iGaming is often on the forefront of the biggest trends in both gaming and technology. The dedicated fanbase is eager to try new technology, even before it reaches the mass market. Gaming trends can also be applied to iGaming in order to enhance a player’s engagement with the traditional gameplay. But what evolutions in iGaming should we be looking for at a glance in 2018?
The future of online casino definitely revolves around the interaction of players, the providers, and one another. Technological advances work to make us more communicative and interconnected, and by taking a common solitary pastime and adding an element of camaraderie to it, it can be improved. Live dealers have long been a staple of iGaming, with games developers focusing on blackjack, roulette, and baccarat as key games that benefit from the live dealer. Having a live dealer allows players to amp up the tension as they would at a physical casino, while also ushering in social cues to affect the game e.g. the player may be more tempted to try a riskier move with someone ‘watching’. Live streaming is definitely a trend seen in modern circles and may even help attract millennials to more traditional iGaming.
The rise in branded games will also continue in 2018, with more and more franchises opening themselves up to the iGaming treatment. Franchise owners and film companies are realising the enduring power of iGaming and that, by connecting with an iGaming fanbase, they can further their own reach. Microgaming is a leading purveyor of branded games, with franchises chosen suitable for everyone, ranging from Bridesmaids to Jurassic Park to Battlestar Galactica. As is shown through their prominence on Canada’s updated Slots rankings for 2018, Microgaming features heavily with its offerings across a variety of online casino sites. The games may be different, but the Microgaming touch of branded content remains.
Variations on a Classic
The enduring gameplay of iGaming, from poker to slots to blackjack and roulette is what keeps the interest of fans. But that doesn’t mean the formula can’t be tweaked slightly. The rise of skills based games – which will take something like slots and add an extra puzzle element to it in order to give it an added edge will continue. Added skills in gaming have been proven to improve abilities of its players. Moreover, variations on classic games, such as poker that features the gameplay of classic Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha Hi-Lo, but with themed changes to the big blind, to pre-flop and flop rounds will help keep the classics fresh. By changing the formula slightly, but retaining what keeps audiences hooked, iGaming can continue to up their offering as an industry. By adding modern twists to the classic gameplay, both traditionalist fans and those new to the game can be pleased.
iGaming will continue to go from strength to strength in 2018, cornering the market as a niche as equal as console gaming or mobile gaming. The ability for developers to test new concepts on the iGaming community and perfect the use of technology keeps the industry fresh and punters coming back for more.