Any game that may be played online or through a computer network is referred to as online gaming. Most of the time, it relates to online multiplayer video games involving people worldwide. Online gambling through a casino or poker room is also called online gaming.
High-speed Internet access is often necessary for the best online gaming experience. A PC or a game console like the Xbox® or PlayStation® that is linked to the Internet will need the appropriate hardware. Specific gaming hardware, like a joystick or a game controller, is required for some Internet games. A requirement will also be for game software, which may be contained on a CD or DVD or may be easily downloaded from the Internet. The most recent Flash player and web browser versions are required for some games.
Some online games may require a monthly fee to access the video game software. The game World of Warcraft (WoW) is one example. Players may also be charged a monthly fee to access the network, enabling them to connect and communicate remotely with other players. An End User License Agreement (EULA), which outlines acceptable behavior for players and serves to prevent disputes between players, is typically required of players before they can join a multiplayer game. Anyone who breaks the rules will not be allowed to participate in the game.