Online casinos and sportsbooks have transformed the gaming landscape forever. Brick-and-mortar venues still play a prominent role in many a town’s social scenes — Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Atlantic City to name just a few — but now we have access to our favorite casino games 24/7.
Yet online gaming continues to evolve in fascinating ways, creating exciting new trends that keep the experience of playing online fresh. So, what future trends can we expect to see coming our way?
More Adoption of VR Gaming
Virtual reality’s here to stay — finally. While a growing number of online casinos are embracing the tech (including Slots Million), more brands will adopt it too.
Offering VR gaming gives casinos an edge over less tech-savvy competitors, offering players a greater level of immersion and interaction. You’ll get to experience heightened authenticity when playing compatible games, closing the gap between online and real-world casinos even more.
Widespread Acceptance of Cryptocurrency
Prefer to play online games using cryptocurrencies? Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Dash, Litecoin and more all offer their own perks, and more casinos now accept some (or all) as payment.
There are some online casinos focused entirely on cryptocurrencies, but this is expected to change due to increased demand from customers. After all, the decentralization and independence of cryptocurrencies hold real appeal for people around the world.
Gamification adds a nice touch of progression and reward to any online casino. Players may be able to earn points, unlock prizes, reach new levels and even customize their own avatar.
In an ever-more competitive industry, online casinos can implement gamification to attract, engage and retain customers. They’ll become more immersed and invested in the experience, aiming to keep unlocking better rewards.
In the coming months and years, expect gamification to become the norm rather than the exception.
Better Smartphone Performance
Online casinos have to be optimized for smartphones to provide the best gaming experience, with countless players dipping into their favorite games through their mobile devices rather than a computer.
But even some casinos which make their site compatible for smartphones still don’t take full advantage of the technology. Certain games are unavailable on mobile while some bonuses fail to accommodate smartphone-users entirely.
Both these drawbacks will fade away over the next few years, as online casinos adopt a mobile-first focus.
Security is a prominent concern for everyone playing at online casinos, and sites have to implement the most high-tech measures available to maximize customers’ peace of mind. If you don’t trust your details are safe, you won’t sign up — and the casino loses your business. It’s that simple.
It’s in brands’ best interests to offer a secure service with the best encryption, identity-verification process and payments. We’re all becoming much more aware of the telltale signs of untrustworthy websites, and more casinos will take that into account to reassure players.
These future trends will keep driving positive change within the world of online gaming, giving players the safest, most immersive, most engaging experience available. Which do you think is the most exciting and why?