Playtech’s Live Dealers to Launch on iPad and iPhone

One of the most powerful things that Playtech’s new live mobile casino games offer is the promise of the industry’s best record for up-time. That is an important but easy-to-overlook aspect of what it takes to be a major player in the online casino marketplace today: keeping pace with the booming numbers of people playing.

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Among the Titans

Playtech, of course, is one of the heavyweights. Until recently, as upstarts like Net|Ent and others began challenging, Playtech and Microgaming had a firm hold of most of the casinos we saw, with exclusive licensing. Now the trend is for casinos to host more than one third-party-sourced title or system, such as Playtech’s new live games, instead of remaining faithful to just one brand.

Playtech, however, is apparently responding aggressively to this new competition, by rolling out both iOS and HTML5 games, making its wares available to match its Android portfolio. Not only that, we’re talking about live Roulette, Baccarat and Blackjack on your iPhone or iPad.

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The debut of Playtech’s live mobile gaming is happening at Betfred, a massively popular UK sportsbook and casino. This is a win-win situation (or deal, wager, what have you) for both of these businesses. Through Betfred’s name recognition, Playtech gains ground in the market. In the other direction, Betfred stands to enforce its reputation for dependability and cutting edge quality through licensing Playtech products.

Live online casino, let alone live mobile casino, is the current rage, the so called cutting edge, or state of the art if you consider a well-crafted game a work of art. We do. Playtech creates high-quality games, works of great artistry, including addictive slot titles that many of us have already played.

HTML5 Hitting the (Web’s) Streets

What’s very telling about this word of Playtech’s new live casino games is the fact that the company is launching HTML5 versions of games alongside its iOS apps. In case you’re out of the loop, Apple (Steve Jobs) is famous for rejecting Flash as a coding language for Web content — the iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch have all made do without Flash player plugins.

The alternative to Flash that Apple much prefers for its universality is HTML5, in which games can run in-the-browser, without downloading apps and so that every player is on the same system at all times. This has huge benefits to every mobile player.

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Early Adoptors

One concern we do have with Playtech’s live system (but any similar system) is bandwidth and connection speeds, both of which become critical for live applications with a video feed. Native apps (that we download to devices) and older websites cannot compete with the speed and efficiency of HTML5, which is optimized for mobile viewing and playing as well.

Therefore Playtech is thinking ahead. We feel sure that the networking issues have been addressed by its new live mobile suite, and that this situation will surely improve on all fronts. Live action is where it’s at in 2013, and Playtech is showing early on that it will remain one of the top three makers in the world.