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6 GAMBLING TRENDS ROLLING IN 2021
How has the pandemic changed the gambling scene? In this article we take a closer look at 6 trends: Blockchain, AI, esports betting, last-minute bets, 5G and the return of big events.
The pandemic forced many gambling businesses to act quickly on increasing their digital capabilities, and it’s also boosting new trends and quickens emerging technologies that benefit bettors’ experience. According to the Gambling Global Markert Report 2021, the global gambling market revenue is expected to reach $516.03 billion in 2021 – which is $50.27 billion more than in 2020. The main pointed reason for this growth was the efforts implemented by gambling companies to rearrange their operations in order to face the COVID-19 restrictions.
So, what are the main trends in gambling to be aware of this year?
1. THE RISE OF BLOCKCHAIN
There is an increasing interest for blockchain technology in the gambling world. Most online casinos are using cryptocurrencies as they benefit bettors by ensuring payments security and a safe environment for instant transactions. Blockchain seems also to be immune to hacking attempts, and there is guaranteed transparency in gameplay and operations. Last but not least, complete player privacy and confidentiality are ensured – which is a topic that raised frequent comments in the sector.
Although Blockchain is a field that a lot of users are not thoroughly aware of, the use of cryptocurrencies has been working as a differentiator selling factor for many online casinos that are looking to broaden their reach to new clients. Online casinos such as BitStarz, Bitcasino, True Flip, 7 Bit Casino and 1xBit are great examples of brands focusing on this trend. According to bitrates.com these are the major cryptocurrencies accepted by crypto sportsbooks these days: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Monero, Dash, Ripple, and Dogecoin.
2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
With more internet users than ever before, the gambling sector is tapping into AI to improve services and take the player experience up a notch. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning seem to be the new buzz words, but what does this actually mean for online casinos and gambling platforms?
-AI can help with detecting gambling addictions by analyzing data that reveals problematic behavior
-AI algorithms can be used to create customized offers and bonuses based on players’ habits and preferences
-AI allows gambling platforms to offer personalized and speedy customer support by using advanced chatbots
-AI makes it easier for casinos to identify trends and patterns leading to accelerated innovation and a better player experience
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3. THE GROWTH OF ESPORTS BETTING
It took many years and a global pandemic for esports betting to emerge as an attractive alternative to old-style sports betting. After the cancellation of major traditional sports leagues due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the esports betting industry is booming like a space rocket, and it is estimated to reach 1.3 billion USD in revenue by 2025. Though this number still represents a small fraction of the global gaming market, it’s important to mention that in 2019 the esports betting industry revenue was $7.9 million and the industry is showing no signs of slowing down.
4. LAST MINUTE BETS ARE NOW EASIER
As mentioned in an article on matchedbets.com, last-minute betting is an emerging trend that is becoming popular among many gambling enthusiasts, and lots of sportsbooks out there are already implementing this concept in their systems – “Technology is at such high level that last-minute betting is pretty much on every major bookmaker’s offer.”
Additionally to the tech evolutions, namely less than 1-second latency and better streaming experiences, this trend seems also to be a reflection of the uncertain times we’re currently living in. Since this option allows gamblers to place their bets a few minutes before the match ends, it’s very attractive to newbies who get more confident to start betting once they have a better feeling of the game. Naturally, the possibility to analyze the game and team performance before placing the bets leads to an increased probability of getting a correct prediction of the match end result – which makes it easy to understand why this betting option is so successful.
5. 5G POSSIBILITIES AROUND SPORTS EVENTS
The 5th generation mobile network is promising a revolution within the betting world. Once 5G becomes a standard offer, it will empower new user experiences for bettors around the globe. 5G will cause a big impact on the way sports fans bet during live events, and operators will be able to offer customized content, products and real-time data without the barriers caused by the current limitations of weak network coverage. It will be a completely new sports experience. 5G will also allow the experiencing of live streams at a new quality level, and it’s already estimated that by 2024, 74% of mobile traffic will adopt the video format. It will be much easier to watch sports virtually from anywhere – which is a phenomenon that will bring more sports fans to the betting world.
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6 – BIG EVENTS ARE BACK AND SPORTS BETTORS ARE FOLLOWING
With the optimism related to vaccines and progress in reopening travel, major sports events are finding their way back to calendars. These are promising news for the betting scene that saw many bettors shifting to poker, bingo and other online casino games as an alternative to betting on sports.
Some key events that are exciting for sports fans to bet on are:
– FRENCH OPEN – MAY 30 – JUN 13
– EURO 2020 – JUN 11 – JUL 10
– 47TH COPA AMÉRICA – JUN 13 – JUL 10
– NBA FINALS – JULY
– TOUR DE FRANCE – JUN 26 – JUL 18
– BRITISH OPEN – JUL 15 -18
– TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS – JUL 23 – AUG 8
– US OPEN – AUG 30 – SEP 12
– ICC WORLD T20 – OCT 18 – NOV 15
– MELBOURNE CUP – NOV 2
– 2021 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP – DECEMBER
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