Published on September 28th, 2017 | by Sunit Nandi0
More Immersive Experiences and Futuristic Payment Methods: Casino Trends for 2018 and Beyond
The fast-paced and ever-evolving gambling industry never sits still, and always moves forward with advances in technology. Now is arguably one of the most exciting times in casino history, as the platforms are there to enable developers to create totally immersive experiences. There are also new and improved ways of crediting gambling accounts, which could one day become universal. Here we take a look at some of the upcoming trends to watch out for in 2018 and beyond.
Increased Payment Options
Recent years have already seen more of a switch towards the use of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, with some sites opting to operate solely with the e-currency and others choosing to offer it as a payment option. Bitcoin and other digital currencies including Ethereum have made an impressive start in 2017, with both already having reached record highs in value of over $4600 and $400 respectively. As more companies throughout the world begin to embrace these efficient and secure methods of payment, the prices will skyrocket even further. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more online casinos beginning to accept cryptocurrencies, because it helps them to reach global audiences without having to deal with varying currencies.
Continued Development of Live Casinos
Online casinos have tried to bring a brick and mortar casino experience to people in their homes for years, but for some players, the virtual games can’t quite cut the mustard. Recently, one of the most popular improvements has been to offer live casinos, where there are video links to real tables. This reassures players that the game they are playing is above board, and it also helps them to feel as though they are in a real casino. In the next few years players should not only expect more operators to feature live casino games, but there will also be a much wider variety of games to play. In the past, most sites would only offer a few games of roulette or blackjack. But now on sites like Casinocruise.com, which has two state of the art live casino production studios, you will see that there is far greater choice available. The additional games include the likes of Dream Catcher and French Roulette Gold. These games run at the highest resolution available, which is 200 frames per second.
Further Forays into Virtual Reality
There are almost certainly going to be more VR games springing up in the near future. The platform is projected to be worth $40.4 billion by 2020, but if it is to have any hope of reaching these heights then it will need the help of the booming casino industry. So far, Microgaming have set the standard with their VR Roulette, which won the Digital Gaming Innovation award at the Global Gaming Awards in 2015. This is the next step in creating immersive casino gaming experiences, and developers will now be working on other games like blackjack and craps. VR hasn’t taken off yet because the devices have been too expensive for everyday users, but as the technology progresses, old generation devices will be cheaper. This will lead to more people buying them and more online casinos offering the games.
Other trends to watch out for are in the slot machine category, where developers are now seeking ways to incorporate skill into the side games. There are also moves being made by companies like Net Entertainment to create VR slot games. Casino-goers have a lot to be excited about in the not-so-distant future.