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DLV is a Latvian company that has grown into a major supplier of gaming cabinets for land-based casinos, stocking them with slots developed in-house, while a growing online presence is bringing their range to the computers and mobile devices of a wider audience. They also run a sports betting site with an attached casino that uses bought-in games, while they also operate betting shops within their home market. A staff of over 400 people are needed to keep this multi-faceted business going, and they are still expanding, with a whole range of around 30 new games designed specifically for the online casino side now being released.
DLV was founded way back in 1994, just as the very first online casinos were being launched, so they focused on the design and manufacture of cabinets, which is a business that they are still very much involved in. These can be found across Europe, Latin America and Asia, with the range still growing and DLV providing a full technical back up service to new and existing sites that carry their games. They can oversee the installation, maintenance and repair of any cabinet, while also being able to adjust game settings to suit local tastes, legal requirements or management systems.
But it’s the move into online and mobile optimised casinos that’s perhaps the most interesting development from DLV in some time. They may be a little late to the party, but their years of experience in designing slots games will hopefully see the company becoming just as well known for their internet selection as they have been for their land-based offerings.
The Online Journey of DLV
The company started their online business in early 2015, with DLVbet.lv, a sportsbook that was developed in partnership with BetConstruct, which is an established bookmaker. They pride themselves on offering the widest range of betting options for certain events, with up to 2000 different outcomes possible, while also providing a reliable, fair and secure service on a website that’s easy to use for both newcomers and experienced gamblers. It’s also possible to place sports wagers via DLV cabinets in some jurisdictions, which brings a whole new dimension to the games.
Although DLV have been developing slots games for a number of years, when the sportsbook was launched they didn’t have any games compatible with online or mobile sites, so choose the Microgaming range for the casino side of DLVbet. Now that they are starting to release games specifically designed for the online market, they will surely add them to their own casino, but it may take a little longer to fully integrate their range.
It’s a decent range as well, with games themed around popular topics such as wildlife, Chinese culture, magic and pirates, as well as more left-field subjects like disco-dancing rabbits and wine-making.
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A look at some DLV Slots
Some examples of their range include Filibuster’s Ghost, which sees undead pirates stalking the 5 reels and rewarding punters with prizes when matching symbols stop across any of the 40 paylines. Cutlass’s, pistols and bottles of rum are some of the high-paying symbols, while playing card icons return the smaller prizes. The pirate ship is a wild symbol and should the compass land on the middle reels, 5 free spins are awarded. Any wins can be gambled, which is a feature common to all DLV slot games, and in Filibuster’s Ghost, players double prizes by correctly guessing the colour of a pirate themed playing card.
Mighty Zoo is a fun slot that stars superhero cats, dogs, mice and birds, all dressed in suitable costumes, ready to pay out some big prizes when landing across this 5-reel and 20 payline game. It’s an example of the straightforward gameplay that’s found in a number of DLV games, where players simply land steady wins, but the enjoyable theme and outstanding graphics certainly help Mighty Zoo to stand out.
There’s more cartoon capers in Green Fog, where animated zombies are on the hunt for brains over 5 reels and 40 lines. An expanding brain wild symbol helps to complete extra winning lines when it’s seen on the middle reel, while any 3 or more purple brains will trigger 10 free spins. During this bonus round, the wild can expand across reels 2, 3, or 4, and the free spins can be retriggered. In a fun twist to the normal style, the gamble feature doubles wins when players pick from red or black brains, as a zombie flashes between the two colours.
It seems that no developer of slots can resist having at least one or two ancient Egyptian themed games in their portfolios, and DLV are no different, with King Tut featuring the classic symbols of beetles, pharaohs and pyramids. It comes with a Sun wild symbol and a free spins feature to attract the huge number of punters who can’t get enough of these games.
Licensing and Security
Of course, it’s very important that the games are fair and reliable, and to this end, DLV have had their range fully certified by a number of local and international testing labs, while all slots and cabinets are produced to ISO 9001 standards, which are recognised around the world.
Other certification bodies include the German TUV for their cabinets and platforms, NMI for the gaming software and BMM for a variety of other jurisdictions, while the online site operates under a license issued by the Malta Gaming Authority. This guarantees that the games are fair, with results determined at random, and that overall return to player rations can be proven.
However, it also means that residents of a number of countries, including the UK and USA can’t legally wager at the site, as local regulations in these countries insist that different licensing authorities are used.
A Promising Range of Slots
DLV has clearly used their years of experience to develop a collection of slots that will appeal to a wide range of players, with differing tastes and preferences. The games come in a variety of styles, from simple cartoons, to fairly detailed and realistic designs, while the extra features range from almost none at all, through to expanding wilds and free games with richer reels.
It has to be said that the bonus rounds are nothing particularly new or innovative, but they are features that have proved to be popular with gamblers, so DLV have been relatively cautious in their choice of what extra features they add to their games.
The company has focused for many years on what they know best, and are only slowly moving to an online platform, and are taking an even more gradual approach to making their games mobile optimised. They have also decided not to produce slots for third-party clients, or to use their own software systems, instead concentrating on getting their games into their own cabinets and onto their own website.
But players can surely expect to see more of the range online and we are certainly looking forward to playing these attractive and reliable slots.