Big Time Gaming is Australian studio established in 2011. Although it is still not as big as some other renowned companies hailing mostly from north Europe, BTG’s impact on the gaming industry is as profound as Aristocrat’s was on regular slot machine games back in the old days. This was mostly done with the game engine called Megaways that was first introduced on the now classic Bonanza Megaways game. Game mechanics proved so popular that other studios started licensing it for their games. Placing Megways word in the game title almost guarantees success, as it simply works. It is likely Megaways is the direction most slots will be evolving to, instead of good old paylines. To explain it shortly, for a winning combination, all possible ways to connect on the screen count. They do not need to be on a designated payline, but it is enough to be on adjacent reels. This largely simplifies the game and is the reason for success. Obviously, it is nothing new and games with all combinations in play have been around for a while now. But, BTG has taken it further with symbols in different sizes which then affects the number of possible combinations every spin.
Megaways engine is the biggest asset for BTG, but they also excel in making the branded games. So, there are themes inspired by various cultural influences, from rock songs to fairy tales. At the moment, BTG is the most exciting studio, remains to be seen if they will keep innovating now that they are on top.