Ever since the internet was invented on January 1st 1983, the gaming industry has been working hard to bring entertainment directly to your screens. The first online casino site to allow automated payouts opened its virtual doors in 1996, and it didn’t take long after this for the futuristic idea of live casino gaming to come about. However, at the time, technology could not yet bring this concept to life, but developers didn’t give up!

And on that note, join us as we take a look at live dealer gaming’s past, how it has evolved into the present-day, and what the future could hold for the games…

The past

The very first live casino games appeared not long after the first casino site launched. In the mid-2000s, the live games started to gain traction, but technology hadn’t advanced enough to ensure a smooth experience. Many households were lucky if they had one computer, let alone an internet connection, and gameplay could easily be interrupted by a single phone call. Luckily, the next few years saw the creation of smartphones, and popularity of these meant greater bandwidth and faster internet speeds were in high demand.

Luckily, you can’t keep a good idea down, and technology advanced quickly, paving the way for more high-speed, multifunctional devices to become accessible to players. More games like burst onto the online casino scene and the futuristic idea of live games was pushed to the side. 

It took a little while for live dealer games to make a come-back, but eventually, cutting-edge technology allowed developers to create a wider variety of games with improved graphics, less interruptions and even a live chat feature that would enable players to communicate with the dealer. 

The present

In the modern-day, live dealer games host over 80% of all online players, so it’s no wonder they are making waves in the casino world. You can now play a wider variety of different games, including the classic table games, themed variations of these games; as well as Wheel-of-Fortune and gameshow-inspired live-hosted adventures. 

Streamed directly from a specialist studio, straight to your chosen device, you’ll find that state-of-the-art cameras capture gameplay from all angles. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software picks up every detail of gameplay and transforms it into meaningful data, so it can be streamed to you in real-time. And monitors, lighting and many other elements of advanced technology come together to provide you with an authentic casino experience, from anywhere you have internet access, at any time and on any device you prefer! 

The future

Some live dealer games have even taken the next step into the future, becoming available in Virtual Reality (VR). To play, all you need is a VR headset and you’ll be able to enter the 3D world of the game, as though you are actually standing inside the studio yourself. So, with technology continuing to advance at what seems like the speed-of-light, who knows what this means for the future of live dealer gaming? We could be virtually walking around real-life casinos, without actually stepping out the front door in no time…