Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

IGA 2016 Crowns Microgaming as Innovator of the Year

The International Gaming Awards, the 2016 edition, have given the award for Innovator of the Year to Microgaming. This edition of IGA has taken place in London, at Savoy Hotel. It’s the 9th edition of IGA, and it could be a sign of great things to come, for the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming edition.

Microgaming was always an innovator, and they actually were the first to design a software for online casinos, doing this way back in 1994, at the beginnings of this industry. They were also the ones to create the first software for a mobile casino, in 2004, and in 2014 they offered the first smartwatch based online slot machine. They also innovated recently with apps for augmented or virtual reality, they created Thunderstruck for Android Wear, plus they did some work on sports-betting in-play, for users of Google Glass.

Those weren’t the ones that got Microgaming the award though. It was the VR Roulette that Microgaming created, and which was quite popular at the ceremony which took place on February 1st. The game makes use of the DK2 version of the Oculus Rift, and it uses a controller called Leap Motion 3D. VR Roulette keeps track of the way the hands of the player move, after which it projects them in the 3D world. The same prototype that got Microgaming the award at IGA, was also responsible for the one obtained in September 2015, at Global Gaming Awards. These days, you can check it out if you visit ICE 2016.

Roger Raatgeber, the Microgaming CEO, was quite excited about the start they got at ICE, and about the recognition that their R&D team has gotten with this award. He went on to praise them for the way they push boundaries, for the software solutions they’ve created and for how their work shapes how online gaming will be used in the future.

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