Technology continues to evolve at an ever-faster pace, and it is little wonder that the online gaming sector, which has always been an early adopter, is in the forefront when it comes to employing the latest trends in order to enhance the appeal of their products and services. And, not to be outdone by their peers overseas, Canadian operators have been pioneering the use of some or all of the following.
Once the preserve of the fringe and criminal communities, cryptocurrencies are increasingly becoming mainstream. With the number of outlets now accepting bitcoin and other leading alt-currencies expanding all the time, it is not surprising that many online casinos now accept them as a valid means of payment, especially when the underlying blockchain technology helps make them more secure than conventional methods of payment.
An essential component of any crypto-currency transaction is the e-wallet, which operates like a digital bank account. They are used by people to deposit or withdraw from online casinos. They are protected by secure keys which prevent sensitive information and money being stolen by hackers.
Whilst physical casinos suffered a severe loss of business during the pandemic, when they were forced to shutter their doors for months on end, their online competitors were thriving. In large part this was due to the development of gambling apps which means that people can play online games anytime, anywhere, as long as they have access to their mobile device or smartphone.
At the same time, the number of pay by phone casinos in Canada has proliferated, further liberating the player from the need to ever visit a bricks and mortar casino in person, with all the inconvenience of time and money that entails.
Operators know that the more convenient they make the online gaming experience, the more people will want to play.
One of the fastest growing trends in Canada is streaming gameplay, which involves players sharing the games they play and their reactions to it in real time with a remote audience. Twitch is the most popular streaming platform in the world currently, but it is facing increasing competition from YouTube Gaming on mobile devices, and Mixer – a steaming service for Xbox and Windows which is owned by Microsoft.
Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is increasingly being used to give the online casino player the experience of being in a physical casino, including being at a live dealer game, or playing a slot machine.
In addition to being able to play real games in real-time with other people in a completely immersive environment, casinos with VR capabilities typically offer, the ability to display and observe hand and body gestures, casino game rooms that they can walk through, 3D game tables, and in-game chats with other players.
They also offer real casino sounds and some operators have also begun experimenting trying to replicate the smells of a physical casino. Some land0-based casinos already have plans in place to recreate their whole casinos in a virtual world. As the technology continues to evolve, so will the possibilities they open up.