Technologies Bringing iGaming Closer to the Punters
There is no denying that iGaming is a very successful sector. However, as operators are always trying to be better and attract more punters, they are implementing more and more technological innovations that ensure that this happens. Here is what players can expect.
Augmented reality has the ability to create an atmosphere that will resemble that of a real land-based casino. For example, AR can be used to create a 3D version of a particular game, thus allowing punters to interact with virtual objects, move around the table or game board, and to better see what is happening. It also comes with enhanced sound effects and tutorials that teach players how to play. Punters can even use virtual lobbies to meet new people and socialize while waiting for their turn.
Virtual reality takes AR capabilities to the next level by creating a fully immersive world that people can enter by using a VR headset. That means that a player gets a 360-degree view of the environment they are in and feels like they are in a real brick-and-mortar venue surrounded by other players. As headsets are becoming more affordable and popular, online casinos are increasingly developing this feature and it should be easy to find in the near future.
Artificial intelligence has machine learning capabilities that allow it to make accurate predictions, perform faster analysis, and provide high-quality customer support. These features are revolutionizing the gambling industry. For example, AI chatbots quickly answer any question that a punter might have while sophisticated algorithms suggest strategies based on a player’s behaviour, which means that the iGaming experience is significantly improved. Moreover, as AI is not influenced by outside factors or emotions, punters can rest assured that all games are fair.
Live casino games
A feature that is becoming more and more popular among punters is live casino games. These are rather similar to regular casino games, except that here there is an actual live dealer at the table that players can watch via a live video feed. Whether it’s blackjack, roulette, or poker, a dealer will do their part while the punters watch and bet from the comfort of their home or when on the go. This also contributes to the creation of a real casino environment without the need to invest in AR and VR technology.
Nowadays, most things can be done with a mobile device. Playing online casino games or making sports wagers is also a possibility as more and more operators are developing mobile apps that punters can easily download on their iOS or Android device and start betting. What is more, even if they don’t want to invest time and money into developing an app, they are making responsive websites that can easily be accessed and used on mobile. All that’s required is a reliable internet connection.
A very popular technology right now is cloud technology. Having the ability to play “in the cloud” with every game saved instantly can be a huge lifesaver in certain cases. If the internet connection is lost or the power goes out, a player doesn’t have to worry about their progress not being saved. Moreover, it means that there is no need for any software to be installed and the game can be played whenever, wherever, on whichever platform the player wants, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
Punters are also providing online operators with personal and financial information. That means that they need to be certain that this information is protected at all times. To help their customers rest easy, providers are investing in SSL certificates that encrypt the transactions. Players can ensure they are safe by looking for a little padlock next to the address bar as well as by making sure the URL starts with HTTPS://. Additionally, two-step verification or biometric authentication can further reassure the punters.
Increased banking options
Online providers are also offering more and more banking options. For example, debit and credit cards have been available for a while and they are very common as they are accessible to a large number of people. Another method for depositing and withdrawing money is e-wallets like PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller. Prepaid cards are also alternatives that many punters opt for. Lastly, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum as well as the blockchain technology that comes along with them are revolutionizing the industry as transactions are faster, more secure, and without fees.
Better graphics and gameplay
A big part of attracting punters has been the fact that technological advances resulted in better graphics and gameplay. Games are no longer grainy and laggy; now, they are smooth and realistic. Developers devote plenty of time to the graphics and animations, sometimes even coming up with a whole story to help the players feel immersed.
From AR and VR to improved security, online casinos and sportsbooks are covering all their bases these days. It remains to be seen just how far these advancements and their implementation will go.