Megaways Was the Most Innovative Online Gambling Mechanism of 2020
Written by Matt
Published date · Jan. 7, 2021 | Last Updated · Dec. 14, 2022 | Read Time: 2 mins
Award-winning slot software developer, Big Time Gaming has been widely considered the most innovative developer of 2020 and their Megaways mechanic is thought of as the most innovative slot feature of 2020.
We did an article in September which outlined what the Megaways slot mechanic is and how it works.
In this article, we will explain a little bit about what the Megaways mechanic is, what other developers utilise the Megaways mechanic and how they have helped boost the popularity of online casinos in 2020.
The Megaways Mechanic
Online slots have seen a surge in popularity over the past few years. Whilst slots in traditional casinos are played on either 3-reels or 5-reels and have a fixed number of paylines, the Megaways mechanic looks to shake this up in its entirety.In this innovative slot technology, it transforms standard slot machines and allows the slots to offer their players literally hundreds of thousands of paylines. Megaways slots games are played across six reels with an addition of an extra horizontal wheel. This wheel offers players almost an infinite amount of ways to win.The first Megaways slot came out in 2016, and many online casinos have been doing their best to host these very popular online slots games. There are now over 100 Megaways slots on the market and this list is set to grow in 2021.
How Others Use The Megaways Licence
Due to the widescale popularity of the Megaways slots, Big Time Gaming have been able to sell the licence to their Megaways mechanic to other online slots developers. This has meant we have seen a huge amount of slots with the Megaways mechanic. A collaboration between Red Tiger and NetEnt saw the creation of Gonzo’s Quest Megaways which was the biggest slot launch ever.2021 will be even better as Microgaming have announced that they will be implementing the Megaways mechanic in a load of their upcoming slot games.
Online Casino popularity on the rise in the UK
It is no surprise that thanks to the innovation by BGT the popularity of online casino gaming in the UK. According to the BBC, the search term of online casino peaked at a record high in 2020. The UK is one of the biggest online gambling markets in the world. Sports betting is the biggest sector with online casinos a close second.There is set to be a review of the 2005 Gambling Act which could cause the market to become more regulated by the UK Government.The UK chairman of Flutter Entertainment, who own Paddy Power and Sky Bet, Ian Procter has said that the Gambling Act should not be changed massively in these upcoming reforms. Proctor said: “For millions of people every week, they enjoy a bet, it’s a leisure activity, it gives people a lot of pleasure. For some people, it’s not, for a small minority. And we need to make gambling safer for those people.”