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What can we expect in the coming years?

If you’re currently reading this article then it’s certain that you’re doing it on some kind of screen: Computer screens, phones and tablets all have multiple uses and it’s impossible to consider living without them. This is particularly true if you have a passion for gaming or gambling. Multi-screen play, touch screen technology and glass touch panels have all revolutionized the online gambling industry, creating innovative games that are intuitive, fast and easy to play. Whether you enjoy poker, slots or a nice roulette game, it’s easy to find a game that will best suit the device that you’re using. But the future of online gaming involves more than just bigger and better screens.

So what other innovations in online gaming do we have to look forward to? And what will 2020 bring to the industry? Here’s everything you need to know:

Online Gambling Innovations

1. Augmented Reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality are both huge trends in online gaming, and the online betting industry has followed suit. This is a market that will grow considerably going into 2020. AR technologies have been harnessed to help players feel like they are in a high-end, land-based casino but without ever having to leave the comfort of their own home. Visual casino elements such as dealers, tables, other players, a real-life roulette wheel and so on will all create a truly immersive casino environment.

2. Virtual Reality

At an even more immersive level, individuals who own virtual reality headsets can plunge themselves into a wonderfully exciting casino environment that will feel almost identical to a real life one; not only can they view the casino elements (as with AR), they can also engage with them. It is worth noting that the devices required to enjoy this incredible virtual reality experience are very expensive, and are not considered to be affordable for the majority — right now, at least. But the same was once said of the mobile phone: This will change as the technology continues to develop.

3. Smart Watch Technologies

If you’re looking for an introduction into online gambling that you can carry around with you unobtrusively at all times, then the newest smartwatch technology that has entered the online gaming arena are the perfect choice. While the screens are smaller, the graphics and gaming quality is just as sharp, and it is forecasted that this area of the industry will grow rapidly in 2020. Gaming companies, particularly Microgaming, are having much success in developing games that are fully compatible with new smartwatches.

Safety Standards Remain High

It’s important to note that safety and protection standards within the online gambling industry in the UK remain high. It is an industry that is highly regulated, and the UK Gambling Commission has done much to ensure fair gameplay within UK online casinos, as well as helping to combat gambling addiction and minimize its risks. Online gambling should be seen as a fun hobby, and it’s important to stop if the fun stops. It is thanks to these high safety standards and the hard work of the industry’s legal body that the online gaming industry in the UK will continue to grow throughout 2020.

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