A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Evolution of Online Slot Machines

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Since their invention in the late 1800s, slot machines have been a staple of the gambling industry. As technology has evolved, these classic casino fixtures have found new life in the digital realm. The history of online gaming with slot machines is a fascinating journey that has seen many twists and turns, ultimately leading to the sophisticated and entertaining options we enjoy today. Let’s explore the milestones and innovations that have shaped this thriving industry.


The Dawn of the Digital Age: The 1990s

The first online casinos emerged in the mid-1990s, thanks to advancements in the internet and computer technology. Microgaming, a software company founded in 1994, is widely regarded as the pioneer of online casino gaming. They introduced the first online casino in 1996, and soon after, the first online slot machine was born. These early online slots were simple and limited in features, but they laid the foundation for a new era in gambling.


The Rise of the Video Slot: The 2000s

The new millennium saw rapid advancements in technology and internet connectivity, paving the way for a fresh wave of online slot machine innovation. With the introduction of video slots, game developers began to push the boundaries of the traditional slot format. Video slots featured immersive graphics, thematic designs, and engaging storylines, offering players an unprecedented gaming experience.

During this period, developers such as NetEnt and Playtech emerged as industry leaders, creating iconic titles like Starburst and Age of the Gods. Another significant development in online slot machines was the introduction of progressive jackpots, which linked multiple games together and allowed players to win life-changing sums of money.


The Mobile Revolution: The 2010s

The 2010s ushered in the era of mobile gaming, with smartphones and tablets becoming the preferred devices for many online casino players. Developers quickly adapted to this trend, optimizing their games for mobile play and creating dedicated mobile apps. This accessibility made online slot machines even more popular, as players could now spin the reels from virtually anywhere.


The Present and Future: VR, AI, and Beyond

Today, online slot machines have come a long way from their humble beginnings. They offer a rich variety of themes, features, and bonus rounds, ensuring that there is something for everyone. As we look to the future, we can expect even more immersive experiences, with the integration of virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.



The history of online gaming with slot machines is a testament to the power of innovation and the resilience of the gambling industry. From simple beginnings in the 1990s to the immersive and sophisticated options available today, online slots have consistently evolved to captivate and entertain players around the world. As technology continues to advance, we can only anticipate what exciting developments the future holds for these digital casino classics.



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We here at Chanz are taking responsible gaming seriously. We have installed several tools for you to control your gambling. Gambling should always be seen as form of entertainment, not a way to make money. Of course it is nice to win big, but never chase your losses and only play what you can afford.


At Chanz you can set yourself deposit limit, session limit, losslimit and even freeze your account for a specific period of time. If you are living in Sweden, you can also use the national service www.spelpaus.se.

If you use Spelpaus service, you can pause all your casino accounts under the Swedish license. You can check all the casinos under the Swedish License from here.

Self assesment

Here is a small questionnaire that you can do, if you suspect that you might have a problem with gambling:

  • Have other people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem?
  • Have you borrowed money or sold something to get money to gamble?
  • Do you bet more than you can afford to loose?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
  • Has gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
  • Have you wondered whether you have a problem with gambling?
  • Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
  • Have you tried to win back money you have lost (chasing losses)?


Score 0 for each time you answer “never”
Score 1 for each time you answer “sometimes”
Score 2 for each time you answer “most of the time”
Score 3 for each time you answer “almost always”

If your total score is 8 or higher, you might have a problem.

There is help available

First and most important thing is to realise that you might have a problem.

The next step is to contact support organisations. There is many available, like Gamanon.

In Sweden, you can also check the spelpaus.se for more information. For Finland there is Peluuri service, and for Norway Spillbehandling. In other countries, you can contact your own healthcare organisation for help and advice.

You can always contact Chanz customer service to get more information. All our staff is trained for responsible gaming issues, and can advice more of limits and tools you can use to control your gambling habits.


You can find the responsible gaming section at Chanz here. (You need to be logged in).

We have also composed an article about RTP (Return to Player in Casino Games), that you can find from here.


The myth and tinfoil hat theory

You might have seen or think this:

 Gosh, this casino is so rigged, no winnings at all. Let me go and play at site XXXXX, the machines there are much more better programmed! The games are surely rigged here! Im sure of it!


Well, you are wrong, let us correct some of the “information” that you have:

  • Online casino is basicly a frontend for slots or other games. The games are not hosted by casino, but the provider, like NetEnt, Microgaming, Pragmatic Play etc. Casino cannot change the outcome of the game. If RTP is to be changed (Return to Player), the provider of the game would first need get an approval from Gambling authorities and do a thorough testing of the game. Summa summarum: It doesnt matter where you play, you have the same chances everywhere.

So shortly:

You just have to get lucky. If you are lucky, you will win. Otherwise be prepared for a loss. Gambling should be fun, and never gamble if you cant afford it.

If you feel that you gamble too much, contact the customer service of the casino immediatly, they can help you to set limits, close accounts and point to you correct direction if you need search help for gambling addiction.



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