October 29, 2015

Provider: Microgaming

Live Casino Software from Microgaming

Ask any online gaming enthusiast to list three of the best software providers for online casino gaming and Microgaming Software Systems Ltd – or simply Microgaming – will surely make that list. We are talking here, about the pioneers of online casino gaming. In fact, the people behind the software giant don’t mince their words, stating through their official website that they “were there when it all began, creating the world’s first true online casino in 1994.”

Microgaming is a casino software titan with no less than 21 years of experience and counting. Among the software provider’s notable differentiating factors is its extraordinary game variety, with Microgaming casinos typically offering their patrons more than 800 casino games. It’s also particularly known for its wide-ranging Slots offering, having been the first software provider to launch a wide area progressive jackpot in the late 1990s, having developed the first online jackpot to pay out more than $1,000,000 offering over 200 mobile (HTML5) casino games, and having been a founding member of eCogra and the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), bellwethers of transparency and fair play in the online gaming industry.

But here at mrlive.com, we are primarily concerned with Microgaming’s live dealer offering, which unlike its regular online casino software, cannot claim forerunner status. In fact, considering the software provider’s size, as well as its tendency towards perpetual innovation, Microgaming was a relative latecomer to the live scene, launching its first live dealer game (Live Baccarat) twelve years into the company’s life cycle in 2006. Since then however, the software provider has expanded its live games offering to include Live European Roulette, Live Casino Hold’em and Live Blackjack, becoming a forerunner in the live scene too.

Live Casino Microgaming

Microgaming’s live dealer platform offers the latest technologies in terms of video and audio streaming. Like this, the software giant is able to provide multiple live games in different windows simultaneously, while maintaining their standard high quality graphics and audio in each window. Live games are streamed in multiple languages from Microgaming’s purposely built studios located in Canada, the Philippines and Argentina. This not only attracts players with different nationalities, but it also entices casinos holding licenses from different jurisdictions.

Microgaming’s live dealers are courteous, knowledgeable and highly professional. They are also stunning and especially welcoming, thereby contributing to that real casino feel. The live interface offered by Microgaming is second to none. The standard, crucial information, such as game rules and hand history are easily visible and accessible, and gameplay is never interrupted. For each of its live games, Microgaming provides a virtual interface with auto-bet functionality.

As stated, Microgaming’s live portfolio consist of four timeless classics. These are Live Baccarat, Live Casino Hold’em, Live Blackjack and Live European Roulette. The software provider offers a variety of tables pertaining to each of these live games, with different stakes being tied to each. It also offers some interesting side bets in its Live Baccarat variant and a highly innovative ‘bet behind’ facility for Blackjack devotees. This latter facility allows players awaiting a seat to participate in the betting through another (sitting) player’s hand. Even though they may not be able to partake in determining the outcome of each hand, players may still get a taste of the action on another’s coattails. Another interesting feature within Microgaming’s live dealer suite is the seat notification facility, which alerts players waiting to play of any free seat at a live table. Additionally, Microgaming’s Live Roulette and Live Baccarat are available in both single- and multi-player versions.

Launched in 2013, the fully branded Playboy Live Casino was Microgaming’s way of innovating and establishing itself as a forerunner within the live scene. The Playboy Live Casino features dealers dressed in Playboy Bunny attire and sports the Playboy logo on tables, cards and everything else, including the studio backdrops. It was the first fully branded live casino online. As you can see in this teaser video, playboy live casino is not something you can miss!

As of September 2015, Microgaming signed a strategic deal with Evolution Gaming, which would see the latter become the favoured provider of Live Casino services to Microgaming’s European-based clients, a move likely spurred by  an identical move by Betway, Microgaming’s principal competitor.

Microgaming’s live gaming platform is used by more than 100 brands for good reason; it is operated using the latest technologies, offers a variety of exclusive, innovative features, sports some of the best dealers in the business and enjoys a sterling reputation for safety and security, having obtained eCogra certification in 2008. It is also playable on multiple devices, including desktop and mobile, and with the software titan’s penchant for innovation and modernisation, it is safe to assume that the platform is not only here to stay, but will stay at the forefront of the live dealer online gaming scene for years to come.