Microgaming Breaks New Record With Optibet Mega Moolah Jackpot Win
Developer Microgaming has broken a new record for its latest Mega Moolah jackpot win.
On August 6, 2021, an anonymous player registered with Optibet triggered a gigantic jackpot prize of €7,231,507.69, three months after another customer registered with the same Enlabs-owned casino website triggered a €6.5 million win.
Like with all other Microgaming jackpot wins, the giant €7,000,000 progressive jackpot win will be paid as a lump sum rather than in instalments. The winning player is the 101st to be made an instant millionaire on the network to date, with the classic Microgaming Mega Moolah jackpot slot having paid out a record-breaking €19.4 million since April 2021.
John Coleman, the CEO at Microgaming, said in a statement: “Huge congratulations to the winning player – we’re used to seeing massive jackpots drop on Mega Moolah, and €7.2 million is a fantastic amount to win. Well done to Optibet for claiming a second consecutive Mega jackpot on our network.”
Chris Davis, the CPO at Enlabs, added: “We were delighted when Mega Moolah dropped at Optibet the first time, but for it to happen a second time a matter of weeks later is remarkable. I am certain that both existing and new Optibet customers will appreciate that this situation can only be attributed to the luck of the brand.”
The Mega Moolah jackpot win comes after a Belgian customer registered with Napoleon Sports & Casino won a whopping €19,430,723 jackpot win on the Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah jackpot slot in April, and after a second Belgian Napoleon Sports & Casino won a €2,025,388 on Microgaming’s Sherlock & Moriarty WowPot jackpot slot in the same month.
SkillOnNet Announces New Agreement With Genting Casino
Meanwhile, leading casino platform provider SkillOnNet has announced a partnership with Genting Casino, which sees Genting’s GentingCasino.com launch on the SkillOnNet platform by operator Prime Gaming, whose brands are all available with SkillOnNet.
Prime Gaming and SkillOnNet both operate a slew of online casino brands, including Mega Casino, ICE 36, PlayOJO, Slingo.com, and more. On SkillOnNet’s operating platform, GentingCasino.com will provide players with over 3,000 casino games, including video slots, table games, video bingo, instant-win titles, and live casino content too.
What’s more, the GentingCasino.com website will also accept most major payment methods and, like all other SkillOnNet websites, provide customers with a range of promotions, including a generous welcome bonus and Daily Picks bonuses.
Jack Davies of Prime Gaming said in a statement to CasinoBeats: “Genting is a household name and we are delighted to be launching with Genting Casino via the SkillOnNet network. This is the absolute best platform for an online casino and we believe it will enable us to unlock the full potential of this new Genting brand.”
Maor Nutkevitch of SkillOnNet added: “The launch of Genting Casino on the SkillOnNet network aligns with our strategy of taking well-known brands and products with untapped potential and using our experience and expertise to turn them into market-leading online casinos.
“We have worked with Prime Gaming on similar projects in the past, in particular the launch of Slingo.com, and have enjoyed incredible success. I believe we will be able to replicate this with Genting Casino by once again elevating the player experience.”
Game Developer Red Rake Gaming Partners With BlueOcean Gaming
Meanwhile, game developer Red Rake Gaming has announced a partnership with BlueOcean Gaming, under which Red Rake has launched its entire portfolio with the latter’s GameHub aggregator platform.
Now, Red Rake Gaming’s catalogue of over 50 games has been made available with all of BlueOcean Gaming’s GameHub operator partners. This includes titles like Mysteries Of Egypt, Eastern Goddesses, Mother Of Horus, The Asp Of Cleopatra, Secrets Of The Temple, 1st Of The Irish, and plenty more too.
The agreement helps expand Red Rake Gaming’s player reach worldwide, allowing casino customers to access the studio’s high-quality video slots, table games, video bingo titles, and more. In addition, customers will be given access to the studio’s in-game features and unique promotional tools to drive player engagement and boost retention.
Dejan Jović, the CEO at BlueOcean Gaming, said in a statement: “At BlueOcean Gaming, we are always delighted to start collaborating with new game providers to keep our offer interesting and up to date. Adding high-quality Red Rake Games to our existing portfolio is definitely great news. With their innovative approach, max level of engagement, and reliability we will be able to provide our clients with exciting new content.”
Nick Barr, the Managing Director at Red Rake Gaming Malta, added: “We are delighted to be working with BlueOcean Gaming, who have forged their aggregation offering to become one of the most extensive in the marketplace. The partnership will allow Red Rake Gaming to continue to increase its market share across BlueOcean’s key markets and further enhance their clients offering with our feature-rich content.”
Betting Shops Are The Best At Age Verification Tests
A brand new study from independent analyst firm Serve Legal has revealed that betting shops are the best at completing ID verification to prevent underage customers from gambling.
The firm’s study saw Serve Legal carry out “secret shopper” tests to check whether staff at betting shops, supermarkets, and petrol stations completed ID verification. The firm found that 90% of the betting shops included in the study passed verification checks, while only 77% of supermarkets and 76% of petrol stations did.
According to Serve Legal, only 67% of betting shops passed verification checks when they were first introduced. The increase in the number of betting shops completing verification checks reflects the gambling industry’s tougher stance on preventing underage gambling.
Michael Dugher, the Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), praised the news in a statement, saying: “Regulated BGC members have a zero-tolerance approach to under-18s betting and I am delighted to see that the age verification systems in place in betting shops are robust. By any measure, age verification standards have improved since they were first introduced and once again betting shops are leading the retail sector in terms of compliance.
“I want to pay tribute to betting shop staff who, like other retailers, have endured a very challenging year of closures, restrictions and fast-changing Covid-19 guidance. Despite those pressures, they have remained absolutely focussed on ensuring the safety of customers and the protection of young people.”
Dugher continued: “The work we are doing in betting shops is also mirrored in the actions we are taking online, including new tools to prevent under-18s seeing betting adverts and new age verification checks on digital platforms such as YouTube. There’s more to be done and we encourage social media platforms to do more. We also need to ensure that customers continue to stay in the regulated industry – and not gamble with the unsafe, unregulated black market, where there are no checks or protections.
“Meanwhile, the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, funded by £10 million from BGC members and delivered by YGAM and GamCare, continues to make impressive inroads, reaching half a million young people in the first six months of this year. I am proud of the progress we are making in betting shops, online and in casinos. I am absolutely determined – as our members are – that we build on these achievements and continue to do more to protect young people.”
Pragmatic Play Boosts Presence In Brazil And Germany With New Agreements
Meanwhile, leading game developer Pragmatic Play has boosted its presence in both Brazil and Germany after striking new content agreements with StarGames and Loto Giro.
Under Pragmatic Play’s agreement with StarGames, the game developer has launched its video slots with Greentube’s StarGames casino. Games including Great Rhino MegaWays, Wolf Gold, Sweet Bonanza, Mustang Gold, Rise Of Giza PowerNudge, Buffalo King MegaWays, and more have all launched with the online casino.
Lena Yasir, the Vice President of Malta Operations at Pragmatic Play, said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be live with a top-tier operator brand like StarGames, as the deal marks another significant milestone in the development of our presence in regulated markets, particularly in such an important new one, such as Germany. It’s exciting times in the industry, with a major market becoming available for us to have an influence in and we couldn’t have picked a better partner to do it with.”
László Pados, the Brand Manager at StarGames, added: “Having the opportunity to include Pragmatic Play’s prestigious collection of games in our content library is a very exciting prospect for us. Our players now have their playing options expanded by some of the best games currently available and we are sure that StarGames customers will welcome this addition.
“Pragmatic Play is renowned for the consistent production of some of the industry’s most innovative and high-quality games, and their addition has perfectly complemented our portfolio of classic and new slots from NOVOLINE and Greentube.”
Similarly, Pragmatic Play’s agreement with Loto Giro in Brazil sees the studio’s video slots, virtual sports content, and live titles like Mega Wheel and blackjack launch with the gambling website.
Victor Arias, the Vice President of Latin American Operations at Pragmatic Play, said in a statement: “We’ve focused hard on bringing multiple verticals to operators in Latin America and we’re delighted to take three of our product ranges live with Loto Giro across Brazil. Growing our footprint in Latin America has been a major commercial focus for us and we look forward to further expansion in the near future.”
Edson Mendonça, the CEO of Loto Giro, added: “Adding premium content to our platform is something we’re keen to always do and partnering with Pragmatic Play allows us to add three leading verticals with one swift integration. We’re very excited to be able to offer such immersive content to our players and can’t wait to see this partnership achieve its full potential.”
The agreements help expand Pragmatic Play’s presence in Germany and Brazil while also building on StarGames and Loto Giro’s already expansive portfolio of casino games.