Springtime is when the world of iGaming enters a talkative mode: various discussion panels, conferences and events that include industry veterans and experts of all facets are about to take place. And during these, as a way of adapting to evolution in technology and player behavior before it even happens…
…a large portion of these talks will be devoted to analyzing big ideas that are about to be adopted, hints at directions to be taken and, in general, preparing for going down roads less traveled.
With a certain confidence in their accuracy, there are certain forecasts that are standing out as the most likely to reshape iGaming no later than before the current year ends.
In-depth research has been conducted by the iGaming authority, H2 Gambling Capital and the gist of their results – kindly provided to us by sister site, Key To Casino – is here for your reading pleasure. Ready to take a look at the crystal ball?
Customized Slots and Evolved Table Games
The point of the global market’s oversaturation with slot games is, in the eyes of certain analysts, quite nigh. Not content with experiencing a deluge of slots with similar features, the consumers are demanding more.
Gaming providers and producers are also getting more and more plentiful by the minute. In this situation hazardous to the vertical itself, it’s imperative to reinvent in order to catch up with players’ rising savvy.
…it is expected that a trend of gaming crossovers between slots and video games will culminate in 2019.Games with progress bars, levels and customized interfaces are becoming the norm. NetEnt has already taken the plunge with their blitz slots series. Also, popular TV shows are getting adapted to reels, putting the emphasis not so much on bonuses, but on storytelling itself.
Table games still remain the larger source of income for operators. In 2018, H2GC reports…
…table games generated 34% of total gaming gross revenue, far ahead of slots’ 21%. This, however, should not make producers complacent: tides turn quickly and if no significant changes are made, this vertical could suffer the blow of becoming stale, too.
Innovations are starting to appear, however. Swtich Studios, who is supplying its parent company, Microgaming, with niche products, is reworking the entire genre – from Classic and American Roulette, to new takes on blackjack that will be out soon.
Live Dealer Games Will Bloom
In close relation to the table segment being ripe for reinvention is the live dealer vertical which is massively gaining in popularity. In 2018, it was already evident that games with virtual dealers will be the new craze…
…and in 2019, Pragmatic Play – one of the trailblazers in this business – were among the few relaunching its live dealer suite in a completely revamped package.
With the diversification of games from the original trio of roulette, blackjack and baccarat long gone, it is now time to rethink the gameplay experience. Lightning Roulette has cool special effects and modifiers – something that is in no way possible in any land-based venue, no matter how advanced.
With the advent of technology and speed of connection, producers are adding in more camera angles, a more realistic environment and even drastic interactivity with dealers. Even brick-and-mortar properties are getting in on this by streaming live dealer games from their lobbies – although, it’s really the Asian market that predominantly leads the way in this still.
Researchers say that we are very near the tipping point when users of mobile devices placing wagers and playing games will constitute the majority. This is expected to become a reality in 2023…
“In-depth research has been conducted”
…when 53% of clients will be logging in their online casinos to place wagers via smartphones and tablets.
Most recent figures show that Europe’s total annual gaming win was $27 billion – $13 billion of that was won on mobile phones. This is symptomatic of the European continent where consumers are particularly fond of playing on the go – Asia and the Middle East are trailing behind with $6.9 billion in wins generated and North America sitting third with $2.3 billion.