Technology never stands still, and it means that most aspects of our lives are in a constant state of evolution. The world of online casinos and gaming in general is a great example in this regard.
Those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 90s will remember our parents and grandparents looking on in puzzled bewilderment at the technology encompassed by a Commodore 64 or later a Sega Saturn. Today, these are museum pieces.
If there is one thing that can drive change even faster than evolving technology it is a competitive market. Spend a couple of minutes watching those late night TV ads, and you can see we certainly have that in the casino gaming sector. High competition and amazing technological advances mean this area of gaming is moving even faster than the rest. There are new online casinos appearing on the scene every week, and every one of them has to offer something a little different to the rest. Here are five areas that are evolving before our very eyes.
1) Increased emphasis on live games
Live gaming is when the player interacts with a real dealer via webcam instead of just watching a computer generated deck of cards or roulette wheel on the screen. It makes for a more immersive experience and brings the atmosphere of a real casino into cyberspace, something that has become even more important in recent months for obvious reasons.
2) New payment methods
Depositing money safely into a casino account and being able to withdraw winnings quickly are two areas that can give the site a competitive edge. Choice is key here, as there are so many online payment platforms available. A vital area of development is in the area of cryptocurrency. Digital payment is the perfect fit for money gaming in a digital casino, and we should expect Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to be a standard option with most new casinos.
3) VR gaming
When products like the Oculus Rift hit the shelves a couple of years ago, it seemed that virtual reality had finally hit the mainstream. It has not quite taken off as expected, but VR is still one of the most exciting forms of gaming technology at the cutting edge. The casino environment is the perfect place for VR, thanks to the relative simplicity of, for example, a spinning wheel or a turning card.
4) Skill-based gaming
When the Nevada Gaming Commission introduced new rules on skill-based games, it opened up a world of possibilities. Now, new casinos can offer games that go beyond the standard slots, card games and so on. From platform games to driving simulators, the sky is the limit, and all with real money payouts for the top performers.
5) New twists on classic table games
For all that innovation, however, the classic games like blackjack and roulette are still the most popular. Expect new casinos to find ways to repackage these and offer new twists. We are already starting to see this in games like Lightning Roulette where a lightning strike on random numbers adds a route to extra bonuses.