Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

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 Games

Some 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 resources

2. 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 Money

All 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.

Play Free Online Games and Save Money

Everybody likes to play games and especially when it is not bound by time, money or space. These games are nowadays available in most of the websites. Some of these websites offer games only when the user subscribe to the sites by paying a certain amount. There are many websites which offer free online games to its users. These websites are high in demand among the users as they can play as many games online as they wish, that too without worrying about their accounts getting depleted.

Another advantage of the free games online is that they do not always require a partner. A user can play games with the computer or choose to play a single player game. It is also more convenient for today’s youngsters who are brought up in a nuclear family with no companion to play along with them. Therefore, these games over net have such popularity among today’s youth. They also serve as a great pastime for those who have leisure time at home or office. Whenever they feel bored, they can just log in to internet and spend an entertaining hour with the games available there.

List of popular free games online

The Attack of the Mutant Artificial Christmas Trees is a popular free online video game which was developed by Dallas-based Internet marketing firm, Kewlbox in 2004. It was released for online play or free download in November 2004. BlogShares is another online stock market game which is unique in its own way. It allows players to trade at any time, create their own blogs and purchase shares. This website was founded by Seyed Razavi, a graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester.

Cabal Online is a game which is also 3D massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Other such games include Domain of Heroes (a text-based MMORPG), Urban Terror or UrT (a free online first person shooter created by FrozenSand) and Drift City (a Nonlinear driving RPG game developed by a Korean).

Other popular game online include Emil Chronicle Online, Endless Ages, Heat Project, Human Age, Kutar, (Lil) Green Patch, Little Fighter Online and Pet Society. Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was initially released for Dreamcast in 2000. Due to its increasing fame, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II were later released with some added content for Nintendo GameCube and Xbox in 2002. Other versions of this online game were released in the year 2003 and 2004.

List of other free online games which gained popularity among users are QQ Sanguo, Regnum Online, Rohan: Blood Feud, Rumble Fighter, Seal Online, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine, SubSpace (video game), Super Obama World, Syobon action, Teeworlds, Thang Online, Urban Terror, Utopia (online game), A World of My Own and Wurm Online.

One must be wondering why these free online games come for free. Actually, the websites that create these free online games feature many advertisements. They get revenue from these ads.