It might seem an odd combination to the uninitiated but make no mistake – iGaming has contributed a great deal to the development of a wide range of online technologies. From payment to proliferation, iGaming services and websites have long stood as one of the vanguards of software evolution, and we want to look at how.
Readers old and tech-focussed enough to remember the early days of the internet might remember the pain of ordering things online. Having purchased full versions of shareware games over the late-90’s net, we can state unequivocally that this was usually a slow and painful process, especially when credit cards weren’t accepted.
Not only have credit cards become common today but other and arguably more convenient systems like PayPal, PaySafeCard, and Skrill have also risen to fill the gaps. Acting more like debit cards, which is to say without the hassle of interest fees, these online wallets owe no shortage of thanks to just how rapidly iGaming sought them out.
As one of the earliest and widespread examples of businesses into the online world, services like these not just thrived, but they helped convince other reticent businesses of the public desirability of online payment services. This is a pattern continued and built upon today, with websites extending these systems to include additional bonuses, further setting a standard of online payment integration.
This leading of the path, as it turns out, would become common.
We also saw this fearlessness when it came to adaption to mobile gaming. While it has taken a long time for traditional AAA video game publishers to become heavily involved in the mobile market, iGaming showed no such hesitance. Jumping in with both feet, iGaming websites were fast to adopt mobile apps once the era of the smartphone arrived. This viability contributed to the popularization and rise of developments of app stores, which most of us use to this day.
This, again, is seen in the new age of HTML5. As this new coding basis for websites effectively mitigates many of the issues which made apps a necessity in the first place, its adoption on iGaming websites again has helped set a new standard.
While it is true that many websites would adopt HTML5 anyway for its versatility over mobile and desktop browsers, iGaming did so in such a way that included heavy quantities of games. This is seen through developments like what NetEnt casino has done with the likes of the Mega Fortune and Strolling Staxx jackpot slots. Apps were once the necessary basis here, and now that they are increasingly not, it is again iGaming which has taken on of the first steps forward.
That is not to say that iGaming services are driven solely by the desire to push the envelope, far from it. They are businesses first and foremost and, because of this, their primary desire is to drive a profit. That said, this desire is often illustrated by other ostensibly progressive businesses ploddingly, with many timid about making each step.
We can’t exactly measure the effect that iGaming has had on leading this progression but, if history is anything to go on, whatever the next big step may be, iGaming will undoubtedly be one of the first through the gate.