While online casinos keep coming out with complex and innovative new slot machines for their sites, there’s another trend going on underneath the surface that more and more players are starting to take advantage of. The biggest growth market in the world of gambling right now is mobile gaming, which is expected to grow increasingly over the next few years – and which eventually may be the way we all play our favorite slots.
Right now, mobile gambling is still just a small piece of the overall online casino pie. According to a new report by Juniper Research, over $13 billion in mobile bets were made in 2011, a figure that includes not only online casinos but also sportsbooks, poker rooms, and other gambling sites. While that’s certainly a significant amount, it currently accounts for only about 20% of the total number of bets placed with major UK online gambling sites, the report said.
Those numbers could be coming up in a hurry, though. Juniper projects that in 2015, $48 billion will be wagered through mobile devices, with more than 40% of all bets being made on mobile devices. That growth will continue unabated, and by 2017, over $100 billion in bets will be made through smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
With such impressive numbers, it’s no surprise that online casinos are getting started on their mobile casinos now, rather than waiting until mobile betting makes up the majority of their business. All across the industry, both casinos and software providers are porting games to the mobile format in order to capitalize immediately and lay the foundation for a stronger mobile presence down the line.
For instance, take Betsoft, one of the newer and more ambitious software providers in the industry. While they had previously only worked on games that worked on traditional platforms – mainly games that could be played directly through a casino website – they’ve recognized the importance of mobile slots by releasing a version of their Mr. Vegas slot machine for mobile devices. This is likely to be only the first of many such games that will be released by the company for the mobile market.
Other casino companies have already been releasing mobile slots for some time now. For instance, if you play at CloudCasino.com, you’ll have access to at least seven different UK online slots. These include versions of popular games like Desert Treasure and Tropic Reels, as well as two games with progressive jackpots. Players in the mobile casino can even have a shot at the Gold Rally progressive, with one player winning over £100,000 recently playing the game through the mobile site.
These kinds of mobile casino stories will only become more common as players increasingly move to playing slots on their phones. While most mobile slots are fairly simple in terms of graphics and sound, this will likely change as technology improves and developers gain more experience in making games for the mobile format. In fact, it’s likely that five years from now – when more bets are being made through mobile devices than through computers – you won’t even be able to tell the difference between a game made for your iPhone or Android and one developed for the PC.