A boy playing Online Games.

Online gaming is in its prime. From iOS and Android to PlayStation and Nintendo, there are so many different platforms that people can use for gaming. In reality, it’s impossible to count them all.

The reason why online gaming has become such a cultural force is simple: entertainment. Through gaming, people can stay entertained for hours without having to leave their homes or do anything. Plus, they can play online with their friends, too, which is a great way to socialize.

Over the past couple of decades, several different gaming genres have skyrocketed to the top of the charts. These are:

1.       Online casino games

2.       Battle Royale

3.       First-person shooters

4.       Puzzles

5.       Sports

6.       Open world

Let’s now take a closer look at these genres and what they have to offer.

1.    Online Casino Games

Online casino games have only recently become popular. This is because it’s taken people a while to discover that they can play casino games online with real money, which gives the gameplay an edge that standard console video games simply don’t have. 

Today, you can play all the old casino titles as well as budding new ones from the comfort of your home – all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer and an internet connection, and you’re good to go. Timeless classics like slots and even table games such as poker and blackjack are all available to play online – be it with other players or computer AI.

So, whether you want to play for fun without funds or get your game on with real money, online casino games are technologically advanced, and you can get in on the fun at home – or anywhere of your choosing. Plus, you can now even play popular gambling titles with cryptocurrencies these days. You can play all-time favorites like slots, baccarat, poker, and blackjack with bitcoin in the modern day, which is great news for all crypto fans.

Moving into the future, it’s expected that online casino games will continue to reign on top in the gaming sector, particularly throughout the US and Europe. This is made even more true when you consider the fact that online casino apps are transitioning to crypto and are vastly becoming more popular overall, which makes playing on mobile a lot easier.

To play online casino games, the only catch is that you must be above the legal gambling age in your state. For instance, if you live in New York, you must be aged 18 or over – so be sure to check your location’s gambling laws and minimum age requirement before gambling online.

2.    Battle Royale

Back in 2018 (time flies), battle royale games started to become genuinely popular. This was all thanks to Fortnite and Z1, which are widely regarded as the two games that initiated the battle royale craze seen today.

Almost five years later, the battle royale genre is arguably more popular than ever. PC, PlayStation, and Xbox gamers are constantly waiting for new battle royale releases, such as the brand-new Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

If you’re a fan of shooter games, then you’ll likely love the battle royale genre. In summary, the key is to be the last person standing on the map. Once you die, that’s it – you’re out of the game. In a battle royale, there’s no respawning, which is what makes it so special and unique.

3.    First-Person Shooters

First-person shooter games used to be the most popular online gaming genre. Although this genre isn’t as popular as it used to be, it’s still very close to the top of the pile. The upcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 highlights this, as the hype around this game is unbelievable.

Over the coming years, first-person shooters may once again become the dominant genre because of VR (Virtual Reality) headsets. VR headsets are perfect for first-person shooters and could be the driving force behind a resurging genre.

4.    Puzzles

The puzzle genre has a big cult following on Twitter. If you take a look, you’ll see that Wordle – the relatively new online puzzle game – gets discussed by thousands of people every day as they try to guess the correct ‘word of the day’. In addition to Wordle, there are plenty of other puzzle games you can download from the app store.

5.    Sports

Right now, the FIFA and NBA 2K franchises are dominating the online sports genre.

FIFA 23 and NBA 2K23 are set to remain at the top over the coming year, so make sure to check them out if you’re a fan of either soccer or basketball.

Remember, there’s an online game for almost every sport imaginable, from the UFC to baseball.

6.    Open-World

‘Open-world’ games will never go out of style.

GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Elden Ring are all testament to this. People simply can’t get enough of the thrills and adventures that come with open-world games where you get to build your own character and lifestyle, which is largely why there’s such a huge demand for GTA 6.

Ubisoft is also rumored to be working on an open-world game. If it does eventually get released, then it’s guaranteed to take the industry by storm! For now, though, you’ll just have to stick with the hundreds of open-world games that are currently out there; whether you want to play on mobile or console.