he Network Management Board (NMB) comprises of a single representative from the primary operators on the Microgaming Poker Network, a representative from Microgaming’s Network Games Team and a Chairman, sourced from within the industry. In addition, industry experts will consult to the NMB on ecology, player perspective and long-term revenue potential of projects.
Operators and Microgaming will share votes on key decisions, with proportional shares determined by a formula agreed by the voting members of the NMB. The NMB members will additionally determine the criteria for membership to the NMB. The Chairman and industry experts will be non-voting members.
The formation of the NMB is one part of the project to change the Microgaming Poker Network to what is referred to as a Sportsbook Poker Network, in which all members contribute towards the success of each other and to the network as a whole. The first meeting of the NMB will take place in early November.
The responsibilities of the NMB include the construction of the development roadmap, the setting of network-wide policies for marketing and rakeback, including penalties for breaches, and the planning of network-wide promotions.
Lydia Melton, Head of Network Games at Microgaming, explains the change: “Poker is a difficult industry to be in, and that difficulty is heightened when operators are not in control of their own destinies. By establishing the Network Management Board, we are essentially ceding control of the Microgaming Poker Network to the primary operators on the Network. Microgaming is a technology company with over 15 years of experience in this industry, and we will continue to develop and progress our poker software, as guided by the NMB, with no reduction in resources or drive. When others are slowing down, it is full steam ahead at Microgaming.
“The industry needs this, and we strongly believe that we are the only network willing to make such a fundamental change to how we operate.”