While the physical gaming and sports betting sector suffered a physiological setback during the first half of 2020, for the online gambling circuit the data indicate that there has been growth compared to the figure, already more what a positive, last year. The publication of online casino and poker room data indicates that in the first part of the new year there was a quantifiable increase of between 53 and 65% more. The merit is due to the work that has been carried out over time, at the level of technology, innovation and especially, as regards the programming and the choice of the attractions available. Over the last few years, the ways of using them have changed considerably, as has the offer that has adapted to a real change of guard, for the games most clicked and played by active users.
There has therefore been a great return to the attractions of digital casinos with in particular a reality like casino which is among the most requested and popular games on a par with video poker and progressive jackpot slots online, online bingo, baccarat and of course blackjack. The game of 21 during this last period has been very popular, as have online poker and poker rooms. It is also true that until 2020 it seemed that sports poker had gone away forever, after a period of great media attention for pokermania. However, things have changed over the last few months, especially since gambling halls have promoted and launched a new dynamic and simplified version of the game of poker, namely snap poker.
From this moment on, the figure returned to the black, while the online gaming and digital casino sectors have for years been oriented towards the choices of an audience that today accesses mainly through mobile devices such as smartphones and more. And it is indicative that during 2019 over 67% of users logged in via mobile device, downloading game apps or directly in browser games mode, with the theme of cyber security that has now become a flagship for the online gaming industry.
The public therefore rewarded this type of technology and the choice made by the most widespread and well-known gaming rooms, which at first struggled, having to adapt to this change in technology and use of gaming portals. Today we are experiencing a new phase in which every type of game is developed and launched on the market to be suitable for the use of smartphones.
Think for example of what happened in the field of consoles, especially since Nintendo, a leading company in the gaming sector, decided to launch the Nintendo Switch on the market, which is a return if we want to the culture of the Game Boy, for have a hybrid console at hand at any time to play on the go, on the way to work by public transport and so on. Same concept that goes perfectly also for those who use their smartphone to access gaming sites and the realities of online casinos. Today the real challenge is precisely the ability to play in any type of situation, without giving up captivating graphics and adequate gameplay.