Will the next Mega Moolah jackpot win likely be via mobile or desktop?
One of the most intriguing aspects of modern online casino gaming is the change in how people are now playing their preferred casino games.
The industry has seen a seismic shift in how people elect to play, moving from a static, desktop-based method, to being able to play anytime and anywhere on a wide selection of mobile devices.
So, with the Mega Moolah jackpot set to crash through the £17 million mark any minute now, we are going to ask ourselves whether the next big Mega Moolah winner will land their jackpot prize playing via a desktop, or whether they will win it from a mobile device.
Before we examine this in a little more detail, let's learn a little about this shift in gaming habits, what caused it and what it has meant for a game like the popular Mega Moolah progressive.
In the beginning
When Microgaming released the Mega Moolah slot a few years back, it is fair to say that at that time, the majority of casino games were played from desktop computers. Indeed, at this time, casino gaming from mobile devices did not exist. It was a service reserved for a niche sports betting market. All of big casino game releases were written for website or client-based software (downloads).
Mega Moolah was no different and as such, when the game was released, it was aimed primarily at the majority of slot players that played from desktop devices.
However, over the next few years as the next generation of smartphones were released, not to mention the increasing availability and popularity of tablets, plus technological increases in the speed of connections via both WiFi and 3G/4G services, it soon became apparent that mobile devices offered players much more flexibility of when and where they could play.
As mobile devices became more central to the lives of people as they could complete an increasing number of tasks for the individual, so too gaming habits started to change. Casinos quickly realised that mobile gaming was where the future of the industry lay, however therein lay a problem.
Many games developed before 2010 were designed solely for use via a PC and chiefly through a downloadable client, the software you downloaded onto your PC which offered you access to your chosen casino and its games. This software and the casino games themselves were written in a language that wasn't compatible with mobile devices.
So it was around the time of this expansion to mobile that many more casino development companies began to move towards programming using the HTML5 framework, which allowed for the building of more diverse and powerful web sites and applications that were compatible with the next generation of mobile devices.
New games tended to be developed in HTML5 and companies such as Microgaming began the process of 'porting' over their desktop-based games into the new HTML5 language so that they could be offered via mobile.
The Mega Moolah slot was one of the first progressive jackpot slots to be released for mobiles and ready to be be played on iOS and Android devices. In the years between there has been a massive shift in how the majority of players now access this hugely popular slot.
The impact of mobile devices on Mega Moolah
How big an impact mobile gaming has had on a game like Mega Moolah is easy to see. The first ten jackpot prizes on the slot, which were won between November 2007 and April 2012, were won either via a downloadable client-based piece of software, or a browser-based software. Six of the first ten winners played via download, four landed their wins playing from within a browser.
However, in May 2012, the first ever Mega Moolah jackpot winner landed their jackpot prize from a mobile device. The jackpot itself was one of the smallest ever won (just $1,070,262) but the win was key as from this moment, Mega Moolah mobile finally gained wheels and became something of a phenomenon.
Since those first ten wins via downloads or instant browser play, the Mega Moolah jackpot has been triggered a further 37 times. Six winners have landed their prize playing from a downloaded piece of client software and another six have landed their big win playing instantly in a browser.
However, an incredible 25 wins since have been landed from people playing Mega Moolah from a mobile device, either on a smartphone or a tablet. That is more than double the amount of wins that players have landed from desktop devices.
More recent wins also indicate just how important mobile gaming has become. All of the last ten Mega Moolah progressive jackpot winners stretching back to September 2017, have landed their prize playing from a mobile device. Indeed, of the last 22 winners, 18 of them have landed their success from a mobile device, three from playing in a browser and just one from a client download.
What this clearly shows is that since the early days of the game, there has been a massive shift in how most people play Mega Moolah, from playing on their desktop or laptop, to being much more likely to play from their mobile phone or tablet. So much so that it is far, far more likely nowadays that the next big Mega Moolah jackpot winner will land their win playing from a mobile.
Why are more people winning Mega Moolah from mobiles?
This is a great question to ask as the answer to it isn't perhaps as simple as suggesting that there are many more players playing Mega Moolah from a mobile device nowadays compared to six or eight years ago.
While there has been an undoubted shift in how players play casino games away from desktops towards mobile devices and this is one of the primary reasons why mobile winners make up a high proportion of recent Mega Moolah winners, this is just part of the answer.
Not only are there many more mobile Mega Moolah players now, but these players are finding that their mobile affords them more opportunities to play. This means more players are playing more spins on the slot than ever before and this is having an impact on the game in several ways.
Firstly, it is seeing the jackpot prize increase more quickly than it has in the past, allied to that, more spins mean that the jackpot is being triggered more frequently too. In 2017, for example, the jackpot was won an incredible 13 times, more than double the amount of times that the jackpot had been won in a calendar year previously (six times in 2014). Indeed, although the jackpot has not been won since June 24th this year, there have already been six winners in 2018, even without the next likely world record winner who could land a prize of over £17 million any time soon.
So it is not just a case of more people now playing from mobile, evidence suggests that these people are playing more spins, more often on the Mega Moolah slot than ever before and it is a combination of these factors which is making it increasingly likely that from now on, the big Mega Moolah jackpot winners will win their prizes from a mobile device.
With HTML5 technology the Mega Moolah game plays smoothly on mobile screens. There is no app to download and install, which is a relief. Simply register from your mobile and follow the instructions. Once you have opened your casino lobby on your mobile find the Mega Moolah game and load it up. The game will start to play within seconds. When you have finished playing, log out of the casino.
Enjoy and gamble responsibly.
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