A brief history to Mega Moolah mobile

Since the very first Mega Moolah jackpot was won by a mobile player back in May 2012, the number of people that have landed the jackpot playing by mobile has increased markedly.

In this article, we are going to learn about Mega Moolah's mobile history and how it came into being, as well as looking at how the trends in gaming have changed over the years, making the mobile version of Mega Moolah arguably the most important version of the game today.

Pre-mobile Mega Moolah days

The original Mega Moolah game was first released as a download game for Windows computers way back in 2006, with the first winner of the jackpot coming a year later. In those days, smartphones didn't really exist. The market was still dominated by the likes of Nokia's N95 offering Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. The first iPhone was released in 2007 but that was hardly that "smart" either. Mobile devices were still primarily being used for communication purposes and while Internet capability was being developed, the speed of the devices and the connections meant that it wasn't particularly practical to offer anything but the simplest games.

However, over a very short space of time, improvements in both mobile technology, and the speed of your WiFi and 4G connection, meant that handheld mobile devices, and the booming new industry of tablets, were now more than capable of handling more complex games. Also the first version of HTML5 was published in 2008. Browser programmers and device manufacturers agreed to new standards to solve issues related to multi-platform development. Apple and Adobe duked it out after Steve Jobs said Flash will never be allowed to run on iPhones, and soon after Adobe announced it would stop development of Flash for mobile browsers. Then big browsers like Firefox switched to HTML5 compatibility and the mobile technology boom got really started. This would be a watershed moment, not just for casino game developers such as Microgaming and in particular Mega Moolah, but for any company that wanted to offer anything on mobile such as mobile slots.

The growing availability of the Internet on mobile devices, either via WiFi or 4G meant that people were wanting to play more flexibly, perhaps on the bus or train to and from work, while on a break at work and this new, portable technology allowed them to do this. It didn't take long for companies to realise that to capitalise on this new technology, mobile-compatible versions of their slots and casino games were a good idea.

For Microgaming, that meant ensuring that their mobile version of Mega Moolah not only matched the currently available game down to the letter, but also that it offered the same huge jackpot prizes as you could find in the download or instant play version of the game. Microgaming began work on Mega Moolah mobile and by 2012, the mobile-friendly version of Mega Moolah was released.

It's important to note that releasing Mega Moolah on mobile wasn't simply a case of repackaging the game for mobile devices. Many older slots were written in a language that was not compatible with HTML5 and these games required their code to be re-written in the new coding language. Not only that, but the game had to work across a range of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as those using different operating systems, such as those from Apple and Android.

However by early 2012, the mobile version of Mega Moolah had been converted and was ready to be released to an eagerly awaiting mobile public.

Mega Moolah mobile - 2012

It is fair to say that since the 2012 release of Mega Moolah mobile, the mobile revolution has occurred and this is clearly evident when you look at the number of people who have won the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prize from their mobile device, when compared to those who have played using either a download or instant-play option.

Since March 2012, the top Mega Moolah jackpot prize has been triggered the following amount of times using the three different playing methods:

  • Mega Moolah Instant Play (playing in the browser) - 8 winners
  • Mega Moolah Download - (deluxe casino software) 8 Winners
  • Mega Moolah Mobile - 26 Winners

There was a period from September 2017 through to September 2018, an entire year, when every single trigger of the Mega Moolah jackpot (eleven times in total) came from a player playing on Mega Moolah from a mobile device. That streak was only ended in January 2019, when a Canadian player landed their jackpot win on a downloaded version of the game.

As the statistics show, there have been over four times as many winners of the Mega Moolah jackpot via mobile than either instant or downloaded versions of the game. So overwhelming is the evidence for the success of Mega Moolah mobile, that it seems fair to say that the vast majority of people who now play Mega Moolah, certainly seem to do so from their mobile device.

Part of the reason for that success has been the successful port over from a download, or instant play game to mobile. The mobile version of Mega Moolah plays and looks exactly the same as the other versions of the slot and there are no differences in the amount you have to pay to spin the reels (the minimum bet still required to win the progressive jackpot prize remains at 0.25) and crucially, the same huge cash prizes in the base game, free spins and of course the Jackpot Bonus Game, where the massive Mega Moolah jackpots can be won, remain unchanged.

It also goes without saying that your chances of winning on Mega Moolah via mobile remain exactly the same as they were if you played in an instant play or downloaded version of the game.

Hand in hand with the success of Mega Moolah has been the way that online casinos have welcomed mobile players over the years. Nowadays, all the top casinos have a mobile version of their site available and they offer a far greater number of mobile-compatible games compared to the early days of mobile gaming (when users would find the mobile site offered fewer games than the standard site). Almost every new release from an online casino, and Microgaming, is now almost certain to work on mobile and companies like Microgaming also occasionally release mobile-friendly versions of older games too (as they did with the Lucky Firecracker mobile game in January 2019) to appeal to mobile players.

It is abundantly clear that Mega Moolah mobile has been a huge success and it is now the most popular way for people to play the game. Not only is the game more accessible than ever thanks to mobile technology, it is also available to more people than ever, as mobile technology tends to be cheaper than other technology, thus allowing a greater percentage of the world's population to access the game.

We are already seeing evidence of this with huge numbers of players in growing mobile-friendly regions around the world, all looking to play Mega Moolah and as we look ahead to the future, it seems that Mega Moolah mobile will be the leading way to play this massively popular slot for many years to come.

Note that all of the MegaMoolah.com casinos are mobile-friendly and you can sign up to any of them right now!

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