If you’re an avid online pokies fan, there’s no way you haven’t come across either Microgaming or NetEnt. It’s 2018 and these two online casino software giants are still battling it out. Let’s take a look at why these two pokies makers remain on top of their game, unchallenged by other providers. Additionally, let’s take a look at some of the things both developers have planned for 2018.
Microgaming—Then and Now
Did you know Microgaming brought casino to the internet? They were in fact, the very first online casino software providers in 1994. That’s nearly a quarter of a century of pioneering casino gaming. And even after almost 25 years of this, they’re still literally top of the game.
What makes them popular?
It’s a combination of things. Their online pokies games probably have the most diverse selection of themes compared to other game providers. Along with classic, simple fruit pokies, they’ve got a stellar collection of branded pokies that cover, bands, tv shows, films and more pop culture material. They also had the first progressive pokies game, Mega Moolah, and their jackpot games continue to change lives to this day. Mega Moolah holds the Guinness world record for the largest progressive jackpot, €17,879,645.12 ever paid out in an online casino.
You just have to try their games out for yourselves if you haven’t been lucky enough to play them yet. We recommend Moby Dick pokie, Highlander pokie and King Tusk pokie as some of their most recent additions.
Microgaming’s strategy for 2018 is to partner with smaller boutique game brands and outsource new content from them. The purpose behind this is to make their game selection more varied and dynamic. The first collaboration with Triple Edge Studios has been a massive hit with their Playboy Gold pokie proving very popular with fans.
NetEnt –Then and Now
NetEnt, the Swedish gaming superstars have been going since 1996. Other was time that this famous Swedish software company went under the moniker, Net Entertainment, but it’s a testament to their popularity that now they’re known affectionately by their nickname NetEnt. Once again, what is it that makes these guys so special? It’s the perfect blend of ingredients listed below.
What Makes NetEnt Popular
Firstly, NetEnt online pokie games are some of the most beautifully designed pokies ever to grace a screen. Their high definition graphics are nothing short of spectacular and you can be sure gameplay will be seamless.
Progressive Jackpot games play a similar role in NetEnt’s repertoire. They’ve made countless millionaires with both their Hall of Gods and their Mega Fortune pokie. We recommend some of their most recent titles; Finn and the Swirly Spin pokie, Planet of the Apes pokie and Cluster Pays.
NetEnt have big plans for 2018, as well as releasing a VR version of their popular pokie game Gonzo’s Quest, they have plenty of branded pokie titles on the horizon like Jumanji and the popular TV programs Narcos and Vikings. They’re also expanding their games portfolio in the direction of a customized multi-table live casino concept. This new technology will initially be available in collaboration with Mr Green.
What do you think? Are you a Microgaming master or more of a NetEnt nut? Or do you find them both a bit overrated and prefer smaller brands? Which pokies game is your favourite? We can wax lyrical all we like, but most of you already have a favourite, either way you have plenty to choose from, so get playing.