Things certainly move fast in the world of online gaming. It’s a competitive business operated by those with the most cutting edge technical knowledge out there, which means we’re sure to be in for an exciting year of developments in 2017. Today we take a look at some online gaming predictions for this year, so that you’ll know what to expect from the likes of Caesars Casino as the year progresses.
With the involvement of industry giants like Google, Sony and Samsung, 2016 was a big year for virtual reality – and online casino gaming is expected to push the experience even further in 2017. It was back in 2015 we saw the arrival of SlotsMillions, the world’s first multi-player virtual casino, followed by Casino VR poker on Oculus Rift. This exciting technology allowed players to adopt an avatar, explore the casino, play for money, and even interact with staff. Sounds great right? Right! However, currently the problem holding VR back is the fact that the headsets remain too expensive to appeal to the wider audience, plus they’re cumbersome. Despite these obstacles with the hardware, the industry remains set on developing VR, which means that 2017 could well see the start of more affordable tech, and more useable headsets.
Did you get the 2016 memo? Esports is huge and international tournaments can now be watched live on TV. The industry is growing in popularity, with analysts predicting that it will double in size in 2017. If these predictions are true – esports will have an audience of close to 500 million before the end of the year. The gaming industry has certainly taken notice, and now we’re seeing studios and publishers putting more investment into impressing the esports community. Expect to hear of more professional teams in cities all around the world, with the best players finally being offered some of the perks more often associated with players of real life sports – salaries, and benefits. If you’re not quite at professional level, keep an eye out for feeder leagues popping up that could filter you into the big time.
Games blending single and multi-player worlds
For some time now there’s been a move to keep players engaged for longer by merging single and multi-player experiences together into one game. Games like Overwatch, Star Wars Battlefront, The Witcher 3, and Assassin’s Creed now all feature hundreds of sidequests to please those who like to switch things up mid-game.
Mobile gets better!
Our final prediction for 2017 is that we’ll see even more PC and console games being repurposed so they can be played on the go. Last year gave us Pokémon Go, which caused what can only be described as a worldwide frenzy. In 2017, expect to see more of this augmented reality as people compete to emulate the success of the Pokémon Go creators.