Every year over a 1000 businesses use the event to promote their gaming related products and reveal their plans for 2020.
It’s full-on business, with innovations everywhere assaulting your eyes and ears with bursts of colour and noise, reminiscent of my younger days when I played the slots on Brighton Pier.
For me, the most interesting and relevant part of the conference is visiting the Live Casino Operators. Traditionally they use the show as a platform to reveal their product road maps for the next 12 months.
This year was no different. I spent two full days walking the floor, speaking to as many of the suppliers as I could to find out what live casino innovations we can expect to see this year.
So, here’s my rundown of what’s happening in the world of Live Casino in 2020.
Live Casino 2020 – The Highlights
There is a lot going on in the live dealer sector. New operators are still coming to the market hoping to find their niche, while the suppliers launched last year seem to be gaining a foothold albeit rather slowly. Innovation sits with the bigger more established operators and it’s with them that I found the most change.
New Games for 2020
New games are bountiful, with Evolution Gaming, Playtech, Netent, Pragmatic Play, Ezugi, Authentic, Betgames.TV and Super Spade Games all displaying their new titles.
The latest emerging market seems to be India, with a number of suppliers providing localised games.
Specialist Italian and Spanish games are not far behind. I’m looking forward to trying out some of these during the coming months.
The lines between Live and RNG are being blurred by a new company called RealDealerStudios.com. I’m not sure how I feel about this. The product looks great though and I’ll be taking a closer look soon.
There is a general increase in focus on the quality of the products and greater attention to detail on the player experience.
Lobbies are evolving, with a few platforms making some significant changes to make it easier for players to find what they want.
More attention is being paid to the user experience, with attention being paid to the small issues that can really spoil the gaming experience for a player. Evolution, for example, makes at least 1 change a day to improve the player experience.
Functionality like bet builders, which I’ve been raising for a while, are now being developed for all sorts of games. Card and Wheel visibility has been improved and I’m seeing more in-game statistics right across the board.
Multipliers games, i.e. games that offer enhanced payouts are not that widespread, with only Evolution and Playtech offering a range of games with this functionality.
The big news last year was the launch of Monopoly Dream Catcher, which mixed a live game with an elaborate fantasy bonus round. This year, Evolution, Playtech, Pragmatic Play and Authentic Gaming have all announced new games in this genre.
Overall Entertainment games are in their ascendancy and we’re going to see some cracking ones released this year.