Out with the Old: Microgaming confirms its online poker network, MPN closing in 2020.
was a fantastic year for the online gaming industry. That was the
year eCOGRA launched its self-regulation services, providing
certification of fairness for online casino games. It was the year
the first live dealer tables launched from Playtech‘s Manila
studio. 2003 was also the year online poker exploded onto the scene,
following Chris Moneymaker’s WSOP Championship win.
won his seat in the World Series of Poker in an online satellite
tournament, Moneymaker’s millionaire status turned internet poker
into an overnight sensation. Everyone wanted to play, and Microgaming
was more than happy to provide a means. As such, it was 16 years ago
that the company launched the world-famous Microgaming Poker
Network; since rebranded the MPN.
alas, the poker party is coming to an end. As of this morning, its
been officially confirmed…
The MPN Closing in 2020
morning of September 20, 2019, Microgaming issued a press
release announcing its long-time online poker network will
cease operations as of next year. The Isle of Man firm says the
decision comes following an “extensive internal review” of all
the iGaming verticals in its wide-reaching portfolio.
reasoning the impending closure of MPN, Microgaming says its poker
platform no longer aligns with the company’s operational strategy
network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and
this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on
redistributing key resources and personnel across the business,”
said Microgaming CEO John Coleman in a statement.
went on to assure poker players that the up[coming closure may be the
end of MPN, but it won’t be the final word on poker for Microgaming.
“While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course.”
More to Come on the Microgaming Blog…
company did not disclose a specific date, or any further details as
to the decision to close MPN sometime next year. However, those with
an interest are encouraged to keep an eye on the Microgaming Blog,
where more details are promised to be relayed over the coming weeks.
after the press release was issued, Alex Scott, Managing Director at
Microgaming, published a farewell message and cursory FAQ regarding the pending closure. The following details were confirmed:
When is MPN Closing?
exact date has been set, but Scott expects the network to close
sometime in “Q2 or Q3 2020”.
Time to Withdrawal?
assures everyone that Microgaming online poker room are required to
keep all player funds segregated. As such, players do not need to
rush to cash out their balance, but are welcome to do so if they
What about the MPN Poker Tour?
MPN Poker Tour will continue to run events up until its closure. The
MPN Malta is still scheduled for October, and all players who’ve won
a seat should attend. Details for at least one more event on the tour
will be released next month.
And the UCOP?
Universal Championship of Online Poker will also continue as
scheduled. Despite expected overlays, the guarantees will remain as
advertised, promising exceptional value for those who participate.
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