What’s Web 3.0?And how will it change online gaming?

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Online casino games (from slots to poker to roulette and beyond), like the online gaming industry more broadly, are edging ever-closer to the threshold of a fast-approaching new technological revolution.The fact is the internet is about to change.

Not that it hasn’t before: as Forbes recently outlined, we began with its arrival in the form of Tim Berners-Lee’scollaborative, ‘read-only’ medium, where online parties met to read and share ideas.We can all remember that Web 1.0 – remarkable for its time a few decades ago, but by today’s standards slow, clunky, and most of the time, an aesthetic atrocity.

Then we had Web 2.0 (which we’re still in), which made a platform out of the Web: software apps got built into the internet instead ofthe desktop.That innovation droveexplosive uptake: suddenly, everyone who was connected could contribute to creating content, voice their views on social media, write blogs, and upload video content.That brought Big Business, Big Advertising, and Ordinary Joe alike to the technology as never before.

But as the Forbes article wryly observes, Web 2.0 is starting to look like the auto industry of 1920 – a major technological innovation, to be sure,but still immature and seriously in need of some big improvements.

Enter, Web 3.0.We can get a glimpse of it already:for example, any purchase at a sophisticated online vending giant like Amazon will be subject to the site’s algorithmic magic.The algorithm immediately sets about comparingyourpurchase with other items bought by customers who made the same purchase.And these then become recommendations for additional purchases – the site “learns” with every search, every transaction.

To put this in “technospeak,” Web 3.0 is the “Semantic” Web, a Web powered by Artificial Intelligence technology that actively learns as it meets data and seeks to extract intelligent (and humanly intelligible) meaning out of it.But that’s not all.

Web 3.0 is poised to bring a revolution in graphics.A 3D revolution, to be precise.Online gaming will never be the same again.Visit an established NJ Online Casino, and you’re no longer going to bemanipulating 2D imagery.You’re going to be immersed in 3D depictions of that roulette or card table, interacting with 3D avatars of fellow players.

This has become dubbed “the Metaverse,” an alternative digital universe into which players can be transported.And sites like Resorts Casino, which have decades of real-world and online casino business experience to draw from, are unlikely to passa development like this by when it comes.

With the other cutting-edge tech packed into Web 3.0 – specifically, cryptocurrencies, DeFi (Decentralized Currencies), NFTs (digital assets called Non-Fungible Tokens)that are stored securely on Blockchaindecentralized digital ledger technology –the days of “pay-to-play” may be ending.The dawn of “play-to-earn” approaches.

Tech entrepreneur Philip Rosedale, who founded the multimedia platform “Second Life”(which allows people to create a digital avatar for themselves and have a second life in an online virtual world, including the Metaverse), believes that, with Web 3.0, 3D virtual identities will become as ubiquitous as smartphones and email addresses.

Not for the first time has technology changed the real world.But the world of online gaming is also facing a Web 3.0 revolution.