Instant Play and No-download casinos are still casinos and must adhere to UK casinos’ strict regulations.
All online casino’s operating within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom must be registered with, and operate under the full authority of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The UKGC provides a universal set of standards which all online gaming platforms operating in the UK must comply with regardless of the type of games they offer.
With the continuing trend of using mobile devices for on-the-go entertainment, online casino companies that cater to the UK market are turning their focus to hosting more Instant Play games and, as such, must comply with the UKGC.
What are the instant-play casinos?
An Instant Play Casino is an online casino where people are able to access and play casino games immediately without having to download any additional software. Games that are available as Instant Play can also be available as a downloadable game. The downloaded game would not be considered Instant Play.
What are the no-download casinos?
A no-download casino is an online casino where people are only able to access and play casino games through their internet browser. There is no need to download any additional software. Most no-download games offer Demo Play, Free Play or No Money Needed. Essentially, you are just playing for fun.
Instant Casino Player Software
In the online casino industry, Flash is mainly used for playing downloaded and mobile apps. In-browser games (no-download) that have been created with HTML5 do not use Flash or any other type of audio and video player.
Java in Instant Play Casinos
HTML5 in Instant Play Online Casinos
Flash in Instant Casinos
Flash Players were created to play audio and video files on computer systems. Flash-Macromedia Flash-Adobe Flash are all the same product.
Adobe Flash in Instant Online Casinos
When Adobe purchased Flash from Macromedia they renamed it Adobe Flash.
In 2017, Adobe announced that they will be discontinuing Adobe Flash and slowly phasing it out. By 2020, Adobe will no longer be providing updates or support for the software. Games that are currently using Adobe Flash will continue to work, there just won’t be any support for any Flash-related issues.
Advantages of Instant Online Casinos
- No minimal system requirements are necessary in order to play
- It is not required to sign-up or register with a site in order to play Free Play or Demo versions of games
- Can be played on any system with an internet connection
- Virtually no chance of a virus or malware will be downloaded/installed to your computer
- No need to worry about software being out-of-date or becoming obsolete
Disadvantages of Instant Online Casinos
- Need to ensure that your personal data is not saved to a public computer
- Not as comprehensive game catalogues to choose from.
- Graphics are not as rich as downloaded games
Downloadable casino game VS Instant play casino game
Downloadable casino games have one key advantage and disadvantage.
The advantage of download casino games is that there is minimal chance for games to lag or experience lower quality graphics as you are playing from a program on your computer. Your player experience will only suffer from an older and slower processor. The disadvantage is that you are restricted to only playing on computer systems or mobile devices where the software has been installed.
Instant play casinos offer their punters the ability to play from any device or system that has an internet connection. Currently, the major drawback to instant play games is that not all games are available in an instant play version. This is most prevalent with older games as the software would need to be written for this type of platform.
Instant Casinos – FAQ
What is the difference between no download casino games and instant play casino games?
Essentially, there is no difference. Both are just different names for browser-based online casinos. People are able to immediately play directly through their preferred internet browser without having to download any additional software or games. That being said, Instant Play casino games can have no-download and downloadable versions of a particular game. The downloaded game would not be considered Instant Play.
Concept wise, these types of games work similar to streaming platforms such as Netflix. They are essentially, cloud-based.
Is there a difference between download and no-download casino slot machines and table games?
There can be minor differences depending on the complexity of the game. Buttons may be in different places on the screen. Setting or game options may also be different. Again, this depends on the complexity of the game.
The difference is where the games are hosted when you play them.
Downloaded games are just as the name implies. Games that are downloaded and installed on your computer system. You are in effect, playing the game on your computer with your internet connection sending your data to casino servers.
With no-download games, the game is hosted on the website's servers. Also referred to as a Browser-based platform. This means that there is nothing downloaded to your system.
Is my data safe on an Instant Play or No-download Casino game?
Yes. Although, if you play on a public computer (internet gaming café, library etc) you want to make sure your personal data is not saved to the system you are playing on.
You will still need to do your due diligence and make sure that any casino site you are playing on uses the most current SSL security certificates. You also want to know that they have fair play audits performed by an Accredited Testing Agency such as UK based eCogra. These agencies ensure that the RTP (Return to Player) odds are correct.
Are there more games available for Instant play or download?
Many software developers are creating Instant play as well as downloadable versions of their games. Many of the older games are still only available to play through downloadable applications. One reason for this is that there is not enough demand to warrant the cost of creating a non-downloadable version. With the continuing trend of playing at online casinos on mobile devices, more and more games are only being designed for immediate play platforms.
Can I play Live Poker, Blackjack or Roulette games on an Instant Play site?
Yes. NetEnt is the leading provider of Live Casino games and has been supplying Instant Play Games for many years. They pride themselves on providing the best user and interactive experience (UX/IX). Even though NetEnt is the largest, the list of software providers programming games for the Instant Play market is growing longer every day.
Do I need to install one of these ‘Players’ before I play my game?
No. Most browsers already include the necessary software to play Instant or No-download Casino Games.
How will I know if I need one of these to play my game?
All browsers have one of these players built right into the browser or as a plug-in. If your browser and/or plug-in does not support the format of the video coding, you will receive a pop-up message with instructions on how to download the correct software.
Gamblers today want their cake and eat it to. They want to be able to play highly-detailed, graphics-rich, entertaining games wherever they happen to be. That could be at home, at a vacation property, The Tube, or at a local café while having lunch.
Today’s gamers have exacting standards and the popularity of No-download casinos is proof positive that this is the way of the future.