Today, the concept of gambling has changed unrecognizably from what it was as recently as 10 years ago. While visiting a casino used to involve getting dolled up in your glad rags (and perhaps even boarding a plane!) to visit a brick-and-mortar establishment, nowadays it can be accomplished simply by logging into your favourite website from the comfort of your own home.
Of course, that has made the entire experience far more convenient and drawn more people towards the practice as casual gamblers than ever before. But what’s on the horizon for this increasingly popular industry? Here are three ways we envisage the online casino experience improving in the coming years to deliver an even better end product for its fans.
One way in which online casinos can differ from their land-based counterparts is the manner in which they’re enjoyed. While people often attend the latter in groups and enjoy the social aspect of the experience, online gamblers are more likely to log on and lay down wagers on their own. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Look at the gaming industry, for example. According to a recent survey published by Forbes magazine, two-thirds of all gamers say they have made as many as five good friends while gaming – and 37% report they have made even more! There’s no reason the same community vibe could not be replicated in the gambling world, especially if casino operators facilitate such interactions through the setup of chat rooms and the suchlike, where players can greet one another, swap tips and forge friendships.
VR and AR
Perhaps the only disadvantage that online casinos face compared to real-life establishments is the actuality of the experience – but the boffins behind their development are hard at work addressing that shortcoming. Of course, it’s already possible to stream a live casino, which uses a real-life dealer dealing cards or spinning wheels in real time to replicate the authenticity of a casino visit.
But what if you could take things one step further? With the advent of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), such a scenario might not be as futuristic as it initially sounds. This revolutionary technology has the ability to transport you to the casino floor, where you could mingle with other guests, chat with croupiers and experience the thrill of striking it lucky in all its three-dimensional glory.
Cryptocurrencies are already accepted by a number of online casinos, but the rising popularity of digital monies such as Bitcoin means this is only likely to become more mainstream in the years ahead. That’s especially true when entire countries are endorsing them with open arms; the El Salvadorian government has adopted Bitcoin as an official currency, while other nations are rumoured to be following suit.
The logic of doing so with regard to online casinos is plain for all to see. Due to the sophisticated blockchain technology underpinning cryptocurrencies, every transaction is completed safely and securely, with no chance of malicious hackers stealing your details. What’s more, cryptos also offer unprecedented anonymity, which is great news for those who care deeply about their privacy when gambling online.
Online casinos are already enjoyed by millions of people around the world – but the coming years are set to see their user experience improve even further and their customer base grow even larger.
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