We’ve made it through to Spring 2018, and we want to take a look at some of the 2018 predicted trends and see how they’re shaping up at this point in the year.
2017 was a great year for the online casino industry with lots of interesting developments, but 2018 is set to be even better in this fast-paced and dynamic industry.
We were told continually in 2017 that Bitcoin casinos would take over the industry and this has proved to be both true and not true. There are more and more casinos offering cryptocurrency payment methods, but they’ll usually also offer much more traditional modes of payment as well. Additionally, the term Bitcoin casino doesn’t refer to Bitcoin; it covers a couple of other cryptocurrencies which are prevalent in the online casino industry. Take Bob Casino for example; they offer both traditional payment methods as well as Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Ethereum, Dogecoin and Litecoin. We predict that we’ll see a lot more casinos like this who’ll accommodate a wide variety of payment infrastructures.
Virtual Reality Casino was one trend that was predicted to be a big game changer, but this hasn’t fully materialised yet. However, at the ICE London conference, NetEnt unveiled their first virtual reality slot game, the VR version of the ever-popular Gonzo’s Quest.
Gamification was a big trend in the past few years; you’ll see plenty of online casinos like Casumo who offer more ways to play. Apart from the games that they offer, Casumo makes a game out of your progress as a player; they make navigating through their games library a game in itself.
We already know that Live Casino has made a huge leap in the past few years and we expect it to continue to shine in 2018 and beyond. A similar trend that we predict will grow around this, is TV casinos. A couple of different providers have broadcast channels. Users can both play and watch live casino games in their sitting room, directly from their smart TV. This trend is constantly increasing its popularity, and there are thousands of people who love this format.
There are plenty of games that now resemble Facebook games like Candy Crush etcetera.
Not only in the game arena, online casinos will probably make a move toward adding more social interaction, communication between players etcetera because of the clear success of these elements in Live Casino.
There were plenty of massive progressive jackpots picked up in 2017, cryptocurrency jackpots and jackpots on mobile. This is most likely going to generate renewed interest in playing progressive jackpots. Renewed participation in progressive jackpots will see an increase in the scale of jackpots and the hit frequency. Progressive jackpot winners in 2018 are, thus, likely to have even more cause for celebration than their predecessors.