Gambling has been around for quite some time and now, even online gambling seems like it has been around forever as well. The first casino opened for online gameplay in 1996, some 20 years ago. Online casinos are the ideal way for players to still participate in their favorite games for real money but without having to leave the house, dress appropriately or even fit it into their schedule. There are very little downsides to playing at an online casino and this is probably why even after 20 years, it is still gaining in popularity.
The First Online Casino
The movement of online gambling began in 1996 and it was started when Antigua and Barbuda passed a law, the Free Trade, and Processing Act. Once this was passed, it gave casino companies the ability to open up for business. From there, technology companies were formed and the reels began spinning. From there, throughout the 90’s the popularity of online gaming throughout the world began to grow. In total, the revenue generated by online casinos surged to a whopping $830 million in 1998 alone.
The first casino was established during the same year that the licenses were granted, in 1996. With a library of just 18 games, players had a much different online gaming experience than they have today. By the end of the year, there were around 15 different online casino companies to choose and play with. By the end of the following year, nearly 200 unregulated online casinos had opened, leaving the players scatter-brained as far as which brands were trustworthy and reliable.
The First Software Company
Microgaming was the first software company to jump into the online casino industry. The brand had been established in 1994 where the employees worked to create a better gaming experience for players. Today, the brand has a library to offer the online casinos with more than 900 games. Most of them are slots however there are more table games and video poker varieties with this brand than ever before and with any other competing brand. Microgaming is the gaming provider for online casinos that are based in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and many others.
Today, players have a really great experience ahead of them with games that even feature live dealers and gaming that can be taken on the go via a mobile device. Some of the online casinos will offer one software platform while others will offer several different ones to make up a library that is well rounded and is better than their competitors. Access to the platforms can be achieved by either downloading the software to a computer or playing through a browser window on either a tablet, computer or smartphone.
Online gaming speaks to many different walks of life. Players come from all over the world to enjoy the content nature of playing at home for real money. As the industry moves into the world of Virtual Reality and other advances in technology, it is nice to take a look at where the casino companies have come from.