Slot games have come a long way in the last hundred or so years. From the original Liberty Bell machine which is considered to be the first modern slot machine in history, to the thousands of different digital slot games available online today, slots have helped shaped modern gaming culture over the 21st and 20th centuries. Let’s take a brief look into the history and evolution of the digital slots that rule the gambling world today.
Historically, the roots of every digital online slot game can be traced to the first electronic and digital slot machines from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Over the years, more and more slot machines covered casino floors, eventually resulting in the first fully digital thematic slot machines that came with high-definition computer generated visuals. After the first decade of the 21st century, completely digital, touchscreen-controlled, and highly visual slot machines dominated casino floors.
Based on popular turn-of-the-century flicks like Sex and the City, Godzilla, and even The Hangover, these new gaming devices were closer to video games than they were to classic mechanical/electric slot machines. This wasn’t surprising considering how slots and gaming developers like IGT, Interblock, and Bally literally poached designers from the video gaming world in order to come up with their then-new creations. And from these initial digital slot machines, game designers were inspired to explore even more themes and possibilities in the fully digital world.
While online casinos and slot games have been around since the turn of the century, it wasn’t until the last decade that thematic, mobile, and digital slot games really took off. Today, there are hundreds of online casino providers, with thousands of games created by next-gen developers – still based on some of the most popular franchises in entertainment.
The range of themes employed by online slot games include everything from cinematic tributes and classic comic books to public domain characters and themes. On web gaming portal Tuxslots you’ll find slot titles that run the gamut – from proprietary titles like Captain America, The Sopranos, and The Mummy, to historical public domain themes like Cleopatra, Pandora’s Box, and The 3 Musketeers. This is just a handful of the next-gen digital slot titles that players can access on either their phones or browsers. There are literally thousands more created by game developers like Cryptologic Software, NetEnt, IGT, and Aristocrat – companies that are dedicated to producing more engaging digital slots for different fandoms and generations.
In short, while modern digital slots have come a long way from their roots, the slots industry continues to mean business. And the aforementioned collaborations between slot games providers and entertainment franchises are just the tip of the online gaming iceberg. In fact, experts note that the current size of the global online gambling market is a whopping $59 billion (A$80 billion). And experts estimate that this number will balloon to more than $92.9 billion (A$127.4 billion) in 2023. As digital slot games continue to evolve with the times, we can expect more development in this and other related sectors of online gaming.