Of all the software developers with games available to play at White Hat Gaming casinos, Elk Studios is perhaps one of the most interesting.
Slightly too small to be a giant and slightly too big to be an indie developer anymore, this relatively fresh face has been making quite the impact on the busy iGaming market.
Now, when we say Swedish software developer, you probably (and understandably) think of NetEnt, but that part of the world has created a fair few top quality software providers, and Stockholm based Elk Studios is one of the latest to be added to the list.
The History of Elk Studios
Elk Studios joined the market back in 2012, during a time when many a new name was arriving, and it’s fair to say that not all of those names have lasted the distance.
So, what is it that’s made Elk different from the many competitors that didn’t make it?
Firstly, Swedish quality has made a difference. From the outset, Elk’s games have been startlingly attractive affairs, with exciting and innovative gameplay mechanics that rarely rely on the simple Free Spins feature approach.
Add to that a reputation for transparency and fair play that has seen various awards showered on Elk in the five years since its inception, and you start to realise that this developer has something extra to offer in comparison to most of the newer brands around.
Attention to Detail
The truth of the matter is, the secret to Elk’s success isn’t much of a secret, they simply do everything really well, and that’s hard to ignore.
As stated, the titles on offer are excellent looking slots, and often take a fairly unique approach in terms of design and theme.
Bloopers was one of the first big hits to be released by Elk, a colourful and fresh approach to a slot, it is as fun to play as it is nice to look at.
The likes of DJ Wild, Electric Sam (and its sequel, Sam on the Beach), Hong Kong Tower, Kaiju, Route 777, and The Lab show the vast and impressive range of subjects that Elk take on in their games.
While Elk’s growth has been far from slow since their 2012 launch, it appears that there has been a recent surge forward when it comes to getting the company’s name out, and this has been shown by Elk’s 2019 releases.
Just back in February, Elk Studios released Ecuador Gold, a slot that very quickly made a hefty impact on the iGaming world.
The six reel slot has a variable payline feature, starting at 4,096 paylines, and moving up as high as 262,144 paylines.
The latter number is achieved through the Avalanche feature, and the slot also includes walking wilds, sticky wilds, colossal symbols (from 2×2 to 4×4) and more.
Themed (as the name would suggest) around the South American country of Ecuador, and following the journey of an explorer called Kane, Ecuador Gold is a stellar slot from Elk.
Before the dust had even settled on Ecuador Gold, Elk Studios had already announced the sequel, Tahiti Gold, which is scheduled for a June 11 release (at the time of writing).
A slot following the further journeys of Kane, who seems to have got a little lost following his previous adventures in the rainforest, Tahiti Gold takes a lot of what made Ecuador Gold popular, including exquisite graphics and exciting gameplay, and turns it up a little.
Not only does this slot arguably look a little better than its slightly older sibling, it also offers a little more in terms of gameplay.
The payline structure is the same, but while Ecuador Gold has a maximum win of €250,000, Tahiti Gold doubles that for a staggering top price of €500,000.
What’s Next for Elk?
Like every software developer trying to make their mark on the online casino market at this point, we can safely assume that Elk Studios has at least one eye on the word of virtual reality, and the opportunities that brings for games.
However, what Elk needs to do, and what it appears they are doing, is to continue to release top quality casino titles that impress in terms of graphics and gameplay.
This doesn’t look like something that will be a struggle for Elk, which is not a developer that tends to release bad games, or even average ones.
After Tahiti Gold, we’re not sure what comes next, but we know we can’t wait to find out!