Microgaming and Friends
Microgaming is perhaps an online casino software company like no other. They have been around since 1994, making them the longest-established gambling-related company online. They were initially founded to create online casinos. Still, such was the success of their early games (and in particular their first progressive jackpot slots) that Microgaming chose to concentrate on making casino games and slots instead. This Isle of Man-based company has been at the forefront of online casino play ever since.
The days though when Microgaming made their casino and slots games are long behind them though, or so it seems. You may have just read that and thought “but I saw new Microgaming games just the other day!” – and you might have thought you have, but in reality, you haven’t! If you believe that’s confusing, then please read on!
If you want to get ahead in life, get in with Microgaming!
Microgaming is no doubt the kings of making deals with their rival companies. These types of agreements are widespread throughout the online casino realm. For example, Red Tiger releases its games now via NetEnt, and Quickspin has a similar arrangement with Playtech. Microgaming is the number one though in these kinds of structures.
You may be asking what’s the point or purpose of these deals is. Well, in the Quickspin/Playtech arrangement, for example, a new online casino may approach the larger company Playtech to use Playtech’s titles on their site. They may not be so willing to approach a much smaller company like Quickspin. This may be good news for Playtech, but it’s not such good news for Quickspin.
So, because of the deal between Quickspin and Playtech, when an online casino signs up with Playtech for their games, they automatically get games by Quickspin too. This is good news for the online casino as they have more games, it’s good news for Quickspin as more people will be playing their games, and its good news for Playtech as a percentage of the money that would have gone straight to Quickspin now goes to them, as part of the licensing arrangement.
A deal with a larger software providing company can be invaluable to a smaller one.
Life as a smaller software provider can be challenging. Most online casinos want the biggest, best and most popular games, so they automatically go to the likes of NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech and Novomatic to fill their gaming options. If you are a small company, then it doesn’t matter how good your games are if nobody is playing them!
Therefore, smaller companies are always willing to at least listen to deals offered by their bigger brothers, and Microgaming is perhaps the biggest brother of all. At the time of writing, Microgaming has dealt with all of the following fellow online wagering software companies:
Alchemy Gaming – Neon Valley Studios – Gameburger Studios – Pulse 8 Studios – All41Studios – Switch Studios – Fortune Factory Studios – Sling Shot Studios – Stormcraft Studios – Triple Edge Studios
Here are some quick profiles about each of these independent studios:
An independent studio that only makes games for Microgaming and nobody else. Very little is known about Alchemy Gaming, other than that a team of gaming enthusiasts founded them. Games: Wheel of Wishes, Goldaur Guardians.
Neon Valley Studios
Neon Valley Studios claim to be based in Las Vegas, but that might be flim-flam. All (okay, both) of their games can only be found at online casinos with agreements with Microgaming. Games: Noble Sky, Age of Conquest.
Another online studio about which very little is known (you will be noticing a trend by now), Gameburger Studios was created in 2019 and swiftly signed up for the Microgaming network, and were tasked with re-working the classic Microgaming title Break da Bank. Games: 11 Champions, 9 Pots of Gold, Playboy Fortunes, 9 Masks of Fire, Break da Bank Again Respin.
Pulse 8 Studios
There is plenty to tell you about Pulse 8 Studios. I was only joking! Another company without a long tradition of making online slots, Pulse 8 Studios was created in 2019. Games: Relic Seekers, Treasures of Lion City, Lucky Twins Jackpot.
Hoorah! We can tell you something interesting about All41 Studios! They are from Estonia! Another company that has only been around since 2019. Games: Book of Atem WonPot!, Mayan Eagle Nobelways, All Win FC, Electric Avenue, Arena of Gold, Book of Atem, Lock a Luck, Magic of Sahara, Le Kaffee Bar.
A UK based company, Switch Studios employs around 30 people and has its HQ in Ipswich, which is about one hour’s drive east of London. Games: Vegas Strip Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack, Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, American Roulette and Roulette.
Fortune Factory Studios
One of the most extended established Microgaming partners, Fortune Factory, has been around since 2013! This company is based in Escondido in California in the USA. Games: Tiki Mania, Long Mu Fortunes, Village People Macho Moves, Romanov Riches, Showdown Saloon, Holly Jolly Penguins.
Sling Shot Studios
Another on the list about which very little is known, other than they have been around since 2016. Games: Banana Odyssey, A Dark Matter, Zombie Hoard and Cash of Kingdoms.
One of the more prominent names on this list, Stormcraft Studios have been around since 2017 and are based in Durban, South Africa. They are mainly tasked with reskinning and improving original Microgaming titles. Games: Break Away Lucky Wilds, Wild Catch, Football Star Deluxe, Jungle Jim and The Lost Sphinx, Break Away Deluxe, Dragon Shard, Agent Jane Blonde Returns, Fortunium.
Triple Edge Studios
Another relatively new company about which little is known. Games: Sisters of Oz, Diamond Inferno, Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad, Attack on Retro, African Quest.
One thing is exact – if you are a new, up and coming software company that wants to get noticed by Microgaming, then make sure you call your company ‘[insert name here] Studios’!
Microgaming intends to partner with more new independent studios, mainly it seems so they can keep up a steady stream of quality online pokies. Keep an eye out for the next fledgeling company to be taken under Microgaming’s wing, and for their slots and casino games to suddenly appear at hundreds of online casinos.
19 Sep. 2020, by Ari Waknine