It’s Time to Embrace VR Casino Technology

Is there really no time to waste in embracing VR?” Raf Keustermans and Alex Tomic didn’t seem to think so when they made that the title of their 2017 ICE seminar, lauding the upcoming growth of VR casino technology.

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Keustermans and Tomic are the CEO’s of their respective social and online gaming companies, Plumbee and ALEA Gaming. Each has more than 10 years experience in the field, and both agree that VR casino technology is the future of the digital gaming world.

Virtual reality is a steadily expanding genre for the gaming industry, but Keustermans said it’s still on the horizon for now. Thus its essential that more companies explore the world of VR, without making a significant investment just yet.

Raf Keustermans CEO PlumbeeI’d recommend, at this point, that businesses keep it lean but experiment with VR,” the social casino gaming CEO told the ICE Live blog team following the seminar. “Take an agile approach, just get out a few products but don’t put vasts amounts of cash behind it.”

Keustermans said the purpose of his seminar is to advise operators to simply start working in the direction of VR casino technology. Essentially, he’s urging companies to get a head start on the ‘next big thing‘, before it arrives in full force and leaves them sucking up the dust of everyone who already embraced the concept.

The message I wanted to get over to businesses in my session is that there’s no need to freak out about VR just yet,” he explained. “You’ve got a couple more years until it will really hit the market but it’s good to start learning about it now.”

So, how can these businesses begin exploring VR casino technology without putting too much money into it yet? Keustermans recommends everyone go out and buy some VR headsets to experiment with. Figure out how they work, what’s fun about them, and how to build a product that utilizes this budding technology.

He doesn’t recommend putting a team of 20+ people on it, though; rather make it an “afternoon project” of exploration. He says VR casino platforms will become the wave of the future, and to ignore the developing trend in its early stages could become a catastrophic and costly mistake later on.

However, he also pointed out that virtual reality needs to be considered from all angles, not just the marketing of new products. How will it effect those who use it, and will it turn out to be a positive or negative stream for the future?

At this point, the commercial market needs to look more into the philosophy behind VR rather than the product development. Think about what VR might do to someone’s brain,” he said.

Should we be afraid of it, should regulations be involved?” he questioned. “It’s an industry topic that we will be discussing for the next few years.”

Some of the industry’s bigger companies have already begun the foray into VR casino technology. Microgaming – long-time pioneer of internet gambling software systems – introduced it’s immersive VR Roulette at last year’s ICE 2016.

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