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The (Predictable) Rise of Internet Crimes During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Everyone be careful! Don’t let the boredom of home-sheltering entice you to commit a fatal mistake. Don’t use your computing device (computer, tablets, phone etc.) to engage in criminal activity. Don’t access your spouse’s phone or email without permission, don’t let frustration or anger cause you to send harassing or threatening messages to others, don’t think online sports betting is legal, and most certainly, let the draconian penalties of incarceration for accessing child pornography sites or illegally infringing copyrighted materials be strident warnings to stay clear.

We are speaking about Internet crimes today with renowned federal criminal defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Attorney Oberheiden represents clients who are facing investigations for alleged Internet crimes conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies in cases across the United States.

Q. Dr. Oberheiden, just to start easy, what exactly are Internet crimes?

A. The concept of online crimes (or Internet crimes) has changed over time. Originally, Internet offenses were considered those that could only be committed with the help of a computer such as hacking someone else’s computer system. Today, the general definition of online crimes has broadened to include any offense that was committed with the help of a computer irrespective of whether a computing device was essential or not. Drug trafficking and prostitution are two such examples. Technically, in order to sell drugs or to agree to illegal prostitution, you don’t necessarily need a computer. People have dealt with drugs and engaged in prostitution forever face-to-face on the street. However, nowadays an increasing number of these types of offenses and transaction also include the utilization of cell phones and computing devices when it comes to organizing deals and selecting people for criminal conspiracies, which can add more severe penalties at sentencing. When computing devices are a platform to commit a crime, you can consider the underlying offense an Internet crime.

Q. So, under this definition, blackmailing and extortion or electronic harassment would also count as Internet crimes?

A. Yes, that’s correct. Anytime someone uses a computer to do something illegally, that’s considered on online offense. To be clear, to use these verbal attack offenses, we all enjoy the freedom of speech under the First Amendment; however, the First Amendment does not protect any and all types of speech. Hate speech, intentional harassment, and using speech for extortion or blackmailing do not enjoy constitutional protection and can be prosecuted as felonies. So, for example, if you write an email or post something on the Internet that has the potential to be interpreted as a threat towards someone else, announce or insinuate violence, request money or anything else of value if one of your conditions is not met, or you call a person names— your behavior may fall quickly within the scope of unlawful conduct. So, when emotions are broiling, don’t use the Internet to express your anger and don’t attack the dignity or safety of another person in any electronic (or non-electronic) format.

Q. Is there a heightened risk of committing Internet offenses during this Covid-19 pandemic when we are sheltered at home?

A. I think so. When in-person interactions vanish, online offenses will rise. Keep in mind that many Internet crimes occur in the context of social tensions like divorces and family unrest. Spouses sometimes think that accessing their husband’s or wife’s computer or phone to take a quick peak if they can find evidence of an affair or hidden financial details is legitimate detective work. It is not! The fact that you are married makes no difference because being married does not include an implicit or explicit permission to invade your partner’s privacy. Similarly, some people may feel tempted to turn a blind eye to legal boundaries because they think that Internet crimes are “invisible” and thus not detectable. Almost every convicted child pornography offender started with that mindset. The truth is, the FBI has specialized task forces that can trace pretty much any of your visits to any website no matter what codename you use and no matter where you are. Just recently, to give you an example, I represented a client a huge international bitcoin fraud case spanning virtually every state within the United States as well as offshore islands. Admittedly, it took law enforcement months to link all the pieces and actors, but, in the end, the case resulted in a dozen of arrests and a plethora of criminal charges. Don’t put yourself into such a position. Don’t be naïve. I always tell clients: whether online or offline, assume that an FBI agent and your parents are watching what you are up to—so, act accordingly.

Q. In addition, what are some of the most common Internet crimes you see the FBI and the Department of Justice are prosecuting?

A. Chief focus of federal authorities are two types of Internet crimes: crimes committed for commercial gain or to cause corporate harm, and, in a category of its own, child pornography. To give you an example in the first category. I recently represented an individual who out of frustration of being fired accessed his former employer’s data system and literally erased the entire company network files—from his living room. Federal prosecutors don’t like when someone use access information or technology skills to cause harm. Whether it is hacking, phishing, spoofing or wagering on sports events over the Internet, I know from countless criminal defense cases that the Justice Department is very determined to take you down especially when there are real victims like in the case of defrauding and obtaining money through false or fraudulent pretenses. If you use the Internet to defraud seniors or create some form of a crime scheme, the FBI might very well knock at your door in the near future. This is particularly true when it comes to protecting minors. Federal prosecutors and federal agents are absolutely relentless when it comes to child pornography and prostitution involving minors. In fact, child pornography cases represent approximately twenty percent of all federal prosecutions. If you stand convicted for inducing, let alone, coercing a juvenile to engage in sexual conduct, don’t expect mercy.

Q. What are the penalties for Internet crimes?

A. Unlike some other countries, U.S. penal codes do not recognize “one” online crime. The penalties depend on the alleged offense someone commits. So, for example, if you access your wife’s cell phone without her or against her permission, you could be charged as a felon under 18 U.S.C. 1030. The exact outcome would depend on many factors such as the frequency, how you would use the accessed information, your criminal background and much more. Even if you escape imprisonment, you should wonder yourself if it is worth risking being a “felon” for acting stupidly in this one hot moment. Contrast this to, for instance, child pornography. The most lenient outcome in child pornography cases, that is any form of child sexual exploitation, you can expect is five years in federal prison with sentencing outcomes routinely reaching twenty years and more of incarceration.  

Q. Despite these extreme penalties, why do Internet offenses continue to rise?

A. I think it is the idea that because you act in seemingly protected anonymity, you are not in the public but in a private area without any witnesses, no one can find or identify you. Of course, that’s only partially true. It is correct that Internet offenses typically don’t have any witnesses especially when compared to, let’s say, a bank robbery or other offenses that are predicated on human visibility. However, every time you use the Internet whether you are searching for something or whether you are visiting a website, you leave traces. Specialized detectives and computer crime experts from the FBI absolutely have the ability to identify you—perhaps not always right away, but if you are in the United States and the FBI is pursuing your case, chances are high that you will get caught eventually.

Even though each of the 50 U.S. states have some version of online crimes in their penal codes, almost all prosecutions involving Internet crimes and computer offenses are federal in nature. That means the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice are leading the prosecutions, often in connection with the investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. In general, penalties for federal felony violations are not just more severe, but, also, if you are convicted, you don’t have the option of parole. In other words, if a federal judge orders you to 10 years in federal prison, you can’t expect to be released after half or two-third of the time; parole does not exist under federal law. Typically, in the federal justice system, ten years means serving ten years.

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High-Performance Managed Website Services

With the advent of high-speed internet technology becoming available to a wide range of users. Websites have become an essential tool or platform for businesses to survive and thrive in a global marketplace. Merely having a website does not guarantee the success of your enterprise. It should also be fine-tuned to quickly and clearly convey the importance of your product or service to any visitors to your website. 

High-Performance Websites

The internet has become a major source of information for most people. Because of this, a great number of businesses have websites announcing their products or services to whoever should find this online address. For a website to be easily found amidst the multitude of online platforms, it should be connected to Managed Website Services that will increase its online traffic. Internet users have become very picky so if your website is not managed very well then it will be relegated to the sidelines of the virtual landscape.

High-performance websites should be elegant and efficient, reflecting an appealing aesthetic while also clearly conveying important information to visitors. They provide customers and clients with a unique experience from the first moment that they connect to the website. Keep in mind that laptops and personal computers are not the only ways to connect to the web anymore, mobile phones and tablets have become the most widespread means of connecting to the internet in the last few years.

One quality that can make or break a website’s online traffic is the speed in which it can load and share information with the user. This means that a high-performance website has speed-focused coding and image optimization integrated into its systems. Many internet users now do not have much patience and want the websites they visit to load very quickly, that is why speed is of the essence.

Website Security

A website must be secure both for the sake of the clients and for the business owner. Sensitive information is necessary for business especially when it comes to account details used for paying online transactions. Passwords and other personal information should be protected. Today, hackers or identity thieves are everywhere, this is the most complicated but must priority first. These kinds of information must be well protected in order to keep visitors to the website safe. If not, customers are not going to trust the website anymore. However, this can translate to a website having encryption on a virtual private server. 

The virtual private server should be backed-up regularly so that information will not be lost. A private server means that the resources of a server are dedicated to the website. It also means that it is protected by a firewall as well as having systems in place to protect the website from brute force attacks or hacking methods of stealing data.

The virtual landscape is not so different from the real one in the sense that dangers and opportunities exist within them. High-performance website management ensures that your online platform is not only well-protected but also much visited. For those who have a website or are thinking of starting one, become aware of high-performance options so that your virtual presence is a strong one.

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Design Tips for Email Newsletters

When you send a newsletter or other communication from your business to your customers by email, you’re sending them something that should represent your company in every way. This means it should mirror your company culture and industry, and it should be a shining example of professionalism. It should also inspire your customers and subscribers to read and act on what you intend them to in your email. All of this is why design is so important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some tips you can use to better design your email newsletters. 

Start with a Header

To see the importance of the header, walk past a magazine or newspaper stand and think about the first thing you noticed. Likely it was the name of each publication, which is essentially their header. That is why the header is so important. It identifies who you are and what readers might expect from your newsletters. It also dictates things like the color scheme and frames your whole email nicely below it, immediately creating a sense of structure.

The header should include your logo and the title of your newsletter if you have one – or the purpose of the email if it’s an alert or service interruption announcement.

Stick to a Color Scheme

Your business likely already has a color scheme, and likely these colors are dictated by your logo. When you design a newsletter, this is no different. When you create headings and titles, use the colors in your logo or header to inform the color choices throughout. This creates a sense of uniformity throughout the newsletter or email and keeps it on brand.

You should also try and stick to common or standard fonts so that the newsletter displays on every device correctly. The last thing you want to do is have a missing font destroy your email’s message or layout. This applies to legibility too. Choose fonts that are easy to read.

Divide Your Content into Sections

Don’t create your newsletter with a big wall of text right under your header. Make sure to break it up into easy to read and well titled sections, so that readers can choose what they want to read quickly. This is particularly important if your email is going to be long or text-heavy. Making use of photos and images is an effective way of breaking up text and borrowing design styles from newspapers will also help. By using font choices that are bold and clear and making extensive use of the best font for email, you can enable great design elements like color backgrounds and white text to make section headings pop out at you. 

By designing your newsletters with these tips in mind, you’ll create great looking and easy to read newsletters that will call your customers to action. It’s not difficult to create great looking and comprehensive emails with the tools available online today, so you have no excuse not to fully leverage the marketing power of your email subscriber list to increase and retain business.

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Understanding the Influence of Product Reviews on Retailers

When you think about the power and influence of product reviews, you will notice that it can be both good or bad for your business depending on the review and the situation. Ideally, your business would flourish if you get positive reviews, but it won’t fare so well if there was negative feedback. This is just how impactful any product review can be to retailers. 

So, let’s dive in and understand a little more about the effects of customer reviews on any business.

Customer’s Trust

Authenticity and customer trust are difficult to come by in the business world, which is why a product review can show customers just how trustworthy a retailer is. Positive feedback and good experiences can prove to people that they should invest in your goods or services, but it would be the complete opposite if the review wasn’t favorable towards you. With enough bad reviews, it could be extremely difficult to try and fix the situation and change people’s perception of your brand. This is why product reviews are so important, especially if they are positive. It would make people rest easy and assured that they are purchasing a product from the right brand. They would definitely come back for more once they’ve established your authenticity and integrity, making their trust in you stronger than ever.

Your Sales 

Product reviews can significantly influence your sales and your exposure might end up being positive or negative depending on the number of favorable reviews available to the public. Your goal is to bring in more leads and boost your sales; product reviews can achieve this for you. The researchers and reviewers at https://radarlogic.com/ state that reliable reviews can evaluate any retailer’s product based on the features, quality, and performance. This gives any customer searching for a product an estimated value for the price of the item they’re after. With enough unbiased reviews that help people get value for money, you can see a significant rise to your sales thanks to positive reviews. However, your hopes and dreams of gaining profits won’t be easily achievable if the feedback was negative, and people won’t see real value in your products in that case. 

Chances To Be Better

You are guaranteed many chances of improving your business and this works no matter how good or bad the review is. If customers deem your offerings attractive, they will still give you feedback on some of the stuff they wish could be there. This will make you adapt and change to their likings promptly. This is the same if the reviews aren’t so favorable. People will give you the insight you need to consider to make the necessary changes to your product and keep the customers happy. Either way, the knowledge, feedback, and insightful comments will help you build a better and stronger brand that can compete with other rivals in the market. You’d be surprised at just how a retailer can turn in a new leaf thanks to people’s reviews. 

The Information Given

People will always want more information through reviews, even if they were good ones with positive experiences. They would want to know why the product was good or bad; lack of details would mean less attention and lower conversion rates. Also, you can’t hope for a product to improve with minimal details. Saying that the product “X” is “good” or “bad” isn’t enough to convince anyone. So, a product review needs to have adequate information to have any sort of influence on your business.

Your Online Presence

Any retailer or company needs a strong online presence because the digital world is how you’d make most of your sales and attract your possible leads. This makes any retailer implement specific SEO strategies that can increase traffic to build their rank on the search lists. If the reviews were nice and people believed that your content and products are credible, then Google will see that and would elevate your rank higher. But if the reviews were constantly negative and people didn’t see any changes, then fewer people will visit your platform. This will create a downward spiral of low sales, traffic, and profits because your rank would be so low on the search engine lists. 

Product reviews can be a double-edged weapon that could make or break your brand. The customer base has the power to lift your business to the sky or drag it down to the ground depending on how good their experience was. Word travels extremely fast online and you should never underestimate the digital world with its different platforms that review products. The effect of any review is stronger than you could possibly imagine.

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NHL suspends season owing to Covid-19 fears

The 2019-20 season of National Hockey League (NHL) has been suspended until further notice owing to coronavirus fears. Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the league announced via a statement recently that considering the ongoing developments related to Covid-19 and after detailed consultations with medical experts and Board of Governors, the NHL has paused the ongoing season starting March 12, 2020.

The NHL players Association termed the decision as the right course of action. It came within 24 hours of suspension of the NBA, after a player in the basketball league tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bettman admitted that the suspension of NBA was one of the factors in pausing the NHL season. He shared that it’s only a matter of time that someone from the NHL community would also test positive for the virus, and in that light it’d not appropriate to continue playing games.

NBA Cancellation

NBA cancelled the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the last minute on March 11th, Wednesday night, after Rudy Gobert, the Jazz’ centre player tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Toronto Raptors announced the next day that the travelling staff, coaches and players had been advised to self-isolate themselves for at least a couple of weeks. As a cautionary measure, the Raptors’ travelling party and team members were tested for coronavirus.

NHL Suspension a wise decision

It’s worth noting that several NHL teams share their arenas with NBA teams, including Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL is currently urging community members to take all possible precautions, including self-quarantining themselves, if required. The NHL statement was released only a few hours after it instructed the teams to cancel their meetings and practices with immediate effect. Needless to say, considering the extensive NHL odds that are offered by several bookmakers, the move is also expected to have a major impact on NHL betting world.

Bettman has revealed that NHL will resume the paused season as soon as things get back to normal, so that they can get through with the remaining games in a worry-free environment, and hand over the Stanley Cup to the rightfully deserving team.

The American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League have also put their respective seasons on hold. The suspension of NHL is amongst the many high profile sports event cancellations that have happened in North America lately. A large number of political rallies, music concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences have gotten nixed in the fear of coronavirus spreading pretty swiftly among large crowd gatherings.

The Canadian and US Health officials have advised people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and to avoid crowded places. It should be noted that a normal NHL arena seats anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

At the time of writing this piece, over 170,000 people across the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. There have been over 6,500 deaths due to the virus so far.

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The Growing Influence of Video Games in the Entertainment Industry

Ever since video games became more popular in the 1980s, they have spread into other entertainment areas like songs, movies, and TV shows. Today, video games are more sophisticated and popular than ever, and many have become steeped in popular culture. So, it is no wonder that games are now influencing the entertainment industry even more.

Video Games in Songs

From ABBA and Aerosmith to Green Day and 50 Cent, a wide variety of bands and artists have been immortalized in video games. But did you know various groups have written songs about video games? Here are three of the best:

·       British rock band Bring Me the Horizon’s song Shadow Moses reached number 2 in the UK Rock and Metal Singles Chart in 2013. The song is named after the main setting of the 1998 game Metal Gear Solid. The closing theme of the video game is referenced in Shadow Moses’ opening vocal line.

·       The song Symphony of the Night appears on the power metal band DragonForce’s 2014 album Maximum Overdrive. Guitarist Herman Li said Japanese video games inspired the song.

·       American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2007 song What A Horrible Night to Have a Curse describes the plot and gameplay of the classic platform-adventure video game Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

You can play Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest online. Indeed, you can find a plethora of fantastic games to play online these days, including casino games like slots and table games. Check out the hundreds of online casino games at Casumo.

Video Games in Television

From live-action shows to animations, there are a huge amount of TV shows based on video games. However, some have been more successful than others. For instance, the immensely popular puzzle game Candy Crush was turned into an American TV game show in 2017, but it was canceled after just one season. On the other hand, the 2012 military sci-fi web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a huge success. Based on the famous Halo video game franchise, the 15-minute episodes follow a cadet at a military training academy that is attacked by aliens. Other notable live-action shows based on games include 2016’s Street Fighter: Resurrection, 2013’s The Far Cry Experience, and 2016’s Higurashi When They Cry.

Animated shows based on video games tend to be more successful than live-action shows. Popular shows include:

·       Subway Surfers: The Animated Series (2018)

·       Angry Birds Toons (2013 – 2016)

·       Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013–2015)

Video Games in Movies

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is currently the second-highest-grossing movie of 2020. Furthermore, the film set the record for the biggest opening weekend success at the box office for a video game-based movie in the US and Canada. Video game movie adaptations have not always been successful. For instance, many consider the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie to be one of the worst films ever made. But there has been a considerable number of game-inspired movies that have been big successes. Here are some of the best.

Tomb Raider

The two original Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie helped to put video-game-adapted movies on the map, even if the 2001 and 2003 films were rather cheesy. But when Alicia Vikander took over the role of Lara Croft in the 2018 movie Tomb Raider, the film had a more down-to-earth edge to it and reflected the Tomb Raider games much better. It is undoubtedly one of the best video game-based movies to have been released in recent years.

Rampage

The 2018 movie Rampage may not be worthy of an Oscar. But if you are after unadulterated good fun, Rampage is entertaining from beginning to end. Forget the weak narrative, and instead focus on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on an enormous gorilla, a sea creature, and a strange wolf-like monster who are climbing skyscrapers and destroying the city!

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The 2010 action fantasy adventure movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on the game of the same name. At the time of its release, it was the highest-grossing video game film of all time. With a stellar cast, high-flying stunts, and gorgeous visuals, Prince of Persia is one of the most notable blockbuster video game movies ever produced.

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Dating Someone Internationally

Tips On How To Help Improve Your Partner’s Chances of Getting A Green Light On Their Green Card

By Jeana Jaeger

It’s no surprise that more people are now dating internationally or outside of their ethnic group, especially since Social Media, Dating Apps and even Online Gaming are playing a huge role in making love connections across borders. However, the latest national policies may now make it more difficult for couples to secure a visa or green card if they want to live together in the United States. In fact, some of the most recent data shows that thousands of green card applications during fiscal year 2019 were not approved, meaning that it may be a little tougher for foreign born citizens to obtain a visa or green card. Since international dating will continue to be on the rise, it’s important for couples to truly understand how to legally navigate the rules.

To help improve your chances of receiving an approval, there are several tips that can help move the process along in the right direction. First, a big part of the process involves completing the necessary paperwork. Before submitting, you need to make sure you have all of the required and correct documents with the necessary signatures. Couples have to prove they have day-to-day contact and constant communication, and that they have physically met in person within the last two years of filing. When it comes to communication, it helps to show there is not a language barrier where neither partner speaks the other language, or you need to detail how you work around that obstacle.

Another important factor is that if one partner was previously married, they need to make sure the divorce is completely finalized. Regarding the blending of cultures, the government will look to see if you adhere to cultural norms such as if you had an engagement ceremony that is customary to the local culture.

When it comes to the in-person interview, it’s of utmost importance to make sure everything you say is factual and correct. The interview is your chance to tell your love story, make them understand and see how real and special your relationship is. If you lie or fail to present accurate information, your green card could be denied. Fake or photoshopped photos are also considered fraudulent evidence, which may lead to a denial.

Even though times are frightening due to recent immigration changes, true love can still prevail. The most important takeaways to keep in mind throughout the process is to provide the correct documents and factual information on time, per government requirements.

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Celebs Who Love to Gamble and Play Games

Gambling can be very exciting, whether it involves a night at the casino, a day out at a horse race meeting, or even a civilized game of bingo. It is easy to see why so many celebrities love a bit of gambling and here are some of the most well known.
 

Bruce Willis

 
The actor who is perhaps better known for his roles in the Die Hard movies is reportedly a keen gambler and is rumored to have once won $500,000 playing baccarat in Atlantic City. He has also played a role in the film Lay the Favorite, in which he plays a sports gambler.
 

Steven Spielberg

 
Spielberg needs no introduction for his work as a movie director but not many people know that he enjoys horse racing so much that he owns his own racehorses, one of which ran in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. He also directed a film that is revolved around the friendship between a man and a horse, called War Horse.
 

Robbie Williams

 
The former Take That band member is known to love playing a bit of bingo, having been spotted in the bingo halls around his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent. Gary Barlow allegedly hosted a bingo party which the band attended whilst they were still all on good terms. These days we imagine Robbie gets his bingo fix by playing from the list of bingo games available online, to avoid being hounded by fans at land-based bingo halls.
 

Tiger Woods

 
The golfer, who has made one of the biggest sporting comebacks ever after years out in the wilderness with injury, is also a keen blackjack player. He is known to head to the casinos and play for large sums of money at top spots like MGM Grand Resort and the Bellagio. Sports stars often unwind with games like blackjack and poker, with A-Rod also said to be a big fan of the casino.
 

Drew Barrymore

 
Drew Barrymore enjoys the casinos so much that she decided to head straight to Las Vegas after finalizing her divorce with Will Kopelman. The Charlies Angels and E.T. actress hooked up with J Lo whilst she was there and looks like she took in some other fun activities as well as hitting the casinos. Barrymore also starred in the film Lucky You which centers around a poker player and has several scenes filmed at the Bellagio.
 

Pamela Anderson

 
Baywatch legend Pamela Anderson is rumored to have married poker player Rick Salomon after losing a game of poker to him. They had been long-term friends but their marriage was short-lived. They did get married a second time, but went on to divorce again.
 
These are just a few of the top celebrities that love to hit the casinos or have a competitive game of poker with friends. Gambling is a firm favorite with so many celebrities that you will usually find a celeb or two in the top casinos around the world.

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The 5 Most Beautifully-Crafted Online Casino Games Today 

Let’s face it: The online casino industry is not the first place you would think to look when searching for stunning artistic creations. But the industry is hugely competitive at the developer level; and, when there is intense competition, stylistic choices are integral to helping your creations stand out from the crowd. 

Indeed, with the technology now available to developers, they effectively have a blank canvas to create what they want. Designers have broken the rules, and casino games no longer must be designed in a linear fashion. 

Below we are going to look at five online casino games that stand out as, well, artistic creations. You can win money with these games, sure. But the designs are the real winners: 

North Storm – Rabcat 

A new game from up-and-coming developer Rabcat, North Storm captures one of the most popular themes in online casino gaming at the moment – Norse mythology. While other games with a similar theme have perhaps cashed in on the popularity of Marvel’s Thor movies, Rabcat has gone much more traditional with North Storm. The slot is beautifully-crafted, featuring Norse symbols and iconography presented on a 3D platform. The subtle hues of colour, as well as a 3D snow effect, add to a pleasurable atmosphere for gaming.  

Quantum Blackjack – Playtech  

One of the biggest trends in online casino gaming is the concept of progressive betting blackjack. In a nutshell, that’s blackjack as you know it, but with supercharged prizes added to the mix. Quantum Blackjack is very much of that sort, but the presentation is simply outstanding. Played live through a studio stream or in a virtual format, Quantum Blackjack features a jet black backdrop with stark neon lines shaping the blackjack table. It looks like the kind of casino game you would find in the movie, Tron. 

White Rabbit – Big Time Gaming 

In its base game, White Rabbit resembles most other slots. However, once the bonus game launches, this Alice in Wonderland-themed slot transforms into something else altogether. The bonus game is a series of free spins played on a new reel set, which expands when cupcakes land on the screen. To be honest, it’s a difficult concept to describe, so different is it to anything else we have seen in the online casino world. In true Lewis Carroll style, White Rabbit takes you to a world you have never seen before. 

Age of the Gods Roulette Live – Playtech 

With this one, the question of whether it’s stylish or gawdy is perhaps a matter of personal taste. Age of the Gods Roulette is played in a studio with real dealers, and it has become one of the most popular games around since its 2017 release. The studio is designed to look like Mount Olympus – the game has a Greek mythology theme – and the croupiers dress in garb to make them look like Greek gods. Sounds tacky? Perhaps. But it somehow works, and it makes an exciting change from the standard roulette games you find everywhere else. 

Archangels: Salvation – NetEnt 

This game from NetEnt hints at the future of online casino; namely, that video slots are becoming more like video games. The graphics on Archangels: Salvation are nothing short of sensational, and they would not look out of place on a PlayStation 4. The screen is split between a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ angel, both of whom can interrupt the play to add special prizes. It looks a little bit like World of Warcraft, but, of course, there is that extra allure of some massive prizes on offer. Top stuff from NetEnt, which boasts one of the best in-house design teams in the industry. 

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How Casino Games Could Double Celebrity Earnings

You don’t become one of the world’s richest musicians just by making good music. You also have to make smart business deals. Madonna is worth $590 million as she also owns health clubs, acts, and creates clothes, while P Diddy is worth $820 million for opening his own record label and for his other business ventures.

Releasing a successful song is likely the fastest way to make money in that business but it may not be the way to make the most money. The world’s biggest celebrities who make so much more money do so by diversifying their sources of income, with online casinos being a surprising option.

How Much Do Online Casinos Make?

A report by Technavio reveals that in the United States, the online gambling market is likely to make $4 billion in 2020. This industry is made up of several sectors, such as sports betting, table casino games like blackjack and roulette and games such as slots. The popularity of mobile casinos is part of the reason for this growth.

Without releasing their own online casino, the world’s most famous musicians are unlikely to make billions of dollars in a year. However, by entering into the market with their own game, they could potentially make millions of dollars without having to do much work.

What Celebrity Games Are There?

Some celebrities are doing this now and have allowed players to spin reels with their faces on and play casino games with their music for years. Some of the biggest slots available are the Guns N Roses, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson slot games.

The Top Trumps Celebs game available at the online betting and casino site Betfair features several famous people on the reels. Players can match symbols of Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Elvis Presley as they try to get the jackpot. The slot game only uses their photos but with a slot about their films or their music, they could make so much more.

Who Could Make a Casino Game?

For a musician to make a successful casino game, they’ll need to have a large selection of hits. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice may be a popular one-hit-wonder but many players won’t want to listen to it on repeat. You would likely need three songs for the wild, the scatter, and the jackpot, to make the game entertaining.

Some of the best casino games about celebrities are ones that make us feel as though we’re going to a performance, where we are excited to hear every song that’s being played. This is why so many rock bands, such as KISS, have official slot games. You get to enjoy music in a new and exciting way without having to wait for them to go on tour.

Releasing a casino game could become a more popular option for celebrities looking to make money without having to release a new album or go on tour. It allows musicians and their fans to keep getting something out of music that was released years ago.