Leading Online Casino Trends for 2017
2016 was a huge year for online casinos as the number of online casinos increased quite substantially and there was also an increase in the types of games that were offered. This trend of expansion is expected to continue into 2017 and technological advancements may mean that new dimensions are bought to online casinos. Some of the trends that can be expected to be seen in 2017 are explored in more detail below.
Different Types of Slots
Slots remain one of the most popular types of casino games and so these will continue to be seen in 2017. There are two distinct types of slots that you can probably expect to see. There will be a return to the classic fruit machines that many people have fond memories of playing. On the other end of the scale, there is also likely to be an increase in slots with a multitude of features such as bonuses and free spins.
There is also likely to be an increase in live dealing at online casinos. This is where things that would normally be computer generated such as the spin of the roulette wheel are filmed and broadcast live. Players can place their bets in the same way as they have always done and once all bets have been placed the live deal will take place. There are many more devices in today’s market that are capable of handling a live video feed.
The Dominance of Mobile Gaming
More people than ever are expected to play at online casinos on smartphones and tablets than ever before in 2017. This is due in the most part to the improved graphics and sounds that can now be found on mobile devices. The fact that wifi is available in more locations when people are out of their homes is another factor in mobile gaming becoming so popular. Even when people are at home, it is much easier to reach for their phone or tablet than starting up a computer.
BitCoin Accepted As Currency
Bitcoin has had a reputation for being volatile in the past but more recently it has begun to stabilize. Some companies in other industries have already started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method and it may not be long before online casinos follow suit. Predictions show that the first few months of 2017 are likely to be tumultuous financially as the new President of the United States finds his feet and this may increase the demand for Bitcoin as a currency. Casinos could be losing out if this is not something that they offer.
Development of Bonuses and Incentives
All online casinos use bonuses to try and attract new players and so there is often competition among casinos to offer the most attractive bonuses. This will almost certainly still be the case in 2017 but we may also see casinos employing different tactics. Once a player has signed up to the casino then work also needs to go into retaining these players. Bonuses that are offered every now and again when playing is one tactic that can achieve this, as is having some kind of rewards scheme that encourages people to check in every day.
As previously discussed, slots are some of the most popular games that are played at online casinos. As a result of this the market has become almost saturated with different themes. When casinos are deciding on the themes that they will use for new slots they need to think about who their target audience is. Games can then be chosen that they will relate to and that follow a specific theme all the way through the game.