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The Advancement Of Internet Gaming
Most gamers tend to focus on a few fairly specific avenues of gaming when looking for news and developments. Naturally the major console market dominates. And while Another Games rightfully notes that there was less buzz surrounding the "next-gen" consoles than some might have expected, gaming releases for the Xbox One and PS4 will comprise the bulk of exciting gaming news in 2014.
Meanwhile, there are other avenues of gaming consistently gaining popularity, including the app markets for iOS and Android devices along with PC and online gaming. However, it's also worth noting that there's another enormous industry poised to explode in the world of gaming, as online casinos are making headway against legal restrictions in the U.S.
The appeal of these Internet casinos is undeniable, and even those who don't like traditional casino games can find entertainment at modern sites. It's no longer just digital poker and dull, animated slot machines. At most sites these days you can find live online games and tournaments against other players. At the Bet Fair casino, you can even find jackpots and slot machines with pop culture, film, and entertainment themes (such as the popular Gladiator slot machine). This naturally allows the casino to broaden its appeal, and ultimately it's only one example of the ways in which online casinos are opening themselves up to a bigger market through various arcade and interactive options.
The trouble is that only a small group of states in the U.S.—specifically, New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada—actually allow for online gambling without any legal restrictions. Certain sites offer artificial, "play money" versions for the rest of the United States, but the real industry growth will only occur once regulation is more widespread. Which brings us to the key point that regulation seems likely to spread in 2014. Here's why.
- Jersey's Numbers - New Jersey has made the most headlines in the last year for its decision to allow online gambling, and it seems almost like a given that the adjustment would be financially successful, but U.S. Poker confirms the assumption. January profits alone exceeded $9 million, up 28% from December.
- The Chinese Example - A Daily Finance headline from earlier this month is really all you need to understand how successful online gaming is in China: over the course of 2013, the market shot up 246%. Needless to say, this will serve as further motivation for those looking to push online gaming in the states.
- Progress Being Made - Finally, there's the actual legal outlook, which sees a minimum of 10 states seeking, or at least debating legalization of online gaming in 2014.
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It may be a while yet before legalization occurs across many more states, but given the growth in the industry where it's already active, it certainly seems as if Internet casinos represent the next major development in the world of gaming.
Author bio: Travis Moore is a freelance blog contributor and tech and gaming enthusiast.