History of Microgaming
Microgaming was established in 1994 and is considered to be the forefather of all gaming software providers as it was the first. It is considered to have partially shaped the industry and even today, a decade and a half later, the company is still going strong and putting its stamp on the industry.
Soon after the company was established Microgaming released the first online casino out of the Isle of Man where the company was based. At this time, they had already garnered support from a number of big casino names including the Palace Group, 32Red and Fortune Lounge group.
To this day, Microgaming still holds the majority of the casino industry with two hundred casinos and poker rooms across the globe utilize thing products. This is due in large part to the fact that the company has been around for a very long time and has been able to perfect its gaming strategies.
Microgaming’s Mega Moolah
In 2009, Microgaming made online casino news when their progressive slot Mega Moolah broke all previous casino records and paid out the biggest win at over $6 million. This was made even more remarkable as the initial bet was just 25 cents. Since then, this payout has been beaten by other developer’s games but at the time, this was the largest payout for a slot in gaming history.
The following year Microgaming developed Quickfire Games, which was a side company to the main parent company and primarily there to license third party developers so that the company as a whole could expand its global reach.
Interestingly though, even with the company’s leaps and bounds forwards in terms of technological advances, they were rather slow off the mark when it came to the live casino platform. It took the company until 2006 to finally release any live game and this was only with a small series of baccarat games.
In recent years this has expanded, and now there are a number of different live games within their repertoire that include Blackjack, Roulette and Casino Hold’em, each with enough variants to keep the majority of players very happy. However, there is something a little lacking in these games as they are simply live versions of the virtual options and don’t really offer anything extra or special.
Virtual Reality games
Despite their lacklustre showing in the live casino area, the rest of their games are top quality. The company continues to strive for better at every turn to the point. In 2016 Microgaming created and released a Virtual Reality set of games that all used the Oculus Rift technology. As part of this, the company also made a VR roulette game to release to players thus pushing the barrier on the reality available within online casinos.
What games does Microgaming offer?
Microgaming offers a hugely diverse set of games with over six hundred titles to their name. In fact, they encompass every aspect of the casino game industry and have offerings in every genre. Their main area of expertise though is in the slots and their portfolio in this area is almost unrivalled in its size and scope.
Table and live casino games
However, Microgaming also offers a number of virtual table games, video poker, bingo games and more recently the live game selection. The company has also developed a mobile platform that is seeing a lot of success, particularly with the sharp increase in popularity of these hand-held devices.
Most popular slots from Microgaming
Microgaming has a large number of highly popular and lucrative slot games to its name. It is especially well known for creating movie themed slots. With this in mind there are a huge number of these slots, ranging from the feminine cheeriness of Bridesmaids to the action-packed nature of Jurassic Park.
Many of these slots have enjoyed enormous popularity as they serve to immerse the player once again in this popular world.
One of the most popular of these slots is the excellent Terminator 2. This slot recaptures the feel of the movie, complete with a background to look like one of the terminators from the film.
There are a large number of bonus features attached to this game that all add to the potential of lucrative payouts. The whole slot is designed with care, and the symbols used within are all beautifully designed images of the main characters from the films.
Immortal Romance is another popular game. This vampire themed slot is dark and brooding. Set in a haunted house, each of the four main characters have their own story, which simply adds to the game.
There are a large number of bonus features sprinkled throughout and all of these are regularly triggered allowing the player to anticipate some good wins. The main bonus feature uses each of the characters and offers a range of free spins and multipliers depending on which character the player chooses. As with all their other games, the graphics are excellent and the bonuses are innovative and intriguing.
Microgaming and free spins
Microgaming casinos do offer a lot of free spins. This is always in conjunction with the video slots that they offer. These free spins usually come as part of the welcome bonus and don’t require the player to make any first deposit in order to receive them. There are a large number of Microgaming casinos and they all have slight variants on what they offer. The lowest offer is ten free spins whilst the highest one is set at 200 free spins.
For the most part Microgaming is a force to be reckoned with. It may be taking its time in the live casino world, but elsewhere the company soars.
All the games are created with the utmost care, with high quality graphics, storylines and excellent bonus features. There is detail and craft taken when creating these games, which is still lacking in many other provider’s work.
It seems that being around this long has served the company well as they simply grew alongside the industry itself.