Five Online Gambling Trends You Should Not Ignore in 2019
Gambling business has changed greatly over the last 10 years. At first, the online segment was growing, and later the mobile segment started to gain momentum: even more of mobile casino game versions appeared with the arrival of smartphones. For example, Microgaming released the first mobile card game played for money called Baccarat that functioned on the Spin3 platform.
In 2008, AppStore offered a mobile app called Texas Holdem developed by Apple. In 5 hours of operation, the app was among the top 10 apps.
Read about five main online gambling trends that in our opinion should be taken into consideration in 2019.
One of the main disadvantages of online platforms is that they do not communicate the corresponding atmosphere, which many users are looking for at gambling houses. Having realized the seriousness of this disadvantage, online game developers started to create live games.
A number of well-known game developers such as Evolution Gaming and Net Entertainment are adding more and more live games to their portfolio. The number of live card game developers is expected to grow in 2019 meaning that the competition will strengthen as well.
Virtual and augmented reality
Nevertheless, live games are not a proper solution for all operators. Some of them, for example, PokerStars use virtual reality. Despite the fact that the technology is still relatively new, VR games imitate the real experience of casino interaction rather successfully. An avatar replaces the live dealer, while the software generates the table and casino interior. However, non-availability of such solutions can hinder the adoption of VR games in gambling: not all players have a special headset or glasses, which cuts off a significant part of the audience.
If developers find a way to create games that do not require headsets or other special devices, this will incentivize the development of both casino games and skills of environment simulation.
Modern 3D graphics started getting into slot machines several years ago. The implementation of 3D graphics revived the interest in casino games among online players that got tired of similar flat constructions.
Vikings video slot series by Yggdrasil Gaming is a bright example of where 3D video slots are going.
More games of this kind are expected to arrive in 2019. Animation and interaction are the future of online slots, for the time being at least.
Despite the decline in the interest in cryptocurrencies, their use is gaining pace in online gambling. The advantages of using Bitcoin or Ether for depositing at online casinos outweigh disadvantages.
Besides, users note the convenience of the fact that cryptocurrencies have no connection to bank accounts. Consequently, users do not have to provide any financial data to use cryptocurrencies. Many players hope that big casinos will start accepting such payment methods.
Technological developments that will lead to the increase of online safety are also expected to arrive in 2019. Sign-up procedures should be developing, especially for mobile users in order to allow them to get access to games quicker. This can mean that fingerprint or voice recognition might replace the need for passwords and names of users upon registration.
You can learn more about iGaming trends at Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference that will take place in the capital of Ukraine already this autumn.