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The (Possible) Future of Online Slots

George Miller



The (Possible) Future of Online Slots
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In online slots are about anything they are about technology. At every stage of the development of slot machines – from the earliest mechanical machines, through video slots and on to online provision – slots have taken the latest technological advances and used them to deliver an enhanced player experience. While it’s always difficult to predict what’s going to happen in the future of online slots – developers are keen to keep their best ideas under wraps – one safe bet is that the most exciting developments of 2020 will revolve around the latest technology being harnessed to change when, where and, most importantly, how players experience online slots.

Skill Based Slots

The line between game playing and slots has been blurring for some time. Slots like Jungle Jim: El Dorado and Immortal Romance have made use of the kind of characters, storylines, luscious graphics and different levels that are more familiar from console games than traditional slot machines. The key to these slots is still the spin of the wheels, perhaps, but there’s much more going on.

The next step in this evolution – and the point at which slots and games begin to merge – is likely to be the introduction of slots with skill based features. The appeal of this will be two fold; gamers who spend much of their leisure time exploring detailed 3D worlds via the latest generation of consoles will feel right at home with the slots, and the appeal will extend to players who a value a test of skill over a purely random spin of the wheels.

Female Friendly Slots

For many years gambling had a fairly masculine image. It was assumed that the people visiting casinos were mainly men, and the same was thought to apply to online casinos. The advertising for online gambling apps has often reflected this balance, both in terms of its’ content and how it has been targeted. More recently, however, this perception has shifted. A survey carried out by found that the divide in online gambling now fell at 56.2% men and 43.8% women. The developers of online slots will be aware of this shift, and it is likely to be reflected in the kind of imagery which slots are based around. Bikini clad babes and bunny girls are going to make way for figures of female empowerment like Wonder Woman or simply non-specific images which aren’t designed primarily to catch the eye of a passing man. The rise of access through social media like Facebook will also feed into this trend, with women known to value the social aspect of online gambling more highly than their male counterparts.

Welcome Bonuses

Virtually every online casino worth its’ salt now offers a dazzling range of welcome bonuses. The reason for this is that they mark a key way of casino being able to differentiate themselves. In a competitive market dominated by a relatively small number of developers, innovative, attractive and generous welcome bonuses are a relatively simple way for an online casino to set itself apart. Once a player has selected a specific casino – drawn by a generous bonus – they are likely to stay with that casino in the longer term. In 2020 we can expect welcome bonuses to become more generous and, in many cases, to be tied to specific games. These are often games like Mega Moolah which offer the chance to land a huge progressive jackpot, setting up the tantalising prospect of becoming a millionaire on the back of free spins.

Crypto Currency

Crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum often make the headlines on the back of lurid tales of people making or losing millions, or speculation on the degree to which they will eventually replace ‘conventional’ currencies. In the world of online gambling, the use of crypto currencies has been fairly slow to take off, but the obvious advantages they offer mean that this situation is likely to change in the future.

The advantages for crypto currencies when online gambling include the following:

  • Withdrawals are faster – because the funds don’t have to be processed by a bank – something which can sometimes take several days – crypto currency withdrawal are often virtually instant.
  • Anonymity – when you use a crypto currency to gamble the only information the casino has is your key number and how much you have deposited. Because you don’t have to leave details such as a payment card and your name and address you can play with complete discretion and relax in the knowledge that you’re not at risk from a data leak or malicious hacking.

Wearable Technology

The switch from desk based provision to mobile gaming was one of the biggest changes to hit online casinos in the last 5 years. Suddenly, people could play their favourite slots on the train while commuting, sitting at the kitchen table or even (if they were willing to risk their smart phone) in the bath. This switch meant that developers had to rise to the challenge of creating slots that worked equally well on hand held devices, and the next leap forward seems set to be a shift to wearable technology.

According to Statista, the market for smartwatches is set to boom in the next couple of years. The prediction is that, by 2022, 37 million smartwatches worldwide will be running the operating systems Wear OS and Android, while 34.5 million will be running the Apple Watch OS. In a world in which players can access their favourite slots without even having to take their phone out of their pocket, developers will be keen to create titles offering instant thrills, bold graphics that work well on a small scale and no-fuss playability.

Augmented Reality

Remember Pokemon Go? That was the moment that the technology of augmented reality crossed the line from being a tool that was useful if you wanted to see what a chair would look like in your lounge, to being part of the world of mas entertainment/gaming. In simple terms, augmented reality allows users to impose video graphics onto real world solutions, via a device like a smart phone or a tablet. Augmented reality slots will bring the sights and sounds of a real world slot machine into the environment in which the player is located, including special effects like fireworks and raining coins to celebrate a big jackpot win.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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NSoft Days – trend presentations for stakeholders

Zoltan Tundik



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NSoft is organizing a two-day immersion with future thinkers and do-ers. The NSoft days will be held on August 23-24, 2019 in order to present the how and why NSoft sets future trends.

Topics like how to implement AI into products, Machine Learning as well as the insight into the future of app building are to be presented to more than 60 business partners and are to provide an excellent networking opportunity. NSoft’s guests will be able to participate in a series of workshops and presentations, where NSoft’s team will be showcasing the most relevant global trends and the future of NSoft including Vision and Chameleon.

Additionally, NSoft’s guests will be able to participate at a must-see event Red Bull Cliff Diving. NSoft has decided to blend NSoft days with this world-know Mostar edition of this Red Bull event by sponsoring it and will host its guests at the VIP zone of the event.

In order to obtain in-depth information about the latest NSoft’s innovations and products, feel free to book a meeting with our representatives at

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Approval of Foundation Level Gambling Industry Tester Specialist Syllabus by ISTQB®

Niji Narayan



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International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing certification organisation that operates internationally, founded in Edinburgh in November 2002. The company has approved the release of 2019 version of the ISTQB® Gambling Industry Tester Specialist (GT) Syllabus.

The GT Syllabus gives essential understanding and knowledge to anyone involved in testing in the gambling industry and also reflects the current best practices and procedures for testing in the gambling industry.

The ISTQB® provides the new GT Syllabus as follows:


  1. To the ISTQB® Member Boards, to translate into their local language and to accredit training providers. Member boards may adapt the syllabus to their particular language needs and modify the references to adapt to their local glossary terms.
  2. To the certification bodies, to derive examination questions in their local language adapted to the learning objectives for this syllabus
  3. To the training providers, to produce courseware and determine appropriate teaching methods
  4. To the certification candidates, to prepare for the certification exam (either as part of a training course or independently)
  5. To the international software and systems engineering community, to advance the profession of software testing, and as a basis for books and articles.


ISTQB® President, Olivier Denoo, stated – “the focus of ISTQB® is towards addressing its customers main needs. The Gambling Industry Tester certification, will address a growing market of Gaming of all kinds, including Gambling games, which has a great potential for those developing and testing those games. We have shown with this certification we are not looking only for huge markets, but also on unique trends and customers who needs certifications in today’s growing IT market”.

Alon Linetzki, ISTQB® Marketing working group chair added: “as ISTQB® is trying to address evolving and new areas of testing and target Software Testers, came out this unique syllabus. It addresses the needs of a growing industry – Gaming and Gambling Testing – which this is the first syllabus in that domain”.


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iovation Research: Fraudsters Increasingly Leveraging Mobile Devices for Schemes

George Miller



iovation Research: Fraudsters Increasingly Leveraging Mobile Devices for Schemes
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TransUnion company explores top continents and countries for risky mobile transactions, and types of behavior businesses to need to look for to catch mobile fraud

iovation, a TransUnion company, today released its recent research that about half of all risky online transactions appear to be coming from a mobile device. Specifically, in the first half of 2019 iovation saw 49% of all risky transactions come from mobile devices, up from 30% in 2018, 33% in 2017 and 25% in 2016.

“Fraudsters are like chameleons. They are always adapting their tactics to make it look like they’re legitimate customers,” said iovation’s Senior Director of Customer Success, Melissa Gaddis. “With well over half of all transactions now coming from mobile devices, our analysts increasingly see fraudsters either using mobile devices or making it look like their transactions are coming from mobile when in fact they are using a traditional desktop.”

Among its research, iovation found:

  • The top continents for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is North America with 59% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was Asia at 53%. In 2017, it was North America with 55%. In 2016, it was North America again with 36%.

  • The top countries for mobile fraud: Gabon leads so far in 2019 with 85% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. It 2018, it was Japan with 79%. Papua New Guinea led in 2017 with 86%. In 2016, it was Bangladesh with 59%.

  • The top industries for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is telecommunications with 75% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was gambling with 60%. Communities (for example social networks or online dating sites) led in 2017 at 59%. In 2016, it was healthcare with 58%.

To find fraudulent transactions from mobile devices, iovation suggests businesses closely analyze specific indicators including:

  • Mobile emulators: Fraudsters like to hide information by using emulators to make it look like their desktop device is a mobile device.

  • Orientation: Is a device staying in the same position or is it face down? These could be tell-tale signs of a bot or a fraudster emulating a mobile device.

  • SIM card country: Since fraudsters often try to mask their location, the SIM card country provides yet another method for identifying the true location of the end-user. Fraud analysts may find fraudsters that target their businesses tend to have devices from particular countries.

  • SIM card carrier name: Certain mobile carriers can have a higher percentage of fraudulent activity originating from them.

  • Currency: The type of currency tied to a device provides additional context to the region associated with the device. This can be another way to determine if the device is coming from a risky location.

  • Language: Much like countries, carriers and currency, the language used on a device provides additional context on the transaction which can help crack a fraud case when a fraudster is attempting to mask other aspects of their device.

  • Mobile OS version: Certain mobile operating system versions may correlate with fraud or abuse.


Mobile Transaction Jump

iovation found 61% of all online transactions came from mobile devices so far this year, up from 56% in 2018, 51% in 2017 and 45% in 2016. Europe and North America are consistently among the top continents for mobile transactions with 67% and 60% respectively so far this year. The top industry for mobile transactions so far in 2019 is communities with 73%.

For more insights into iovation’s findings along with new iovation features to catch mobile fraud, go to this blog post that includes an infographic.


iovation came to its findings by analyzing the 30 billion online transactions it evaluated for fraud from January 2016 to June 30, 2019. To find the risky mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of risky transactions from mobile devices compared to overall risky transactions. For overall mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of mobile transactions compared to all online transactions. iovation defines risky transactions as those that typically result in fraud.


About iovation:

iovation, a TransUnion company, was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping brands protect and engage their customers, and keeping them secure in the complex digital world. Armed with the world’s largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multifactor authentication methods, iovation safeguards tens of millions of digital transactions each day.


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