Slots machines have come a long way since the Liberty Bell was invented by Charles Fey in 1895. These days, it’s all about video slots, and iGaming software developers are constantly pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.
In this article, we wanted to share with you some of the innovative technology found in online slot games. Gambling is a multi-billion dollar industry, so no expense is spared when it comes to game development. The provider knows full well if they offer a game with innovative features that players love, they will get their money back ten-fold.
- MegaWays: Those of you old enough will remember the classic fruit machine found in pubs and bars up and down the country. These games only had one payline – the centre row. As video slots started to take hold, developers began adding more paylines. We went up to 9, 15, 20, 25 and so on. However, that wasn’t enough for Big Time Gaming, so it invented MegaWays which gave players more than 117,000 ways to win on any one spin. They since upped the ante further, and there are now MegaWays slots with more than 500,000 ways to win. How incredible is that?
- Progressive Jackpots: The glory days of playing a fruit machine. Each spin would cost 10c and the jackpot would be $3.00 or $4.00. Fast forward to modern progressive jackpots that have jackpots topping $20,000,000 and you can see the role technology has played. These games are all interlinked from thousands of online casinos, and with each spin, the player is making a small contribution to the prize pool.
- Virtual Reality: This may sound futuristic but believe us, it’s now the present. There are virtual reality casinos available where you can immerse yourself in a mind-blowing experience playing cutting-edge 3D video slots. Many industry experts believe this is where the industry is heading and within 20 years, all online casinos will be VR.
That is just a taste of how technology has and will continue to shape the online video slots industry. We should also consider the massive impact HTML5 is having on game development, and of course, the inclusion of gamification into slots has helped to push the envelope even further. This is an exciting time in this digital era that we live in.
[Written by External Partner]