Mon, Jan 7, 1:06pm by Staff Writer
The growth of online slot games in 2018 is expected to continue into the New Year, with industry giants NetEnt and Yggdrasil fighting to stay atop the market with their high-end game releases.
Players are increasingly choosing online versions of their popular slot machines as a substitute for land-based gaming, according to Gaming Post.
Not only is a wider selection of games enticing players online, but there are often larger jackpots on offer and a more convenient, immersive gaming experience.
The millennial generation has been the major driver for online gaming on smartphones and tablets.
In 2009 just over 10 per cent of punters aged between 18 and 35 years old played online casino games, with that figure nearly doubling in less than 10 years.
Slot games are interaction, immersive and more challenging than ever before thanks to their gamification features.
— Melvin Wong (@mwhc) November 10, 2018
In-title levels, missions and accomplishments have been included to keep punters interested and coming back for more.
Slot machine themes have been growing in recent times, with subject matters and themes expected to grow in 2019 including films, TV series, video games and mythology.
In the early days of online slots, the game play was repetitive and two-dimensional.
Nowadays, new technology has allowed for rapid improvements in the field including 4K graphics, virtual reality capacities, multiple orientation modes and unique soundtracks.
Skill-based games have been able to come to the fore in light of such advancements and target a generation that grew up in the video game era.
Personalised experiences based on each users experience in the game have been created by specialised algorithms that make playing online slots more enjoyable for the players, according to Gaming Post.
Australia’s love affair with poker machines and slots gaming has been well documented, with the nation home to 20 per cent of the world’s poker machines.
While each jurisdiction has a varying number, the losses on poker machines in Australia continue to rise.
Figures quoted by the BBC show a $24 billion loss in Queensland alone in 2017.
Australia has more poker machines per person than almost any other country with nearly 200,000 machines in operation nationwide.
Residents spent on average $1,300 per year on gambling, which is more than double that spent by the next highest ranking nation of Singapore with an average spend of $600.
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