Microgaming Poker Network Set to Shut Down After More Than 16 YearsPublished September 23, 2019 by Ivan P
MPN, one of the biggest online poker networks around, will be shutting down in 2020 as Microgaming seeks to change its strategy and take a new approach to online poker.
Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), one of the biggest and best-known networks of online poker operators, will be shutting down in 2020 after more than 16 years. The news was revealed in the company's press release, citing strategic business reasons as the reason for the closure.
New Approach to Online Poker
According to Joe Coleman, Microgaming CEO, the decision was reached after an extensive internal review of company's software portfolio. The review determined that the network model, which worked well for Microgaming in the past, no longer fits its strategic vision for the future.
Although it seems the MPN has run its course, this is by no means the end of poker at Microgaming. According to the PR, the company will be looking to take a different approach that follows a new vision, the details of which will be revealed in due course.
No Abrupt Changes
The company decided to announce its decision well ahead of time so that players have enough time to prepare for the closure. In the coming weeks, there will be no changes and players will still have access to all tournaments, cash games, and promotions available across various poker operators in the network.
After catering to players for over 16 years, the closure of MPN is definitely a big news for the online poker community nonetheless. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact the decision will have on the overall poker economy and how individual operators currently within the network will adjust to this change.
As for Microgaming, the PR underlines their vision to provide players with the ultimate gaming content and this move is directed towards achieving that particular goal. Currently, there are no details as to what the company plans to do after disbanding the network but they will keep everyone updated via their press releases and the MPN blog so more we should have more information on that front in the coming months.