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Online games – gambling since 1994

Edwin Huxley - Monday 03.12.12, 22:05pm

Online gaming sites have become among the most popular on the Internet and the World Wide Web.  However, online gaming was around years before the Internet was even created.  The very first computer games were simply technical experiments.  Computer games such as NIMROD in 1951 and OXO the following year are now recognised as the very first computer games.  Experiments in one or two player online games continued throughout the 1960’s and with the advent of time-sharing, computer games allowed multiple users to share use of a computer simultaneously. Furthermore, systems of computer terminals were created allowing users to operate the computer from a different room than where the computer was housed. From here on, online gaming as we know it today began to take shape.

With the growth of the Internet the power of personal computers and the speed and spread of broadband services, online gaming became more sophisticated, realistic and addictive.  Hundreds of thousands of gamers now interact online playing sports games, Role Play (RPG) games and even complete online virtual worlds such as World Of Warcraft.  But possibly the fastest growth of online gaming in the past few years has been the increase in online gambling websites such as  a

Online gambling sites cater for all kinds of games such as poker and bingo for those wishing to unwind with an odd flutter to those who play poker for high stakes with a dream to one day possibly turning a hobby into a profession.

But even online gambling is almost twenty years old.  In 1994 the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade & Processing act which granted licences to businesses and organisations to officially run online gambling with online casinos. Before online casinos, the first fully functional gambling software was developed by Microgaming, a software company based on the Isle of Man; and online gambling grew once safe and secure transactions became viable and led to the first online casinos in 1994.

Today online gambling is big business.  Where ever there is the possibility of making money, there will always be punters willing to enjoy the excitement of a spinning wheel or card game or two. Online gambling can be fun, as long as you play within your means.

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