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3 New Trends In Online Gaming in 2017 And Beyond

VR Virtual Reality Gaming

Every year, something new is presented in the world of online gaming. From new games to game accessories to enhance the players’ experience, there is just so much to look forward to. 2016 has been a year when virtual reality exploded, with a million people having used Samsung’s Gear VR headset in just six months and more than six million virtual reality headsets shipped from different vendors from all over the globe. Now in 2017, the fun continues with virtual reality plus a lot more. Let’s take a look at the current trends in online gaming:

Retro Vibes in Virtual Reality

The classic 1980s cartoon series, Voltron, had a reboot in 2016 with Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix. A year later, Universal announced that Digital Domain is developing Voltron VR Chronicles, a VR experience for the franchise which will be available for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR in September. Players will take on the role of a “Paladin of Voltron”, collaborating with characters Lance, Hunk, Pidge, Keith, Shiro, Allura, and Coran and fighting against the unyielding threat of Zarkon by unravelling mysteries and conquering challenges.

Another VR game to look forward to is Jedi Challenges, as Disney teams up with Lenovo to create a cutting edge Star Wars virtual reality augmentation. Players will face off against Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and other Star Wars Dark Siders using the Skywalker family lightsaber. This lightsaber duel mode includes battles and strategic combats, which are all powered by smartphone devices. Dejarik, Star Wars Holochess, is another game mode for the smartphone produced experience which features 3D image and style. This game allows players to match up with either a live or programmed opponent.

New Ways to Pay Using eChecks

A new means of online payment has emerged – eChecks. These are instant electronic checks that are pretty much like paper checks, but they can be “written” and transferred online. When you opt to use this payment method, you can instantly fund your online account by transferring money from your bank account to your online gaming account and vice versa once you are ready to make a withdrawal.

Using eCheck is a safe option to transfer funds to and from your online account. In fact, a lot of quality online gaming sites, according to, offer this type of payment method, including PartyCasino, Spin Palace, Guts, and JackpotCity. Similar to paper checks, every eCheck issued has a digital fingerprint which allows tracking for every transaction and prevents fraud.

Betting on Competitive e-Sports

The e-Sports arena has gained significant popularity in 2016, when bettors have watched Counter-Strike, Overwatch, and Street Fighter V competitions on network television. In the same year, broadcasting rights for League of Legends have been sold to the company which made possible the streaming of Major League Baseball games for $300 million and the prize pool for DOTA 2 to reach more than $9 million. Game analysts forecasted the e-Sports industry to at least double in size in 2017, valuing at least $1 billion with more than 500 million viewers.

The online gaming universe is ever changing and there is always so much to look forward to. With lots of new games, features, and media being introduced every year, there is never a dull moment for gamers.

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