Back in 1994, Microgaming created one of the first online casinos in the world. The team were there when the online gaming world started, leading the way in technology and innovation. For the past 21 years this company have worked on over 1,000 variations of their popular online casino games; focusing on quality, security, reliability, and the fun factor. From being one of the first involved in mobile game development, through to their record-breaking slot wins, let’s take a look at the company that is Microgaming Slots.
It all kicked off back in 1994, when the team at Microgaming Slots worked on creating one of the first ‘true’ online casinos. Situated on the Isle of Man, a little island near Ireland, their aim was to lead the way in gaming software innovations. Over the years over 800 casino games have been created by the team, with a huge 1,200 variations to add to their portfolio. It was in 2005 when Microgaming saw the potential of mobile gaming. Wanting to create games that were as easily accessible on a mobile or tablet as they were on a computer, the developers have worked on both native app and HTML5 offerings for the last ten years. They now have over 225 mobile games, that allow users to play on the go. The team work with a variety of platforms using a wealth of software programming knowledge, from .NET to Flash. And, they’re happy to let everyone know how they create the products that they’re proud of. A whole section of their website is dedicated to the technology and game design methods that they use. All ideas begin on paper, before being turned into online casino games that can be played using their Flash or Download casinos. Their goal is to ensure that there is an option for everyone, regardless of how they want to access their favorite games.
There is a true ethos of giving back to the community at Microgaming Slots. Both in the gaming community and to their local community. The company helped found e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) and the IGC (Interactive Gaming Council). Both of these bodies work towards making all online games fair and responsible for the players. On top of this is their Play It Forward initiative. Established in 2014, the aim is to give back to the local community on the Isle of Man. Health, Education and Sport are the key focuses, although Microgaming do contribute to other areas that promote social good. Another part of the Play It Forward initiative is their Health & Care Trust which was set up back in 2002. The company have donated more than £800,000 (over $12,000) to improve healthcare and wellbeing on the island.
Microgaming Slots is headed up by Roger Raatgever, who was a chartered accountant in South Africa before joining the company. Working in various senior positions and helping set up base on the Isle of Man in 2001, he was soon catapulted into the CEO role. He’s now the longest-serving Chief Executive Officer of any online gaming company. Alongside him is John Coleman as the finance director, Chris Hobbs as head of corporate affairs, and Neill Whyte as head of product channels. There are over 2,500 employees from around the world, many of which are situated in their Isle of Man Head Office. Due to their rapid growth, another five-storey office is currently being constructed on the island; right next to their current one. It’s due to be finished in 2017 and there is a live stream of the construction work on their website. Staff are also located in offices in Singapore, Malta, Sweden and Italy. As Microgaming is a limited company, no financial information has been made available.
Microgaming Slots has a huge portfolio when it comes to the sheer number of online games they have available. One of their key focuses is on licensed and branded slots and casino games, such as The Dark Knight Rises, Playboy and Hellboy. On top of this, their in-house team creates unique games that aren’t branded. Avalon and Immortal Romance are key examples of slots that have been designed in-house. Microgaming also offer poker, table, live dealer and multi-player games on both mobile and online. On top of this, they have various bingo games and hold the record for the biggest online bingo win of all time; £5.88 million (nearly $9 million). Their progressive jackpot network is also one of the biggest and they used to hold the record for the biggest online slot win of all time. Overall, the company pay out a huge amount in winnings every single year.
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