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.
Really, all you want to know is what is the best way to win money with online poker? How can I make the most cash the fastest? I’ll tell you how to.The Best Way To Make Money With Online Poker1) Learn how to play poker.* Use the net to find out how.2) Practice playing in free online poker games.* Free games aren’t like real poker. People play extremely loose because they don’t care because it’s free. This is just to see why people are winning hands due to the cards they hold, how the bets happen, what’s a blind etc.3) Once you know all the rules and can play, start studying poker tips and strategies.* Do a Google search for texas holdem tips or texas holdem tactics or texas holdem secrets or something like that.4) Once you have a fair idea of how to play and also have a strategy or two up your sleeve get an account at an online casino. Put money into your bankroll.* Be sure to find a casino that will pay you a large bonus.5) Play low stakes No Limit Holdem such as a 0.05/0.10 poker. Take in enough cash for 20 buy-ins. So if the buying for this level of stakes was $10 you’ll need $200 in your bankroll.* Realise that the lower the stakes the looser players play because they don’t care as much.6) Now you can start the journey and win money with online poker. Learn a strategy and implement it. Record your success.* Start out with a tight aggressive strategy to you don’t lose as much money while you’re learning7) When you are making money in these stakes move the stakes up. Like to 0.10/0.20. Remember to top up your bankroll to survive the ups and downs.* Try to keep your bankroll about 20 times the size of the buy-in to sit down at the table.8) Do not go up a stakes level until you are making money. Different strategies will work at different levels. Realise a couple of bucks isn’t much so these players still aren’t playing that genuine.9) You’ll need to constantly learn strategies, practice strategies, find tips and tricks and use them.* Use the net, books, courses etc to do this. Don’t be afraid to pay money to learn poker. You will end up saving so much more. It’s expensive to learn everything the hard way.10) Notice I didn’t say anything about tournaments? You will spend a lot of time in tournaments and unless you come first generally you won’t win anything. In that 4 hours you could have made money playing cash games. So the best way to win money with online poker is to play cash.