Microgaming Online Poker Network Will Cease All Operations in 2020
If you’ve been playing poker for a while, you’ve probably heard – or even played at – the Microgaming Online Poker Network (aka MPN).
MPN has been around for more than a decade, and it was quite a popular destination among poker enthusiasts since it opened its doors. Although it was never as renowned as PokerStars or Partypoker, when this poker platform will shut its doors in 2020, it will leave thousands of players disappointed.
Microgaming is one of the leading names in the gambling industry. Since the company released its first casino game in 1994, it became a staple in every major online casino.
The Microgaming Online Poker Network, or MPN, started its way in 2003, and it was also known as Prima Poker at the time. The network was a home for more than 30 poker rooms with unique and innovative features.
For example, MPN was the first to grant every player access to anonymous tables in 2010, in addition to offering an integrated achievement system before anyone else did the same.
The network will be remembered for its multiple achievements, including the launch of the successful poker tours, the network’s involvement in charity, and more.
What Went Wrong?
MPN used to be a well-known platform that attracted many players, but it had an issue with traffic over the last few years.
In 2013, Unibet – which used to be linked to MPN – decided to go its own way. As a result, loyal players left the platform in favour of the new, standalone website.
Later on, in 2016, MPN partnered up with PKR – a 3D poker site. At first, it seemed as if the website was faring better, but only a year later, PKR closed due to financial difficulties.
Little by little, it became clear that the network’s business model wasn’t working anymore. Something had to change, as fewer people were frequenting the website, and the company’s solution was to shut down all poker operations.
Although the company hasn’t set a specific date for shutting down its poker platform, it seems as if the move will be completed by the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2020.
John Coleman, Microgaming’s CEO, said that the network no longer fits the company’s strategic vision for poker and that they plan to release new poker products in the future. However, the product’s description remains unknown.
In the meantime, the platform will keep operating as usual, and players will still be able to enjoy everything MPN has to offer until further notice.
MPN has been around for more than sixteen years, and it left thousands of poker players satisfied. However, the platform is set to close next year, as it seems the network is no longer able to stand up to its competition.
Some players are disappointed with the company’s decision, while others are excited about the prospect of enjoying new and improved poker products by Microgaming. What do you think about the strategic move?