Microgaming Signs Megaways Deal with Big Time Gaming

It is tough to argue that Microgaming is one of the largest gambling software companies in the world. It has certainly produced some of the most recognizable slot games in online casinos.

The latest news from Microgaming’s Isle of Man offices reveals a deal that allows Microgaming to use Megaways™ in its games. This is the result of a partnership with Big Time Gaming.

A Big Time Deal

On October 13, Microgaming announced its deal with Big Time Gaming (BTG for short), which owns the trademarked Megaways™ mechanic for online slot games.

BTG developed Megaways™ in 2016 to create more excitement in online slot games. It opens the games to produce changing symbols on the reels and an expanding and contracting grid, all of which creates the opportunities for many more paylines. It quickens the gameplay, and it presents more excitement to players, as they never know what could happen next.

Megaways™ games can offer up to 117,649 ways to win, though most of them remain around the 243-payline or 15,625-payline range.

Microgaming will incorporate Megaways™ into many of its new releases, starting with Shamrock Holmes, which is set for a January 2021 release.

The deal also allows Microgaming to grant permission to the independent game studios with which it works to use Megaways™.

Microgaming CEO John Coleman called BTG a proven innovator. BTG CEO Nik Robinson added that they accomplished the goal of putting Megaways™ on a larger stage with Microgaming. “As ardent slots fans,” Robinson said, “we’re delighted to be contributing in a small way to the Microgaming story.”

Recognizing Megaways™

Most video slots using the official Megaways™ include the name in the title of the game. The exceptions, of course, are BTG’s own games. StarClusters is one of Big Time Gaming’s most recent releases featuring Megaways™. The most well-known is Survivor Megaways, based on the TV reality show.

Other operators that licensed Megaways™ include Pragmatic Play for Starz Megaways, Blueprint Gaming for Eye of Horus Megaways, and Red Tiger Gaming for Dragon’s Luck Megaways.

Does Microgaming Need Megaways?

Microgaming didn’t get to be an industry leader by keeping a narrow focus. The company expands with relationships and partnerships that widen its influence around the world.

Microgaming produces its own games – hundreds of them – but still partners with independent and new game developers to introduce those companies to new online casinos. Of course, Microgaming garners exposure from those deals, but it also expands the company’s overall reach.

Megaways™ has become quite popular with online casino players because of the excitement, the unpredictability, and the freshness it brings to each spin of a game. Since Microgaming wants to offer the best in gaming, it makes sense to license Megaways™.

Staying on Top

Speaking of Microgaming being at the top of its industry, it’s important to look at the supporting numbers.

  • More than 800 online casino games
  • More than 700 games released with partner studios
  • Dual releases of games for desktop and mobile players
  • Developed the first online casino software in 1994
  • Created the first mobile casino software in 2004
  • Progressive jackpot network paid more than €1.25 billion so far

The progressive jackpots are one of the keys to Microgaming’s success. When it first released Mega Moolah in 2006, it found success. So, Microgaming continued to add games to the same network, such as different versions of the original and offshoots like Major Millions, Absolootly Mad, Atlantean Treasures, and Fortunium Gold.

The latest additions are WowPot jackpot games, which run on their own network and seed at €2 million. Wheel of Wishes was the introductory game, but Book of Atem, Sisters of Oz, and African Legends joined to offer WowPot payouts. To date, as of January 2020, this network paid €16 million through mid-October.

Microgaming also partners with numerous companies to license brands. Some of the most popular branded games are Game of Thrones, Playboy, Jurassic World, and Lara Croft.

Sneak Peek at Chocolates

The strength of a deal like that between Microgaming and BTG is the ability to show results right away. That is happening with Big Time Gaming’s latest release called Chocolates. The online slot is slated to release this month through Microgaming’s connections to online casinos in Canada and around the world.

Chocolates offers 65,536 ways to win, along with the potential to win more than 30,000 the stake. There are features like the Golden Ticket and Sticky Boxes to go with wilds, multiplier wilds, and free spins, all of which create a game with a lot of action.

The 4×4 game is set in the Swiss Alps, with a factory-like building at the center where the chocolatiers work. Chocolates features several luxury-wrapped pieces of chocolate as the primary symbols.

To preview the game, BTG’s Robinson did a live webinar with Microgaming’s Commercial Director Leon Thomas. It seems it is only a window into the new partnership and its possibilities.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

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