In the early days of the internet, when more and more personal computers were managing to find their place into people’s houses, the gambling industry was quick to adapt to this new technology and was able to bring their games to people’s personal computers.
The first gaming company Microgaming was formed in 1994, the year that Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade and Processing Act. This is considered to be the first company to develop the first true online casino, known as The Gaming Club. However, the fact that this was the first ever online casino game remains questionable.
The Act that was passed was a gateway for casino brands to make their games available online and soon after Microgaming, many other brands started to develop their own games and made casinos available to the majority of internet users. In order to have a general idea of how fast the industry grew, in 1996 there were around 15 online casinos and in the year 1997, that number was comprised of around 200.
The early casino games that were available on the internet where very basic and where almost identical to their land-based counterparts. While the internet continued to evolve at a rapid pace, developers started to realize the limitless design possibilities that the virtual world can offer.
Casino game developers started to focus more on design, especially in designing slot games. Working with software gave the developers a lot of room for experimentation and trying out new things, new ways in which they could make their games more enjoyable.
The biggest boom in online gambling came with the rise of smartphones and the performance capabilities that they brought with them. Games started to look and perform way better than before and instead of playing casino games on their specific website, casino brands started to make their games available directly through individual apps in order to make them instantly accessible.
Casino brands need to adapt quickly when it comes to technological innovations in order to be able to compete in the online market and to this day they have been able to do just that. Graphics and gameplay have become more impressive with each new generation andgame developers are able to develop their games with cross-platform support in order to people to be able to play with which platform they are most comfortable with.
One example of a modern casino website that offers a plethora of online slot games is Slotpark. On this website, you can find the highly popular games, Book of Ra, Lucky Lady’s Charm and Lord of the Ocean by the developer Novomatic which have been tested and approved by individual organizations. Besides being able to play on their website, casino games also come as apps in order to be accessed immediately without the need to navigate to their webpage.
There is a new trend that is starting to take over the gaming industry, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality). VR is a platform which has not been received well during its initial launch. Many considered it to be a gimmick like how the Kinect was for the Xbox. However, since it was released, the technology started to improve in terms of both hardware and software and has started to gain popularity in the mainstream.
Casino games are also starting to adopt this new technology. Imagine developers creating a full casino inside virtual space and you, the player, being able to interact with all the different games that a complete land-based casino has to offer. Also, the number of ways in which a casino space can be built in the virtual space can only be limited by the developer’s imagination.
As for AR, it is a bit too early to know for sure how this will affect gaming in the future and in what way it will enhance the experience, as its still in its early development stages.
Like any other form of entertainment, there is no telling what the future may bring to virtual gambling. One thing certain is that the gambling industry is not one to fall behind when it comes to technological progress.