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- Microgaming – a potted history
- Top Microgaming Slot Games
- Microgaming Progressive Jackpots
- Microgaming On Mobile
Microgaming – a potted history
Believe it or not, Microgaming are not far off being able to celebrate 25 years in iGaming. Unlike other iGaming giants, they remain privately owned.
Microgaming have been on the Isle of Man since 2001 and make an extremely important contribution to the local economy, not just in terms of employment opportunities (they recently opened a 5 storey expansion to their head office) but via their charitable initiative Play It Forward. This includes the Microgaming Bursary, which provides funding for exceptional students from the island who would otherwise be unable to attend university.
Microgaming’s support of responsible gambling goes all the back to 2003 which is when they co-founded eCogra, the leading independent testing agency for the certification of online gaming software and systems.
Top Microgaming Slot Games
Microgaming’s best known original titles are probably Immortal Romance, Avalon 2 and Thunderstruck 2 – all of which showcase the innovative 243 ways to win system which is a signature feature of so many Microgaming slots. 243 way slots do not have any paylines as such; instead, the symbols form winning combinations running from left to right across the 5 x 3 array regardless of their position on the reel. This is popular with players as there’s no paylines to keep track of, a cost per spin instead of a cost per line, and none of those irritating situations where you see five of a kind pop up but don’t win anything as the symbols aren’t lined up in the right way to hit a payline.
Immortal Romance and Thunderstruck 2 are also amongst the Microgaming slots that have paytable achievements; this feature awards trophies and prizes (at some casinos, bonuses) when players collect the set of possible wins on a particular symbol. Together with bonus round level progression as found in – again – Immortal Romance, this encourages player loyalty since in order to collect and progress, all play sessions need to be on the same device type at the same casino.
Microgaming are also well known for their branded titles based on films including Bridesmaids, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park (although their much anticipated Game of Thrones slot was a relative disappointment due to not containing very much in the way of footage from the iconic TV series).
The film tie-in trend continued in 2017 with the release of Halloween in October, Phantom of the Opera in November and Highlander in December.
Microgaming Progressive Jackpots
From the launch of Cash Splash, the world’s first online progressive jackpot, in 1998 to the first online million dollar jackpot payout (Major Millions) in 2002, to the world record breaking Mega Moolah – progressive jackpots are almost synonymous with the word Microgaming.
Mega Moolah has been thrilling players and making instant millionaires for more than 10 years (it was launched in 2006 and the seed value of the Mega jackpot is £1 million) during which time it has paid out some truly astonishing sums including the £5.8 million biggest win at an online bingo site and the £13.2 million world record online jackpot win – both of which went to UK players.
In total – according to Microgaming themselves – they have paid out well in excess of half a billion euros in progressive jackpots. Microgaming’s official policy is to pay out progressive jackpot wins as a lump sum so if you are lucky enough to win one of them, there will be no waiting around for the casino to pay in instalments.
Microgaming On Mobile
Although Microgaming have been making mobile products since 2004, for a long time the mobile slots seemed like a bit of a poor relation. This is because historically, Microgaming casinos worked by requiring a download and many Microgaming slots were only available to play at Microgaming casinos. Microgaming’s Quickfire platform (launched in 2010) allows Microgaming slots (and those of other providers such as Rabcat, the makers of Castle Builder) to be featured at non Microgaming casinos but to start with, the Quickfire release of a slot (if indeed there was one) could take place months or years after it first came out and the result of this was if you wanted to be sure of being able to play the new Microgaming slots when they came out, you needed to have an account at a Microgaming only casino and play on desktop (via download or Flash).
It wasn’t until 2014 that Microgaming mobile gaming really started to pick up pace, when the following things happened:
- High Society became the first Microgaming slot to receive a simultaneous release across all platforms and devices
- Quickfire enabled players at non Microgaming casinos to access the playtable achievements on some Microgaming slots
- Microgaming demoed a version of Thunderstruck for the Samsung smart watch
Fast forward to 2017 and the mobile offering has improved so much (with over 350 games now available to play on mobile) that Microgaming have picked up two industry awards for their mobile software, at the EGR B2B and International Gaming Awards.