Online gambling may be one of the fastest growing industries in the world, but it is also still a very young industry. This means that it is still evolving and changing, sometimes in unexpected or unusual ways. Therefore, it pays to look ahead, and make predictions about what might occur in the coming months.
These are, of course, exactly that though – just predictions. So if a trend comes along that takes us by surprise, we can all chalk it up to the unpredictability of an industry that is still finding its legs. That being said, let’s take a look at the hottest online gambling trends being predicted for 2019.
Game Design Advancements
One of the biggest challenges facing digital casino game designers is that the software is expected to run smoothly on mobile devices. Yes, many of these devices are extremely powerful and capable, but just as many aren’t, and therein lies the problem.
The games are expected to run on as many devices as possible, which means that they must be designed for the least capable mobile phones, not only the most current and powerful. Hence, we have had an avalanche of low quality, unsightly games that are none too impressive in comparison to others of the same generation.
However, things have come a long way in a short space of time. Not only has mobile technology shunted along at a breakneck speed, but the software used to make this software has also come leaps and bounds. This means that, inevitably, the software released over the course of 2019 is going to be better in all regards. In fact, the jumps in game quality are expected to be huge.
AR and VR Casinos
Everyone can agree that Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are impressive. Then why haven’t they been adopted into the mainstream? For much the same reasons as the above. The technology is there, it’s just that not only are the platforms for this new potential to operate not been widely available, but the developers have been drastically inexperienced in compatible software creation.
This, once again, is all expected to change in the coming year. AR and VR are about to be more widely accessible than ever before, with prices dipping down to their lowest levels ever. In addition, game creators are now getting ahead, with more time and resources being poured into the use of AR and VR being integrated into casinos technology.
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Helping players be more immersed in their online experience seems to be a priority for many companies. What could be more appealing than literally seeing your own face in a game, with little to no effort on the part of the player? This is the potential of facial recognition. As more devices adopt this powerful new technology, the more likely it will be utilised in digital casinos.
The adoption of cryptocurrency has been a bit of a roller coaster in 2018. After the initial craze that swept the world, it all seemed to die out just as quickly, with most simply seeming to accept that the age of Bitcoin was over as quickly as it had risen
Nevertheless, cryptocurrency is still around, and still has many important, practical uses. In the world of online casinos, it has rather obvious, convenient applications, namely that it is not bound to regions or borders. This makes it all but indispensable in getting players to engage in your online casino, no matter where they are in the world. As to just how big a part cryptocurrency will play, exactly, remains to be seen, but there is certainly going to be a push for it to become more mainstream.
Given that the industry is based squarely around digital tech, it makes sense that the majority of new trends are likewise based on new and innovative tech evolution. We can now only sit back and wait to see if the industry of the future leans more towards the AR and VR, or perhaps more towards a sweeping cryptocurrency transformation. Either way, it will be exciting to behold, and we’re thrilled to be part of it!