Popularity Of Internet Gambling Continues To Rise
Advancements in technology have sparked a major growth in the online gambling industry over the past few years.
This appears set to continue, with further increases of 10% per year and figures accounting for almost half of all gambling revenues within three years reportedly achievable.
Online gambling is big success because of the wide range of games it offers and the convenience of playing without any location restrictions.
We take a look at three of the top emerging trends in the online gambling industry.
USA ready to roll the dice online
The online gambling industry has enjoyed a massive boom in Europe in recent times and the United States now looks set to join the party.
There have been laws aimed at stopping online gambling in the USA, but the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the federal ban on sports betting should change the landscape forever.
Operators such as Virgin Casino can now look at ways it can expand its offering and provide other betting products to its American customers.
Land-based casino operators have argued they would lose revenue to the online gambling industry, yet the opposite has already proved to be the case in New Jersey and it is expected that the same will happen across the country.
Interest in eSports still rising
Digital research firm Superdata recently reported that the worldwide eSports market was valued at $1.5 billion in 2017 and the figure is expected to rise further.
More online gambling operators are including an eSports offering in their services, giving them access to new groups of customers.
Games such as Counterstrike and League of Legends have built huge followings in recent times, with players able to secure massive returns and the genre attracting big live audiences.
Virtual sports such as horse racing, greyhounds and motor sports are already hugely popular online and eSports seem sure to have an increasing impact on the gambling industry over the next few years.
Step “inside” with Virtual reality
Virtual reality (VR) offers players the chance to spend a long weekend playing their favourite games “inside” their favourite casinos around the world.
A VR-ready computer and a suitable headset enables the user to travel into a virtual space full of possibilities. It is even possible for players to look out of VR casino windows and view the outside world in stunning detail.
With a real live environment, where the player can chat with both the dealer and other players, VR opens up a world of opportunities for the user.