online multiplayer

A multiplayer online game is a multiplayer video game which can be played via a game server over the internet, with other players around the world. Some prominent examples of this include fighting games (e.g. Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3), sports games (e.g. NHL 14), older online games (e.g. Sega Meganet titles), first-person shooters (Battlefield 2, Resistance 3, Counter-Strike, Quake 3, Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops), strategy video games (e.g. Warcraft 3 and StarCraft or II), and a subgenre of strategy games called multiplayer online battle arena (e.g. Defense of the Ancients, Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Dota 2). These games differ from massively multiplayer online game (MMOGs) in that they do not create a persistent world, but create a playing arena for the purpose of a single game or round. In other words, they rely on a game listen server used only for that round, and there can be numerous servers all around the world. MMOGs on the other hand, rely on dedicated servers, as these games must be running continuously.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He has written for Den of Geek, Fortean Times, IT PRO, PC Pro, ALPHR, and many other technology sites. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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