Now as you know, here at bestbetusa.com, we are always looking at what casino and gaming options are available for you right now. We’ve also focused a little on the history of casino gaming and some of its most popular entertainments, such as slot machines and the like.
But for this post, we are going to cast our eyes forward in time, to how casino games may develop in the future. What things will be blazing a trail over the next decade or so and which will, as a result, define how the industry develops over that time?
However, somewhat paradoxically, for us to best figure out how the casino industry will develop over the next 10-20 years and what innovations are likely, we may need to look at the innovations and developments made over the past 10-20 years to discover the direction in which we are heading.
Major Innovations In The Past 20 Years?
So what have been some of the major innovations that we have seen in the casino industry over the past 20 years or so?
Well obviously, there has been a huge move from real world gaming, to online gaming and latterly to mobile gaming. Indeed, we have probably only just begun to scratch the surface of what is possible with mobile casino gaming (as well as mobile esports gaming) so it is fair to assume that there will be significant developments in this area of casino gaming in the future.
Another interesting prospect is how we can use the improving and new technologies that we are currently developing. Developments in Artificial Intelligence, robotics, the continuing development of microchip technology, not to mention the exciting opportunities that exist with quantum computing (which could radically alter, every aspect of computing, not just online casino gaming) also mean that these will likely play a key role in future years.
Other factors which will likely influence how a casino will develop online in future years will likely be issues such as cryptocurrency and how integrated it becomes in the mainstream. By that we mean being used in more and more retail outlets as well as expanding its usage in the online environment in which it already thrives.
Finally, another development that is going to have a huge impact on the online casino industry and gaming industry over the next decade or two is the speed at which mobile and Wifi enabled devices can connect to the Internet, and the amount of data that can be carried in a short space of time.
Over the past few years, we have made huge progress in increasing the speed and amount of data we can send and receive over the Internet which has facilitated the growing industries of live streaming, esports gaming, network gaming and such like. As our capacity to transmit more data more quickly increases, so this frees up online slots and casino game designers to develop new and more ambitious games with which to tempt us.
So taking into consideration all these major advancements, what kind of things could we see hit online casinos in the near future?
Here’s some of things I think are likely to happen within the next 10-20 years or so for online casino fans.
The Future Of The Online Casino
We are already seeing a move towards more multi-player games online. Of course, games
like Poker, Blackjack, Roulette and whatnot, especially in a Live Casino setting, can involve several players, while players that try to win a progressive jackpot prize are all playing for the same prize on the same games all across the world.
There is no doubt that the popularity of social gaming, where you can play and win with your friends, has altered the view of what software developers of casino games should be focusing upon. For a long time, it was always about what the individual would experience when playing.
That is not necessarily the case any more.
I do feel, we are ripe for the development of more multi-player games, especially slot games, and it may even be the case that some slot games or similar can be modified so that players can effectively win money from each other (as they do when playing Poker) with the casino taking a small cut of their bets as their profit.
With mobile technology allowing players to play from almost anywhere in the world, I do feel that multi-player games and casino experiences will be one of the main focuses of the casinos of tomorrow.
Greater Crypto Integration
We are already seeing the seeds of this at a number of casinos where they will accept a number of different cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, alongside more standard payment methods.
With specialist crypto-only casinos now being developed, I do feel that over time, we will see a great number of the most popular online casinos start to accept payments from cryptocurrencies more and more regularly as an increasing number of people seek to access the benefits of this particular type of currency.
Cryptocurrency’s volatility at the moment may put a lot of people off, but if things settle down then I can see this being the case over the next five years or so and eventually, it will be more surprising when an online casino does not take payments via Crypto.
Bigger, More Expanding Slots & Casino Games
Given that many casino games have been around at least over a 100 years, and some over 200 years, it is naïve to think that within 10-20 years, these games will be usurped by different games. There is a good reason why the likes of blackjack, slots, baccarat, roulette, craps and many other games remain so popular at casinos.
So instead of games being developed to replace these games, you will instead see games of these types with more ambition than was previously possible due to the technology restrictions of the modern era.
That means bigger, more realistic graphics, greater variety of prizes, perhaps larger jackpots to entice people, such as those that play lotteries, more complex slots which will come with enhanced features, or even brand new features included.
Slot games of 20 years ago pale when compared to what is on offer today, so in another 20 years time, we should expect some other big developments too.
Regulation & Expansion
Perhaps the biggest change in the industry over the next 20 years is likely to be its size. We have already seen many states across America legalise online casino gaming, and more are set to follow. Furthermore, there are an increasing number of countries looking at how to legalise and license online casino games and similar.
For governments, the income they would receive in tax is a very attractive prospect and there are many reviewing their laws around online casino gaming to perhaps relax things, or make the legality of gaming clearer in their own country.
However as technology becomes cheaper, faster and more inclusive, this will see an expansion in the number of people trying their hand at these games.
And it is perhaps this which makes the future of online gaming most exciting, especially for those who have invested a lot of time and money over the last 20 years, setting up the infrastructure for it.