With all the different genres in the online gaming world, it is no surprise that there is a virtual community for just about every single one. This can be as simple as an online forum for a PlayStation game back in the 90s to, the massive online gatherings that typify MMORPGs, or the online chat at an online bingo site.
Simply put, there is a group for every interest, and this extends beyond just playing the game. For many, it can become a sanctuary from the stresses and strains of the world and has led to social connections and teamwork. There is a lot for you to get your head around here, so it is best to look at this through the lens of a few examples.
Kick-off into the world of eSports
This type of environment, of course, concerns the millions who engage in competitive gaming and those who love to watch. In fact, with the viewing figures for some eSports events rivaling those on mainstream media, it could be fair to say that this is one of the largest communities you will see. It is not just one huge community but is made up of those who are players or fans of games like:
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
And even console additions of regular sports like FIFA (soccer). This community is exemplified by the leagues and tournaments people play, which has a knock-on effect of promoting online chat among fans with insights, chat, and banter about who is the best.
Share chat at online casinos
It is not just the eSports community that talk as they play as this is true of those who play online casino games as well. This is a massive contrast to land-based casinos, where interaction between players is kept to a minimum and even frowned upon. At many live dealer games, you will see chat between players and also with the dealer in question, especially with blackjack and baccarat, where there are pauses between rounds so players can place a wager.
It is less common for slots players, but you can still find some casinos where people will share insights about playing slots, like Football Star or Bridesmaids. This is more prevalent in online casinos that have bingo games on the roster, as bingo games have a long tradition of players chatting while they play.
At the other end of the spectrum, you also have MMORPGs, where you cannot just chat with other players but interact with them in games like World of Warcraft. It is commonplace to join Guilds and Clans where you can form allegiances with other players and share the spoils of joint adventures and explorations. This is one example of an online community where the friendships formed extend into the real world, with many Guilds organizing meetups at the various conventions globally.
To sum everything up
Online games have such a massive following worldwide that it was inevitable that online communities would grow around them. This can be seen in the leagues and tournaments of eSports, the online chat and banter at online casinos, and the extended Guilds and Clans that typify MMORPGs.