The Changes in New Online Casinos in 2017

PrintE-mail Written by STARBURST Friday, 24 February 2017

If you’re a fan of casino gaming then you’ll probably know that this industry tends to change quite a lot. Through the year of mobile and beyond, this industry will be apt to a lot more change in 2017. Here are our top predictions.

HTML5 over Apps

When smartphones first hit the market, apps seemed like they would be the most popular ways to play. This has turned out not to be the case as HTML5 sites have the ability to be played through a browser instead. It was a novelty in the beginning but smartphone users very quickly prioritised having space on their device over having many different casino apps.

More Branded Slots

We love to see our favourite characters from popular movies appearing in games, as evidenced by the sheer number of superhero games. These games take characters and put them in a new arena, in a casino setting this is usually into their own branded slot game.

Batman is one character that we see in quite a few of these games and with more of these movies in the pipeline, we’re likely to see more of these slot games in the mix in future. They’re becoming a massive draw to people that may otherwise choose not to play games.

New Site Launches

We all know that the casino market is incredibly lucrative, with new casinos online launching on a regular basis. It’s a safe bet that there will be more casinos in 2017 as these operators race to get a share of the market. It will be interesting to find out if there are any operators that take this as a challenge to innovate something new, rather than just building on the existing models.

Alternate Payment Methods

As a population, we’re becoming more aware of the fact that online fraud exists and can occur to anyone. This means that using alternate payment methods like Boku, Skrill, Paysafecard and PayPal is becoming more mainstream for players. There are a lot of these methods, like Zimpler, that aren’t available in the UK market yet but they will be on their way shortly.

There are also emerging cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin that could make a serious move in the casino market this year. Players enjoy using this method because of its anonymity and the fact that the currency value can also change too. This acts like a dual bet, as they can win and watch the value increase then sell at the right time.

Even Bigger Jackpots

The UK news is often dominated by aspirational stories about massive progressive jackpot winners. With linked jackpots becoming more popular and less strings attached to who can win them, these jackpots will continue to rise. Many progressive jackpot games are uncapped, which means that there’s no telling just how high they can go.

This is a self-fulfilling prophesy in a way, as more players hear about the big jackpots the more they play and make the jackpots larger. It’s pretty much a win win for all involved, as the operator makes money and the players fund the jackpots.

These are just a few of the things that could happen this year, the actuality may be quite different. It will be interesting to look back at the end of the year to assess which really came true.

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