If you love online gaming, chances are you can’t wait to see what the future has in store. With millions of dollars being poured into an already booming industry that’s grown exponentially in the last couple of years, we can say with absolute certainty that exciting times lay ahead. Whether your game of choice is online poker or a first-person shooter, here’s what trends you can look forward to in online gaming.
We’ve been saying it for years, but in terms of online gambling, in the next few years, we expect to see virtual reality really kick things up a notch. Not only will expensive hardware drop down to more affordable levels and make things more accessible, but both Oculus and Valve Corporation is releasing new games that make use of VR technology, taking things more mainstream. Introducing VR to the online casino world will obviously mean a more immersive experience, which will encourage more participation and therefore, more competition. Currently, live casino games are mostly the arena of the high rollers, but as more players join the party, it won’t be necessary to compete against the big boys to enjoy the experience.
If slot games are your online gaming choice, expect to see the arrival of far more branded games. We’re talking Game of Thrones, Indiana Jones, Westworld – anything that’s a recognised and well-loved brand is likely to be given the slot game treatment in the not too distant future.
Multiplayer and social features
Moving forward we expect tech companies to continue encouraging more social interaction and multiplayer options. While once the world of online gaming seemed to be reserved for the socially-awkward, now many are starting to recognise the potential for meeting and interacting with like-minded individuals while you play…whether that’s around the online poker table, or while you explore dystopian landscapes, taking out rabid zombies.
eSports goes mobile
Up until this point, eSports has been strictly the domain of desktop and console users, which makes it tricky to play on the go. As smartphones continue to improve, we anticipate a move to taking eSports mobile. Also, we believe there will be significant growth in fans of eSports – who want to watch their favorite players and eSports teams compete. Therefore, we expect to see a rise in streaming of mobile games, and therefore soaring popularity of eSport games that specifically appeal to spectators– after all, what is sport without the cheering crowds!