The most popular casino games, such as blackjack and roulette, have been around for centuries and don’t look like losing any of their appeal anytime soon. Yet, that doesn’t mean that there is a lack of innovation in the industry. On the contrary, a look at some of the latest online casino trends lets us see how quickly the industry is moving to adapt to the possibilities offered by new technology.
A growing number of live experiences
The availability of new streaming technology has been put to good use in the online casino world. This is because casinos can now offer live dealer games where the human dealer is streamed directly onto the player’s screen, giving an authentic casino atmosphere and a human touch that appeals to many players without affecting the odds of winning at roulette or other games.
Evolution Gaming is a leading name in this area, with their games such as Crazy Time, Sic Bo Live, and Live Dream Catcher all included in the collection of live dealer games in the Betway casino. We can also see Texas hold ‘em, roulette, and blackjack among the options. The popularity of casino games based on TV game shows is reflected in titles such as Deal or No Deal and Mega Wheel. These games can offer players the chance to view the action from different camera angles, such as seeing close-ups of the dealer’s hands at the vital moments, for instance, when they are turning over the vital card to decide which hand wins a game of baccarat. In some cases, the players can also interact with the dealer as the game is carried out.
The huge popularity of smartphones and tablets can be seen in the fact that close to 4 billion people around the world now own one. It’s thought about 2.2 billion of us play mobile games of some sort and over 60% of people install a game within a week of owning a new smartphone, so it is easy to see why this is a market that casino games developers are keen to expand.
The arrival of the HTML5 programming language in 2008 made it far easier to develop mobile games that can be played instantly in a smartphone’s browser. This has led to leading companies such as NetEnt close to hugely popular slots like Starburst to the mobile market. Microgaming and Playtech have also put a strong focus on the mobile approach.