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Primarily Microgaming is focused on serving the online casino industry but is now increasing operations within online bingo, and in 2013 won an award for innovation in bingo. In terms of positioning, Microgaming is definitely behind the leading providers of bingo software. There may be improvement in the future, but at present the company has work ahead. Players should be optimistic about Microgaming sites, however, as the company has an impressive pedigree in casino games, which are also available at its bingo sites.
- Games to Play
- Microgaming Bingo Sites
- Comparison with Other Providers
Games to Play
Because Microgaming is not primarily focused on online bingo, the company does not offer any exotic variants of bingo. On the official site for Microgaming, it explains that three types of bingo game are available on its sites - 90-ball, 75-ball and a 75-ball variant. There's no 80-ball or 30-ball, and nothing like the Deal or No Deal and Lucky Numbers variants Virtue Fusion have on offer.
Microgaming look set to remedy this in 2014 with the launch of Immortal Romance Bingo, an innovative bingo variant based on the hugely popular slot.
Sites like to work with Microgaming, though, because by doing so they gain the right to feature some of the best online casino games ever developed, such as the Dark Knight slot and its sequel, and Immortal Romance (which is famous for its brilliant bonus round). Along with online slots there are also scratch cards and table games to play and there's the possibility of huge wins as there are progressive jackpots running across the Microgaming network.
Microgaming Bingo Sites
There aren't that many Microgaming bingo sites, but that makes them a refreshing change from other sites/networks. The best of the Microgaming sites include:
- Butlers Bingo – This site hit the headlines at the end of 2012 when one player scored a £5.8 million win of the progressive jackpot on The Dark Knight slot.
- Dream Bingo – The promotions featured at Dream Bingo are different to those offered at other Microgaming destinations. Instead scrolling through daily, weekly and monthly options, Dream Bingo players just look at a few main promotions. The site uses some of the same bingo promotions but presents them better.
- Bingo Diamond – This site has a few things you won't find on other Microgaming sites, such as a page introducing all their chat hosts.
- Glossy Bingo – A new bingo site in 2013 that features an impressive home page design of a magazine cover. In the headlines of the cover are all the various benefits that players can expect to enjoy after joining.
Comparison with Other Providers
Where Microgaming falls short against providers like Dragonfish
and Virtue Fusion
is lack of experience. Microgaming has rather less exciting shared network promotions than either of those other two providers. Although the promotions are generous, they generally stay the same from month to month and are not particularly well presented on the sites. Microgaming basically needs to help dress these up better to make them come across as more appealing to players and/or introduce more variety.
Microgaming have also been slow to roll out their mobile platform; only Butlers and Dream are playable on a mobile and even then you have to be in the know as it's not at all obvious from their main sites that there is a mobile version available.
On the other hand though, the generous bonuses on offer (albeit with fairly restrictive wagering requirements
) and the chance of winning millions on the casino games which can be played at the same time as the bingo are huge selling points for the Microgaming product.