As part of a wave that has seen iGaming options truly capitalize on the fact that more gamers are heading towards fast gaming options on their smartphones, the world of slots might have gone from strength to strength. The question remains, however, whether the success of slot gaming in particular has sparked a radical shift in other choices for iGaming.
Modernizing or Inspired?
The Guardian newspaper in the UK predicted in 2016 that the big change in the world of mobile gaming will revolve around the concept of being able to project mobile games to large-screen TVs to turn them into a console gaming competitor. A lot of thought has certainly been put into this theory, but the fact is that the way people enjoy mobile gaming is not through long-term, profoundly involved gaming experiences, but through fast, sharp bursts during the day. As a consequence, at least so far, the Guardian’s prediction has not really come to pass.
Instead, we see more and more games that are fast-playing options come onto the market in response to the evolving preferences of gamers, helping to capitalize on a time-poor, cash-rich scenario in modern day society that has not only benefited the world of slot gaming but has seen the freemium model flourish beyond all expectations (with companies like EA bringing their biggest titles like The Sims into this world of gaming as a result).
“Is the Popularity of Online Slots Gaming Causing Poker to Change?
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Perhaps, however, the most intriguing aspect of this fast-playing revolution has been the rise of new versions of old iGaming classics such as poker, which have tried to stay true to their original format while being rejuvenated by new, faster-playing versions that demonstrate that they are ready to adapt to the modern gaming setting.
Poker isn’t the only game to have jumped on this modernization trend. Bingo, which has seen a revival in popularity after modernizing itself for the age of the internet, was probably the most effective game to do this, with the Las Vegas Sun recently featuring bingo in an article on the popularity of social games that we can play on our smartphones easily. This is such an enormous part of the mobile gaming world that bingo players have made intelligent use of social interaction to become popular again.
A New Poker Face Type?
Bingo is one thing, but it is the poker world that is beginning to drive a vast variety of new games away from more conventional versions such as Texas Hold ‘Em or 5 Card Stud, with games such as 888poker’s SNAP poker providing a simpler and easier way to play poker on the go (with no more waiting around, and cards dealt the instant gamers fold). These formats help to engage an audience that may not otherwise want to play poker games that are more drawn out.
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Although online poker sites, of course, still look at the likes of virtual reality poker and aim to make the gaming experience as deeply immersive as possible, businesses really need to be creative to ensure that they are not left behind in a world where gamblers and gamers enjoy playing slot games.
Whatever the end result, one thing that seems obvious is that gamers will be the true winners as businesses continue to find fun ways to help them interact with their favorite games, regardless of how games like poker and bingo continue to evolve.