With the coming of smart phone technology, wireless networks and 3 and 4G, it is now possible to play online slots anywhere. On the commute, on holiday, or just on the couch at home, just sign in, place your bets and away you go.
Since 888 launched mobile slots back at the start of 2012, the percentages of players depositing, registering and making first time deposits (FTDs) have grown from 0% to 43%, 47% and 49% respectively. This represents a huge growth in the online market in a small space of time.
In the first half of 2015, 888 has also seen mobile use driving growth across all its slots products to reach 43% of all UK play. That’s nearly half of all players using their mobile platform to play slots rather than a PC or laptop. It’s a trend that looks likely to grow year on year.
Slot machines have come a long way – from their early incarnations as crude reels with playing cards stuck down to modern, sophisticated mobile gaming. But the allure and appeal, as well as the basic rules of gameplay, have remained very much the same – and probably will for years to come.
Unsurprisingly, the growth of mobile slots is echoing the gradual move to internet use on mobile devices rather than PCs. The development of apps, 4G technology, and the spread of wifi has allowed more users to play slots online, on the go, rather than at a PC terminal.