Virgin Games is a bit unique among online casinos as it is one of the first to come from a major company not previously affiliated with gaming. Originally established in 2003 by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, the gaming operation was sold to Gamesys in 2013 with a license to continue using the Virgin Games brand.
At this time Virgin Games is mostly focused on slots, with 30 varieties offered. The selection of other games is a bit on the thin side at this point. Single deck or multi-hand blackjack, roulette, hi-lo, bingo, and a handful of video poker types are the only other options. One unique offering is their Monopoly five-reel slot, which is the only authorized Monopoly slot online.
The casino operates entirely through a web browser with no need to download or install software. Practice play is available on all games before making a deposit and wagering. Having been in operation since 2004, the software is an amalgamation of different platforms including Microgaming, Playtech and Gamesys’s own software, but on a trial run of practice play everything seemed to run smoothly.
The welcome bonus is currently an initial deposit bonus of £30 for £10 deposited. Referrals of new players can earn £20 in credit as well. Virgin Games runs a wide range of rotating and seasonal promotions, and there is a daily “Search For The Phoenix” free game for members that guarantees a prize of either cash or free spins.
One of the major selling points of Virgin Games has been the solid financial backing of the Virgin Group. The transfer to Gamesys throws this into a little more doubt, but Gamesys is currently one of the largest online gaming groups in the world – they also contract with Harrah’s Entertainment to handle some of their online gaming. There seems to still be a good deal of stability, and limits on withdrawals have not yet been imposed. Payout turnaround time is still fast and weekend payouts are still available.