Blackjack is one of the games that have become much more popular in the internet age. The development of online and mobile casinos is the big reason for that because it has made top quality blackjack games readily accessible in a way that they never were before.

The internet also makes it simpler for people to find out what they need to know about the rules and different strategies for this fascinating game. All of that means that blackjack now feels like a game for everyone.

When considering reasons for the rise of blackjack gaming, we should not rule out the importance of good game design either though. From the look of the games to the actual play, everything has improved in the past decade and that is a matter of design.

In this blog we will take a close look at the design of these games and how it has helped to fuel their popularity among online casino users.

Why Design Matters

There are two main things that the design of online casino games such as blackjack must do. The games need to:

  • Look good

They have to be appealing to the eye when players are scanning through the list of games that are available at the sites, as otherwise they will not click ‘start to play’.

  • Function well

The games must deliver a smooth and safe gaming experience. That means running without glitches and also ensuring that all of the data shared by players is kept completely protected and secure at all times.

So how do the designers of the games go about accomplishing both of those things?

The Look of the Games

Replicating the look of a land-based blackjack game as closely as possible is what drives the design of online ones, from a visual perspective. That means creating graphics featuring virtual blackjack tables and cards that are based on those found at land-based casinos.

In the earlier days of online casino, the provision of these graphics was frustrated by comparatively primitive technology. In 2023 though, it is possible to design games with visual and audio effects that provide an immersive and realistic experience akin to playing the game in the physical world.

The tables and cards look real and typical casino sounds are integrated into the play for a better atmosphere. The user interfaces of the games feature intuitive design that enables players to place their bets and make tactical moves – e.g. ‘standing’ and ‘hitting’ – in a smooth and trouble free fashion.

The days of online casino games like blackjack feeling cold and mechanical are long gone, although the creation process is a strict combination of math, graphic design and computer programming. The imagery must not only fully capture the look of blackjack within a casino setting, from the tables and cards to the furnishings, but must also be optimized to work well on either a full size computer screen or the smaller screens of mobile phones.

Game Functioning

Online blackjack games employ cutting-edge technology to ensure that the games run smoothly but also that they are fair to the players. Perhaps the single most important of all is the Random Number Generators.

These are a highly sophisticated set of algorithms that produce numbers in sequences without any set patterns. When it comes to blackjack games, they decide the order in which the cards are dealt to the player and the dealer and they are designed to mimic the chance nature of dealing from a physical card deck.

They are crucial to ensuring that the gaming is fair and that players have a reasonable chance of beating the house when playing blackjack. A second key design feature in terms of game functioning is security technology.

Playing blackjack at an online casino is not possible without sharing both personal and bank data. So the design process must prioritize security to ensure players have a good experience.

Encryption protocols are built into the games at the design stage to minimize the risk of anyone without proper authorization gaining access to that data. In most cases this is Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology. It means all connections between the servers used by the casino site and the player are completely secure and all data being transferred between them is encrypted.

Blackjack game design and development also involves the bedding in of ID verification, to cut back on the risks of fraud and ID theft. Being sure that your personal and financial information is one hundred percent safe when you sign up to play blackjack is vital to providing an optimal player experience.

The design behind online blackjack games is about creating an immersive and engaging experience for players while also ensuring gaming that is smooth functioning and secure.

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.