Online gaming industry grows

As broadband Internet connectivity becomes cheaper and more accessible to the ordinary person, online gaming has grown to be the most popular entertainment activity

As broadband Internet connectivity becomes cheaper and more accessible to the ordinary person, online gaming has grown to be the most popular entertainment activity

Online gaming has grown to be the most popular entertainment activity on the Internet. This is because as time has passed, Broadband Internet connectivity has become cheaper and more accessible to the ordinary person.

Online games go as far back as 1969, though they started gaining popularity only in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Dial-up Bulletin Boards became popular. (A bulletin board system is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log into the system using a terminal programme. Once logged in, a user could play online games, in which one competed with other users.)

These bulletin boards provided a multi-user platform and as such, became the first base for multi-user games.

With the evolution of advanced Internet technologies in the 1990s, examples being Flash and Java, there was an explosion in the usage of the Internet with millions of new websites appearing across the World Wide Web. These sites offered great opportunities for interactive computing and gaming to Internet users.

All these changes led to a revolution in the world of online gaming as the numbers of young Internet users grew. Together, with adults who are young at heart, the demand for online games increased exponentially.

Many online game sites offer subscription based services, while a good number offer free gaming services.

Currently there are an estimated over 500 million people who play online games through various devices, for at least 1 hour per day. 183 million of these are from the United States.

According to the Techradar website, the following are the top ten online games that they encourage gaming enthusiasts to play:

1. Planetside 2

2. Dota 2

3. Tribes: Ascend

4. Path of Exile

5. League of Legends

6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

7. Might & Magic: Duel of Champions

8. Star Wars: The Old Republic

9. Super Crate Box

10. The Battle for Wesnoth

Companies like FACEIT have taken advantage of the opportunities presented by the growth in online gaming by developing a platform for competitive gamers.

The site now has over 1,5 million registered users on its platform. According to Geektime website, the CEO of FACEIT,NiccoloMaisto, said: “It’s people playing video games as if they would play sports, and winning prize money”.

Gaming has reached such high levels of competitiveness, it is now being considered as a sport.

In Zimbabwe, online gaming has been gaining popularity, with various groups and individuals holding gaming events and tournaments around the country.

Just this past weekend, there was a FIFA gaming event which was hosted at Maestro Glass House. This was basically a knock-out competition, which saw Luther Frank coming out tops and winning the top prize.

With the advance in device technology, users are now able to play online games using their smartphones, gaming consoles, their personal computers, as long as they can get access to superfast and reliable Internet. ZOL Fibroniks offers the perfect solutions for those gaming fanatics out there.

The Power Pack and Turbo Pack packages were created with this particular target in mind. They offer a flawless experience where online gaming is concerned.

So everyone, including the gaming community, should ZOL ON! because you deserve to live like this.

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