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Blazing the Trail: Online Casinos Use Technology to Secure and Enhance Gaming

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People love casinos. There’s a reason places like Las Vegas are such popular tourist destinations, and it’s not just the Cirque du Soleil shows (although most of those are pretty awesome). Casinos have slowly spread in number and popularity across the United States—first by using loopholes in the law to establish casinos on Native American land or by hosting casinos on river boats, but even brick-and-mortar casinos have gained more acceptance with cities like Detroit embracing them.

As casinos in general have gained broader acceptance and popularity, the internet has created a whole different form of gaming with online casinos or internet casinos. While online casinos are increasingly popular around the world, the legality of online gambling in the United States is murky, and is largely decided by the individual states.

For those who can legally use the sites, though, online casinos continue to push the envelope of technology to ensure a safer and more exciting experience. Most modern gaming websites are equipped with technologies which make them safe for users and add to the excitement. Online casinos rely on a variety of technologies designed to ensure customers are secure and satisfied. According to HolyMoly, there are some common technologies used across gambling websites to secure and enhance the experience:

Mobile gaming

Most online casinos are available on smartphones and tablets now. Some platforms are available through a mobile browser, and others have mobile apps available for iPhones and Android devices. With mobile gaming, you can play anywhere and anytime. All you need is a mobile device and an internet connection.

Live gaming

Although the experience is not happening in real life, live dealers are really popular among many gaming participants. Live streaming technologies give players an opportunity to feel like they are in a real casino. Live gaming is also more social than other sections of an online casino.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) used to transfer the data from the real live dealers to the participants online. To create a live casino experience, sites need a camera, at least one live dealer, and a monitor that allows them to view the table the way online players see it. The most important element, however, is the Game Control Unit (GCU), which encodes and decodes data between the dealer and players.

The rules of online games with a live dealer are the same as those with virtual or machine dealers. The main advantage of a live dealer is that the results of a game are determined by a human, rather than a machine. It also allows players to get a more authentic feeling of taking part in the action and excitement of a real, brick-and-mortar casino.

Random Number Generator

All your favorite slot games have one primary thing in common under the hood—a random number generator (RNG). The ability to generate random numbers helps to ensure that games are fair and that only your luck matters in determining the result.

The reality, however, is that computers are not capable of generating truly random numbers. They use a pseudorandom number generator that relies on an algorithm to create something as close as possible to true random. The pseudorandom number generator (PRNG) uses an initial “seed” value that is then used to generate a sequence of numbers that approximate random numbers.

SSL Encryption

SSL (secure sockets layer) is a standard encryption protocol used online security across the entire internet, and online casinos are no exception. On the contrary, they probably have more need for a secure, encrypted connection than most websites. It is not impervious to attack or compromise, but that little padlock next to the address in your web browser generally indicates that the data you share with that website is encrypted as it travels across the internet and protected from compromise or exposure.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency continues to gain popularity and is slowly becoming an accepted form of currency in many different areas of everyday life. Most online casinos accept payments using standard payment methods like Visa/Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal and others. More progressive gaming websites, however, also offer the ability to deposit and withdraw Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency payments are anonymous, and ensure a level of secrecy about your activities.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality casinos are a new trend in gambling. Slots Million was the first casino where you could play with Oculus Rift goggles and have a more immersive experience that approximates what it’s like to actually visit a brick-and-mortar casino. They are expensive for now, but the VR experience is unforgettable. As VR gains steam, you can expect more online casinos to embrace it.

It’s hard to say what online casinos—or the internet in general, for that matter—will look like 5 or 10 years from now. If you want to see what sorts of technologies might make it to mainstream devices and platforms, though, pay attention to online gaming and online casino sites. They have a vested interest in pushing the envelope for online security and enhancing the performance of the online experience, so they tend to be the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for emerging technology trends.

 

Source: techspective.net


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DAO.Casino is launching Sandbox for game developers

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Game developers will be able to become pioneers in the development of decentralized games for the gambling industry using DAO.Casino protocol.

 

On September 17, 2018, DAO.Casino is opening Sandbox for developers, independent teams and game development studios that choose to harness the power of the rapidly developing DApp industry.

Since Monday everyone may submit their application for Sandbox on the official Sandbox page.

The Sandbox project is designed by DAO.Casino developers. Participants of Sandbox will learn the basics of decentralized applications development on DAO.Casino protocol. Developers participating in Sandbox will learn to create, design and deploy decentralized games and applications on Ethereum blockchain.

DAO.Casino is planning to reward most active developers for their constructive feedback on the improvement and optimization of the SDK and related documentation. The company will separately announce the details of the rewards program later this fall.

“We are confident that the Sandbox project will play an important role in our collaboration with studios and independent game developers. We cannot wait to see our product helping developers unleash their creative and entrepreneurial talents and apply those to one of the most groundbreaking technologies of the XXI century. — states Ilya Tarutov, CEO, DAO.Casino. – I am sure that the products we’re developing will transform the online gambling into a fair and transparent industry for all of the involved parties: casino operators, developers, and affiliate marketers. “

“We are launching the Sandbox with the goal of enabling as many developers as possible to learn to create decentralized games. We have achieved an important milestone by starting to accept applications from developers all around the world who share our idea to make online gambling fair and transparent. With our technology, developers can take the whole gambling industry to the next level” – says Alexandra Fetisova from DAO.Casino.

DAO.Casino disrupted the online gambling industry in 2017 by starting the development of the protocol based on Ethereum blockchain technology. DAO.Casino protocol ensures the automation of transactions and facilitates interactions between all the industry participants: casino operators, game developers, and affiliate marketers. DAO.Casino team is fully dedicated to developing the best products and making the gambling industry a better place.

 


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Big Time Gaming licences patented mechanic to Storm Gaming

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BTG licences its patented and trademarked MegaWays™ mechanic to UK-based developer Storm Gaming Technology Ltd

 

Pioneering online slot developer, Big Time Gaming, has struck yet another deal to licence its patented and trademarked MegaWays™ mechanic to Storm Gaming. Storm Gaming will be combining this with some of its brand licenses including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Chase and Tipping Point to take its slots to the next level and deliver a superior player experience. The partnership will allow Storm Gaming to design and develop its own games using MegaWays™, which debuted in Big Time Gaming’s Dragon Born over three years ago.

Blueprint, another licensee of MegaWays™ has had great success leveraging BTG’s ground breaking IP, and Storm are sure to follow suit with a range of interesting products penned for land-based and online deployment Q1 2019.

MegaWays™ is a random reel modifier system that allows any given spin to produce a different number of symbols across the reels, allowing players to experience a totally different game with every spin. Big Time Gaming has cornered the market with this innovation with games like Bonanza, White Rabbit and Extra Chilli, and will be launching Who Wants to be a Millionaire in November – the most anticipated branded slot launch in history.

Nik Robinson, Big Time Gaming CEO, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing how Storm use the MegaWays™ mechanic. Storm has some highly entertaining IP licenses that will work seamlessly with MegaWays™.”

Steve Murray from Storm Gaming, said: “The MegaWays™ concept is remarkable; it provides for and delivers exciting game play on a whole new level. “We shall be using MegaWays™ on new Storm concepts and licensed IP with a number of launches set for the coming months.”


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AGA Releases New Research On Economic Impact Of Gaming Industry

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Report shows 9.5 percent increase in economic output; industry now supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide

 

the American Gaming Association (AGA) released a new study examining the striking impact the gaming industry has on the U.S. economy – providing stable jobs to nearly two million Americans and generating billions of dollars in tax revenue. This is the first comprehensive report on the gaming industry’s national economic impact since 2014.

Oxford Economics’ 2018 study found that the U.S. gaming industry:

  • Contributes $261 billion to the U.S. economy, a 9.5 percent increase since 2014;
  • Supports nearly 1.8 million jobs, up from 1.7 million jobs in 2014; and
  • Generates $40.8 billion in tax revenues to federal, state and local governments.

“Gaming companies across the country are enabling long-lasting careers for their employees and making a huge impact on their communities through innovative partnerships with local nonprofits, volunteerism and the generation of revenue that supports critical services. The industry’s tax revenue alone provides enough funding to hire 692,000 new teachers,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “Since our last study in 2014, casino gaming has expanded into new markets, offered innovative new entertainment options and enhanced its position as a key contributor to local, state and federal economies.”

The research was commissioned by AGA and conducted by Oxford Economics. More information about the study can be viewed here.

About AGA: 

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.


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