Online gambling trends for 2021
There’s GOT to be more to 2021 than just wearing masks and talking about coronavirus, right? Well, the good news is that if you’re an online gambling fan, there’s plenty to get excited about as far as new trends are concerned. Take a look at the hottest advancements set to hit the online gambling industry over the coming months, and get ready to turn 2021 into your best gaming year yet.
Get ready to go mobile
If you’re not gambling on your phone or with your mobile device yet, you soon will be – that’s because mobile gaming numbers are set to rise quickly in 2021. Sure, mobile gambling isn’t new to the industry, but with the pandemic having closed down so many brick and mortar venues worldwide, the convenience and accessibility of mobile gambling have never been more sought-after.
Sports betting, online poker, bingo, lottery, slots – if there’s a gambling game out there, it’s gone mobile, and it’s being enjoyed by more and more players around the world. So much so that according to sources, the mobile industry is set to claim 59% of the gambling market share over the coming year.
So what does this mean for you? In a nutshell, that if you’re looking to try something new, mobile gaming is where it’s at. Software developers are catching on quickly to its popularity, and optimising their games accordingly, which means more choice and more winning opportunities than ever before. No need to physically go to a casino, or even to play via your desktop or laptop anymore. Just open an app or play the no download version on your phone or tablet, and you’ll be in with a winning chance. World-class gambling available wherever you are, any time, day or night. No wonder it’s become such a phenomenal success!
The new game-changer – online sports betting
Similarly, online sports betting is also hitting the headlines this year, boosted in no small part by the surge in mobile gambling. Not able to get to the bookies? No problem! Just place your bets online or via mobile, and you’ll be able to enjoy the best of football, rugby, basketball, NFL, tennis, golf, and a wide array of other sporting favourites.
Another factor that’s also contributing to its increased popularity? The legalisation of online sports betting in more and more US states, and in other countries around the world. More players means more revenue, and more revenue means that online sports betting is fast becoming one of gambling’s most lucrative sectors. Want to place your own bets? If it’s legal in your country, go right ahead – the odds are most definitely in your favour!
Making space for VR gaming
Virtual Reality (VR) gaming is absolutely a thing, and we are SO here for it, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. If you’re looking for one of the most immersive online gambling experiences available, you’re looking for VR gaming, and virtual reality could be a very tangible reality for you over the coming months.
No need to go to a land-based casino if you don’t want to – now you can experience all the glitz, glamour and adrenaline of real-life gambling in the comfort of your own home. Just pop on your VR headset and you’re ready to place your bets in an instant.
It’s this kind of true-to-life gaming environment that’s making VR so popular – and while it’s not exactly standard practice for most online casinos right now, it’s definitely a trend that’s starting to gain traction . Already estimates are showing that VR is expected to generate approximately $250 billion by the end of this year, and with its premium interactivity, it’s easy to see why. Will you be embracing the future-forward thinking of VR gambling? Given that it’s becoming all the rage, it might be a move worth considering.
Cryptocurrency – a new revolution in gambling transactions
From virtual reality to virtual currency – cryptocurrency to be exact, and what looks to be one of the fastest-growing online gambling trends of 2021, at least where deposits and withdrawals are concerned.
While cryptocurrency has been around for a while (Bitcoin, anyone?) it’s taken a while to catch on in online casinos, perhaps due to players not understanding it, or being unsure as to how to transact with it. Today, however, players are far more comfortable with the concept of cryptocurrency, and given its efficiency and anonymity, it’s enjoying a far more enthusiastic response. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s safe, and in some cases it’s rewarding too, with certain casinos offering bonuses to those choosing to transact in cryptocurrency.
Yes, words like ‘blockchain’ may still strike confusion into the hearts of many, but by and large it seems that cryptocurrency is here to stay, and here to surge in 2021 it seems. Will you stick with your tried and trusted payment mechanism, or will you try banking with cryptocurrency instead? Who knows, it could change the way you transact forever!
Let’s go live!
Live gaming, that is. Now more than ever, live dealer games are showing an upswing in participation, either due to the pandemic, or to more people wanting to enjoy an interactive casino experience while surrounded by the comforts of home.
Although live dealer gaming isn’t quite as fully immersive as VR gaming, it’s still a hugely popular choice for gamblers – and with lockdown forcing more and more people to stay at home, it’s a choice that increasing numbers of players are making. From Blackjack to Baccarat to Roulette, more and more players are logging on to the convenience of live dealer play – games hosted in real time and streamed in real time from a real live casino environment. Have you logged onto live dealer gaming yet? If not, this could finally be your year!
We’ve only highlighted a few trends here, but the good news is that even more are bound to be in the works. Online gambling is an industry that’s going from strength to strength, and the innovation and creativity that works to keep moving it forward is boundless. And the best part? You get to enjoy all of it, wherever you are, whenever you like. Watch out 2021 – we’re coming for you!
Happy Spinning 🙂