Best of 2012: Best Piece of Casino NewsPublished December 19, 2012 by OCR Editor
Good news, bad news. Making headlines.
2012 has been one heck of a year for the online casino industry and many headlines had readers, players, gamblers, and many others reading all of the top stories. There were some news articles that stood out more than others and have been crowned the Best of 2012. Here is a quick look at the stories that made the grade.
Software Developer Giants Microgaming and Playtech unveil new goods in Italy
There are some names synonymous with online gaming and new gaming software; Microgaming and Playtech are just that. This story hit the net with good news for Italian players and with good reason, Microgaming and Playtech have both released new gaming software in their country. Playtech has become the first software developer to receive a license for slot and progressive games in Italy and Microgaming has had a very successful Poker Network in the country as well. Italian players will be better off by having these two mega-developers in the mix and only good things will come from the move to Italy.
Biggest jackpots of the year
2012 saw a number of jackpots being won by some lucky players around the world. Jackpots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars/euros/pounds are won regularly at online casinos but a few of these jackpots reached millions this year.
The month of December was incredibly lucky for a player using Mega-Moolah progressive jackpot who took home a £5.8 million jackpot which is not a odd feat for the Microgaming network. The Hall of Gods Slot also created a new millionaire in Norway giving 7.3 million euros to one lucky man playing at Betsson Casino. Earlier this year a $8,211,488 jackpot was won at Betfred Casino on the Beach Life Progressive Slot. And rounding up the 2012 Best of highlights was a £973,400 jackpot won by a player who wagered a mere 25p; proof that big money can come from the smallest bet.
Mobile Casino tech just got better
Whether you use an iPhone, Android device, iPad, or other tablet, chances are that there is a chance that you can play all of your favorite games on mobile. A major development in mobile technology has changed the way we will think about what is possible on mobile.
HTML 5 released for mobile - Structured content on the web is presented in HTML. HTML 5 technology is a new breakthrough for the top online casinos that offer a mobile version of their casino. Basically, HTML 5 will allow online casinos to scale down their software and present it on the smaller more compact size for smartphones and tablets. The HD quality offered by such devices will only add to the experience and this is great news for players because all of their favorite games will be on mobile.
Themed Slots have taken over
This year was taken over by themed slot games. Almost every week a new themed-slot was released and players loved them. Some of the best new games of the year are themed-slots in the image of some of the best and most loved characters of all time.
One of the most played slots of the year was Microgaming's The Dark Knight which can be found at All Slots Casino as well as other top operators. The game has 5 paylines and 243 ways to win and also has 4 progressive jackpots to boot. How great is this game? Well the Mega Jackpot only starts at 1,000,000.00 so there is really nothing else to say.
In addition to games like The Dark Knight was the release of an entire series of Marvel-themed games by Playtech. Many of the best of Stan Lee's greatest characters of all time including Elektra, The Hulk, Iron Man 2, The Punisher, The Amazing Spiderman, and the X-Men all had new releases over the last 12 months. These games have seen literally thousands of players use them for there chance at winning it big, and the graphics, game-play, and HD quality did not disappoint.