When it comes to gaming platforms, Microgaming is the big dog, the OG, the old man, and the one to beat. Founded in 1994, the company has steadily improved online game play and introduced gaming innovations like live dealer games and a proprietary poker room network.
Through the years, Microgaming has established itself as a serious powerhouse in the gaming industry. And while it’s the software behind hundreds of gaming sites across the planet, many affiliate partners and gaming enthusiasts still aren’t clear on the advantages and disadvantages of playing on Microgaming sites.
So let’s take a look at ups and downs of this ubiquitous gaming platform to find out the truth about Microgaming.
Microgaming Innovation Matters
Software providers don’t stay in business for 17 years unless they stay on the cutting edge. One of the reasons Microgaming has been around so long is that they are continually innovating; constantly adding new games and features.
One of the company’s biggest strengths is its network of online poker rooms. This allows players, and casinos, to field enough live players for a real poker game at almost anytime of the day or night. This can occasionally cause trouble for players in countries where gaming regulations are in flux, like Spain.
Microgaming is also well regarded in the iGaming industry for high quality graphics on their games. Many of their offerings come in standard and high definition gold versions. This commitment to high end graphics is part of the reason the company paved the way for the live dealer games that have become so popular lately.
Variety of Games
Gamblers are creatures of habit, but they need things to be shaken up form time to time. That’s why Microgaming offers a huge variety of games for their platform. Currently there are over 200 different games offered to players at Microgaming sites.
Blackjack has been a Microgaming specialty since the beginning and has over 40 versions of that game alone. Players can select tables based on the number decks, amongst other factors.
Not So Great Factors
Oddly enough, most of the disadvantages of playing, and running, Microgaming software are centered on the Viper software engine on which it runs. Viper is the heart and soul of the company, but as it good as it is, it does come with a few limitations.
A regular complaint about Microgaming products on player forums is that its incredibly memory intensive and can take a long time to load. While that’s a fair complaint, it’s also to be expected when higher quality graphics are in play.
If you’re using a Mac, there’s a good chance that you’ve never even heard of Microgaming. The famously finicky Steve Jobs did not have room in his heart for Flash and had it banished from all his products. (But iPhones are notoriously gaming unfriendly anways.) Macintosh users are, generally, unable to Microgaming products at all.
There are plenty of options when it comes to selecting a gaming platform for your casino site, or casino play so knowing as much as you can about each one is important.
Microgaming has established itself as industry leader that provides a large number of high quality gaming options to its customers.
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