Top 5 trends in the global gaming industry for 2018
The gambling industry continues to develop and bring big profits to the owners of gambling companies. The past year for this segment of the market ended with a good profit, which grew every quarter.
How will they attract players in 2018? Our review contains information on trends that will have an impact on the gaming market.
Switch to mobile casino
Gambling experts predict that the popularity of the mobile casino in 2018 will skyrocket. For comparison: in 2016 the share of the mobile market was 33.4%, in 2017 – 35.7%. It is expected that by 2020 this figure will be 43%.
Today, many self-respecting gambling establishments have a mobile version running on Android and iOS. Since it is convenient for players to “play on the go”, developers add to the range of more slot machines available on smartphones.
Virtual reality technology is still only available to large companies in gambling, since the equipment is too expensive and difficult enough to maintain. However, this trend has already started and is developing.
In 2018, more and more casinos will support VR-technologies, allowing their players to immerse themselves in a sense of real presence. Companies will use VR-casinos to attract a younger generation of gamblers. In addition, developers improve the design of gaming machines, introducing a combination of 3D graphics with 3D soundtracks.
Casino with live dealers
Gambling establishments with live dealers were launched by Playtech in 2003, and now many casinos have implemented this technology. In the gambling market it is provided by more than twenty companies that produce gaming software.
Developers rely on the casino with live dealers, because this is a success for young players. This wave will not stop soon, but, on the contrary, will get spread. And those operators who do not have live games, will introduce them in their institutions in the future.
Crypto currency in the casino
The popularity of digital currencies among gamblers is determined by transparent payments and independence from financial regulators. Casino operators are increasingly adding this payment system to their institutions. And not for nothing, because this is an additional guarantee of the honesty of the casino.
The use of crypto currency in the casino promises such advantages for players: anonymity, simplification of withdrawal of funds and replenishment of balance, inability to track financial flows.
Thematic slot machines have gained great popularity among users. They represent different stories that are dedicated to famous movies and cartoons, historical or literary characters, famous personalities.
Gambling experts expect that in 2018 they also, like 13 years ago (when they released the first brand slot “Tomb Raider”), will be on the crest of success. Such a forecast is justified.
In 2017, Playtech signed an agreement with Warner Bros on the acquisition of the right to create 6 slot machines based on DC comics: Suicide Squad, Batman vs Superman, and others.