There has been a big shift in all things entertainment for a shift to online platforms, but this has also started to expand outwards to services that weren’t traditionally seen online with new habits forming particularly around online gambling and online betting activity – many of the biggest services at irelandonlinecasinos.com and many others have been reporting record new user numbers, and these figures don’t look to be slowing – but what is it that has helped the growth for these online options and will they likely to continue seeing the same growth?
The closure of brick and mortar has been influential – One of the big changes that had been seen particularly over the past two years had been the closure of many brick and mortar locations, particularly for betting sites as some of the bigger operators had closed stores in order to focus on the online space instead. For others this change had only been temporary, whilst online numbers were creeping up ahead of time, this extra change has only helped to grow number furthers and will continue to be a reason why online numbers will thrive. Whilst most locations that had closed temporarily have opened back up, many suggest that individuals who have made the adjustment to online alternatives will be more likely to stick around online rather than return to physical play.
Accessibility has been important too – It isn’t just about the closures and re-openings of physical locations, but the ability to play regularly without issue has been important too and has had a bigger impact on services outside of Ireland too. Mobile is the biggest platform in the world for gaming and similar, and with smartphones being so widespread and as powerful as modern options are, it has allowed for a lot more variety in the options that can be chosen and the accessibility of these same options too.
There are certainly some more changes on the way, the online gambling industry in particular for Ireland is a lot more free than some other countries with fewer regulations and fewer walls put up to prevent operators from expanding, and it’s expected that this is an area that will see change in the future with more efforts on having different control over what happens online particularly as some concerns are rising. But neighbouring countries like the UK have shown what good regulation and some more control can do, and these current all-time high player numbers and growing number of online services will only look to grow further.
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