Prague Hosts World’s First VR/AR Gambling Conference

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Written by Ian Bruce
Published on Wednesday 29th March 2017, 10:18 am
Posted in: Casino Technology

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The world’s first conference dedicated to the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in the gambling industry will take place on Monday 3 April at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague in the Czech Republic. The VR/AR Gambling Conference won’t be the biggest gambling industry conference by a long way, but it will be significant for being the first to put the spotlight squarely on the use of immersive technology in the world of gambling, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it becomes a very big event in the future.

The conference will feature a number of speakers, and the day itself will be divided into two ‘streams’. The first stream runs from 10:00 to 13:00, and focuses on the business side of things, with scheduled talks on The Immersive Media Revolution, Virtual Reality and the Future of Gaming Convergence, Mixed Realities and Virtual Reality in eGaming.

A one hour lunch break follows the business stream, and then the conference will move on to the development stream. The scheduled talks for this part of the conference will discuss Personalisation via Chatbots, Live Streaming in VR, the State of the VR Industry in 2017 and VR Game Design.

None of this may mean much to online gambling enthusiasts right now, but it should, because the organisation of this conference is yet another clear indicator of where the industry could be heading in the future.

Online casinos have been around for three decades or so, and when we consider how much they have evolved since their birth in the nineties, we cannot fail to be impressed. Originally, only the simplest of games were offered, with graphics and audio that were – by  today’s standards – fairly rudimentary, and they offered little if no ability to interact with other players, making the experience of playing them a rather solitary one.

Today, the games that players can enjoy online are completely different. Not only have graphics and audio improved beyond recognition, but now online casinos offer high levels of social interaction, live gaming which uses video streaming technology and more.

Given the progress that has been made over the last decade alone, we can almost certainly expect the online gambling landscape to be even more captivating in the future. As the VR/AR Gambling Conference demonstrates, many key players in the industry are looking to make the online gaming experience as immersive as possible, and the rapid improvement (and affordability) in personal virtual reality and augmented reality devices will only promote that endeavour.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, in a decade or two, playing at an online casino will involve putting on a lightweight VR headset and glove and interacting personally, not only with dealers and the games themselves, but also with fellow players from around the world. Whether or not that particular vision of the future becomes a reality remains to be seen, but we wish the first VR/AR Gambling Conference every success, and we look forward to seeing where the exploration of virtual reality in the gambling industry takes us.

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