Christmas is over and we have a brand-new year to look forward to! What does the online casino industry have in store? We have a few ideas…
Mobile to surge ahead
It’s no secret that mobile casino gaming has grown in popularity over the past few years and experts are anticipating a similar trajectory for the medium in 2019.
Many, if not most online casinos offer their products through mobile-friendly or mobile-optimised platforms. Some have also branched out to create their own bespoke mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. Both of these options have made mobile play super easy and convenient, and more and more players are putting mobile in the top spot as their preferred platform.
Does this mean anything for desktop-based play? Possibly. As more players choose to play on the go, casinos may see less traffic coming from desktop sources. Though this may not affect their overall performance, it may encourage casinos to invest even more heavily in their mobile product. While we don’t think desktop casinos are by any means in danger, we can look forward to more mobile-centric developments in 2019.
Will VR take off?
For Virtual Reality enthusiasts, the future looks really bright. Already, a number of manufacturers – including Sony, Samsung, Google and HTC – have thrown their hat in the ring, bringing the initial cost of a VR system down to a more accessible level.
For casino players, more affordable gear can also open the door to virtual reality casino gaming. So far, VR seems to have stalled somewhat, with only a few casinos and game providers really throwing their weight behind the concept. A handful of games are available in VR format so far.
The increased affordability of headsets might just spur the industry into really taking notice of this medium and could turn it from a novelty project into a serious casino genre.
Make way for cryptocurrencies!
Right now, Bitcoin is front-and-centre in the news, cementing its reputation as the biggest name in cryptocurrency with the general public. But BTC isn’t the only cryptocurrency out there and its rising popularity is sure to shed some light on (and new interest in) the range of currencies out there.
Alt-coins like Etherium, Litecoin, and Dash are all receiving a lot of attention these days as a result of their sibling Bitcoin’s debut on the world media stage.
A handful of casinos accept Bitcoin as a depositing method and we think that number is sure to grow in 2019. Moreover, we can expect to see big businesses (including online casinos) branching out and beginning to explore alternative cryptocurrencies as well.
Casino bonuses in 2019
The ubiquitous casino bonus has been a staple of the industry for several years now, with casinos trying to outdo one another with bigger and better bonuses with which to entice new customers.
As the industry matures, we might see new approaches to this tried-and-tested formula. We couldn’t really say what that would be but online casinos have constantly reinvented themselves and come up with novel solutions in the past so we’re sure they could put their heads together to create the next big thing in casino bonuses this year.
Fresh new casino games to look forward to
Game providers are constantly innovating and creating new games, and 2019 will be no exception. Whether it’s stalwarts like NetEnt and Microgaming or newly fledged studios like Yggdrasil, you can rest assured that your 2019 will include a steady stream of game launches to whet your appetite. More choices mean a better gaming experience!
To conclude, all of us here at GamblingMetropolis would like to wish you an excellent 2019 – here’s to a year packed with exciting casino games, innovative creations, and maybe even a win or two!