July 12, 2019
Online Gambling Trends for 2019
Online gambling has changed a lot over the years. What began as a pastime with a somewhat murky reputation has become mainstream and accepted in many parts of the world. Although it is still viewed as negative by many, a new generation of gamblers has emerged, taking gambling on the internet to the next level. In fact, online gambling is now one of the most lucrative industries in the world, with its numbers growing on a daily basis.
Due to this increase in popularity, online casinos have had to adapt to the needs of its players by offering new, unique, innovative and convenient ways of achieving the best results. Modern technology demands we move with the times, and online casinos are definitely keeping up. With that in mind, we look at some of the online gambling trends worth watching in 2019 and beyond.
More live gaming
Live table games are all the rage as players are keener than ever to enjoy an authentic gaming experience without having to leave home. The live action of these games provides the thrill and excitement only achieved at land-based casinos and 2019 will more live gaming opportunities on the internet. A number of renowned software developers like NetEnt and Evolution Gaming are increasingly developing live table games, with games like live Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat already staples at many online casinos. We expect the number of game developers producing live games and the selection and variety to increase in 2019 to keep up with interest and demand.
VR casino games
The idea of virtual reality games has been around for a few years now, and 2019 looks to be the year where it is fully embraced by online casinos. Technology for VR gaming is still quite new, but current capabilities include the ability to simulate a live gaming experience in a VR setting. In similar fashion as live casino, VR games add a realistic spin to proceedings, although replaces the live dealer with an avatar while casino table and surroundings are generated by state-of-the-art computer software.
At the moment, it’s hard to say whether VR gaming will take off or not, but some game developers are giving it a go in 2019. One key reason for the lack of interest in VR gaming is the additional gear required to enjoy the experience to the fullest. If game developers found a way around this, VR gaming could certainly take off in the near future.
Increase in 3D slots
All roads lead to a more authentic gaming experience, and that means more 3D slots in 2019. Video slots have become the most popular options at online casinos, and with good reason. When you try an online casino game, you will notice state-of-the-art graphics and sound effects, while innovative features and bonuses add to its appeal. With that, game developers are creating for realistic slots that place a strong focus on graphics, animation and user experience. More 3D slots that incorporate innovation and interaction is expected to be rolled out over the next few months.
More online casinos accept cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrency has been the buzzword for a few years now, especially in igaming circles. While a few online casinos accept cryptocurrency deposits at the beginning of the year, more igaming platforms have begun accepting bitcoins, Ethereum, litecoins and other cryptocurrencies alongside traditional banking options. We expect more to jump on board before the year is up.
Mobile-friendly all the way
Mobile gaming has been key to the success of online gambling in recent years, and 2019 will be no different. As mobile devices become more advanced, people are turning away from their desktops and laptops to perform most tasks, whether work-related or personal, from their smartphone or tablet. Gaming operators will need to continue to keep up with this trend as it doesn’t seem to be going anything in a hurry. More and more online casinos will focus on their mobile casinos – some have limited mobile offerings while others must develop mobile apps to keep up with demand.