Online casino operators are no Elon Musk, but they want to impress players no less than Tesla does. As more countries are finally legalizing iGaming, competition in the industry grows more intense by the day.
The basic rule of marketing is to keep coming up with something new, and the iGaming industry isn’t a newbie when it comes to tech innovations. It’s all about user optimization now. If your idea of a casino is still fruit slots or primitive 2D poker, you just have to update your knowledge. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered, so here’s the list of the key iGaming innovations.
Paying in Cryptocurrency
Don’t be one of those weirdos who frown every time they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’. It’s not a scam. Actually, cryptocurrency is the new mainstream in online casinos. If you’re concerned with your anonymity yet still want to avoid being scammed, go for it.
Bitcoin is no longer the only crypto available. There’s a bunch, and all of them are good for some things. Still, if a casino accepts any cryptocurrency, it does accept Bitcoin, which means that you have quite a lot of operators to choose from. Besides, if Bitcoin’s your crypto of choice, transactions are almost instant.
Sure, this sounds a bit dull after cryptocurrency. But the thing is, many companies that develop software for online casinos are still shying away from mobile games, which is a bummer. Who needs a laptop when you can play slots while in a line at a grocery store, right?
Luckily, several top developers do care about gamblers’ convenience and make a mobile version of almost every game they create. Check Microgaming, for starters. You’ve probably heard some of Microgaming’s slot titles, like Jurassic Park or Game of Thrones. But anyway, seeing how fast mobile iGaming is growing, having a mobile version of every single game will soon be a must.
If you’ve ever been to a decent online casino, you probably know everything about agonizing choice while trying to find exactly the game for you. It gets even harder if you’re a slot lover. iGaming software developers release new slots every month. That’s when artificial intelligence could help. Remember how Netflix has those recommendation lists based on your previous choices? Online casino operators are slowly catching up and trying to do the same.
AI in iGaming is still a bit of a baby. It now mostly collects data on your gaming patterns. But this won’t last long. Soon everyone will visit the casino’s website or app through a carefully selected list of games composed based on your preferences.
Are you tired of relying on your luck alone? Not much of an RNG fan? Casino operators are now looking for a middle ground. When you’re done playing slots, check Dance Dance Revolution out. You’ll have to ‘dance’ by pushing buttons (and winning money as you go). There aren’t many skill-based games yet, but they’ll soon go viral, promise. Try skill-based slots first, like Beat Square.
Nothing’s cooler than the idea of taking in the unique environment of a Vegas casino room without actually leaving the comfort of your bed. After three months of quarantine, the thought is especially appealing. With VR, you’ll be able to interact with the croupier, talk to your fellow players, touch the tokens, and maybe even smell the whiskey (dream big).
Online casino operators are somewhat slow to catch up with the rest of the entertainment industry and finally develop a game or two that uses VR. Some say it’s difficult from a tech perspective. However, everyone knows that it’s you, the customer, who controls the market. So if you want VR iGaming, VR iGaming you’ll get.
Some of these innovations may seem a little unrealistic, but that’s how everything new seems these days, doesn’t it? iPhone’s less than fifteen years old, by the way. For now, check out cryptocurrency and mobile gaming – these are yesterday’s news. But look out for VR and AI, as well. Chances are they’ll be mainstream before Google Pixel finally fits into an average person’s pocket. You may also try gaming universes, social gaming, digital betting shops, and whatnots.