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How Online Casino And The Gaming Industry Are Intertwined

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When you think about it, online casino games share a lot of similarities to today’s board and video games. The only and probably the biggest difference between these two is that casino games always revolve around money, so their only target audience is adults.

However, it is apparent that the gaming and the iGaming industries are much more closely connected than we thought. What’s more, modern video games often include some form of in-game gambling and vice versa. So, let us see, in-depth, how these two industries are intertwined.

Types of Games

If you’ve played a great share of video games, you have probably seen that there are plenty of types of games, and genres, and some even feature some form of gambling within them. Additionally, gambling games have gone digital and now you can play an abundance of casino games online without having to go anywhere. This happened with the help of technology, which later contributed to the development of a variety of types of games on offer.

For example, if you’ve played any of the Witcher games, you know that there are mini-games within focused on gambling. The first Witcher game offered Dice Poker which shares similarities with traditional poker, while Witcher 3 has an amazing popular gambling card game – Gwent. And this relationship goes both ways since online casino providers and developers create more and more themed games featuring various popular video game titles. This significantly expands the offer of games and now there can be a game variety that suits everyone’s taste.

Sharing Responsibility

Since both industries often require people to create their accounts in order to play, these industries are doing their best to encourage safe and responsible gaming. When it comes to video games, there are dozens of platforms and games that are played online where some serious security measures are in play to protect the data. What’s more, providers of these games always remind people not to share their personal information through in-game chats or anywhere on the platform and encourage people to watch their language while talking to other people.

The same story is with online casino games. Since these games are played either through providers’ platforms or apps, security measures are a must in order for the data and personal information to stay safe. Additionally, responsible gaming tools are available and integrated into those apps and platforms and casinos are reminding people on how to gamble responsibly. All reputable casinos encourage their players to use their money responsibly, to know when to stop, have regular breaks, etc. The very same rules can be applied to video games, which tells us that providers from either industry care about their players, and want them to stay safe and healthy.

The Embrace of Cryptos

Cryptocurrencies definitely started to reshape the world as we know it. Both gaming and gambling industries have joined in on the crypto trend, and today you can find various providers allowing payments in Bitcoin and other cryptos.

Some platforms will allow you to purchase the video game you like with Bitcoin, while in online casinos you can simply make a crypto deposit and gamble with Bitcoin instead of traditional currencies. This is a huge step up in both industries, especially the casino one. Additionally, this trend allows anonymity and keeps your bank accounts separate from everything.

VR Technology

Virtual Reality, or VR, is a technology that was first introduced into the gaming industry. Everyone was thrilled that they can have a more immersive and intense experience playing their favorite video games. The trend first started with horror games since it is a perfect way to truly experience the thrill and adrenaline of those games, provided you like them.

Over the years, VR technology slowly started to integrate itself into the gambling industry. This now offers all avid gamblers a much better experience, as if they are actually in the casino playing their favorite game, but are still sitting comfortably at home. What’s more, this technology is not only used in traditional card games but the software is also being tested on slot games, too. Net Entertainment has recently released a demo of their fan-favorite and popular slot game Jack and the Beanstalk. This release and proof that online casino games can be even better with new technology are only going to advance this industry even more, which can only result in even more great games being even better.

The Revolution of Mobile Gaming

Even though many true gamers won’t admit mobile gaming is in fact gaming, the revolution of mobile gaming is here. This is where the gambling and gaming industries truly overlap and today you can play any genre on your smartphone. What contributed to this revolution are certainly faster and better internet connections in all parts of the globe, as well as serious innovations in mobile technology.

What’s more, people simply love playing games, both video and casino ones, on the go and anywhere they can find some internet. This has led to a major boom in the gambling industry especially since more players can now place their bets or download their favorite casino games instantly. This also created some new opportunities for the developers since they can now easily create mobile-friendly games of all types.

Social Gaming

Social gaming involves playing games on social media such as Facebook. Typically, you would play games with or against your friends or other people who are on the network. And even though this type of gaming is not technically gambling, it does share some similarities with that industry. In some games, you can easily play casino-like games in order to win some rewards. And even though it’s not real money, there is the element of luck which is a major part of casino games.

And, the social aspect of gaming is also leaking into online casinos. Today, you can find various casinos online that have live chats or live dealers. Through such games, you can still interact with other people and even the dealer as if you would play any other online game or even play at a land-based casino.

Back in the day, the distinction between gaming and gambling was clear as day. However, this was mostly due to the internet still not being what it is today. Technology has majorly changed both industries and the line between these two is often not that visible.

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Top 5 latest charming iGaming brands out of the European Market

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It is no secret that the iGaming market is on the rise, with new iGaming operators and software providers constantly appearing. It might be, therefore, difficult to find those with unique offerings. We have put together a list of some of the rising stars of the industry present on the European market.

AFUN

AFUN Entertainment Group specializes in game development, payment system development and product data analysis. It is among the best legally licensed Sportsbook and iGaming platforms, with more than 1,500 game products and 30,000 sports events.

Present across Europe, America and Asia, the AFUN Group is licensed by Curaçao and has obtained an offshore gaming license from the Gambling Commision of the Government of Malta. With over 20 years of experience, the company has recently entered Latin America with one goal in mind: to guarantee the best online experience and provide each user with a personalized gaming experience on a trustworthy platform. It has already shown promising growth on the Brazilian market.

Check out their website with a wide range of games and keep up with the latest updates through their LinkedIn page.

Wazdan

Wazdan leads the way on innovation in casino content development. With a portfolio of over 150 cross-platform casino games, the company promises amplified performance and revenue growth.

The company adopts a partner-centric approach, offering tailored services and products that best align with their clients’ growth strategy. Wazdan also aims to stay innovative by constantly expanding its cutting-edge player-engagement suite, while respecting all the requirements of the regulatory regimes, promoting responsible gaming.

The company has been in the market for 10+ years pushing iGaming technology forward, which undoubtedly earns a place for them on our list.

Softswiss

Softswiss offers software for online casinos and bookmaking websites. What makes this company stand out is that their products can be delivered as standalone solutions or combined into a single iGaming Platform.

Softswiss was awarded the Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2022 (B2B) award at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards. Beyond its casino platform – an exceptional, scalable, iGaming platform with high-speed of operation and intuitive management – the company’s portfolio includes:

  • Game Aggregator – Bringing together 170+ casino game studios with over 11,000 mobile-friendly games via a single API integration
  • Softswiss Sportsbook – A unique high-performance platform for sports betting operations
  • Affilka – Affiliate Management Platform
  • Jackpot Aggregator – Enabling customized jackpot campaigns
  • Softswiss Lottery Terminal – An all-in-one lottery system for any land-based operation

With such a wide range of offerings and further services, including anti-fraud support, player retention and content management, the company deserves this spot on the list.

Stakelogic

Best known for its online slots and live casino games, Stakelogic offers a wide selection of casino games and works with over 500 operators in 20+ countries. The company’s slogan ‘Think Bigger’ highlights its commitment to innovation, as the company constantly works to revolutionize the online gaming industry.

Stakelogic creates graphic slots and live casino games that represent the most advanced online games available on the market. Every product is tweaked and tuned to the level of ultimate user experience.

Over the years, the company has collected 7 awards for its outstanding performance. With 10+ live studios, 3 game shows and 250+ unique slots, Stakelogic is changing the way players play.

Apparat Gaming

Apparat Gaming is a relatively new player on the iGaming market, but is already showing promising results. Founded in 2020 by a team of industry veterans, the company is on a mission to develop “slot games with a German accent”.

Apparat Gaming develops slots of the highest artistic quality, with German technical standards. The company secured a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority in 2021 and has since become the trusted supplier of online content for operators in Germany and other European markets.

As the last contender on our list, Apparat Gaming delivers on the German stereotype: high-quality products, reliability and commitment. And absolutely no sense of humor. This is iGaming with a German Accent.

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“MPL launches India’s first multi-game Loss Protection initiative for a risk-free gaming experience”

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MPL, one of the world’s largest mobile and skill gaming platforms, has announced India’s first ever multi-game Loss Protection policy that is aimed at safeguarding the interest of the players. With this policy, gamers can claim a refund of up to 100% of the net loss that they may have incurred after playing 10 gameplay sessions with specified thresholds. This initiative is a great step in enabling users to play some of the most popular titles on the platform while keeping their financial security in mind. The loss protection initiative will be available for activation during MPL’s marquee gaming festival, Diwali Lakhpati Party, and will help users enjoy a great  gaming experience during the festive season.

This first of its kind initiative in the gaming industry is aligned with MPL’s player-first approach that shows the company’s commitment towards offering  a safe and secure gaming experience. This will also enable the players to concentrate on the gameplay without having to worry about the probability of losing money.

Through this program, once a user activates this policy, they can avail the option of claiming a refund of their net loss, if incurred, after 10 gameplay sessions. The policy covers select titles which are some of the top games like Poker, Ludo, Fantasy, Carrom, Block Puzzle, etc. The procedure for activating the insurance entails a successful KYC verification and the amount is directly refunded to the users’ MPL wallet. Gamers need to submit their claims on the app to avail the offer.

Commenting on the launch, Namratha Swamy, Country Head – India, MPL, said, “At MPL, we are committed to offering best-in-class gaming experience to our users always. We feel the Loss Protection policy is a great initiative that can foster safe and risk-free gameplay and is aligned with our player- first approach. With this, we hope our users can enjoy a great festive season and play their favorite games on the platform without having to worry about losing money”.

The MPL Diwali Lakhpati Party, which will run from today until October 31, presents many opportunities for players to try their hand at skill gaming and claim grand cash rewards.  The marquee gaming gala, with a total value of Rs 40 crore, will see more than six million gamers with 10,000 users expected to win every hour.

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Shutdown of Stadia – Comment from Cloud Gaming Platform Antstream Arcade

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Steve Cottam, CEO of cloud gaming platform Antstream Arcade, commented the following on the subject of Google Stadia’s shutdown:

“While not so long ago the death of Google Stadia would have been sending shockwaves around the cloud gaming industry, the writing has been on the wall for quite a while. The space has evolved and grown rapidly since the service’s launch in 2019, and with Xbox and Nvidia releasing user figures of over 10 million for their streaming services, it was obvious that Stadia’s offering had fallen behind the curve.”

“Stadia will be remembered for much longer than it existed for as a proof point that cloud gaming services live and die on their catalogues. Other big tech companies who have started their own cloud gaming initiatives – with few ties to the games industry – will rightly see this as an indicator about what gamers really want when it comes to value, accessibility, and catalogue in cloud gaming.”

 

Antstream Arcade is a cloud gaming platform with the world’s largest library of fully playable, fully licensed games from the arcade era and beyond – currently sitting at 1,500 titles.

Antstream is on a mission to make these games as accessible as possible to the modern gaming audience. That’s why each of the 1,500+ games on Antstream Arcade is completely free to play, removing the traditional  cost barrier to engaging with gaming’s vibrant history.

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