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Key Trends in Mobile Gambling for 2019

9 October, 2018 Gaming

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Game-changing technologies are sweeping every industry and gambling is no exception. One trend that has caught the eyes of the casinos worldwide is the massive surge in mobile gambling. Take a look at these numbers.


In 2016, the share of overall gambling worldwide was close to $400 billion. In contrast, online gambling's share reached $50 billion in 2017. This was an exponential jump within a time span of six years from $30 billion in 2011.


Let's take a look at the key trends sweeping the online gambling industry as well as the effect they are having on the mobile online casinos.


VR takes central stage


Ever since we got Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear, the VR technology is showing no signs of slowing down. Today's virtual reality casinos create an experience so close to the real land casino that it's hard to differentiate. You can find slots, blackjack, roulette and other specialty games complete with all the action, sound, music and lights. 


Slot Millions, one of the first VR casinos offered the slot game "Starburst," which has been a major hit with its outstanding graphics, immersive soundtrack. Even NetEnt dipped its toes in the VR world with "Jack's World," its hugely successful take on the classic slot game Jack and the Beanstalk as a foundation.


Nowadays players also can enjoy live streams that don't need high-profile investment and a combination of 3D graphics and 3D sound.


Cryptocurrencies

 

Cryptocurrencies have made landfall in the gambling world. Various benefits - anonymity, speed, tax-free status, security, and low fee - that comes with using a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin has attracted a lot of players.


It has got the attention of casinos with a lot of crypto coin casinos popping up. Perfect compatibility of cryptocurrencies as a payment method with all the mobile devices is further propping up cryptocurrency as an acceptable trend at all the best mobile casinos.


For example, 1xBit.com, an online multi-cryptocurrency-accepting casino has been widely regarded as a trendsetter. It offers unique software for placing sports bets and playing casino games from the top-providers. Players can easily bet on more than 50 sports.


Better user experience


Online casinos recorded an unprecedented profit (over $40 billion) last year with the advent of technologies like the IoT (Internet of Things). A rise in the connected devices has worked wonders for every industry today with an unbelievable amount of data analytics at the disposal of enterprises, and the gambling industry is also taking note.


Information gleaned from the analytics is being used to offer better user experiences for all the casino games on offer. Online and mobile casinos have an advantage over the land casinos as they can react instantly to every iota of data player give them like the choice of games, the length of time spent on each game, and the best time the players like to play.


That's how the developers of online slot games can decide what works better. Games with powerful supplementary video and audio content, branded stuff, or theme offerings?


More attention to safety & security


All this talk of technology hasn't left the safety and security aspect untouched. The industry is worth billions in the gambling industry with rising hacking attacks on the mobile casino sites.


Online casinos and mobile casinos are now increasingly deploying the latest SSL encryption techniques to layer the important financial and personal data. The RNG (Random Number Generator) technology is being used, which is as close to the universal laws of randomness, as you can get.


Phone providers offer increasingly sophisticated device fingerprinting fraud prevention solutions to identify users.


Also, banks have become vigilant when it comes to online and mobile payments. Then there are a host of regulatory bodies that exercise tight control over land as well as online casinos activities. This ensures that players get a fair deal and their information isn't tampered with.


Live casino games


Mobile gambling has latched on to the fascinating world of live casino games. Ever since the first roulette game was rolled out on the mobile platform, all the casinos worth their salt offer a varied range of mobile gaming solutions.


Microgaming introduced the live dealer games back in 2006. Today's live dealer casinos online offer an unparalleled experience in poker, casino, baccarat, roulette, and slots. Players get advanced socialization experience, which combined with a land-based casino atmosphere, is becoming popular.  The attractive bonuses and VIP programs are also proving to be a huge draw among players.


Conclusion


The coming years will see further growth in online gambling and more players in the market with sophisticated technology.


The key mobile gambling trends discussed should all be good for the player as vendors fight ruthlessly for their attention and more importantly, money.


There will be some winners, and there could be a lot of losers - we wouldn't like to make a bet on it!

 


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