Online Casino History
Gaming Club Casino claims to be the oldest online casino in the world. This is a Microgaming powered online casino which is still going strong today. This casino first went live in 1994, which is ancient compared to most other online gambling sites. Several other Microgaming powered online casinos also started to appear soon after this.
It wasn’t long before other innovative software companies began developing online casino software and so from about 1996, various other great casinos such as Intercasino also appeared. Incidentally, Intercasino celebrated its 17th birthday on November 19th 2013.
Software providers such as Cryptologic and Playtech soon began supplying their games to a growing number of fully licensed online casinos and the whole thing kicked off from there really, around about 1997/98.
In the early 2000s, the online casino software that was available continued to rapidly improve and various other new software providers began making their mark in the industry. You could now find some excellent gaming content from various new software providers such as Realtime Gaming, Rival Gaming, Net Entertainment (NetEnt), IGT Interactive, Betsoft Gaming, Dragonfish (888) and from various other providers.
In the UK, many of the big high street names developed their products for the virtual world and you could all of a sudden find William Hill Online Casino, Paddy Power Online Casino, Coral Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, Betfred Casino and Stan James, to mention just a few. These impressive cross-platform gambling portals, like so many other online casinos, then ventured into the next big things – Live Dealer Casinos and Mobile Online Casinos.
Since 2012/13, almost all of the major online casinos now provide multiple different platforms for gamblers to choose from and therefore players have the freedom to gamble from multiple devices and from wherever they may be. With the dramatic changes we have witnessed at so many online casinos over the past few years, who knows what will happen in the next five years.
This history of online casinos may be a brief history, but it has definitely been a colourful one with frequent developments. Many of the oldest online casinos are still around today and these have become some of the most trusted casinos in the online gambling industry today.