Since that announcement, the Stockholm-listed company have converted the majority of its video slots to the new open standard technology, and cited the following reasons as motivators behind the decision:
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- As a preferred method, Flash player technology has become increasingly prone to criminal abuse.
- Linux, Windows, Chrome and Macintosh operating systems using Flash are more likely to crash, leaving it vulnerable to cyber hacking.
- Flash play consumes more power than HTML5, resulting in diminished performance on poorer / unstable devices.
- Adobe Systems Incorporated declared that it will no longer offer Flash player support.
- Apple and Google are gearing up for the shift and doing what they can to eradicate Flash technology.
Despite the halting of Flash support from Adobe, NetEnt have given its assurance that players can continue enjoying over 70 of its most popular titles, such as Dracula, Jackpot6000, Excalibur and Spellcast in the new HTML5 format without any disruption whatsoever.
Slot titles that have been upgraded will gradually be decommissioned on a quarterly basis – once the HTML5 version of the game goes live, support for the Flash version will stop. Flash games will also be disabled should issues occur before it is set for decommissioning.
NetEnt further announced that it intends to launch HTML5 versions of video poker and other table games, such as baccarat.
When we will see the ultimate demise of Flash is not yet certain, but NetEnt says it could happen at any time, and they want us to be prepared.
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