Microgaming was turning heads and raising the eyebrows of anyone lucky enough to gain an insight into its Virtual Reality roulette of today at the recent ICE Totally gaming exhibition in London.
The futuristic product won the coveted Innovator of the Year award at the International Gaming Awards, hosted at The Savoy Hotel in London, prior to ICE Totally Gaming 2016.
It had already been named ‘Digital Gaming Innovation of the Year’ at the Global Gaming Awards last September. VR Roulette, is an excitingly real yet surreal take of a seat at the roulette table, uses Oculus Rift wearable technology to transport the player to a casino in cyberspace.
VR Roulette utilises the Oculus Rift DK 2 headset with Leap Motion 3D Controller to track a player’s hand movements and then project them into the 3D world. Examining analogue interactions across real and virtual environments, Microgaming developed VR Roulette to study the immersive potential of 3D technology in the gaming industry. They ended up creating a stunning game in its own right, and have built on the findings to create Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for a range of devices. Microgaming has released a short video to outline the product to anyone who didn’t witness it first hand.
Microgaming is no stranger to innovation, having created the world’s first true online casino software in 1994, the first mobile casino software in 2004 and the first online slot for a smartwatch in 2014. Recent innovations include virtual and augmented reality apps, Thunderstruck on Android Wear, and an in-play sports betting prototype for Google Glass.
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, said: “What a tremendous accolade for our Research and Development team. They are constantly thinking ahead and pushing the boundaries, and deserve praise for consistently producing pioneering solutions that are effectively shaping the future of online gaming. This award, the second of its kind in recent months, further cements our status as the creative force in our industry. It really is a fantastic achievement.”