The iGaming industry is embracing new technological inventions every year. In India, land-based casinos are going obsolete, and the progress in the digital direction seems to be far from over.
A number of technologies were born in the 2010s, and albeit some of them have taken a while to go mainstream, the gaming industry has been quick to adopt what it can. The 2020s are bound to come with their own discoveries, but of course, those two are going to need time to mature. In the foreseeable future, we can only expect online casino operators and game developers to take up what is already on the market. Here are five relatively new technologies already transforming the iGaming industry in India:
Augmented Reality proved to be an asset with plenty to offer to the gaming industry when Pokémon Go was released back in 2016. The game became an instant hit, and many experts believed it marked the start of a new gaming era. Surprisingly, not much has been done since, but, thanks to Pokémon Go, everyone now knows about AR.
Some of the largest online casinos in the world have already started using the technology to bring a feel of conventional land-based casinos to some of their games. More gambling platforms in and out of India are expected to follow suit this 2020. You can follow gambling-dedicated publications such as CasinoBetting.live to stay updated on the developments.
Artificial intelligence is slowly becoming one of the most important technologies in contemporary iGaming. Many developers and publishers have begun to use AI and machine learning to improve the user experience for gamers. One way technology is being used in studying player behavior patterns and trying to anticipate their needs. Some casino operators are using it to understand the elements that make certain games popular than others.
For developers, artificial intelligence can be used to study the best players and use their skills to improve computer competition. Computers will now get better at poker and other games the more they play humans.
AI can also be used to streamline customer service bots by tracking the playing habits of specific customers and providing solutions to them without involving human assistance.
Casinos around the world started using virtual reality from as early as 2015 when the technology was still in its infancy. Gamers were quick to adapt, and developers had a new market gap to exploit. Currently, thousands of new mobile and casino games are VR-compatible, and even people who previously didn’t know the first thing about online gaming are showing interest.
Virtual reality offers an immersive experience, taking gamers through the surreal world of a virtual casino using a simple VR headset. While this may look like the zenith of the technology as far as iGaming is concerned, the reality is that we are still on a very basic phase. Poker, craps, and other social casino games would experience immense transformation with a VR facelift. Imagine throwing dice in a craps game and getting cheered on in real-time by fellow gamers like you were playing in a land-based casino. With VR, you would be able to “see” your opponent and their facial expressions on the other of the table as the game goes on. You would wager on sporting events and “attend” the events without really leaving your home or paying entry fees. The potential for the merging of virtual reality and iGaming is limitless. Potentially, by the end of the decade, we are going to have this immersive technology at the core of all online casino games.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a part of the revolution of the iGaming space for a while now. One major contribution was in the shift to mobile gaming, which enabled gamers to access games wherever and whenever they wanted. Then, the first game developed exclusively for smartwatches came out. Later, gambling platforms began using live videos to connect gamers and bring them together.
With the advent of technologies such as AR and VR and the development of more powerful digital systems, casinos can now utilize virtually any device to improve the gaming experience.
IoT is still in its early stages of development. However, online casino buffs can rest assured that their favorite industry will be among the first to take up the technology as it makes headway.
Just like everything else that has embraced new technology, online gambling has made huge steps in the past two or three decades. The 2020s may be the decade when gambling in India goes full digital and brick and mortar casinos are scrapped for good. If you are an online gambler, brace up for the above technologies because we are in for yet another huge upgrade.