What ever happened to the Lord of the Rings Slot from Microgaming

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23 May 2014

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Just a couple of years ago, Microgaming launched an awesome branded slot machine called Lord of the Rings and this could be found at numerous fully licensed Microgaming casinos, but at some point towards the beginning of last year, this slot just started to vanish until no online casinos had it any more. The reason for it vanishing though is still unclear.

At the time, Microgaming was looking forward to releasing this slot. “We’re excited about creating state-of-the-art video slots from the best movie trilogy of the decade. We look forward to bringing The Lord of the Rings into the online gaming sphere, where our expertise in game quality and speed to market will ensure its success. The Lord of the Rings has a huge entrenched fan base with over 97% awareness of the film franchise, as well as phenomenal and unprecedented home video success,” said Microgaming’s CEO, Roger Raatgever.

The slot officially launched on September 2nd, 2010 and it quickly became a favourite with online slot enthusiasts. However, this game wasn’t here to stay. Less than two years later this game would disappear from existence, as if it never existed.

“Microgaming has always been ahead of the curve with innovative offerings, but this game really does push the boundaries of what an online slot can do. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring looks and feels like an extension of the big screen film experience and we’re confident that our operators will see a great deal of demand from their players, when the game is released,” said the CEO.

On launch day he went on to say, “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. This is an important deal for Microgaming and we’re confident that our operators will see a great deal of demand from their players, now the game has been released.”

Players were able to play on this slot in the free play mode and in the real cash mode and it could be found within the Microgaming casino download client (known as their Viper software). The most plausible reason for this being taken down was probably due some kind of licensing issue, but the actual reason has never been given. The only thing that is left of this slot is the memory and one or two screenshots, which is a shame really because it was one of Microgaming’s best slots.

Maybe this game isn’t lost forever. Hopefully it will come back at some point in the future. Let’s just hope Microgaming can fix whatever the issue was and get this game back to where it belongs as soon as possible.

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