Adobe Flash is becoming increasingly scarce as new internet and desktop environments stop supporting the long-established platform. As the online gaming industry builds momentum with fast-paced internet technology, software suppliers must address HTML5 specification for online, social and mobile gaming apps.
Late last year Microsoft announced it would follow Apple and discontinue Flash support. This results in new internet browsers and desktops unable to host traditional Flash-based gambling applications. With almost 100 percent of online and desktop gaming content using Flash, this reduces the number of players able to access and run casino games.
Operators have managed online casinos based on Flash technology for many years with the ability to quickly integrate new games as they become available. But with warning bells ringing throughout the industry over the past several months, software providers have started cross-development processes to ensure a wide variety of player bases are covered.
Flash became the ubiquitous platform of choice due to its smooth, functional user interface in a stable environment, without the need for high-end computer specifications and memory. But as new computer technologies become cheaper and more commonplace, users will eventually run native HTML5 video and audio for all web-based applications.
Technology is constantly changing and internet-based companies must be flexible to adapt as platforms, interfaces and customer preferences evolve. It wasn’t long ago when players had to download software before they were able to run online games.
Players are now used to visiting their favourite online casino, select and instantly games directly from a browser. This gave operators more scope within to entice consumers with promotions, new and hot games all from within a casino.
Even though HTML5 is still in development and the tools available for software developers are limited, Flash games will eventually become obsolete. Adobe announced last year that it will no longer develop new Flash programs. Popular casino games will need to be ported to HTML5 before less and less consumers are able to use them.
The future is bright for web-based technological innovations in online gaming. HTML5 will further progress the software solution, providing significant improvements for the delivery and development of web-based casinos and gaming apps.
Games can be developed quicker, reducing time-to-market and giving operators and players more option. Advanced security features are a fundamental part of HTML5 and will be highly regarded amongst online gamblers who perform regular bank transactions as part of their gaming activity.
A rise in the usage of post-PC devices, smartphones and tablets, is paving the way for HTML5 to enable casino games to quickly reach new markets. HTML5-built software can be optimised for release across online, mobile and social environments, whilst keeping core functionality, look-and-feel, algorithms and RNG the same. An HTML5-built app works instantly across multiple platforms such as Apple, Android, Windows 7 and Blackberry.
For now, Flash is still the platform of choice with only 65 percent of browsers currently supporting HTML5. But as WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group), the team behind the new markup language, push native rich media as part of the future web experience, HTML5 will quickly become the standard development language in the online gaming world.