If there's anything that's absolutely true about games, it's that there's no such thing as "one more match." You'd be surprised to see yourself saying this at 9 PM and end up saying this again at 3 AM. And it's not something uncommon, especially if you're playing a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), a first-person shooter (FPS), or online multiplayer games in general. Sometimes, it's really hard not to play a lot of matches in a single day. Why, though?

In this article, we'll explore some of the many elements that make online multiplayer games especially fun to play. And we might be able to explain once and for all why these games continue to attract a massive audience.

  • Develop lasting relationships with friends and new people. Games connect you with people around you, and much more multiplayer games that can connect you with people all over the world. Games all the way from MMOs to FPS multiplayer games can have you talking with people from the other side of the globe and organize fun parties, sessions, and even raids that can have you play for hours and keep yourself entertained. This is a great way to start and forge new and old friendships with classmates, friends, coworkers, and even strangers all around the world.
    • Competitions, events, and even random places that offer gaming opportunities (like arcades) can be a great way to meet others and form friendships and even rivalries. For instance, competitions like EVO (for fighting games) or even League Worlds (for League of Legends) attract gamers all over the world.
    • Kids and children today can use gaming as a means to hang out and strengthen their friendships. While parents do have playing outdoors as recreation and fun, kids today can use video games to create lasting relationships!

  • Games incentivize playing together. One of the biggest appeals of going multiplayer is the fact that the games have started focusing on incentivizing players that opt for multiplayer experiences. This is especially more noticeable in single-player games, as some titles have co-op modes that give them new gameplay options or even multiplayer modes you can't play alone. Some games also reward you for playing with others, especially in-game friends you've added. This makes it extremely appealing to play with others, and the game makes it a point to "pay" you with in-game rewards to enjoy the experience with others.
    • A lot of single-player games with multiplayer modes also tend to give you multiplayer options that only allow you to play online or with friends, but not with bots. This can be hassling for people who prefer to play alone, but this is still a great way to meet friends.
    • Games like the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) Mobile Legends, for example, awards players that play in teams. It’s also perfectly alright to play solo, and with other people.

  • Global leaderboards keep the spirit of competition alive. Who doesn't like a good competition? And what better way to prove our superiority over a game than to show others, right? A lot of both single-player and multiplayer games actually have leaderboards where you can see high scores and top-rated players. Some even give you the option of looking at their profile, adding them, or even checking what in-game gear and items they have. If you're one to strive for mastery over a game, competing against the best can definitely help you develop the skills you need to win.
    • A lot of games usually let you see your “rank” compared to others, which can be a good driving force for you to grow and learn better. This is usually prominent in arcade games, and also fighting games that show you who has the top scores. If you’re the competitive sort, this can be a healthy fuel for your competitive spirit.
    • Being a part of the leaderboards can also boost your morale and confidence, and your position in the leaderboards can be something you can protect from others as well. This can be a good way to meet other people, and to have constant motivation of practicing your skills. 

  • Earn by playing games with others! Thanks to the popularity of eSports, streaming, and content creation, you can actually turn your multiplayer experiences and online shenanigans into content you can profit from. A ton of platforms and websites can pay people with a sufficiently-high viewership, subscriber count, and content in general. And in speaking or eSports, a ton of tournaments feature multiplayer games and can win you thousands, if not millions, of dollars! Yes, all of that just by playing games with others.
    • Streaming platforms like Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube Gaming actually offer paid programs for streamers who have a lot of subscribers, viewers, and content offerings. If you want to take your gaming to the next level, you can actually become a streamer!
    • ESports and professional gaming has become huge! In fact, gaming companies, publishers, and a lot of sponsors have yearly or even quarterly tournaments with prize pools that reach thousands of dollars! Who says gaming can’t be a livelihood?

Multiplayer Games: The More, The Merrier

While multiplayer games do lack the in-depth narratives and immersion single-player experiences offer, they do offer massively replayable experiences. Multiplayer games prove that, given the right motivation and gameplay elements, you can turn a single scenario into something players will play over and over and over (ahem, Counter-Strike de-dust-2).

Do you believe any of these analyses? What do you think? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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John Salazar
John Salazar is a certified techie-at-heart, but he shares a love for all things science and technology, health and wellness, and even a bit of music on the side. As a creative writer, John makes sure to write both informative and entertaining pieces. He loves writing, and he plays the guitar when he has free time.

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