When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.
You see it all the time on TV. Poker superstars, the world series of poker, the world poker tour, etc…star poker players are born. TV has turned nobody’s into somebody’s through the world series of poker especially. Take for instance Jamie Gold last year. He came out of know where to win the world series of poker. He did it through hard work, making the right calls, and a little bit of luck.Basically the world series of poker, is a large sit n go tournament if you think about it. The only way to practice for sit and go’s is to play many single table and multi-table tournaments daily. Sit n go’s are definitely a confidence booster and can earn you quite a stable income at that if you master it. When you play sit and go’s you have to go into the mindset of making first place each time. You can’t rely on just making 2nd or 3rd place if you want to make a stable income playing. You have to gun after first each time and here is why:1st place = 50% of the prize pool2nd place = 30% of the prize pool3rd place = 20% of the prize poolNow as you can see 1st place pays almost 3 times as much as a third place victory. When playing sit n go’s the best poker tip you can have at the poker table is to play tight until there is 4 or 5 people left and switch to playing aggressive. The reason being, with 4 poker players left, everyone will be just trying to hold on and make it to the money. There games will be altered and they will pretty much fold anything. This is seriously the most crucial point in a poker tournament and will separate you from the rest down the stretch to take first down. If you are sitting there with 4 players left at the poker table you need to try and steal blinds as much as possible and not reveal your poker hand.Many players today will not throw one chip in the pot if they are on the “bubble”. These players will never elevate to the next level because they truly do not understand the game and poker rules. You must play aggressive with 4 players left no if’s, ands, or buts.If you master sit n go’s there is no doubt in my mind you can’t handle a first place victory in the world poker tour or world series of poker. The best way to get there is by playing poker freerolls and other smaller buy-in tournaments leading to a seat in the world series of poker or world poker tour. There is absolutely no better feeling than winning a seat to one of these events for cheap. I bought into an 11 dollar multi-table tournament a few years ago and won a seat to the world series of poker. I needed money at the time, so I sold my ticket for $9000.00. Not a bad turn around, 11 dollars into 9k! Can’t beat that.