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Microgaming Poker Network to Shut Down in 2020

Tags: Microgaming, Microgaming Poker Network, MPN.
Posted on 30 September 2019 by "T".

On Friday, September 20, well-known online gaming software provider Microgaming has announced that it has come to a decision to shut down in 2020 the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), one of the first and most popular online poker operators.

According to the press release on their site, Microgaming officials stated that since the online poker network is no longer viable, then it will be closed down come next year. There was no specific date revealed regarding the closure of the network, but it is expected to happen during the second quarter of 2020.

This difficult decision to take down the online poker network has come after the company did an extensive review of its online poker product strategy and portfolio, which turned out that MPN no longer fits the company's poker growth strategy. But still, thanks to its existence for over 16 years now, the poker network has been deemed on of the biggest contributors to the prosperity and growth of online poker.

Active players who have been playing on the poker network shall still be able to access their services, up until it will be officially closed down. In the press release, it said, "In the run-up to the network closure, which will be fully detailed on the MPN blog in the coming weeks, access to online tournaments, promotions and cash games will remain available to player."

Bot Issue
The announcement to shut down MPN comes briefly after the company released some information concerning bot activity. Bots have been wreaking significant havoc in the online poker world and it's causing a great deal of time, effort and precious resources for operators to deal with them. MPN has discovered a large quantity of bots on their side, and this discovery alone during the extensive review may have been enough for officials to decide that the poker network is no longer viable and thus had to be shut down.

Several other online poker operators have been diligently battling bots discovered on their platforms, with some even coming up with new rules and policies to better address the problem which to some extent had been successful, like partypoker's monthly bot crackdown and their recent player alias change campaign to prevent third-party tracking tools from working.

What Next for Microgaming?
CEO at Microgaming John Coleman said, "The network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on redistributing key resources and personnel across the business. While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course."

This is indeed very sad news for the online poker community. Once the network is closed, all of the network's independent poker rooms will have to adjust and hopefully a feasible solution will be devised at that time.

Source:
https://www.microgaming.co.uk/News/Microgaming-Poker-Network-set-to-close

 


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19 comments for "Microgaming Poker Network to Shut Down in 2020"

 Mober30/09/2019 14:43:37 GMT
That is some big news. It used to be one of the biggest networks in poker,
when the boom started. Too many big sites were in their network,
but after some time they started departing.
It wont be a big change to the poker world though, since all the big sites like
888poker, party, bwin, pokerstars, have taken control...
 shokaku30/09/2019 15:37:34 GMT
The network is made up mostly of casino sites, that offer a poker room too. It had its fair share of problems in the past with sites going under, and players struggling to get their money back, as Microgaming refused to step in for defunct members of the network. Not a lot of players will miss it.
 TheMachineQC30/09/2019 16:03:57 GMT
Yeah, like Shokaku said, it's hard to re-gain people's trust once you have lost it. The first time I played there I think it was on bet365 (not sure), managed to win money and cash it out but I rememeber the cashout was astruggle. Microgaming network was on so many different sites but the interface and stuff were easy to recognize. I tried ot stay a way from them as there are many better room choices.
 CALICUL30/09/2019 16:25:35 GMT
It is a business that failed after many years. Online poker is played by many gamblers but they are divided into many poker rooms. When the players are few, a room it does not have the expected success. It is a bad situation for the employers but they have nothing to do.
 Calmplay30/09/2019 17:03:20 GMT
I never had any struggle to cashout there, I played poker and made some bets on Ladbrokes which was and maybe still on that network. It is a good network to play but as mentioned above it is mostly an online casino site... I will not miss it but it is still a sad news for me.

 Tony_MON7ANA30/09/2019 17:47:39 GMT
I think I played at 32Red Poker, one of the MPN skins, a few years ago. I never liked its graphics.
I can't believe iPoker Network (William Hill, bet365, Titan, NetBet, Winner, etc.), one of the most bot-infested online poker networks, is still operating.
 Serpang01/10/2019 06:53:02 GMT
Posted by Tony_MON7ANA:

I can't believe iPoker Network (William Hill, bet365, Titan, NetBet, Winner, etc.), one of the most bot-infested online poker networks, is still operating.


How do you know ipoker use bot ?
 shokaku01/10/2019 09:52:35 GMT
iPoker is a much bigger network than MPN, with a larger player base and more prominent member sites making up the backbone of the network. As long as they don`t lose those heavy weights they will most likely continue to operate, even if the traffic there has dropped over the last years.
 Tony_MON7ANA01/10/2019 10:39:47 GMT
Posted by Serpang:
Posted by Tony_MON7ANA:
I can't believe iPoker Network (William Hill, bet365, Titan, NetBet, Winner, etc.), one of the most bot-infested online poker networks, is still operating.

How do you know ipoker use bot ?

By googling.
It seems iPoker Network habitually allows bot users to operate without banning them. I believe that has been a nasty issue among (casual) players for years.
 dule-vu01/10/2019 11:30:42 GMT
its strange that they couldnt do something with this bots accounts and that they made so much problems to them!when we see that this is main reason for closing,that we know what kind of promblem this was for them!but they could pay some company to do this job for them and to clear system from this bots!
 CALICUL02/10/2019 09:27:48 GMT
I Poker Network allow these bots to play in their poker rooms? This is inadmissible and i am no longer surprised that they have 15-20 rooms and a few players who play there. My opinion is that this network should be closed, if this thig with bots it's true.
 Nightkid11/10/2019 15:24:53 GMT
Well, the truth is if I screw a little that one is putting money to play and disappears and do not give ball to the claims ... I happen in other things but for now in the site I play I never had problems with that issue and I hope Keep it up because I will want to fuck you hahaha Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
 DaCapo7111/10/2019 17:05:06 GMT
I´ve got a email from Betsson with the news, that Microgaming are closed in the year 2020. I like the microgaming software and play in poker rooms like Poker Time and Betsson in the past. Another nice network are closed...
 dule-vu12/10/2019 07:45:38 GMT
when they didnt pay atterniton on this bots and they allowed them to do this kind of things,then what to tell then!now its better for all players that they will close it and that they will try something else!on this way you cant work for so many years and that players dont know anything about it!
 CALICUL12/10/2019 14:20:34 GMT
I received again a vote with minus even if i'm right. If i wasn't right, then Micro gaming was not shut down in 2020. I do not understand why i receive these votes, when i told the truth? It is really an injustice here, almost as it was in the wild west.
 bowie198416/10/2019 22:42:14 GMT
Posted by shokaku:
The network is made up mostly of casino sites, that offer a poker room too. It had its fair share of problems in the past with sites going under, and players struggling to get their money back, as Microgaming refused to step in for defunct members of the network. Not a lot of players will miss it.

Once Unibet exited the network it has left a sizeable hole in their traffic and they've never recovered. They tried bring in other different sites under the tent but it all went to waste. The 'glory days' never came back.
 CALICUL16/10/2019 22:52:11 GMT
The days of glory died and i think they will no longer exist in the near future, even if they are going to reopen in few years ( if they are going to do that, of course ). It is painful to spend more time and the owners were not able to make good decisions .
 levi981220/10/2019 16:51:10 GMT
they had there change and didnt take it. i hope more small rooms get the change to thrive, there is such a big monopoly in the industry..
 CALICUL21/10/2019 07:34:29 GMT
It is not a monopoly in this industry, but there are two poker networks or more which has several rooms each. When you are divided it is not good. Only one room was very good for each network but they didn't want that. I hope it'll be okay for the online poker.

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