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Online Casino Industry Trends: Mobile Gaming, Live Dealer and Cryptos

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Over the past few years, mobile gambling has steadily evolved, offering even more options for players. In the beginning, online casinos began to offer a few select games via mobile devices, which only left players wanting more.

The technology trends for smartphone devices in recent years have now led to the ability for the mobile gambling market to expand, with trends showing a 7% increase in growth (see Table Below).  Casinos can now offer even more content online, with live dealer games set to be the next stage in growth for the sector.

 

global mobile gambling market size

Table: Mobile Gambling Market Research Report – Global Forecast to 202. Market Research Future.

 

Solving Mobile Gaming Issues

As mobile gaming was making its way into the online gambling industry, casinos and software providers were hitting roadblocks. For some games, the screen was too small for players to enjoy the content. Mobile devices might also have lower bandwidth or the games needed further development to be able to operate successful via the device.

Over the past few years, these issues have been improved upon, allowing online casinos to offer mobile gaming in instant form via web browser or application. Android and iOS devices often have an application that can be downloaded to offer gamers the best in online casino game play. The apps provide the same great promotions, games and tournaments, allowing players to enjoy an online casino experience while on the go.

Mobile Meets Live Dealer Online Casinos

Over the past two years, live dealer games have been at the forefront of online casino gaming. Players want to experience their favorite table games as they would if they were at a physical casino location. With live dealer, the online casinos are able to stream footage of game play in real time straight from the table, as players at home make decisions as the game takes place.

Because live dealer games like baccarat and blackjack are so popular, online casinos have now begun to focus their efforts on offering such games via mobile devices. To do this, content has to be streamlined with mobile platforms adapted to meet any challenges standing in the way. Leading interactive provider of live dealer games, Vivo Gaming,  is one company that is focused on creating mobile content that works in the live dealer mobile category.

The company had to adapt in several ways to be able to offer quality mobile options with live dealer games. The screen size plays a major factor, so Vivo decided to develop a new UI for mobile that operates in HTML5, which helps to preserve functionality without cutting down on the overall player experience.

A Look at Key Online Casino Industry Trends

Because mobile gaming continues to become a more popular option for players, trends have begun to emerge. While live dealer is the top option when it comes to game play, another key trend right now is cryptocurrency usage. Players have really taken to using cryptocurrency with their online game play and with mobile gaming, players want the same convenience.

Players want access to cryptocurrency for their mobile gaming needs, due to the added layer of protection as well as ease of use. Online casinos have noticed the cryptocurrency trend and are adapting their banking options to include such cryptocurrency options as Litecoin and Bitcoin.

As 2018 ends and 2019 emerges, we are sure to see even more trends created involving mobile casino gambling, particularly with live dealer games. Operators and software developers will continue to find new and exciting ways to bring casino content to mobile devices.

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Vermantia Signs Content Deal with Caspian Tech

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Vermantia, a leader in omni-channel content solutions, has extended its partnership with Azerbaijan’s state-licensed operator, Topaz.

The deal sees Caspian Tech provided with premium live racing betting content from the supplier’s market-leading Ultimate Live Greyhound Channel via its integration into the Vermantia CONNECT platform. On Caspian Tech’s behalf, Vermantia will set-up, and operate the bespoke satellite channel across its 500-strong Topaz branded shop estate.

“Caspian Tech represents a very important partner for us and I would like nothing more than to see us expanding our collaboration together. Topaz customers are now able to enjoy top quality live racing content, complete with high-definition pictures, a powerful bet acceptance system and a full data service,” Spyros Stavropoulos, Commercial Director at Vermantia, said.

“CONNECT has proven to be a game-changer in other markets already, combining the highest picture quality with genuine low-latency in a cost-effective solution that allows the operator to choose exactly what content they need,” Spyros Stavropoulos added.

“Our partnership with Vermantia meets both our quest for a trusted partner with an international content distribution experience and our goal to offer fast-paced and exciting betting products to our customers,” Mustafa Onder, Deputy Technical Director at Caspian Tech, said.

“We are very excited to be launching an upgraded service which we believe will prove to be an immediate hit, and no doubt enhance our retail offering with exciting action-packed betting opportunities,” Mustafa Onder added.

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Dutch Online Gaming Launch Delayed Once Again

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The Dutch Remote Gambling Act (KOA) has been delayed yet again, with Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker pushing the date the law comes into effect back to 1 April 2021, and the date the market opens back to 1 October.

Responding to a series of questions from legislators, Dekker announced that the latest delay was necessary as the Government had realised a slower implementation of the laws may create a stronger environment of regulation.

“Earlier I informed you that we are aiming for entry into force on 1 March 2021. Although the implementation is proceeding energetically, it has now become clear to all involved that careful implementation takes a little more time,” Dekker said.

“For this reason, we shall postpone the entry into force of the Koa Act by one month until 1 April, 2021, so that De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and the gambling sector have sufficient opportunity for complete preparation. The opening of the market will then take place on 1 October 2021,” Dekker added.

Initially, KOA was scheduled to enter into law on 1 July 2020, with the market to open six months later at the start of 2021. However, in November 2019, the act’s start date was pushed back six months, meaning the market would open on 1 July 2021.

In September 2020, the launch was pushed back again, with the date the act was set to come into effect moved to 1 March 2021, after preparations to launch had been disrupted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The latest delay is the third, and means the law is now set to come into force nine months later than originally planned.

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Black Spins Relaunches on 888 Network

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Casy Digital has completed the migration of their Black Spins site from the Nektan network to the 888 casino network.

Migrating to another network is not uncommon in the case of online casinos. However, Black Spins is different in the sense that they will not be accepting players from the UK, unlike all the other casino sites on the 888 casino network. This certainly does seem to indicate a potential change of focus for this particular network as they seek to reduce reliance on the UK market.

“In teaming up with 888, not only do we have a quality platform and gaming option, we are also with a company who is committed to excellence and share our vision for growing in key markets outside of the UK,” Tommy Dawson, CEO of Casy Digital, said.

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