG
Fairness is, of course, an important part of any gameplay experience, and this is where RTP and RNG (Random Number Generation) come in. RTP, which simply describes how much of a player’s stake is returned over a sample one million plays, should be as close to 100% as possible, and the six Yggdrasil titles sampled by Scams.info revealed that the RTP ranges from 96.10% (Hanzo’s Dojo) to 97% (Troll’s Bridge, Baron Samedi, and Nitro Circus). One game, Dark Vortex, had a variable RTP, between 96.5% and 97%.
Yggdrasil’s RNG is verified by independent auditors like eCOGRA, guaranteeing fair number generation. Illicit casinos may rig RNG so that some numbers come up more or less often or there are more or fewer numbers included than there should be, so the presence of eCOGRA in a casino’s credentials is a good indicator that a game will play out as it is supposed to. Details of licensors and auditors are often displayed at the bottom of a casino’s website(s).
Of course, awards are one of the most visible indicators of a developer’s trustworthiness, especially as many can be independently verified by the player with a quick Google search. Yggdrasil won the Innovation in RNG Casino Software accolade at the EGR B2B Awards and the International Gaming Awards’ Innovator of the Year award, among others. And, as mentioned, all these awards and relevant licenses are listed at the bottom of the company’s official website.