If you are a fan of the Bonanza or Extra Chilli slot games, like us at Casino Bandida, then you most probably are familiar with the Megaways™ games. But even if you’re not, read below, because today we will look in-depth at what’s the deal with that innovative and exciting genre of games and why they have become so popular in recent years.
The first major appearance of the Megaways™ slots was back in 2016 when Bonanza was launched from the Australian software developer Big Time Gaming. The real step change came two years after the launch when Big Time Gaming started licensing the underlying mechanic to other developers. Since then, the appetite for this type of games has been insatiable and the data of IG Tracker that we are about to share with you proves that the market is just beginning to thrive.
THE MECHANIC OF MEGAWAYS™
At the core of the famed gaming engine is that it features a random reel modifier system that can change how many symbols will appear of a reel on each given spin. The groundbreaking technology offers unique gameplay of slots with every spin and more than 100,000 ways of a player to win. That is a significant difference compared to traditional slots, which have a lower amount of set paylines that remain constant throughout. These games have the potential to produce massive wins of up to 50,000 player’s stake if expanded to its maximum configuration. Having in mind how our desire to play and win has increased now, there’s no doubt why Megaways™ games have taken the market by storm.
THE GROWTH IN MEGAWAYS™ GAMES
There has been a steady increase in game launches as well as an increase in game suppliers since 2016. Blueprint has become the first other developer to launch a game with the same mechanic in April 2018, followed by Red Tiger, SG Digital, and Storm Gaming a year later. The list of developers that has Megaways™ offerings by June 2020 includes also Relax Gaming, iSoftBet, Fantasma Games, Inspired Gaming, 1×2 Gaming, Pragmatic Play, Gamesinc, and Kalamba Games.
The IG Tracker graphic below shows the number of Megaways™ games launched by suppliers in each quarter.
So far, there are a bit more than 80 titles available to players, but the majority of content is produced by Big Time Gaming and Blueprint. We are going to outline only the leading three game titles per each of the first three developers. If you’re curious to learn more, check out the next chart that shows the leading 30 titles of Megaways™ games.
Bonanza, Extra Chilli, and Monopoly Megaways are on the top of the list of Big Time Gaming. The other leading developer Blueprint has Buffalo Rising Megaways, Return of Kong Megaways, and Fishin Frenzy Megaways in its top positions. The third developer is Red Time Gaming with Piggy Riches Megaways, Dragon Fire Megaways, and Dragon Luck Megaways leading.
In June 2020, Big Time Gaming has launched a new trademarked mechanic, Megaclusters, launching Star Clusters in June 2020 for an initial exclusive period to Flutter-owned sites. Let’s see if it can emulate the success of Megaways.