How Technology Changes Gambling
How Technology Changes Gambling
Why do we gamble? It is not always about the gain; rather we take risks for the fun of it. With the urge deeply ingrained in our consciousness, we invented games of chance, and in recent times, the means to make them readily available. Gambling has been taking place since the earliest history of mankind, as far back as 2,000 BC. Starting from the simplest lottery-type games and Chinese domino cards, to dice in Ancient Rome and a modern baccarat precursor in 15 century France, the activity evolved, to include more complicated forms that we enjoy globally today. While its popularity was always on a steady rise, gambling became a true worldwide phenomenon, only after a major technological breakthrough was achieved with the invention of Internet. Slots, table games, bingo and sports betting transferred over to a virtual medium, through which we could entertain ourselves without leaving home, or making prior arrangements. World Wide Web propelled the gaming industry to new heights, where limitless opportunities for growth and expansion opened up, significantly changing the way we approach gambling from economic, social and legal perspectives.
The Rise of Internet
In 1994, after the Internet has taken over the world, Microgaming took the plunge with the first ever online casino to see the light of day. Soon after the launch, the now famous company shifted the focus to software development exclusively, which they've been involved with ever since. Eager players around the globe took to online games immediately, and the enormous spike in revenue after only 5 years showed just how much people enjoyed games of skill and chance. The first products were simplified, with a few slots and board games making up the majority of the initial offering. However, the progress was lightning-fast, with bigger and better platforms launched every year, until we finally got the first live casino in 2003. Powerful computers allowed for a virtual experience to come as close to the real deal as possible, and the chance to play against the dealers made the impressionable gamblers feel like they are truly sitting at the tables of a real-life land-based casino.
Mobile Becomes the Norm
Today, there are thousands of gaming sites and operators, competing amongst each other for the attention and loyalty of gambling enthusiasts. In a way, the games we can play online give us, even more, winning opportunities and options, then we can expect in brick and mortar venues. The experience is different, but not necessarily worse, and many players would say they've come to prefer virtual games, over the experience on land. The convenience, accessibility, diversity are the main advantages of the former, providing busy users exactly what they need - a quick and easy way to wager money and have fun.
Just when we thought it doesn’t get better than this, mobile casinos appeared to prove us wrong. High-tech phones and tablets have almost replaced our PC’s and laptops – their use crossing all generational gaps; there’s no person young or old without one in their hands. With a new device hitting the market on a yearly basis, it is evident what the next step in the internet gaming saga should be.
Virtual Reality as the New Frontier
It was late 2015 that we started seeing more and more mobile platforms launching as part of already established operators, who had the resources to invest in the growing mobile market and offer a wide variety of games, including live dealer streaming. Many experts claim the future on online casinos is in the mobile sphere. On their way to work, on a lunch break, before bed or any other tiny fraction of spare time can now be used by gamblers to squeeze in a quick slot or poker session. The fact that mobile casinos come equipped with the same, or better bonus and promotions, banking methods, support options and attractive layouts only serves to boost the popularity of gambling ‘on the go.’
It is hard to imagine our favorite activity getting any more advanced than it is now, but we can’t say what the future brings, or how new technological achievements might affect gambling. In 2017, we had the chance to try out demo versions of the up and coming virtual reality games, which will come equipped with Oculus Rift headsets and other high-end gear, meant to immerse us into the experience deeper than ever before. Microgaming and Net Entertainment, two best-known providers of online gaming software, will be among the first companies to tackle this technology, and once again change the iGaming industry. By 2020, VR products are estimated to become the standard offering, and we are now looking at the future unfolding right before our eyes.