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When I think of the online games market, I picture pale, spotty school boys sat mesmerized in front of their computer monitors for hours on end playing the latest game releases. I’m sure this preconception does ring true in many cases, especially within the hardcore, console based gaming sector.

However, there have been some noticeable changes taking place in the online gaming arena over the past few years that have certainly surprised me some what. Whereas the games console market is dominated by a majority of young males, the skill games market finds the lion share of its business coming from the 35-65 year age range, with a slight skew towards women.

Skill gaming, which often involves the playing of multiplayer games online, was once a niche sector but is now quickly gaining mass market appeal. This is mainly due to the fact that internet access, especially broadband, has now made the seeking out of online entertainment no longer an exclusively Western pastime. In addition to this, skill games are not considered to be gambling and they therefore fall outside of countries’ anti-gambling statutes; These games can therefore be enjoyed is most countries around the globe.

Another reason for the extraordinary growth of these multiplayer games online is due to their addictive nature as well as their simplicity. Skill games are browser based games played in a tournament format, with each player paying a cash entry fee to play and with a cash prize going to the winner. They are often very short games of just a few minutes in length and have just a few simple rules to learn prior to getting underway. This means that they can be enjoyed during a break time at work and it has even been suggested that they not only improve peoples’ productivity in the work place but can also reduce work related stress.

The sites that offer such games often give the player the option of either challenging a specific individual or opting for a random person on the games network to be paired up with them. These multiplayer games online really add an exciting dynamic, especially when there is a wager on the game. In a large multiplayer tournament, considerable cash prizes can be won at the end of one of these simple yet exciting games.

All these criteria have helped propel the online skill games sector in to the mainstream of online entertainment with an ever broadening mass market demographic participating. This has lead to the inclusion of people who would never have previously considered themselves to be online gamers per se.

Experts are predicting that the online skill games sector will treble in size by 2018, reaching both an ever increasing global audience as well as ever widening age range.

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The Addictive Online Games Market

The aim of this article is to highlight the emergence of the addictive online games market and how it has become the fastest growing sector in the whole online entertainment industry.

The skill gaming market or casual games market, as it is more commonly known, has become big business in recent years; it has become attractive to investors and entrepreneurs alike. The casual games sector grew from almost nothing in 2002 to in excess of $600 million in 2004, in the US alone. In 2008, the US market has now grown to over $2 billion.

The casual games business reaches virtually all demographic sectors, with women in their forties comprising the typical casual game player.

However, statistics show that men, teens, children as well as the older generation also enjoy partaking in this booming pastime.

By utilizing the web as the key platform for the creation, monetization and promotion of casual gaming content, the industry has created a channel that both drives and is driven by consumer demand. Today, addictive online games are some of the ‘stickiness’ forms of web-based entertainment and it is therefore not surprising that skill games websites are among the highest ranked and most visited sites on the web. In the past, online games entertainment content was dominated by game reviews but this has now been replaced by the actual games themselves. Due to the mass market appeal of this gaming genre, it has rapidly moved well beyond the realm of niche into the mainstream.

The huge growth in global broadband take up has boosted the online distribution of skill games which has made them a great deal more accessible to non-traditional gaming audiences, particularly female players who may have never considered themselves “gamers” per se.

Unlike typical hardcore gaming which generally appeals to males in the 18-34 age range, casual gaming is much more the pastime of both men and women from the age of 35 to 65; In fact there is even a slight demographic skew towards women. Statistics show that women spend a great deal longer playing these games each week than compared to men. On average, women spend 9.1 hours per week playing online games compared to just 6.1 hours with men.

There is a glut of companies competing for a share of the online skill games profits. However, the quality of the service can vary dramatically from company to company, so it is imperative that you do your research before making your choice. One of the common complaints made by gamers is the poor level of customer support offered by many firms. Getting a speedy response to a query is often rare since most organizations use an email ticket service where response times can vary from 24-48 hours. Conversely, there is the other end of the scale when you are offered a 24/7 telephone and email support service in 7 languages. However, I have so far only found one company offering this exemplary service.

Once you have selected the outfit of your choice, you will surely lose yourself in hours of fun enjoying the fabulous array on addictive online games on offer.

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