Senior Isle of Man government ministers and officials joined with media representatives and business leaders on the Isle of Man Thursday evening to celebrate the release of the first in a series of three major new games themed on the movie and fantasy book series ‘Lord of the Rings.’
On a perfect summer evening, visitors were taken to the south of the island where a stone-built seaside recreational facility had been converted into a misty hobbit habitat showcasing the outstanding graphical and cinematic development work which has gone into what is arguably Microgaming’s biggest game yet.
Chief executive Roger Raatgever and local non-executive director and leading IOM businessman John Webster welcomed gusts who included key ministers from the government, along with gambling regulators, business associates, reporters and managers from the company’s eighty- strong head office staff based on the island.
Webster lauded the software company as the sort of desirable enterprise that contributed significantly to the island by putting down deep roots and investing substantially in buildings, infrastructure, staff and the island community.
Guests lined up to try out the new game, the first in a planned series of three themed on the famous Lord of the Rings fantasy works of HR Tolkein.
Microgaming has invested nine months of extensive development work in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which has been released as a multi-featured major slot game with innovative elements such as cinematic backdrops to the reel action.
Other games in the series will include The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Raatgever said this week: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a hugely exciting launch for Microgaming and we’re thrilled to see the game now live with our operators. This new game pushes the limits of what can be done with online slots; the look and feel alone is like an extension of the motion picture, which is known and loved by fans everywhere.”
The evening ended on a high note as the sun sank into the sea outside the venue, with guests competing to achieve the highest score on the game, and the top three players nominating local charities for a generous GBP 10 000 donation from Microgaming.
Editors Note: InfoPowa will be publishing a special interest feature on the global operations of Microgaming next week.
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