We have been seeing a big boom in casino games developed for one purpose, to attract the millennial generation. We have seen the recent rise of skill-based games, but with the rapid advance of technology, we may see something on the next level; virtual reality. It isn’t only for video games, but rather can be applied to anything that you can create software for. This is exactly what Game Account Network (GAN) accomplished when creating internet gaming software for its first continuing US client, New York’s Empire City Casino.
How the Casino Operates
Empire City Casino is a regulated online casino out of New York, where residents of the state can participate and play in all of the games and services it provides, including the recently released virtual reality program. Anyone that wants to play on the VR games offered, including slots and an assortment of table games, will need two things:
- A powerful enough computer to handle the software package.
- Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset.
The market is only growing, as more and more game developers create more ways for players to immerse themselves in whatever game they prefer, whether they want to play some blackjack or sit down for a game of poker. CEO of GAN, Dermot Smurfit is quite excited about its recent release and see a bright future for the VR and casino partnership,
“Virtual reality has finally arrived and GAN is first-to-market in the US with a VR casino experience delivered to Empire City Casino in New York. Designed to engage, captivate and compel incremental time-on-device and revenue from patrons, GAN’s VR add-on module for Simulated Gaming is anticipated to attract the 30-54year old male gaming enthusiast, likely to be among the early adopters of PC VR.
Later this year, GAN will be bringing VR to life for real money Regulated Gaming in selected markets and with preferred operator clients. Playing authentic casino games in VR for real money will dramatically close the gap between the live gaming experience available on-property and the flat two-dimensional experience available at home on traditional personal computer or mobile devices.”
Competition to Strive for Perfection
Empire City VR Casino may be the first, but they will certainly not be the last. With some healthy competition between online casinos, we may see vast improvements over a short period of time, bringing players the best experience possible. This will be the next best thing to actually going to a brick-and-mortar casino and placing a few bets, without having to leave your home. SlotsMillion is another online casino, based outside the United States that is just starting to use their own virtual reality software.