Digital and related to the web
The Growth of Online Gaming
Online gaming has experienced huge growth during the last twenty years. In the last decade its revenue has trebled and there are no signs that this trend is slowing down. There are several reasons for its increasing popularity. The variety of games available, ease of access through gaming platforms and the use of smart phones have all contributed.
Online gaming appeals to players who would not traditionally be interested in gaming. People who feel intimidated walking into a real-world casino or betting shop find it easy to play online in their own homes. And they can play for small amounts of money. The majority of online gamers are middle-aged. Many women have been attracted to online gaming and now represent more than half of all online players.
Arguably the most impressive increase came from the emergence of online poker in 1998 which has now become one of the world’s favourite pastimes. Better quality sites and a greater variety of games attracted larger numbers of players. During these years poker experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity due to televised tournaments enabling online poker to gain a higher profile through sponsorship and advertising. In 2003 Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker after learning to play online which inspired participation to increase seven-fold in two years. Many more have since followed the same route to success.
Online gaming looks set to continue its phenomenal growth pattern for the foreseeable future as more people discover the fun it has to offer, whether its the chance to win a fortune or simply to have a few hours entertainment. There is something for everyone in the world of online gaming and the coming years will see further innovation in the sophistication and variety of games available providing a more immersive experience for all players.