Casinos, in a similiar way to a number of today’s businesses, have been revolutionised by new technology. Mobile technology, in particular, has made the casino business much more pronounced by bringing the niche to a much wider market segment. In days gone by, online casinos had a limited games selection, with some of the notable genres such as slots, blackjack, poker, and roulette. Many viewed casino games as a pastime played by both gentlemen and skillful players. However, mobile technology has popularised the industry by making gaming platforms accessible to many, while retaining the adventurous and enjoyment factors. Mobile technology also opened up a world of choice to gamblers all over the world. From the palm of your hand, you can now play virtually any casino game you desire as long as it is mobile-optimised.
The greatest achievement attributed to mobile technology in the gambling world, is the ability to reach a large audience. Generally, casinos are places that were stereotyped as unsafe establishements to play at. The negative connotations which surrounded casinos made it difficult for some people to experience the gambling life, thereby making the industry lose potential customers. However, mobile technology has made it possible to experience what it feels to be part of a casino in the comfort of your home. Many casino games have expertly designed graphics and audio effects resonating deeply with land based casinos. The number of people who are now playing casino games online has arguably more than doubled since casino software providers started optimising their games for mobile devices.
Another major development which mobile technology initiated in the gambling industry pertains to the wide array of casino game choices in the which gamblers now can play online. Now, every casino game you can think of is available on mobile devices from blackjack, poker, bingo, roulette to hundreds of video slots games and many others. The wide selection of choices enabled to be optimised on mobile devices has made the gambling industry rapidly develop into one of the most niches in the world right now. As of January 2017, online sources state that the gambling industry generated US$4 billion in 2016, 80% more than in 2008 when Android and iOS were starting to become household names.
Further to this, casino operators, through mobile technology, have now attracted a new clientele base in the form of sports bettors. The number of people engaged in sports betting significantly increased with the rollout of optimised mobile casinos. The younger generation in Europe, Asia, and Africa are more engaged with sports, such as football for example, and they have found a great way of making profits through their desired sports game by betting online on their mobile devices.
Mobile technology has indeed shaped the gambling world. A peek into the future with virtual reality promises more. With VR technology, you are able to sit at a casino table and play against some of the best in the business without being physically present. Oculus Rift has already started rolling out virtual reality in the gambling world through its desktop version and the signs are very promising. In the near future, this technology is coming to mobile devices and we can only assume what the world will do with this great technology.