“What the ELK are you talking about? A gaming developer born in 2012 taking the mobile slots market by storm?” That may have been the question you were asking given the meteoric rise of ELK Studios, yet another top developer from Sweden. But if you have played any of ELK’s superb slots releases you will know just how prolific a rise this has been. Created in 2012, years after NetEnt had seemingly taken the mantle as Sweden’s top gaming developer, ELK was created to put “mobile first”. It obviously knew where online gaming was heading and, rather than beginning slowly on desktop and venturing into mobile, it launched headfirst into grand mobile gaming. Imagine, if you would, an elk charging head first. Only in slots terms.
ELK’s focus was to use advanced maths models and an in-depth level of technology to create super playable mobile slots. And slots are its main focus. While being a young’un when compared to other gaming developers, ELK gives as good as it gets, putting care, attention and focus into each of its slot releases. Every game is optimised for mobile, giving players the mobile experience they deserve and then it throws on a heap of ELK magic. We get that in the quirky nature of its slots. Going behind the scenes of a war movie in Platooners, or sending up Ocean’s Eleven as a bunch of animals pulling off a heist in Lake’s Five, the slots benefit from fun visuals, well-developed storylines and innovative features. For example, many of its slots benefit from a betting strategy menu, which has revolutionised the way we play slots. It helps us gain an edge during our slots play by utilising various betting strategies, so it comes as no surprise that this popular feature is now an ELK slots trademark.
Just like a tribe of warring Vikings, ELK Studios is not to be outdone by its neighbouring NetEnt. For example, when NetEnt released its series of high volatility slots, the MAX series, ELK brought out its high volatile Joker Gems slot. ELK isn’t averse to a mobile slots sequel, either, giving its Electric Sam character a second outing (and a third if you count his cameo in Birthday!). This studio knows that its players are enjoying the mobile slots on offer and it’s giving them what they want. Which is all we really need from a gaming developer, isn’t it?
The slots portfolio might not be the largest, but each and every one of them has a dedicated team working on it. That’s why the slots seem so specialised. So even if it is still the new kid on the scene compared to some of the older slots studios, ELK is right up there with the best of them.