There has been a significant change in consumer behavior in the global casino gaming market. The increase in the popularity of gambling apps and social gambling are the major factors expected to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period. Vendors are leveraging the growth in internet using population and increasing adoption of mobile devices to develop innovative social gambling games.
Technavio’s latest research report on the global casino gaming market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
The research firm notes the exponential growth in the smartphone and tablet market is further expected to influence the growth of the global online casino gaming market going forward.
The top four emerging trends driving the global casino gaming market according to Technavio media and entertainment research analysts are:
• Shift in consumer gambling habits
• Changing marketing strategies
• Increasing association with hospitality sector
• Increased penetration of international credit and debit cards
The number of people participating in social gambling is increasing because they are motivated to compete with friends and can interact with each other through games. Moreover, these gaming platforms offer user-friendly gameplay, and game tournaments.
In addition, the increasing adoption of the free-to-play model of social gaming across the globe is likely to drive the market growth during the forecast period. The model does not generate revenue directly as it does not charge a participation fee. Instead, it charges for virtual goods that players purchase to access the advanced features of a game or to gain an edge over their competitors.
An increasing number of vendors are trying to tap into the mobile and online environments to reach a larger audience, which is expected to propel market growth during the forecast period. The challenge for these marketers will be to reach their customers through mobile and social media in a personalized and non-intrusive way. As a high proportion of mobile users are millennials who try to skip advertisements, marketers will need to create content that is informative as well as entertaining.
Casinos are a source of luxurious entertainment for people who have disposable time and income. However, casinos are the primary attraction of a city and they are popular for their games and rewards and not for the hospitality they offer. To expand their business, casino operators are looking for alternate methods to increase their customer base and attract a younger audience. One such method is an association with the hospitality sector.
Casinos are trying to integrate their businesses with major luxury hotels to increase their customer base. Casinos are placing slot machines at restaurants, bars, and other places to attract customers. This will increase the value of these places. With the addition of small casinos to major hotels, the reach of casino games is likely to increase further.
The biggest challenge of online gambling market is the legal issues with different countries. Several countries permit land-based casino gaming because it promotes tourism. However, the US and countries in the Middle East are extremely strict about online casino gaming. Online casino gaming cannot be banned completely as users can access foreign websites with a proxy server and gamble easily with an international credit or debit card.
Governments do not ban these websites permanently because they assume that individuals who engage in such activities are educated to know the consequences or are financially well off to be adversely affected by gambling losses.
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