Originally online casino software was written in English. But as online gaming proliferated across the world many players got involved for whom English was not their native language. These included players from mainland Europe, Latin America and East Asia. These players were not very comfortable gambling at online casinos that operated in English. One reason could be the incomplete understanding of the terms and conditions because of the foreign language. As players from non-English speaking countries increased online gambling software providers began to introduce software in other languages. This enabled the online gaming software providers to extend their customer base. Today gaming software is available in almost every European language and also in Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese. The common European languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Polish and the Scandinavian languages. Usually the languages are represented by the flag of the country.
Microgaming, Playtech and Cryptologic are the leading online gambling software providers today. Microgaming was the pioneer in multi-language online casinos. It came out with a fully localized multi language online casino in 2001. Cryptologic followed suit with its version of the multi language casino in 2002.
Microgaming Multi Lingual Selecting:
- Select the "Options" button from the main lobby of the casino.
- Select the "Language" you wish to change the software client to be in by default.
- Wait for the language packages to download and install on your computer.
- Wait for the software client to restart and then you're ready to play in your native tongue.
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At Playtech powered online casinos players have to select the language from those offered before they download the software. The software is downloaded in the selected language. If the player wants to play in another language offered by the online casino he has to repeat the process by selecting the other language. Hence in the case of Playtech players have to download entire independent software in different languages. Not only is this a cumbersome process that takes a lot of time every time it is repeated, but also eats up the hard disc storage space.
Playtech Multi Lingual Selecting:
- After downloading the mini-installer from any Playtech casino provided that they have multi-lingual support (which most do at this point), you'll simply need to select the language you want the software to download and install that you can then play on.
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Cryptologic has what we think to be the worst system of them all when it comes to making multi-lingual selections and changing between languages. As seen in our example from below in the screen shot taken from InterCasino what you need to do is first navigate to the specific language you want to play in using the flags on "intercasino.com". When you're taken to the individual language landing page from there you'll be able to download the online casino software in the language you've selected to play in.
Cryptologic Multi Lingual Selecting:
- Navigate using the flags as seen above to the appropriate language landing page.
- Download, install and play the software in the language you have selected.
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In the case of the Viper software from Microgaming the situation is slightly different. In the first instance the player chooses from the languages offered by the online casino before downloading and downloads the software in that language. However the player can later switch languages without having to download the complete software in the new language. It is almost like switching games. The player simply selects the new language. Some amount of download is required, but that is marginal compared to downloading the entire software. The download is mainly needed for the lobby and the games language packages. Hence the Microgaming system is quicker and more efficient.