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Microgaming earns a Guinness World Record

Jon Heywood - Mega Moolah Jackpot Winner
Jon Heywood with the win that made him
a millionaire and Microgaming a
Guinness World Record Holder

It’s official! The Guinness Book of World Records has added software giant Microgaming to its list of record holders for awarding the world’s largest jackpot payout in an online slot.

This accolade comes after UK player Jon Heywood hit the Mega Moolah Slot Jackpot which stood at a massive £13,213,838.68 (€17,879,645.12) off a simple 25p wager. In Microgaming style, Heywood received the multi-million pound payout in a single lump sum, changing his life forever.

The win took place at Betway Online Casino and once the approval process with proof of the win being submitted by both Betway and Microgaming was complete and ratified by industry watchdog eCogra, Guinness World Record added the software giant to its list of recipients. Of course, Microgaming is sharing the achievement with both Betway Casino and the winner, Jon Heywood.

The win has been confirmed by a Guinness World Record spokesperson and CEO of Microgaming Roger Raatgever commented that not only was the company overjoyed at hearing about Heywood’s win, but also about the fact that the money would go to help Heywood’s father who is in serious need of medical care, requiring an organ transplant.

Now in addition to the heart-warming story, the company has achieved yet another award in its long list of accolades, and receiving a Guinness World Record title is a special and proud moment for Microgaming. Raatgever added that the record cemented the company’s position in providing the largest and most excising progressive jackpot network online, and that the staff at Microgaming couldn’t wait to hand the certificate in their office reception.

Not only is the Guinness World Record acknowledgement a great achievement for Microgaming, it is also a good sign for the online casino industry as a whole, which has come from obscurity and is now being recognised by the world as a legitimate form of entertainment in just two decades.

Skill-based Slots to Change the Face of Gambling

Skill based slots
A look at what’s to come in skills-based slots
Global Gaming Expo Las Vegas

A new generation of slot machines are on the horizon – games that blend elements of skill with chance and promise to give Las Vegas Casinos a boost in the year to come. These new slots will not only be considerably different to the one-armed bandits of yester year, but will also have the potential for different payouts altogether, offering a way for casinos to appeal to an entirely new generation of players, namely the millennials (those currently under 35).

As most people know, slots are a critical factor to online casinos the world over, with the exception of Macau where slots play contributes a mere 5% to Macau casinos revenue, with 95% stemming from table games like Baccarat. In the US however, slots play accounts for more than half of Nevada’s $11.02 billion in casino revenue.

It is anticipated that the new generation of skill-based slots will make their appearance on the floors of Las Vegas casinos as early as the beginning of 2016. This is largely attributed to the fact that Nevada is the first U.S state that is working towards establishing technical standards to ensure that the new skill-based machines are fair and provide accurate payouts. By all accounts, MGM resorts, the biggest Las Vegas casino operator will be the first to offer these games.

With the focus shifting towards skill based games, gaming manufacturers like Scientific Games and Game Technology, currently the two largest slots manufacturers are now including skill based versions of games in their offerings.

How do skill-based slots differ from regular machines?

At present the results after the spinning of the reels on your favourite slot machine are purely dictated by chance. A random number generator with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of outcomes is set in motion and the outcomes are truly random. There may seem to be elements in the game where you can control the outcome – for example when you are asked to pick X of Y in a bonus game, but ultimately you hold no influence over the game and results are always mere chance.

Skill based games on the other hand will require a certain level of skill on the player’s part in order to influence the outcome of the game favourably – this could mean that they are required to answer trivia questions relating to sports, pop culture or even academic pursuits.

Another idea to appeal to the Millennial generation is to offer skill-based slots based on classic video games like Space Invaders, where within the game points are awarded for the number of enemy spaceships destroyed. Themes like this being integrated into slots could open up an entirely new field for video game producers like Electronic Arts and Sony.

In addition, players will also be able to compete against one another individually or in teams rather than gambling as a solitary pursuit. According to Bryan Kelly, Senior Vice President of Scientific Games, the social and strategy based aspect of games are a key feature when appealing to Millennials.

What this does mean is that we’ll see an entirely new, completely different generation of games creeping onto the casino floor, changing the way we gamble forever.

Social, Smartphone Gaming Integration

Game manufacturers also foresee using technology such as smartphones and tablet devices as part of the game integration, allowing people to use their devices during play. Other games will offer built-in devices that allow multi-player tournaments for friends around a single table. Test models of the latter are already found in some Las Vegas casinos.

According to analysts there is a great deal of buzz and excitement surrounding skill based gambling, but it is yet to be seen as to whether this buzz will translate into casino revenue. We’re betting that it will…how about you?