It appears that Online Gambling software developer Microgaming Casinos has come up with another technological first, a multi-player slot that combines two current trends among players - interactivity and community.
The company claims that it's latest game, Multi-Player Wheel of Wealth, Special Edition is the world's first true multi-player slot game.
Players entering the game are randomly allocated a playing room and are seated at one of the six independent five reel, twenty five line slot machines within that room. If a player wishes to change their slot or their room, a simple control button enables this to be done immediately.
Players can interact with each other through an in-built chat function.
The individual slots play in the conventional manner, with Wilds, Scatters, and Multipliers used to pursue wins. But in addition to this, players can benefit from the randomly triggered, shared Wheel of Wealth feature. Players who have qualified by accruing bonus multipliers on their individual slots are each invited to select one of twenty, big paying, stops on the Wheel of Wealth. The wheel spins and each player wins according to their position on the wheel.
Microgaming slots spokesman Mike Hebden said this week: "We monitor gaming trends closely and are always on the look out for areas where we can innovate and introduce high quality games which enhance player experience. We are in no doubt of the importance of the social interaction element in online gaming, and it is clear that this trend is gaining ever increasing momentum.
"Multi-Player Wheel of Wealth, Special Edition is the first game of its kind to introduce the combination of chat-inclusive community action, mixed with interactive slot play. We will continue to innovate in this area and remain committed to delivering high quality games that directly respond to this evolution in gaming."
Further recognising the importance of the community and social aspect of online gaming, Microgaming's Bingo products also incorporate a wealth of chat functions. Specialist bingo managers offer fun side games in chat and are a key part of the bingo experience.
Meanwhile Microgaming's Multi-Player casino platform has seen entries into its slot + blackjack tournaments rise to more than one million each month. The biggest of these tourneys was the recent Tomb Raider themed Grand Slam of Slots, where nearly 8 500 players battled to be a part of online gaming history and become the world's first online slot tournament millionaire.