Are You Playing Fake Slots?


Fake slots is a real problem – we’ll let you know how to avoid falling into the trap

The problem with fake slots has likely been around since the dawn of iGaming. Although unlikely, it’s possible that some counterfeit games may have gone undetected, but as it turns out, it’s quite easy to spot them if knowing what to look for. The experienced player will most likely be able to tell straight away, noticing changes in both graphics and sound, but less experienced players will probably have no clue.

Those at highest risk of being scammed are players that don’t pick their online casinos with care. Up to date, not a single one of the accredited casinos have ever been caught using pirated software, and it’s improbable that they ever would. These are good casinos that have worked hard to achieve a positive reputation and are unlikely to ruin everything, while also committing a criminal act, by implementing fake software that would have been exposed sooner or later anyway. This is reason enough why players should stick to the casinos we list on

Arabian Nights (NetEnt). Fake version on the left, and genuine software on the right.

So who would try to exploit unsuspecting players like this? Obviously not respectable or credible business people, but rather scumbags with limited finances, running illegal casinos and trying to make a comfortable living scamming people with fake software they’ve probably bought on the Darknet, or even developed themselves. There are of course some significant advantages for these people to make use of pirated software:

  • The players can’t win. With pirated software, the RTP can be set to 10% or whatever the operator (casino) feels like.
  • The scammers don’t have to pay royalty or licensing costs to the game developer.
  • There are no geo restrictions. Anyone can play the games.
fake book of ra
Counterfeit version of Book of Ra

We know for a fact that both NetEnt and Novomatic have been targeted by software pirates, which is not too surprising as they are some of the most popular providers out there. The problem with fake slots culminated in 2016 when several online casinos were exposed to having used it, the Affpower brands being some of them. We’re not sure how widespread it is today, but a guess is that it has become harder as games are shifting from Flash to HTML5, and with people within the casino community having become more aware and better at spotting the fakes and calling them out.

So how to tell if a game is fake? For those who know their games, there will likely be enough tell-tale signs just looking at the slot. If lacking experience or just unsure, the best way to tell is to check the URL of the game. When the issue of piracy was brought up in 2016, many of the fake NetEnt slots were using a domain registered by a Bosnian individual and chosen to resemble the real deal:

  • (FAKE)
  • (REAL)
  • (REAL)

If you’re still not sure, send an email to the game provider in question or compare the URL:s to a couple of other casinos to see if everything checks out. This, along with sticking to good casinos will more than likely keep you safe and out of harms reach. It can be hard enough as it is to beat the slots, playing fake games makes it impossible however.

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