The first thing to mention (concerning trends) is the mobile aspect. Mobile applications are becoming more and more prominent, as the days and weeks go on. That is why we need to mention the mobile applications upfront before getting into the other core aspects of the content. Another thing to mention is about the sportsbook. Here is the thing, sportsbooks are also becoming more and more popular. The reason is that more people are getting into placing sports bets. Sports betting used to be just a hobby. Now, sports betting is a national past-time. That is why it needs to be mentioned on the list. As more people become invested (literally, figuratively, and monetarily) in sports betting, the more casinos have to make allowances for these types of trends. Make no mistake, these trends will carry on through next year. You are going to see a lot more trends specified to sports betting and mobile applications. Online mobile use is becoming such a big deal, that more trends have to make room for at least two or three new applications before they get into the others.
1) Online Currency
Cryptocurrency is going to make a big splash in the coming years. More platforms are accepting more users for deposits, withdrawals, and gameplay. The reason that so many users like using the cryptocurrency option are that there is an anonymity issue there. More people are allowed to be anonymous. They can give over their information to set up their payments and money options without others knowing more than they should. Crypto has become one of the more preferred choices for most users. Expect to see crypto taking over more and more (whether you agree with that choice or not).
2) Access Granted
This one kind of relates to the crypto thing. Due to crypto being virtually untraceable (in so many ways), you can have access to areas you might not otherwise. Most users (who do not use crypto) only have access to certain areas. There is a protocol there. This does allow you to access areas that might be restricted to you otherwise. Now there is a legal issue here too, but with crypto, the legal issues are rather limited. That is why there is a market for this. Say, for example, you want to have access to some games in Taiwan. However, you need the authorized access to get connected. Using crypto gives you that access. Look for more of this in the future. For those who wish to keep going traditionally, we recommend using some of the other trends that do not give you that (all access) future.
3) Consumer Habits
Consumers change their minds a lot. Some do it regularly. It sometimes gets more challenging to keep up with the ever-changing world of consumer habits. However, online casinos are one of the few that can do this. One such change is the play for free option( particularly the mobile one). Now, some of these games do not offer direct payment for the full amount right away. Sometimes you do have to wait for the revenue to come dripping in. One way that the casino can make money right away (from free to play options) is that they charge (a small fee) for some of the upgrades. Now, you might be thinking, “How can you make a profit and make it worthwhile to the user”? The answer is that the casinos make it worth you while to invest. Keep in mind, free is not actually free. You are going to pay for the upgrades, especially if you find an online game you like. You play it for free, then pay for the upgrade to start playing for real. The good thing is that the casinos choose to upgrade a no-brainer. You can expect to see more of these play for free trends next year and beyond. It is becoming more of a thing as the days move on.
4) Live Dealers
As the years come and go, you will be seeing more live dealers. Live dealer games is the closest you can get to brick and mortar experience as you can get. A lot of brick and mortar locations are starting to close down. We see this happening all the time. Brick and mortar locations do not have the same appeal as they did 10 plus years ago. This brings us to live dealing. Live dealers games are becoming more popular as brick and mortar locations start to become more obsolete. That is not to say that all brick and mortar locations are closing, but they do not have the hold they once did. There is also the human interaction element. The live dealer option gives us the best of both worlds. You can interact with others virtually. That brings many benefits to people. As technology continues to advance and improve, you will be seeing a lot more options with live dealer casinos and games.
5) A Dying Breed
As we mentioned, there is a major decline in the brick and mortar option ( and it is not just because of COVID). There was a time when going to the casino was the preferred way of doing things. People like convenience. It is becoming more inconvenient for people to drive to a casino (especially one that is over 25 miles away). It takes gas money to go back and forth. That is money (many would argue) that could be used for gambling and playing the slots. That is just one of the many reasons that online casinos are more popular. Everything online has regular upgrades. Plus, it costs less to play at home than it does to travel to and from the casino. Brick and mortar locations are becoming a dying breed as more online technology advances and provide more options (options that brick and mortar locations do not).