The International Gaming Awards ceremony was held at the luxurious InterContinental London Park Lane hotel, and was the tenth to be staged since 2008. The company fought off stiff competition from other gaming giants to win the prestigious award, and it isn’t hard to see why. Microgaming launched the world’s first mobile casino software way back in 2004, and has since built up the largest portfolio of mobile games, with more than 350 titles currently playable and additional products being launched every month.
Microgaming also holds the record for the biggest ever mobile jackpot win – a record that was established in August 2016 when a player landed the life-changing sum of €7,968,311 on the Mega Moolah slot.
‘We are very proud to win the award for Mobile Product,’ said Roger Raatgever, who is CEO of Microgaming. ‘We predicted that mobile would be the future of gaming back in 2004 when we created the world’s first mobile casino software, and we haven’t looked back. The platform is thriving and it is very much the future of our industry, with even more growth to come. It is great to receive recognition for our hard work and to be viewed by the industry as having the best mobile product out there.’
One of the things that has helped Microgaming to become a world-leader in the arena of online game development is its ability to create titles that are based on hugely successful mainstream media properties. On that topic, the company has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with The Really Useful Group to create an online slot based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera.
The game will be based on the 2004 movie version of the musical, which starred Gerard Butler as The Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine Daaé, and will feature the main characters, musical numbers and footage from the film. Players can expect to see the title launched later this year.
‘The Phantom of the Opera has had unequivocal success, played to over 140 million people worldwide!’ said David Reynolds, games publisher at Microgaming. ‘It’s exciting to be working with a musical, a new genre of branded content for Microgaming, extending and broadening our portfolio of games. Due out in Q3, this game will be a true celebration of the world’s biggest opera, balancing a healthy mix of base game features with a feature-packed free spins round.’