What Can We Expect From 2016 in Online Gambling?Published January 3, 2016 by Elana K
2016 looks like it will be a year with more new online casinos, more players using mobile casinos, a burst in popularity of Bitcoin casinos and more countries and states seeking to regulate online gambling.
With each passing year, online gambling is becoming a more and more popular, and profitable, industry. In 2015, many new online casinos were launched, based in locations all around the world. In America, local and federal battles waged regarding the legalization of online gambling, with a temporary win in favor of online gambling.
With 2015 behind us, what can we expect from online gambling in 2016? Let’s take a look.
New Online Casinos Will Be Created
If you thought 2015 was the year that saw the creation of many new online casinos, 2016 looks like it will top it. Because there is tight competition in the online betting industry, more and more casinos are being created with the players’ needs in mind. This is good news for online gamers, who will have greater choices when it comes to service, games and technologies.
Mobile Popularity Will Continue to Grow
Recent studies in 2015 predicted that the use of mobile devices to play at online casinos will continue to grow throughout the next year. In fact, many of the new casinos that sprung up in 2015 were mobile casinos, designed specifically to cater to the ever-growing population of online gamblers who enjoy playing from their mobile devices. And the trend seems to be that mobile use will continue to grow in 2016.
The Rise of Bitcoin Casinos
As the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, becomes more and more popular, online casinos that offer Bitcoin as a banking option will also become more and more popular. But not only that - online casinos that offer Bitcoin as the SOLE method of banking will also rise. Currently, there are a number of popular Bitcoin-only casinos, such as BitCasino and VegasCasino - but in 2016, we can expect to see even more.
More Countries and States Will Seek to Regulate Online Gambling
While Europe is fairly advanced in its regulation of online gambling, it seems that in 2016, even more countries will want to come on board. As of now, the European Commission regulates online gambling in all EU countries, but given the popularity of the pastime, more countries will want to follow suit.
In the US, online gambling is currently allowed to be implemented at a state level, but only three states have taken advantage of that. In 2015, Sheldon Adelson had been pushing for RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, to be passed, a bill which would ban online gambling at a federal level - but RAWA was not included in the end-of-the-year spending bill, which means that the states have another year of relief. It also means that more states will probably look towards legalizing online gambling in 2016 as a way of bringing in some added revenue.
2016 Looks Like It Will Be a Good Year
While it’s only the beginning, all signs and trends point to 2016 being a great year for online gambling, with more expansion, opportunity, and higher quality games and service for players. Here’s to a great 2016!