July 20, 2010 (CAP PR Wire) — Microgaming (www.microgaming.com), the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, and the power behind Prima Networks Limited -  (www.primanetworks.eu) its European distributor, has announced that following their operator’s submission, 888 Malta Limited (‘888’) has been successfully granted a license from the French regulator of the French online gambling market, ARJEL.

This announcement comes in the wake of the recently announced joint venture between 888 and Prima Networks, in conjunction with Microgaming; which will see both as industry leaders in their fields, combining their expertise and knowledge to deliver a Poker solution to this newly regulated market.

Roger Raatgever, CEO at Microgaming said: “Today’s announcement represents an important step in the development of the industry and marks the start of European regulated companies, collaborating in the online sphere to increase their competitiveness. Microgaming’s partnership with Prima Networks and its joint venture with 888, will allow us to combine our wealth of knowledge and experience with a leading operator, to bring the highest global standards to local markets. We are very optimistic that this new French Poker Network will enjoy huge levels of success in this new market.”

ARJEL have also granted a license to La Société Française des Jeux sur Internet (SFJI); the second operator scheduled to launch on new the network. SFJI was established in May of this year by 40 independent land based casinos in France to launch a Poker offering.

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About Microgaming (www.microgaming.com)
Since the company developed the first true online Casino software over a decade ago, it has led the industry in providing innovative, reliable gaming solutions. Thanks to an unrivalled R&D programme, that averages 60 games per year and a unique ‘partnership’ approach to working with operators;

Microgaming software powers over 160 market-leading online gaming sites.

The company’s front and back-end software supports multi-player, multi-language games – over 450 of them, all uniquely branded and provides platforms for land-based and wireless gaming.  Microgaming powers the world’s largest Progressive Jackpot Network and has paid out over €265million. In May 2009 it created the biggest ever online jackpot winner with a single payment win of €6.37m.

As a founding member of eCOGRA, Microgaming is at the forefront of an initiative focused on setting the highest standards in the gaming industry, and leads in the areas of fair gaming, responsible operator conduct and player protection.  Microgaming has been awarded eCOGRA’s Certified Software Seal following a rigorous onsite assessment to ensure that the development, implementation and maintenance of the software is representative of industry best practice standards Microgaming licensees are therefore eligible to apply for the eCOGRA Safe & Fair Seal.

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