Warning: GameArt is a blacklisted provider!
GameArt is a Malta and Balkan-based game provider possibly best known in the community for its questionable reputation and past. Operating without a reputable EU-license, GameArt slots have mostly been found on Curacao casinos where it’s been made possible for them to offer their games with minimal transparency (well, none really).
The loose licensing terms, in combination with GameArt’s notorious lack of transparency by not disclosing the RTP value (not displayed in neither the help files/paytables or on their website), or providing documents and certificates from reputable testing houses, means players cannot know for certain the RNG generator delivers fair results. This has been going on for years and the degree of financial damage this may have caused players is hard to estimate.
GameArt Controversy Timeline
On January 2018, a member of casino community Casinomeister suspected GameArt demo games to be rigged and thus alerted fellow community members in a forum thread. In the opening post, member “Jasminebed” writes;
“Took me less than 1/2 hour today to get my balance, starting with 500 and $10 bets to over 100K, with max bet of $40. The other day it took me nearly an hour.”
Later in the thread, another member, “paul7388”, then follows up with his own conclusions;
“2nd spin on $1 bet bonus paid $224. 8 spins later bonus again paid $338. More than doubles 500 starting balance in 10 spins. That said it all. Decided to be a high roller lol raised bet to $10. Balance went down to $890 about 15 spins and got another bonus paid $1410. So demos totally fake on this slot.”
Towards the end of the 11-page thread, member “DreamRJ” writes;
“To be fair. I think GameArt might go bust after this. I think a lot of casinos have now decided to pull them too. Videoslots was the first to do so. So I presume others will follow suit, what casino in their right mind would want to host a slot provider that was misleading us with turned up fun play RTP?“
On June 2018, the Maltese Gaming Authority (MGA) publicly denounced GameArt’s claims of being MGA licensed, stating – “any reference to the MGA or gaming licence/s said to be issued by the Maltese Authority, as stated by GameArt Limited are false and misleading.”
On September 2020, GameArt resorted to legal threats in an attempt to bully Bigwinboard into retracting a critical article. Refusing to back down to the threats, Bigwinboard responded by making the following statement; “Not only is this an attempt to silence Bigwinboard, but it’s also an attack on all players who rely on sites such as ours to help guide them in an industry where, sadly, rogue businesses are still allowed to thrive.
On November 2020 it became know that two well-known and established game suppliers had signed separate partnership deals with GameArt, effectively enabling them to expand their reach. Alarmed by the prospect of seeing GameArt slots hosted on reputable casinos instead of the otherwise often questionable off-shore operators they have been restricted to in the past, Bigwinboard forwarded its disapproval to the aggregators in question stating;
“Given GameArt’s history of deceiving players, these business decisions cannot be seen as anything other than a failure to perform adequate due diligence, something that may end up having an negative effect on players and an industry that is struggling to improve its reputation. Moreover, it also sends the signal that GameArt’s shenanigans over the years should simply be forgotten and forgiven without further consequences.”
According to unverified sources, it later became known that both aggregators had pulled out of their respective deals with GameArt.
Unless GameArt can directly prove to us (so far they have stuck their heads in the sand and resorted to legal threats instead) that they’ve made progress in regard to ethics, morals, and trust, they will remain blacklisted, possibly even indefinitely. No GameArt slots will thus be reviewed or given publicity here. We strongly recommend players to avoid GameArt slots at all cost.
Every player has to make his own decision – if you are someone who values transparency, honesty, free speech and the right for independent websites such as ours to freely criticize and publish investigative articles as means to help improve the casino industry, then it may be a good idea to vote with your wallet and simply avoid companies such as these.