It’s the official end of an era for online casino players.
Adobe Flash player finally reached end of life on New Years Day, 2021.
It’s quite a momentous day for some of us older gamers. If you started playing in the early to mid 2000s, you’ll have probably grown up with Flash games from the likes of Microgaming, played out at sites like River Belle and 7 Sultans.
It seems an age away now, but at the time Flash was cutting edge technology and it undoubtedly had a massive part in the growth of the online casino industry.
The flash games have been getting phased out for quite a while. All modern video slot machines and table games use HTML5 instead. It works on mobile for one thing, and everyone knows that players gamble more on mobile devices than on desktop these days.
But now the end of the original flash casino game has been made official.
From now on, Adobe are no longer offering any security updates for the plugin. Most modern web browsers don’t run it any more by default, and it’s never worked particularly well on mobile.
Most of the leading sites should have removed all their flash games long ago of course. We’ve known this was coming for a while, and most gamblers probably won’t notice the difference.
But if you do find any online casino still running flash games, you definitely shouldn’t play them any more. Although you have the option to let flash plugin run, it wouldn’t be secure. Instead, I’d recommend contacting the casino and asking why they haven’t taken them down yet. And consider whether you want to play there any more at all, considering they obviously don’t take security too seriously.
I won’t particularly miss it, because let’s be honest, the modern mobile responsive games are much better. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate the role that Flash has had in the evolution of the industry.
Online casino gaming certainly wouldn’t be where it is today without it.
Last Updated on January 2, 2021