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The Wide World of Online Gaming

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Thanks to some incredible tech innovations, online gaming is now one of the fastest growing industries in the entire entertainment industry. In fact, the billion-dollar industry is said to be one of the main reasons for the entertainment industry’s rapid growth in recent years. Add in new-and-improved VR and AR tech, 5G, new gaming equipment, and global gaming events and tournaments, and it looks like online gaming will soon be an unstoppable force.

As for getting your gaming fix, there are seemingly endless options for what to play and how to play. The main types of gaming are mobile, computer, console, social, multi-player, single player, free, and paid gaming. And that doesn’t even account for the different types of games that can be played. Gamers now have more options than ever before. So, let’s break it down.

The industry is divided into two main sectors: casino gaming and eSports. Below, we’ll go more in depth into the wide, wide world of online gaming.

Casino Gaming

Online casino gaming offers a lot more options than land-based casinos, for example, which are limited by how much physical space they have for gaming machines in addition to the cost of these games. This is particularly true when it comes to slots — the amount online is seemingly endless, and sites are constantly adding new and exclusive offerings all the time to keep things fresh and interesting for players.

Besides slots, online sites still have all the classics like poker, blackjack, and roulette, which are all available in many different styles. For poker, you’ll be able to find options like Texas Hold’em, five-card draw, seven-card stud, live poker, tournaments, and so much more. Online blackjack typically comes in many variations, including multi-player, live, and classic style, which is the most popular form in the world. Then there’s French roulette or American roulette, with more options stemming from there.

Additionally, all of the casino games are available in high or low value versions. This allows players of all backgrounds to play, or lets players mix up the types of bets they want to make.

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eSports

eSports games include everything from video games based on real-life sports (like soccer or basketball) to fantasy sports based on science fiction. The most popular types of eSports games are real-life strategy games, first-person shooters, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, fighting, and battle royale games. Some examples of online eSports games include League of Legends (MOBA), Dota 2 (MOBA), Call of Duty (first-person shooter), and Fortnite Battle Royale.

What used to be casual gameplay is now a career for some. There are professional gamers who are comparable to professional athletes in that they earn salaries, compete against other teams and players for a living, play all over the country (or world), and have a dedicated following. There are also eSports tournaments with huge cash pools reaching the millions — so it’s no chump change, either.

The world of eSports is starting to see so much success that it’s now rivaling the real-life sports industry, too. This is especially true for younger generations who are often more interested in video games than sports.

It’s Convenient Entertainment

So, why is online gaming seeing so much success? Besides improvements in technology and the massive numbers of games that are now available for every interest, it all comes down to one major thing: online gaming is convenient entertainment. You can play games on whatever device you currently own — all you need is an internet connection. You can also play games in your home or on the go, so there’s no need to travel to a mall or arcade like gamers did in decades past.

Plus, this is an exciting time to be a gamer with the introduction of VR and AR gaming. Gaming is all around becoming more immersive, and starting to more closely resemble the world of Ready Player One. So for gamers, this is only the beginning — and it’s about to get a whole lot more exciting.