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Juniper Research: Top Ten Tech Predictions For 2016

Juniper Research: Top Ten Tech Predictions For 2016

2016 Top Ten Tech Predictions  Virtual Reality and Consumer Robots Head This Year’s List HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – November 16, 2015) – As 2015 draws to a close Juniper Research has drawn up a list of predictions for the coming year, all neatly wrapped up as the top trends for the technologies industries for 2016.…

$93 Billion Global Gaming Market Catching Up To Film Industry

$93 Billion Global Gaming Market Catching Up To Film Industry

Cloud Gaming Making Its Move Research and Markets latest analysis of the cloud gaming market expects growth at a CAGR of 33.8% between 2015 and 2020 while PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Global and Entertainment Media Outlook 2015-2019 states that a slowdown in traditional hardware won’t offset growth in digital distribution, expecting the global gaming market to hit $93…

Reality, Redefined – The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities

Reality, Redefined – The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities

The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities As of October 2015, no fewer than 1.2 billion people across the world actively partake in the gaming scene. That’s an incredible volume of individuals escaping the confines of reality, and immersing themselves within alternate existences. “Many people don’t know how big gaming is” was the comment from Chief…

Silky Smooth Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience

Silky Smooth Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience

Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience The gaming world has embraced wearable technology for the heightened gameplay and immersive experience it provides, and with products such as Oculus Rift bringing virtual reality into the mainstream, gaming is fast evolving into a science fiction-like reality. PlayStation VR PlayStation VR is already bringing a new dimension to the…

The Upsurge of Cloud Gaming

The Upsurge of Cloud Gaming

The Cloud Gaming Future It’s been predicted that in 2015 streaming of high-end games may increase by a multiple of five, reaching 150 million people. VentureBeat reports that cloud gaming could reach a turning point in 2015, depending on pricing, quality, and willingness of players to pay to use cloud gaming services. With the earlier…

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Big Data: Stacking The Deck Or Leveling The Playing Field?

Big Data: Stacking The Deck Or Leveling The Playing Field?

Big Data and Gambling

In recent reports,  Nevada’s casino industry lost $662 million last year, and has been in the red consistently for six years. That is sobering reality that is perhaps attributed to a number of residual effects or perhaps something more ominous awaits the gaming industry. What we do know is that Big Data will play a huge part in the equation for both player and gaming businesses.

Big Data Predictive Analytics

Without the data, you’re just another person with an opinion.

That’s a quote from management guru W.Edwards Deming that jumps out at you when you first sign up on Betegy.com, a website that claims confidently it can “successfully predict the outcomes of 90% of all English Premier League matches.”

That kind of promise is just one example of how radically big data is changing the gambling industry, which will come as no surprise to most people whether they are gamblers or not. In an industry where information is power and where crunching numbers and odds is embedded in its DNA, big data has emerged as an indispensable tool for bookies, gambling houses and even the players themselves. In the case of Betegy and its focus on the English Premier League Football, it uses “a complex algorithm that considers every possible factor that might affect the game, from the coach’s birthday to the weather on the big data”, according to tech blog Silicon Angle.

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The first use of big data came from the people whose income is dependent on setting the correct odds across all forms of gambling – the bookmakers. “Getting as much information as possible is a crucial aspect of the business,” explains business media company Innovation Enterprise, “so the moment new techniques designed to analyze and transmit that data cropped up, adopting it was a simple decision to make.”

Once the bookies pounced on big data, gamblers were not about to be left behind and a number of services appeared to empower gamblers. One of the best known services for players is SharkScope – the world’s largest database of poker tournament results. It’s an independent site that collates the publicly available results of poker tournaments around the world. They don’t claim to be able to make you a better poker player, but ‘the idea is that players can use SharkScope to track their poker stats and improve their gameplay whilst avoiding the ‘sharks’ who’ll quickly eat up their cash.’

Of course, these statistics need to be available in real time during tournaments, so SiliconAngle explains that “by using TokuDB, Sharkscope’s MySQL database is now capable of ingesting data from over a million games every day, spewing out insights for a diverse set of requests in something that’s about as close to real-time as it’s possible to get – just under two seconds, according to TokuDB.”

That’s a powerful tool to have when you’re constantly evaluating your winning edge.

Sports Data

Sports is another arena where big data is playing a crucial role in understanding which teams, horses or individuals are likely to prevail in any given sporting encounter.

data-world-cup

(Image Source: Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock)

It was widely reported during the 2014 World Cup that Google was able to predict the winner of 14 out of 16 matches and Microsoft, 15 of 16 matches, by using big data. The movie Moneyball was another great example of the transformative effect that Big Data has had on all aspects of the sporting industry, not just gambling, but also for the coaching staff and the people who pick the players who play in the big leagues.

There are those who will claim that this use of big data goes against the spirit of gambling and unfairly influences the outcomes. But since gambling first began, opponents have always used whatever tools are available to increase their chances of winning. Big data is no different – it’s just a modern tool that uses the daunting power of cloud computing and the web to give opponents information that they will choose to interpret in any number of ways.

By Jeremy Daniel

Juniper Research: Top Ten Tech Predictions For 2016

Juniper Research: Top Ten Tech Predictions For 2016

2016 Top Ten Tech Predictions  Virtual Reality and Consumer Robots Head This Year’s List HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – November 16, 2015) – As 2015 draws to a close Juniper Research has drawn up a list of predictions for the coming year, all neatly wrapped up as the top trends for the technologies industries for 2016.… Continue Reading

$93 Billion Global Gaming Market Catching Up To Film Industry

$93 Billion Global Gaming Market Catching Up To Film Industry

Cloud Gaming Making Its Move Research and Markets latest analysis of the cloud gaming market expects growth at a CAGR of 33.8% between 2015 and 2020 while PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Global and Entertainment Media Outlook 2015-2019 states that a slowdown in traditional hardware won’t offset growth in digital distribution, expecting the global gaming market to hit $93… Continue Reading

The High Octane Mobile Gaming Industry And Its Massive Growth

The High Octane Mobile Gaming Industry And Its Massive Growth

The High Octane Mobile Gaming Industry The birth of a global gaming giant signals how cloud gaming has come of age In a clear sign that the future of gaming will be driven by the unique relationship between cloud services and mobile devices, gaming giant Activision Blizzard today announced that it had acquired British mobile… Continue Reading

Reality, Redefined – The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities

Reality, Redefined – The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities

The Potential Profit of Alternate Realities As of October 2015, no fewer than 1.2 billion people across the world actively partake in the gaming scene. That’s an incredible volume of individuals escaping the confines of reality, and immersing themselves within alternate existences. “Many people don’t know how big gaming is” was the comment from Chief… Continue Reading

Silky Smooth Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience

Silky Smooth Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience

Cloud Based VR Gaming Experience The gaming world has embraced wearable technology for the heightened gameplay and immersive experience it provides, and with products such as Oculus Rift bringing virtual reality into the mainstream, gaming is fast evolving into a science fiction-like reality. PlayStation VR PlayStation VR is already bringing a new dimension to the… Continue Reading

The Upsurge of Cloud Gaming

The Upsurge of Cloud Gaming

The Cloud Gaming Future It’s been predicted that in 2015 streaming of high-end games may increase by a multiple of five, reaching 150 million people. VentureBeat reports that cloud gaming could reach a turning point in 2015, depending on pricing, quality, and willingness of players to pay to use cloud gaming services. With the earlier… Continue Reading