The Death of Macromedia Flash and the Adoption of HTML5 for Casino Software Developers



For at least a decade, interactive online games were designed primarily with Macromedia Flash or JavaScript. Both allow the code to be carried and used on different devices. Developers only need to write code once that works on different devices.

JavaScript works on all devices – without needing to be downloaded and installed, while Macromedia’s Flash software requires plug-ins to be downloaded to run in web browsers and Flash applications can be run on computers via Flash Player.

With these two solutions, game developers didn’t have to spend time, money and resources reinventing the wheel, so to speak, i.e. developing the same game for different operating systems (like macOS, Android, etc.).

In the 1990s and early 2000s, most online casino games were also designed with Flash (of course, there were downloadable casino applications on your computer, but they suffered from platform portability issues).

For years Flash was the norm for interactive games on the web, until the inevitable death of Flash was announced,

In 2017, Adobe announced that Flash would soon be phased out, and in December 2020, it was. Modern web browsers no longer support Flas – and the gaming industry had to look for new technological solutions.

Getting started with HTML5 technology

With the demise of Flash, network operators and game developers have turned to HTML5. Open source, integrated into a modern browser and mobile device – HTML5 is a miracle solution for game developers, offering a multitude of benefits:

HTML5 was released in October 2014 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

HTML5 vs Flash for online casino games

  • HTML5 uses pure code to create interactive content. The elements are not predefined in their exact form and then stored, but their properties are encoded and the browser then displays the actual content after the page loads. As a result, a web page created with HTML5 can behave and display differently in different web browsers.
  • HTML5 also specifies an API for scripts that can be used with JavaScript.
  • HTML5 is light, fast and requires less CPU time to render web pages, while Flash is CPU intensive and not as light as HTML5. Support for audio and video in HTML5 is not built in, while Flash has good support for audio and video formats.
  • Standalone HTML5 cannot provide animation in a web page. JavaScript or CSS3 is required to animate HTML elements. Current browsers, such as Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, support many HTML5 features. Pre-installed mobile web browsers on iPhones, tablets and Android phones provide excellent support for HTML5,

Not all computer users have the administrative rights to install third-party software on their devices. HTML5 therefore offers players the certainty that the game will run 100% on the device of their choice, without having access to the local files and documents of the computer/phone on which the game is played.  – James Nielsen, CEO of CasinoDepositBonus.com.

By 2021, almost all new casinos and game studios (NetEnt, MicroGaming) will be using HTML5 for their games, providing greater convenience for players who know they can enjoy their favorite slots and poker games on any device they choose to use.

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