Past, Present And Future Of Remote Gaming


Remote gaming started in the mid-1990s. You needed a desktop and an Internet connection. Then you could sign up at any of the online casinos, download the software and start wagering with real money. The randomization of the outcomes was not done mechanically as in brick and mortar casinos, but through a random number generator built into the software. Remote gaming has come a long way since then. This article takes a look at some of the important milestones.

The first development was the use of instant play online casino platforms. Players no longer needed to download the software and use up hard disk storage. The casino games would be accessed and played in the browsers. There was another indirect, and perhaps more significant, advantage. The instant play software was compatible with all operating systems including Mac, whereas the download software was compatible only with Windows.

The next two developments started almost at the same time. The first was live dealer gaming. The main objective was to create a more realistic casino experience. Games like roulette, blackjack and baccarat were not simulated using software. They were actually played out on real casino tables operated by human dealers and video streamed to the players’ computers. This development also brought on board players who were sceptical about the integrity of the random number generators in the casino software.

Around about 2006 smartphones made their entry. These devices were used less as phones and more for other applications. Gaming software providers developed platforms that allowed players to wager with real money from their smartphones and tablets. Players were no longer restrained to logging on to online casinos from desktops and laptops. They could now wager on the move and utilize their time better. With the developments smart phone technology even the most feature rich video slots and live dealer games can now be played on mobile.

This is where remote gaming stands at the moment on a commercialized basis. Smart watches have been introduced in the market that can support remote gaming. However, the screen size is so small that this product has not found many takers.

Virtual reality games for some sports are already a rage. Games suppliers have developed prototypes for virtual reality casino games. Microgaming has demonstrated Virtual Reality Roulette. You will get the experience of sitting in front of and seeing yourself place bets and collect payouts. The only issue in the prototype is that you interact with a robot croupier. NetEnt has developed a prototype of a virtual reality slot machine.