There are 52 countries in the world with more people than Australia but there are zero countries in the world with more gaming machines than Australia. This is even more astounding when you realize that gambling in land-based casinos has only been legal “Down Under” since 1973.
This would seem to make Australia a fertile ground for gaming companies except for one little catch. In 2001, the Australian Commonwealth Parliament passed what is called the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA), which outlaws online gambling and related advertising, with huge daily fines for any organization that breaks the law.
However, by 2001 Eyecon PTY Ltd was already a four-year old business in the West End section of Brisbane, founded by Scott Murray to develop and maintain software. Their story had begun.
Eyecon’s gaming systems have embraced multi-player immersive games and the company has also tip-toed into the international online casino market with both games of chance and live game video streaming. Their products have been licensed in five jurisdictions – Northern Territory in Australia, Vanuatu, Philippines, Isle of Man, and Canada.
They have not received any fines from any governmental agencies and all 3rd party testing companies have given them top scores for their random number generators and gaming fairness.
As a producer of both online and land-based slots games, Eyecon has evolved from the cartoonish pleasures of traditional five-reel slots such as Sugar Train and Fluffy Favorites with its pink elephant dances, to the narrative-driven 3D adventures of the Treasure Hunter tracking purple gems in Jewel Journey. Their slots are easy to look at and fast to play.
The company operates mostly behind the scenes, customizing its games for partners in the gaming world, as they choose to keep a low profile and concentrate on their products.
Eyecon has gradually built a catalog of over 100 titles, about a dozen of which have been released to the mobile market. Probably due to their global geography, their developers have concentrated on flavoring releases with ingredients appealing to South Asian Pacific tastes, including an online version of the popular Japanese arcade game of Pachinko.
They then branched into branded content by bringing out a video slots game based on the cheeky British television puppet character, “Roland Rat”. Eyecon offers table games based on standard rules with all of the usual fair available. Several versions of video poker, roulette and baccarat have been crafted and each can have customized graphics for each operator who licenses them.
Eyecon uses CinemaScope that automatically adapts the game’s graphics to a player’s screen size. The user experience is based on familiar conventions and players will not need to consult a manual when encountering their titles for the first time.
The blackjack game Eyecon provides to partners conforms to widely accepted rules and regulations, with particulars regarding doubles, splits and surrenders are customized for each place. Idiosyncrasies such as table stake limits, number of decks, and frequency of shuffles are all configurable.
Eyecon does inject some “Down Under gameplay” into its blackjack software with its trademarked rendition of Perfect Pairs, a popular side bet in brick and mortar Australia casinos. The bet is on the first two player cards and when the duo forms an unsuited pair of different colors, the payout is 5 to 1. If the pair are both red or black but unsuited, the payout is 10 to 1. Finally, a “perfect pair” of identical cards will return a meaty 30 to 1 on the wager.
Live Dealer Blackjack
The Eyecon Live Dealer software is available for blackjack, roulette, and Sic Bo. All of the games are streamed in real time video from an actual casino, with bets made easily through their proprietary software.
Practice Blackjack at Eyecon Casinos
Eyecon blackjack can be played for free when at select partners who host their software. Each place will have their own policies about whether or not you have to sign up for an account and/or make a deposit before playing for free.