Interested in learning about mobile games, are you? Let's first take a quick look back at a short evolution of mobile casino games:
10,000 BC: Caveman, armed only with slingshot and rock hidden behind his back, is cornered by 10 foot-tall woolly mammoth. Cavemen bluffs, woolly mammoth runs away.
1870: "Wild Bill" Hickock and Buffalo Bill square off at Cowboy Joe's Saloon. Bill wins with a royal flush, takes home five dollars, and is shot in the leg by Hickock.
1990s: The internet explodes, giving birth to hours of frivolous time-wasting.
Late 1990s: The cell phone explodes, giving young people another reason to waste time and send a bajillion text messages. (See where this is going?)
2002: Chris Moneymaker wins the World Series of Poker as an amateur, inspiring millions of young people around the world to pick up a deck of cards and start playing.
A few years later: Mobile technology and gambling come together...a match made in heaven.
Should we be surprised? We've been heading towards the age of mobile casino games for years now. When Las Vegas decided to adopt the "Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" line, we should have known that not only had gambling hit the mainstream BIG time but that mobile games wouldn't be far behind.
In 2008, people can't live without their technology. Camera plus phone...camera-phone. Ipod plus phone....iphone. With online gambling turning into a multi-billion dollar industry, mobile games were the next natural evolutionary step. And it's only going to get bigger.
Mobile games: Recent growth
The Global Betting and Gaming Consultants recently reported that global revenues from mobile casino games skyrocketed 29% in the past year. While this is still less than 1% of total online casino traffic, this is just the tip of the mobile casinos iceberg. Mobile phone companies, software developers, online casinos...they're doing everything they can just to keep up.
This just in: Customers of British mobile powerhouse Vodafone can now play multiplayer Texas hold'em poker for just four pounds per month for those who pay a flat fee for data. Players can choose from multiple tables sorted by maximum limits among other options.
And that's a global phenomenon? But wait, there's more. Spin3, a provider of solutions for the mobile gaming industry, announced a release of their GameWire mobile games package in Spanish which includes blackjack, roulette, and the Lara Croft Tomb Raider slot game. This means that it won't be long before mobile carriers and online casinos begin to offer mobile games in Spanish. Can there be any doubt that more languages are not far behind?
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