The lead time for gaming means that often by the time something is released or developed, it lags in terms of what fans and players would expect. This can be frustrating for fans and developers alike, with technology one step ahead of many avenues of traditional gaming. iGaming, however, is able to create new gaming styles and update systems a lot easier due to the lack of hardware involved and the core offering not changing while the developments are being conducted. As such, what could gaming learn from iGaming and its latest technologies?
Updates to Keep It Fresh
NetEnt’s live casino technology has already shown how the essence of real gameplay can be captured and live-streamed to create a new experience for players. The addition of the auto roulette functionality means that the classic game is fully optimized for the best digital experience, with a modern look and feel to take advantage of the best camera angles. This update comes from users enjoying the live roulette and the game operator giving them the next level of that engagement. The game also showcases the scope of the technology that iGaming can use, which can influence other forms of gaming.
The latest Pokémon update provides a good example of gaming improving on the standard for fans. The graphics for the Sword and Shield Switch games were panned during the early previews, so Game Freak and Nintendo ensured that they were polished for the final reveal, which resulted in a positive reaction from most fans. While Final Fantasy 7 has released images of graphics so realistic that the characters’ blackheads and blood vessels can be seen in its bid to remake the classic. The advent of 5G technology means that gaming can utilize stronger graphics for mobile gaming, as smartphones will be able to process more detailed images without any lag.
Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Wars aside…
…THIS GAME IS SO PRETTY
I'LL TAKE THIS ART STYLE OVER SUPER REALISTIC GRAPHICS ANYDAY pic.twitter.com/AtlecNsTRy
— D1 (@xD1x) February 27, 2019
Range of Payment Methods
One of the major coups of the iGaming industry is its foray into digital payment methods before they caught on. Long before Monzo and other e-wallets rose to prominence, and before we were rarely handling cash, iGaming introduced e-wallets and in some cases even cryptocurrency as methods of payment on its software. Those interested in iGaming are more likely to also be interested in developing technologies, so it makes sense to allow payment via Paysafecard, Skrill, and Neteller where applicable.
Gaming has only just moved towards a digital way of engagement. You can make purchases and digital downloads of games without having to buy a physical copy, such as on Steam, but it still feels light-years behind the iGaming digital payment advancements. Though there could be some moves in the future for gaming to adopt alternative payments. In-game purchases, for instance, could be done through a wider range of e-wallets than they are now. Cryptocurrency could even be used for gaming purchases, with the possibility for in-game rewards to also come in the mode of cryptocurrency.
The online casino industry has an uncanny knack of ensuring it delivers for players what they would expect before they have to ask for it. Whether this is updates to the gameplay and styles of gaming, or updates to how the game is engaged with. The world of gaming could learn a lot from how iGaming has tackled some potential challenges and ensured that fans are pleased with their entire gaming experience.