A few years ago online gaming was a novelty, now it is the norm. A study of nearly 9000 gamers in 2016 found that 72% play online, and that figure is up from 69% the year before. The average overall gaming time per week is also on the rise, up 9% from 2015. It’s not just the amount of people playing online games that is seeing a serious incline, though, it is also the quality of games available and the myriad ways of playing them. Mobile gaming has played an integral part in this progression, and it continues to do so.
In a report from 2015 it was found that the mobile gaming industry reached sales exceeding $25billion in 2014, which was a 42% increase over 2013. Now, mobile gaming has overtaken from console gaming, and a big part of this is to do with the rise of the online casino, and the way these sites have exploited the latest mobile technology to attract more players.
Online casinos are one of the most popular forms of gaming, and although it is hard to determine just how many players gamble at a certain time, a study from Washington University estimated that 1.6 billion people gamble at some point in a given year. The study also found that over 4.2 billion people had gambled at some point in their lives. These stats give an idea of just how lucrative the online casino sector is.
The popularity of online casinos could be down to the way they have adapted the traditional casino games and made them accessible to the everyday user. Slot machines, for example, now have hundreds of different themes and exciting side-games. Looking back to the original slot machines on which players had to pull the handle and spin in fruit symbols, the games have evolved greatly. Now the symbols are based on popular TV shows like Game of Thrones, and films like the Avengers. Some other casino games, however, haven’t had to change as much to pull in players.
Blackjack and roulette have largely remained true to the games of the past, with a few modifications for the internet age. All the roulette games from 32red use the single zero wheel which is the version of roulette pioneered by Francois Blanc, the man who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the secrets of the game. Where the games differ slightly from the original is the ease with which they can be played, from a few simple mouse clicks to place bets, to clicking the repeat bet button per spin. 32red also offers slight variants of the game like Multi-wheel, a version for those who seek the thrill of playing many different games at once. Multi-wheel roulette can be found at a number of sites including Roxy Palace, where they offer players a sign up bonus upon joining, and Cherry Games, a site that awards players free spins.
Sites have enjoyed a huge influx of players in recent years that coincides with the rise of mobile users and advancements in technology. Now, all the top sites offer free smartphone apps so that players can play all their favorite games while on the move. This not only makes the online casino world even more accessible, it also provides a new platform on which to play the games. It seems like a match made in heaven. Casino games tend to be fast and easy to play for short periods of time, and smartphone users can have a gamble whenever they get a free moment. The touch screen layout is also ideal for placing bets on roulette, spinning the reels on slot machines, or hitting on blackjack.
As mobile technology becomes more state of the art, and combines with wearable technology like smartwatches and virtual reality headsets, the games available to play online are sure to become even more intricate, addictive and enjoyable. The way trends are going now, in the future there will be fewer people playing online games from their computers and even greater numbers using mobile.
The exciting thing is, this is just the beginning. In the next few years, mobile and online gaming is certain to soar to new, unprecedented heights.