Online gaming is one of the most popular entertainment activities on the internet, and as the connectivity has improved, the number of gaming sites continue to grow and become ever more creative. Throughout the gaming industry, major operators such as Dragon’s strategic partner Game Media Works, and indeed the players themselves commonly refer to online gaming as iGaming.

Since the first online gaming website appeared online in the mid-1990s, the term iGaming is used to cover the full spectrum of gaming from online poker, online casinos, online sports betting, online bingo and lotteries and mobile gaming.

It is one of the fastest-growing industries and is continually expanding as more and more games are added all the time to keep up with the latest trends, as well as catering for players looking to play the more traditional casino or online poker games.

In a relatively short period, the iGaming industry has come a very long way.  The global online gambling market is anticipated to be valued at more than $94 billion in 2024. The current size of the market is almost $46 billion, meaning the size is forecast to double in the upcoming years. With regulations relaxing, notably in Asia, and with exciting new developments such as virtual and augmented reality games and blockchain innovation, the industry is giving no indication of slowing down any time soon.

Global iGaming hubs have emerged with some of the most significant being located in the UK, Malta, Gibraltar, Canada and interestingly the Philippines who are making waves in this industry, and as natural by-product, local casinos and bookmakers also benefit as part of this vast marketplace from the flow of gamers who prefer a real-world experience.

Mobile apps and iGaming are synonymous with each other, and the online gaming industry has come on leaps and bounds through the proliferation on smartphones and tablets making it possible for the mobile-savvy generation of gamers to get online and play their favourite games regardless of where they are.

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Playing against somebody from the other side of the world breaks down borders allowing close-knit communities to form. Mobile apps act as portals, which can immediately transport players into their gaming world empowering them to play whenever they have a few minutes of free time.  Everything from slots and video poker to table-based games and live dealer versions of roulette and blackjack can now be played on the go and are just as fun to play on smaller displays.

Countries who are sanctioned to issue gaming licences such as Malta, experience strong economic development, partly perhaps due to it being home to the largest online casino live sets where croupiers spin the roulette wheel or deal cards in front cameras for players at home.

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The level of competition to deliver the latest features and innovations sees game providers, right through to the ever-increasing number of smartphone developers continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible.  Dragon are ideally positioned to bring huge benefits in terms of service, as well as possessing solutions to bridge the gap between Blockchain and traditional business.  Dragon Coin, the world's number one entertainment coin and the Dragon Social Wallet will put the power back into the hands of the gamers, giving them access to a range of safe, secure cashless options.

The ease of using mobile phones and online platforms has made gaming accessible to the wider public as well as high-stakes players.  Dragon has been at the cutting edge of this evolution of gaming by providing blockchain solutions that allow frictionless conversion between Dragon DRG and fiat currencies when needed, on-demand via the touchscreen on a smartphone.

By using Dragon Blockchain Innovation, gamers can now effortlessly convert their money into DRG and have instant access to their capital anywhere in the world with low fees and without the unacceptably long time that banks take to transfer funds.  This is a paradigm shift in the iGaming world as Dragon Blockchain Solutions allows players to securely track these funds within a frictionless eco-system whether they are using DRG in the online gaming space or on the casino floor.

This is the evolution of iGaming.  This is Dragon.

Below a list of the biggest operators and their locations but before you check them out why not click here and enjoy a Dragon Themed game now?

·      888: Gibraltar, Israel

·      bet365: U.K. (Stoke-On-Trent)

·      Betclic Everest Group: Malta, U.K. (London), France (Paris)

·      Betfair: Gibraltar, Malta, U.K. (Halifax, Stevenage), Ireland (Dublin)

·      Betfred: U.K. (Warrington), Gibraltar

·      BetVictor: Gibraltar

·      Betsson: Malta, Ukraine (Kiev), Sweden (Stockholm)

·      bwin.party: Gibraltar, U.K (London), Austria (Vienna), Bulgaria (Sofia), India

·      Gala Coral: U.K. (London, Nottingham), Gibraltar

·      Gamesys: Gibraltar, Malta, U.K. (London)

·      Ladbrokes: U.K. (Harrow)

·      Mansion: Gibraltar

·      MicroGaming: Isle of Man

·      Metro Play: U.K. (London), Alderney

·      Odobo: Gibraltar

·      Ongame: Gibraltar

·      Paddy Power: Ireland (Dublin), U.K. (London)

·      Playtech: Israel, U.K. (London), Estonia

·      PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker (Rational Group): Malta, Isle of Man, U.K.

·      Stan James: Gibraltar

·      Unibet: Malta, U.K. (London), Sweden (Stockholm)

·      William Hill: Israel (Tel-Aviv), Gibraltar, U.K (Leeds)