The Stockholm-based Ongame Network entered the online casino business in 1999 as a relative late start compared to the other industry giants. Two students at Uppsala University, Oskar Harnell and Claes Lidell, developed the engine for the popular online poker site PokerRoom.com. As the company expanded its reach in the online poker world, it diversified its creative portfolio into the world of online casinos, with games such as blackjack, roulette, craps and slots.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 forced many online casinos to shut their doors to US-based customers. The law prohibited US-based banks from processing transactions between American players and overseas-based online casino sites. While Ongame Network online casinos followed the law and closed the accounts of its American customers, the company’s sites still flourish across Europe and around the rest of the world.
Unlike many online casinos, which limit their software to a downloadable client on a Microsoft Windows operating system, Ongame Network has online casino software that can operate on a variety of operating systems and platforms. The company uses technologies such as Flash and Java to make online casino games available through the customer’s web browser. Ongame Network also has online casinos that can run on the Apple Macintosh operating system.
Multiple Languages and Currencies
One of the primary reasons behind the popularity of Ongame Network’s online casino games in Europe is that the member sites support multiple languages and currencies. As with many online casinos, the Ongame Network sites provide text in English, Spanish and French. The sites also offer a Swedish language option, reflecting the company’s home base, as well as at least ten other languages. Ongame Network online casino sites can also process transactions in US dollars, British pounds, EU euros and other currencies.
Players who want to carry their online casino gaming experience in their pockets can check out Ongame Network’s mobile gaming options. This cutting-edge software development house is exploring the latest in smartphone technology, including the creation of online casinos for the Google Android, the Apple iOS, and other mobile phone operating system. With these advances in technology and mobility, players can enjoy real-money play wherever they go.