Technology has had an impact on all of our lives, but it is far from an exaggeration to say it has had a truly transformative effect on some industries.
One sector which has arguably been revolutionized by the capabilities offered by new tech is the world of casinos, with the rise of online services creating new opportunities for those operating within the space.
A global success story
The online casino industry has enjoyed a huge amount of success in the last few years and the future is also looking bright. According to a report released by Grand View Research last year, the global online gambling market is expected to be worth a massive $102.97 billion by 2025.
Arguably one of the biggest factors behind the rise of casino sites has been their willingness to embrace new technology. For example, the industry spotted the potential of mobile very early on and it is now standard for sites to offer their selection of games in a smartphone and tablet-friendly format.
Another trend that the industry quickly adopted was live streaming, with so-called live casino games moving players away from graphic-based titles and allowing them to embrace experiences that are hosted by dealers via a high-quality video link.
A central part of online casinos
Such innovative services have grown to become a central part of the online casino experience – something which is highlighted by the fact that many sites now offer promotions dedicated to that category of games. For example, a new bonus from Casino Betfair offers players a chance to sample its live casino experiences with a 100 percent match bonus up to £100.
The quality of the live casino services on offer has also undoubtedly gone up a notch, with leading providers using the very latest technology to create the best possible offerings. Playtech opened what it claims is the largest ‘next-generation’ live casino studio in Latvia in 2017, with the 8,500 sq m facility apparently including a huge number of state-of-the-art cameras and an advanced control and monitoring center. The studio also includes a 25-meter wide LED curved wall which allows staff to control visuals and change environments depending on the game they are providing.
Such capabilities have not only boosted classic styles of casino gaming, but they have also led to the emergence of new game formats too. For example, Evolution Gaming has created a game show-style experience based on Monopoly, while Playtech also last year launched Quantum Blackjack – which it believes is the industry’s first multiplier-based blackjack game.
An authentic experience
When you think of areas where streaming technology is thought to have had a big impact, the chances are your mind will quickly wander to the world of film and TV due to services like Netflix. However, the online casino industry has been massively affected by the emergence of such services too.
Live casino games have brought an authentic experience into people’s homes. However, with new games and formats emerging all of the time, it feels like there is still so much more to come from this area. It is clearly one to watch.