In 2017, it was reported that there are more than three billion social media users in the world. Spread across traditional social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, social media has become ingrained in our everyday life, whether its to stay up to date with news, tell your friends what you’re up to or share funny stories and images.
However, while these social media platforms dominate, there are hundreds of millions of gamers who are leaving these platforms or forming their own. They are coming up with new ways to be social that don’t involve posting updates to everyone you’ve known since school or messages that come with a character limit.
Social VR Games
One fairly new invention is that of social virtual reality (VR) games. The Oculus Rift went on sale in 2016 and was followed by the PlayStation VR headset and the HTC Vive. These headsets have allowed virtual reality gaming to go mainstream and with that, we’ve seen growing popularity in social VR games.
Some popular social VR games are AltspaceVR and VRChat. These have turned into virtual reality hangout spots where you can customize your avatar and then jump in, interacting with other players, making new friends and enjoying mini-games such as pool. As VR games have become more accessible, players are seeing these types of social games as more laidback ways to communicate and have fun with friends.
Live Casino Games
While casino games may traditionally be thought of as single-player titles where you’re a lone player who only cares about your casino winnings, this perception is changing. Newer casino games are now more interested in helping people interact with others, whether that be other players in online casino chatrooms or if it’s the dealers themselves.
To interact with the dealers themselves, there are games like live blackjack where your cards are dealt by a human dealer. There are all kinds of varieties of live blackjack offered by online casinos including different wagers and different themes. These allow players to tailor their playing experience to their mood. If they want something more buttoned-up, then there’s Blackjack Diamond VIP or for something more casual there’s Blackjack Party.
Many gamers are also turning to social apps that are designed for gamers. While Twitter does play host to many professional gamers and gaming brands, it hasn’t really been designed with gamers in mind. It’s more tailored to getting your news, getting brand updates, and sharing articles.
With the market wide open for a social gaming app, platforms like Discord have popped up, offering subscriptions that bag users free games, a new way to communicate with voice chat in a game and with fun emojis. It isn’t the only one doing all this but it is one of the most successful apps, with Discord’s users now standing at around 130 million.
Gamers are known for latching onto the next big thing, for adopting technology and for being trendsetters in the digital space so it’s no surprise their interest in social follows the same trend.