While online gambling software developers wrestle with the introduction of virtual reality (VR) for the online casino industry, players and operators can expect to see significant improvements in existing technologies.
These changes are expected to bring the online gambling industry to the cutting edge of what’s currently available in the mobile gambling marketplace.
Studies by Statista show that the daily time U.S. Millennials spend using mobile devices grew from 107 minutes in 2012 to 223 minutes in 2017. What is more, between 2016 and 2019, mobile internet usage time in the country is expected to grow from 155 daily minutes to 190 minutes per day, representing a 22.5 percent growth within the three years measured.
Mobile web usage time is expected to account for roughly 14.2 percent of that time, with the remaining mobile internet time spent in-app. In the UK, not only are online gambling sites from the UK looking for more and better technology for mobile casino games, but everywhere in the world also challenge for the best.
In 2019, players can expect to see most if not all major online operators moving away from optimized websites to actual mobile apps. The current mobile app technologies offer a cleaner and more professional gambling environment that includes access to all the same modules found on sister websites. Speed, clarity and screen optimization will be the primary focuses. Players can also expect to see mobile platforms being accessible by all common operating systems.
Fast-growing industries are particularly vulnerable to hacking and theft issues. There’s no denying the online casino gambling industry is among one of the fastest growing industries on the Internet. The stakes are rising as the sheer number of online gamblers bringing their hard-earned dollars to the table is increasing leaps and bounds. As such, online gambling operators and software developers have a responsibility to provide secure environments for customers.
Efforts are currently underway to develop the next generation of SSL encryption technology. Software developers are also looking at ways to include new security technologies that will help keep bad actors at bay. These new technologies include fingerprint login, facial recognition and two-factor security.
Improved Live Casino Play
Live online dealer games (Blackjack, Rolette, Hold’em Poker, Baccarat) have long been considered the precursor to the VR and augmented reality technologies that are currently under development. Until those technologies are fully developed and ready for implementation, live casino developers like Evolution Gaming are working hard to make sure live dealer content includes the latest in cutting edge technologies.
In 2019, online casino gamblers can expect to see further improvement in live casino content thanks in large part to improvements in transmission speed (5G). This is proving to be extremely important for mobile gambling proponents who are looking for quality access to the same games being offered by sister websites. Currently, players are experiencing a more realistic live dealer experience that includes the ability to easily communicate with the dealer and other players at the table.
Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin
As more international government agencies come to grips with the notion cryptocurrencies are here to stay, the online casino industry has a vested interest to make sure patrons can use their cryptocurrencies to make both deposits and withdrawals. It is what patrons want. The appeal is fast transactions, lower processing fees and anonymity.
Currently, approximately 15% of all online websites will accept Bitcoin as a viable banking option. That number is expected to more than double in 2019, plus the industry should start seeing a push towards allowing other cryptocurrencies to get involved in the industry.
Software developers are also expected to find other ways to take advantage of the blockchain technology that supports cryptocurrency processing. The possibilities seem endless. There are some rumblings that said technology could allow software developers to innovate casino games that offer players a bigger bite of the casino’s built-in advantages.
There’s a lot on the table in 2019. As the industry continues its explosive growth pattern, a new breed of online casino player will keep the pressure on operators to offer the best gaming experience possible.
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