Welcome to CVN
Casino Vendor News – or CVN – is a new website bringing you the latest news, updates and developments relating to the online casino and gambling sector all across the world.
From new laws and regulations affecting the industry to advances in technology, new apps and game releases as well as news relating to all of the leading online casino software developers, you’ll find it here on c-v-n.be.
Below, if you’re new to the industry, please take a look at our brief introduction to the history and current state of the global online gambling sector.
Further down this page, you can also discover more about CVN, including what we aim to do with this site as we expand in the near future.
A brief history of the online gambling sector – from day-1
Internet gambling, now usually just referred to as ‘online gambling’ (to make the distinction from ‘land-based gambling’ in real casinos), has been around for over two decades now – with the first official online casino going live back in 1994.
Since then, online casino developers and lawmakers have battled back and forth regarding the legality of betting online, with many countries around the world still flatly banning online casinos – while others have less strictly enforced laws that allow players to still use these sites and apps.
Legality and restrictions of online gambling
That said, most European countries, as well as areas of the Caribbean and Canada, do now allow it, with the sector also benefiting from relaxed regulations by tech giants Google and Apple (who once banned all gambling-related apps from Google Play and the App Store, respectively).
For those who are able to legally access online casinos and betting platforms, the digital revolution has completely changed the way in which people are gambling.
Online casinos – which are normally downloaded from a host site, installed on a computer hard drive, and then used just as is in the same way any other computer program or game would be used, provide players with instant access to all of the most popular casino games like poker, blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Other casinos are commonly dedicated to online slots or ‘video slots’, which now have hundreds of different varieties of gameplay, graphics, odds of winning and bonus rounds.
The rise of mobile gambling
As mobile technology has improved simultaneously with broader and faster Wi-Fi and 3G/4G coverage, we have also seen a surge in the number of mobile casinos available. Normally in app form, these mini online casinos normally specialize in one or two types of game, but still follow the same rules and regulations as older desktop casinos.
One other key development we have recently seen in the online casino sector is cross-platform gaming. For example, many of the largest and most trusted gambling brands now let players choose which platform to play on while still using the same user account (with the same uploaded funds, rewards and betting history). This means that players can enjoy the enhanced gaming experience while at home (using a larger desktop or laptop screen), and then switch over to the portable convenience of a mobile device (i.e. an iPhone, Android or tablet) while on the go.
What does the future hold for the online casino sector?
What is certainly clear is that technology continues to grow at a considerable rate. Only a couple of years ago, social casinos were seen as the likely future of online casino gambling. Social networking platforms and the rise of interactive mobile apps made it easier for casino software developers to convect with the masses, through a variety of free to play games. However, in the technology space things move fast, and social casinos are now seen by industry analysts as arguably a thing of the past. The latest proverbial ‘kid on the block’ within the betting industry is e-sports, a sector which is experiencing massive growth, particularly amongst the millennium generation. What is certainly clear is that the online casino sector is at the forefront of technological change, where innovation and dynamism are key for long term survival.
What is the online gambling sector worth today?
In 2008, when online casino gambling started to open up and people around the world generally had quick access to the internet at home, estimates suggested that the sector was worth around $8 billion. Ten years later, in 2018, most estimates now put this figure at around $50-60 billion.
Aims and objectives of c-v-n.be
CVN aims to become a leading web portal for all news relating to the global online casino and gambling sector. This blanket objective covers everything from betting websites (including bingo and sports betting) to downloadable casinos and app-based games such as poker, blackjack and roulette. We also keep an eye out for any developments and news relating to the overall gambling sector as well, which includes land-based (brick and mortar) casinos, too.
Please note that all of these games allow players to upload real funds via bank transfer, credit card or PayPal, with some also offering the option of placing virtual money bets (credits).
Below, we have summarized the main aims of c-v-n.be
– to provide all the latest news from the land-based and online casino sectors around the world
– offer our expert analysis of industry-wide developments, plus comments on casino software developments, payment systems, online gambling legislation and regulatory developments.
This website is still in its infancy stage. In the near future, we’ll be developing both the interface and content of this website – so please stay tuned. In the meantime, please feel free to browse through CVN and learn more about us and what we are aiming to do.
If you have any questions, comments or would like to get involved, please head over to our ‘Contact’ page and send us your thoughts – we’ll do our best to reply as soon as possible.