The year 2019 ushered in with big changes for the online gambling industry. The industry has seen tremendous growth and this year is no exception as different advancements in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and Virtual Reality (VR) will play big roles in shaping online gambling trends, not just this year but also in the coming years.
Take one company as an example, when it started offering live dealer gaming that features a roulette option not from any studio but live from a casino floor. Currently, it is in effect in New Jersey and you can expect that other states will offer this live gaming experience as well.
So now, we take a look at other online gambling trends we can watch out for 2019:
Live Dealers and Virtual Reality: Online Gambling Trends for 2019
With all the restrictions and bans that’s stopping online gambling from gaining full speed, its growing popularity is still undeniable. This year, we’ll see more of virtual reality, live dealers, cross platform options, other tech advancements and overall better games for gamblers to enjoy:
- The Live Dealer Experience
For those who want to experience playing in a real casino without having to suit up, live dealer games for US players are now gaining more leverage in the world of online gambling. Live streaming is also now being introduced and some operators are already offering options to chat with other players and even communicate with dealers during the game.
- Virtual Reality Is Here
Aside from live dealer games, Virtual Reality is also a great way for gamblers to enjoy a more immersive experience while playing in online casinos. With a VR headset, players can already see each other in tables and even interact like players do in a real casino, all in the comforts of their own home.
- Cryptocurrency Is the New Preferred Currency
Although Bitcoin experienced a huge downfall last year, cryptocurrency will still be used heavily this year in online casinos because of how easy it is for players to deposit and withdraw money. Cryptocurrency is also a more secure option to gamble because it doesn’t require the player to divulge any personal information and blockchain technology is not governed by any authorities, which makes all transactions safe and fast.
Netflix and Gaming:Entertainment Trends for 2019
Entertainment has never been more exciting and this year, we’ll be seeing the continued domination of Netflix and a few other things in between:
- Netflix Still Reigns Supreme
Netflix has dominated YouTube as the top video streaming service last year, and 2019 will be no different. And if you’re one of those who love to watch your favourite shows on your mobile phone, Netflix is set to test a mobile-only, cheaper version of its streaming service to make it more accessible to mobile users.
- VPN Is Getting More Headway
52% of VPN users say they choose VPN to access better entertainment content and this year, more than 16% of the world’s internet users will be using VPN more because it’s easier and gives access to remotely-located servers that offer more content than their local servers.
- Cross Platform Gaming Is In
86% of gamers say they’ve played on at least one device for the past month. Since gaming has become a largely popular form of entertainment these days, gaming enthusiasts now want to take their favourite games on the go by accessing them on any device. 66% of gamers play using their smartphones compared to only 23% who prefer consoles for their gaming experience.
With the development of more mobile-friendly games this year, we’ll surely be seeing more players hooked on their mobile phones playing PUBG or Mobile Legends.
There is definitely so much to look forward to this year in the world of entertainment, gambling and technology, and everything is a mix of traditional methods given a slight twist to out-of-the-box ideas that will revolutionise the world in more ways than we can imagine.
So, whether you’re tinkering with the latest VR apps on your mobile or playing poker in an online casino while on a holiday in Ibiza, you’ll surely enjoy 2019 and all it has to bring.