Online gaming has been around for a while now. In fact, online gaming has been around since the 1990s, but only recently have people jumped on board the band wagon to make the industry what it is today.
The first online casino was born in 1994 when the Free Trade & Processing Act was passed in Antigua and Barbuda. The industry gained momentum towards the end of the decade with many players signing up around the world to play in these casino, and the games hosted within them. Of course, there was the likes of poker, blackjack and other popular casino games, including online slots, but over the years, the industry has evolved to bring players other branded games, including some bearing the names of the biggest film and television titles, a trend that continues to this very day.
A quick browse of the internet reveals that big online casino sites like online-casino.ie, are featuring new websites that host games directly related to the movie and TV industry. There are games licensing brands like The Godfather, Scarface and huge favourite Jurassic Park, but also more recent titles like The Big Bang Theory, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and even the more recent title in the ‘Jurassic’ series, Jurassic World.
The use of branding also extends to some of the biggest titles on television. The Walking Dead has been heavily used, as has arguably the most-watched series on television at the moment, the HBO show Game Of Thrones. Even chat shows are having their content and name licensed, including The Ellen Show, one of the biggest, and most viewed chat shows in the world, which of course screens in multiple countries. It even pops up in the real world too, with many of the casinos using the name in Las Vegas.
The online gambling industry has volume reported to be in the region of $45.86 billion (2016), and is expected to grow to a huge $56.05 billion by 2018. A lot of that is due to the recent surge in interest in poker and the game Texas Hold ‘Em, but make no mistake, the online gaming and slots world play a big part too.
Expect that huge figure to grow even more as customers become more and more engrossed in the online world, take more chances and trust the technology around them as time and tech moves on. These are very exciting times indeed, and we can’t wait to see where the roads lead to next.