The world’s leading online poker room just made major progress in becoming a top-tier online casino, courtesy of a recently signed content agreement with major software designer Microgaming.
While the PokerStars platform has been predominately known for its namesake game since launching in 2001, newly installed parent company Amaya expanded with an online casino component in late 2014.
In the interim, PokerStars Casino was powered by a patchwork of games and services from various software providers, including Net Entertainment, Evolution Gaming, and its own proprietary products.
But with the new deal, which was announced on February 6, now in place, PokerStars Casino will have access to Microgaming’s cutting edge Quickfire platform.
Client sites utilizing Quickfire are capable of spreading more than 400 unique casino games and variants – ranging from traditional table games like blackjack and roulette and their modern offshoots, to other offerings like video poker, slot machines, keno, and bingo.
In a joint statement announcing the arrangement, PokerStars’ chief operating officer Guy Templer praised both Microgaming and its Quickfire product line:
“Microgaming needs no introduction. Their expertise in building industry leading slot games is second to none. PokerStars Casino customers will be able to play the best content that Microgaming’s Quickfire platform has to offer. This includes top hit slot games, massive brands and huge jackpot games.
We have no doubt that Microgaming’s games will be very well received by our players and they will consolidate our position as the world’s fastest-growing online casino.”
Andrew Clucas, who serves as the director of Quickfire operations at Microgaming, offered similar sentiments, while pointing to the natural symmetry between the two Isle of Man-based iGaming giants:
“Signing a major industry name like PokerStars is always exciting for the Quickfire team and wider Microgaming business. With their offices only a stone throw away from ours, it’s great to be working closely with PokerStars through a content agreement that will bring our range of games to their millions of players across the globe.”
One of Quickfire’s major points of appeal for online casino fans, and especially virtual slot machine enthusiasts, is the platform’s ever-growing collection of top titles. Thanks to exclusive licensing agreements with major media outlets, Microgaming’s client casinos offer pop culture oriented slot games like Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Hitman, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Hellboy.
All told, players on PokerStars Casino will soon enjoy access to several hundred virtual slot designs – many of which are linked to the world’s largest online progressive jackpot network.
Another of Quickfire’s selling points which would seem to fit perfectly with PokerStars’ global presence is the ability to offer lobby interfaces and other features in 20 different languages and multiple forms of currency.
The deal between PokerStars and Microgaming has been lauded as a natural fit by industry experts for several reasons. With both companies sharing headquarters on the Isle of Man, physical proximity should limit any logistical issues. And as the first online wagering software firm, having launched its first fully functional online casino in 1994, Microgaming has actually been in existence before PokerStars arrived on the scene.
Per the press release, players can expect to find Microgaming’s Quickfire platform to be fully integrated with PokerStars Casino in “early summer 2017.”