The only thing that is constant is change, the wise Heraclitus once said, and as usual, when ancient philosophers are involved, he was right. The sentence applies not only to Ancient Greece but even to the most modern of industries, such as the iGaming one. To help us understand the trends that will change and shape the future of gambling, we reached out to Oscar Jorgensen.
Oscar has a degree in economics and is a gambling specialist with a rich career in the domain of online gaming, hence, the perfect person to discuss this hot topic.
“Any iGaming convention or conference will announce revolutionary technologies and innovations. However, not every novelty on the market affects the industry. Only those that get implemented have the power to bring the shift. Others end up on the shelves in the back.”, he explains.
As the most prominent trend that will impact the future, Oscar mentions the rise of crossover genres, predominantly in the domain of live casinos. Judging by his words, the math behind it is simple: “By combining multiple genres, the atmosphere during the session gets electrifying, as players never know what will happen next. The element of unexpected feeds the urge to keep on playing, no matter the stakes”, he elaborates, and reminds everyone to stay responsible and play according to their budget.
Another innovation that changes the world of gaming is the expanding grid, which is slowly but surely, taking over the slots industry. With this particular mechanism, the player unlocks reels and rows as they trigger wins, thus making their chances of hitting yet another payline higher.
“Typically, this kind of grid comes with a set of other mechanisms such as free spins, walking wilds, and even complex systems such as Megaways. Again, it is all about being unexpected and convincing the user to return to the game”, says Jorgensen. The expert also adds the upgraded reels attract more customers than basic video slot games.
The Sunset of Table Games
Whether you play at a PayPal casino or stick to cryptos, you have very likely noticed the section dedicated to table games. It usually contains titles based on roulette, blackjack, video poker, and the like, without any intriguing features or bonuses.
Jorgensen predicts this category will soon become obsolete and replace it with new and exciting genres that hit the market on a daily basis. Although often recommended for beginners, he is convinced it holds little to no excitement for the gamers of the 21st century. “It is the law of offer and demand, frequently merciless but very much present even among casino games”, says the specialist.
In the end, Jorgensen mentions one crypto phenomenon – provably fair games. Basically, it’s games that allow you to check the result of any given outcome, and see if everything is done by the book.
“This feature has massive potential, but honestly, it is still far from being a user-friendly tool players can’t live without. The equation is difficult to grasp, and unless there is a handy calculator involved, it is not used as often as one might think”, claims the expert, suggesting operators add tools for easier use.