“Can we one day have a single Jackpot System that is linked across all markets?”
That was a question Nik Robinson, CEO of Big Time Gaming, asked SlotBeats. And the answer, he believes, is a resounding yes – it comes in the form of BTG’s Megapays mechanic.
Lauded as a ‘powerful attractive global jackpot system’ which can be plugged into a game via a simple API, Robinson shared his plans to bring ‘new dimension’ to fan-favourite titles before giving us his views on whether Megapays can be as influential on the gaming industry as the developer’s Megaways mechanic.
SlotBeats: Can you explain a little bit about what the Megapays mechanic is?
NR: Megapays is a linked Jackpot system that pools across multiple operators, such as Unibet, Leo Vegas, Betsson, Flutter, and Entain. Megapays fills a need in the marketplace for independent slot developers to have a Jackpot Network that they can plug into with ease.
For many years, BTG looked to partner with providers with jackpots but found them to be either a walled garden or way too complicated from a financial standpoint.
Megapays is different in the fact it allows small (or large) third-party providers, to plug in their players favourite games without the complication of Jackpot settlement, banking compliance and payments, it is now, with Megapays as simple as deploying a game.
SlotBeats: How was working with Relax Gaming throughout the development process? What have been the key learnings from this partnership?
NR: Working with Relax is always effortless although this was a much larger undertaking than creating just another game, as we had to set up the Jackpot Network and banking services to guarantee the jackpots can be paid to players instantly from any operational partner.
The real beauty of working with Relax is that now any provider can plug a game into the Megapays framework by adding a simple API call to their games which is going to grow the liquidity on a whole new level.
Our first game had to be Bonanza Megapays, which is much the same as the original worldwide smash hit, albeit graphically updated. It’s already building the jackpots and paying out midi and minis every few minutes, and the Mega Jackpot has grown 33% within the first few days.
SlotBeats: You mentioned the mechanic brings a ‘new dimension’ to fan-favourite titles, can you delve more into this? What new experience will it bring to the players?
NR: The real beauty of Megapays is the fact that any slot provider can take one of their most successful games and plug it directly into the Megapays Jackpot Network and with every game added, the liquidity just keeps growing.
Many Megaways partners have jumped into the Megapays Jackpot Network since release to raise the level of liquidity to the point where we are paying weekly Mega Jackpots that can frequently rise above one million Euros. In fact, we have our first Euro Millionaire player who won a staggering €1,036,049.65 from a bet of just €0.70.
SlotBeats: What titles do you have lined up for Megapays?
NR: As I mentioned, Bonanza was second, we launched Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Megaways which actually has gone on to make someone a Euro Millionaire!
Next, we’ll see Star Clusters and Danger High Voltage in the mix and Relax and other partners will be adding their top games into the Megapays Jackpot Network and come December, we’ll be rolling out Megapays to over 100 plus Casinos.
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SlotBeats: Does Megapays have the potential to have a greater impact on the gaming industry than Megaways?
NR: Megapays is a Jackpot Network that is built for independent providers and Megaways Partners to plug into. We are also building Megapays with Scientific Games for the US market so it’s certainly something that will have a huge impact in the years to come.
The big question is, can we one day have a single Jackpot System that is linked across all markets?
Just like Megaways, this will be a continuous work in progress. If we do manage to achieve a multi-customer, multi-partner, multi-jurisdictional Jackpot System, then it will most certainly be the biggest Jackpot System on the internet with a possibility to deliver players life-changing wins everyday!