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The Hardcore Gaming Genres

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Martin Armstrong

There are numerous genres available for players of video games to dive into, each with its own unique way of providing entertainment. These genres vary widely in their gameplay mechanics, and one of the most significant results of these differences is how frequently players are compelled to load them up.

As shown by a survey conducted by Statista Consumer Insights, 'frequent gamers' in the United States are most commonly found playing MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and MOBA (multiplayer online battle arenas) games in 2022. In comparison to other genres such as strategy and sports, MMORPGs and MOBAs stand out as genres that attract higher playing frequency.

One reason for this could may be the nature of these games. MMORPGs offer a vast open world with countless quests and other activities to keep players engaged for countless hours. MOBAs, on the other hand, are characterized by short but intensely strategic matches that encourage players to play repeatedly as they hone their skills.

Another contributing factor could be the social aspect of these games. Both MMORPGs and MOBAs emphasise teamwork and communication, allowing players to bond with one another and form lasting relationships. This social aspect can keep players coming back regularly, even if only to catch up with their gaming friends.

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