The online casino industry has been around for about 25 years now. Since the internet first got widespread usage in homes in the mid-1990s, software developers have strived to recreate what goes on in a real, land-based casino by bringing roulette, blackjack, slots and other classic games to the online market. It has worked, of course, and online casino gaming has grown to become a massive global enterprise as we move through the 2020s.
But as with all aspects of technology, the online casino industry has evolved. Seemingly not satisfied with recreating what happens in a land-based casino, developers have tried to bring new gaming concepts to life, featuring games that you would not find in the resorts of Las Vegas or Macau. Most notably, there has been the launch of TV game show casino titles that have become hugely popular in the last couple of years.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire arrived at the casino
Of course, when you think about it, there is natural link between television game shows and casino games. That link has been apparent for a while. The classic Who Wants to Be a Millionaire slot available at casino.com, for example, has been around for a few years. It fuses the elements of the world-renowned game show – 50/50, Phone-a-Friend, the Money Ladder – and traditional slot play. One might say that it is the perfect theme for a slot, given the focus on winning big money. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been screened in dozens of countries across the world, so there is always going to be crossover appeal for fans of the game show with this online slot.
But developers have gone a step further in the last couple of years, bringing game show themes to the live casino. If you aren’t aware of live casino, it is the production of ‘real’ casino games, i.e. real live dealers, cards, dice, roulette wheels, etc., from a real studio. The action is streamed to your device, with console technology facilitating the placement of bets in real-time. The technology used is revolutionary and providing real live games from studios has proved massively popular.
New gaming concepts being rolled out online
And yet, as mentioned, some of the developers of casino games wanted to move away from traditional card and table game, so they have brought the tv game show titles to the live studio. Evolution Gaming, for instance, has rolled out games like Deal or No Deal Live. Like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal is a global hit, so players have really embraced the chance to play a live version of the game. The rules are somewhat different from the game show, but the essence of the show remains – it’s all about guessing what is in that special box.
Aside from taking renowned game shows, the live casino developers have also tried to make their own new concepts like Crazy Time and Dream Catcher, both of which have proved tremendously popular. Even popular board games like Monopoly have been revamped for the Live Casino. Monopoly Live, which was developed by Evolution, is one of the most innovative games to be created for casino in the 21st century.
As we move through the 2020s, it is likely we get to see more of these game show concepts arrive at the online casino. It’s not that games like blackjack and roulette are dull or have lost popularity; it’s that these games offer something different to players. It could very well be the case that your favourite game show arrives at the online casino soon.
Barry Lachey is a Professional Editor at Zobuz. Previously He has also worked for Moxly Sports and Network Resources “Joe Joe.” he is a graduate of the Kings College at the University of Thames Valley London. You can reach Barry via email or by phone.