Although consoles have been closing the specs gap slightly in recent times, with the PlayStation 4 said to have low-to-mid-range PC specs, online gaming is at its very best on a PC. It is through PC gaming that you can get the best look at online gaming trends as so much of it isn’t readily available via consoles.
On PC, players have access to the ocean of games through services like steam as well as the thousands upon thousands of games played via internet browsers. This is one of the many reasons why PC gamers claim supremacy – which is helped by the fact that many console games can be played in higher quality on the PC.
So, let’s see what gaming trends are still making waves online, and which ones look to be closing in on the behemoths.
A rising genre
If you have any interest in gaming, you will have heard of the games Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (or PUBG). The two online multiplayer games sprouted onto the scene towards the end of 2017 and quickly rose to the upper end of the game rankings.
The premise in both games is the same: Up to 100 players shoot into a map and battle to be the last one standing. Both Fortnite and PUBG have become immensely popular, which has made recognized gaming franchises take notice. For example, Call of Duty’s next installment of Black Ops will feature a Battle Royale mode.
However, while PUBG did sit at the top of the gaming charts in Europe and North America for a while, it has begun to sink. In a move to stop in-game cheating, over 1 million players were banned from the game, who most likely just went over to Fortnite. Sitting third and fourth for unique sessions in Europe and North America, they could be closing in on two classic forms of online gaming.
Online slots remain very popular
When it comes to online gaming, the ever-popular genre of casino games looks to remain dominant for a very long time. Online slot games are, by a huge margin, the most popular form of these games. Sure, they used to simply be three-reel machines with images of fruits and lucky sevens, but nowadays, many of them play much more like traditional games.
Online slots for real money almost always include special features and bonus round gameplay which adds to the excitement. New online slot games will come out every week, each trying to bring something new to the ocean of games. But, of course, it’s the slick animation and big prizes on offer which captivate the massive audience.
Some games like to appeal to players of other forms of games, like with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider as well as with pop-culture themes like Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight, and Gladiator. Others garner players for their volatility and big-win opportunities, such as with Immortal Romance and Mega Moolah.
Standing strong atop the standings
Much like the top secure casinos, League of Legends has become a mainstay at the top of the online gaming rankings. The online multiplayer lane game has been found to have the most unique sessions in North America and Europe since the start of 2017.
The game is very simple in its aims and goals, but the ability for each player to play as a different champion means that different tactics and methods need to be deployed in each game. Its immense popularity and the superb game mechanics even allowed the game to launch as one of the flagships of eSports.
While the new form of Battle Royale gaming continues to gain speed with big-name titles getting on board, it will take a lot for it to knock these two online gaming juggernauts off of the top.