With the ever-changing landscape of cyberspace and continuous improvements to technology, the outlook of online gaming, particularly the future of online casino games, has never been more exciting and unpredictable. These are only some of the factors to look out for when you consider the future of online gaming and online casino games.
Virtual reality and augmented reality to give players a more realistic feel from the comfort of their own homes
Virtual reality and augmented reality (AR) technology give players the immersive, multidimensional realness that doesn’t entail stepping out of one’s own home or changing into more acceptable clothes. With these technologies, players get to see other tables and other games, the players they’re playing with, and all sides of the table. A player will be able to get a better ‘feel’ of the table they’re playing in and, more importantly, the game they’re currently participating in by being able to get a look at other sides of the table, not just their own.
The success of the online gaming and the amount of prizes being won in high-stakes games draws Government attention and regulation
Governments have been taking more interest in regulating online casino games, particularly the international tournaments, since the success of the online casino gaming industry has been on the rise since its birth in the 1990s. Since big prizes are being won across jurisdictions and from the comfort of players’ own homes, it is but a natural consequence for governments to take notice and adopt some form of regulation by including online casino games in the ambit of their existing gambling laws. Questions of cybersecurity and cybercrime have also played a part in government involvement in this highly lucrative industry.
Cybersecurity, cybercrime and the privacy rights of players
The Internet, just like any other manmade invention, has its ups and downs, one of which is the issue of cybercrime or cyberterrorism. And with gambling, talk of money is always involved, and large amounts at that, which makes the online casino industry so attractive to hackers, white collar criminals and pirates. Online casino websites need to amp up their security measures to prevent fraud and hacking as well as provide adequate safeguards to ensure players’ data protection and privacy. This is because transnational crimes are a lot easier to perpetuate through the help of the Internet, where physical traces can be easily erased and covered up.
The online casino gaming industry is an actual threat to brick-and-mortar casinos
Never has the competition between the online and real-life casino industry been more apparent. The continued success of the online casino industry poses a question on the future of real-life casinos, and whether the popular casino chains around the world will be using this phenomenon to their advantage by going online and making their presence more felt through the Internet. However, this will also directly impact the hotel and restaurant industry, as the relationship and interdependence between the real-life casinos on the one hand and the hotel and restaurant industry on the other is quite intertwined.