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Key Evolutionary Components in Online Casinos

The online casino industry of today is worth tens of billions of dollars a year. Despite this enormous profit, just a few short decades ago even this industry was little more than a niche in the small market we called the internet.

Over the years, technological adaption and adoption have opened the doors to online casinos on a level few would have thought possible, but how did we get here? What have been the biggest contributors to online casino growth, to make it the unquestionable juggernaut the industry is today?

Bandwidth Improvement

The early days of the internet were a painful time. While we had nothing to measure these early days against at the time, looking back we can't imagine returning to an age of such slow connections. This was owed to the early limitations in bandwidth, which refers to the quantity of data which can be transmitted at any one time.
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"Moving Slow" (CC BY 2.0) by Todd Huffman
This slow speed meant that navigating between webpages could take minutes, not seconds, and this rendered the likes of even the smallest internet casinos frustrating to operate. Given this reality, many in the early days ignored the online casino sphere. As this infrastructure improved and ADSL became standard, this issue was eliminated almost entirely.

Mass Adoption

All the speed in the world would be worth nothing without an audience. As the advantages of the internet began to raise their heads, an enormous quantity of business and home users began to make the shift into the web.

In 1995, around 44 million people used the internet. As of 2019, that number has expanded to over 4.5 billion.

It was this sheer number of users which created the viability of the current online casino market structure. For example, services like FeedBACK Casino which rate casinos and compare their bonuses are only possible because of just how vast the number of casino offerings has become.

Mobile Ubiquity

Aiding in mass adoption were the benefits created with mobile connectivity. While many users ignored the finer points of PC operation, getting used to mobile phones became a simple necessity in the lives of many.

As the power of these devices increased, and they became viable internet browsers, an entirely new audience saw the prospects for mobile casinos unlocked. This was further aided by the introduction of HTML5 and related programming technologies. These new systems made downloading apps unnecessary, as play became feasible within the browsers themselves.
Using Smartphones on a train platform
"People using smartphones on a train platform" (CC BY 2.0) by Rawpixel Ltd
The final part of this equation came from improving mobile internet. Coverage and speed both saw significant increases, with 5G promising more opportunities in the next few years.

A Cohesive Whole

Combined, all of these individual elements created a system where the growth of many online industries wasn’t just imaginable, it was practically guaranteed. Taking advantage of this potential created not only a whole slew of new games, as commonly seen in slots, but also twists on classics such as the still-growing live online casino gaming scene.

As an industry so inherently tied to technological evolution, it is doubtless than online casinos still have considerable progress remaining. As to the exact route this will take, that remains to be seen. If other online industries are any indicator, however, we might expect the likes of virtual and augmented reality to soon peek over the digital horizon.   
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