iGame has revealed to PokerUpdate that the company has finalized an agreement with one of the world’s leading networks to join its poker platform. The iGame poker player pool will break ties with IGT Poker and join up with a new, yet-to-be-named network.
What network iGame will join will be eagerly anticipated, as they boast a player database of more than 1,000,000 across 24hPoker.com, Pokerihuone.com and iGame.com—which means a massive traffic boost for the recipient network.
iGame’s relationship with Relaxing Gaming Network and the Fast Poker product, as well as other software providers, will continue as before.
PokerUpdate believes that iGame and its brands are likely moving to the Microgaming network. The iPoker network is not an option, as iGame skin NOIQ left the network on poor terms recently. Further, iGame has not been involved in new licence talks with iPoker. Playtech recently confirmed that Everest is set to join iPoker and it is rumoured that talks with Betfair are nearing completion.
Microgaming, on the other hand, looks well positioned to benefit from the iPoker split and is the strongest option available for iGame, which is unlikely to want to jump ship to Boss or a network associated with online gaming in America. BetVictor (recently re-branded from VictorChandler) set up its Microgaming skin several months ago when Entraction announced plans to stop accepting bets from a number of territories. Like NOIQ, BetVictor had its share of disagreements with Israel-based Playtech and left the iPoker network in December 2010.
Ongame is also facing uncertain times. As well as Betfair’s rumoured departure, it’s certain that Betsson and BWIN will leave the network to join forces with Party. It is improbable that iGame would choose Ongame as its new home, as the network is teetering towards death. As a resut, the Microgaming network is the most likely home.