Online gaming software supplier Microgaming has introduced a new technology which allows operators to customise their online poker software without having to go standalone.

Babelfish is a new API which allows any software developer to create poker client software and run it securely on the MPN. It is named after the fictional creature which performed universal translation in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book.

“Babelfish is definitely a game changer for poker,” said Microgaming’s head of poker Alex Scott. “It allows operators to customise their poker software to a higher degree than has ever been possible before, without having to go standalone.

“Furthermore, it allows them to do this without having to worry about expensive hosting costs, random number generators, or any of the other complexities that come with developing server software.

Operators can develop software in any programming language, and using the Babelfish API, join in the MPN’s liquidity pool, giving them access to all of the network’s cash games and tournaments in both real-money and play money formats.

Operators can customise the software to the specific market they are targeting, while Microgaming claims that any language can be supported. Operators can also build software for a range of devices, from specific mobile devices, to games consoles, smart TVs and even smartwatches.

Microgaming added that the first operator to make use of Babelfish is a well-known major operator in the poker marketplace, will be going live imminently using a client that it has designed and built from scratch.

The new operator will be migrating all of their players to the MPN, offering a mix of private and shared-liquidity games, providing mutual benefits for both the operator and the network.

“With this new operator on board, our network will grow significantly,” continued Scott. “But this is not the only exciting news that the MPN has for 2015. This year we want to be at the pinnacle of the poker industry - this is just the first step.”

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