It’s that time of the year again! When the year is coming to an end we tend to look back and make a summary of everything that happened or didn’t happen. 2016 was full of surprises as far as online entertainment is concerned. That’s why we researched and put together a comprehensive view of the top 10 Online Entertainment Trends of 2016.

1. Integration of games and social media

Games and social media are 2 categories that were completely different up to recently. But, one of the biggest online entertainment developments is mixing up these two categories that used to be worlds apart. For example, they allow users of video games to interact, exchange feedback or chat whilst playing online games. Destiny, an increasingly popular first-person shooter game, is calling for its users to socialize and share in order to succeed. Minecraft are also placing huge emphasis on its gamers interacting, but also about working together to construct worlds with others. Gaming is no longer the sole experience of playing the game, and is now as much about socializing as it is about the game itself.

2. Exciting bingo sites

The online gambling market was on the rise for the most part of 2016. With new and exciting online bingo games getting launched every day, the trend of online playing got a completely new dimension. Many casino sites have introduced live gameplay in which users are encouraged to play with others. One such game is Fabulous bingo, which offers many interesting and exciting online games. With the rise of online games, fabulous bingo deserved to be on our list for Top 10 Online Entertainment Trends of 2016. This online casino can be accessed from desktops, mobile phones and tablets. In addition, there is a special mobile app for iOS and Android devices available at the App store and on Google Play. Fabulous bingo features a variety of video slots, table games and video poker and has been a huge hit in 2016.

3. Pokemon Go

Opinions are divided when it comes to this game, but one thing is certain – it was one of the most talked about apps in 2016 and at one point drew so much attention, which sky rocketed this game to the top. Pokemon Go has turned the world into a Pokemon menagerie and everyone who owned a smartphone could collect their own little caricatures. Undoubtedly, it was a huge hit of 2016.

4. Snapchat filters

Snapchat is a popular networking and messaging for both iOS and Android and has recently introduced a new feature – filters. Ever since they appeared, people have gone crazy about them. We could see celebrities posting pictures with all kinds of exciting filters. Using lenses (i.e. face effects), applying filters, trying the face-swapping feature, adding typed text, decorating with stickers or emoji, or using the drawing feature are only some of those great filters that pushed Snapchat into the orbit.

5. VR gaming

Virtual reality is closer than ever. All of the big names in VR have launched their VR platforms in 2016. Using a headset, VR is a fascinating way to put you somewhere else through the power of technology, especially with the launch of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which will be playable both as a standard game as well as a virtual reality release. VR gaming gained a huge popularity and has been a huge hit in 2016, which probably be the case with 2017 as well.

6. Growth of mini games

Mini games are popular again! With many complex games being released every day, more and more developers have taken those old mini games we were once crazy about and updated for newer version with updates and new levels. And it was a hit! These extra levels boost engagement without the need to download additional content and are a huge bonus for gamers. Plants vs Zombies has been one of the most played mini games in 2016 and will probably continue this trend in 2017.

7. Simultaneous game play

One of the biggest trends of 2016 was undoubtedly Microsoft Play Anywhere, which enabled gamers to have both the Xbox and Windows 10 copy of the game when they bought either one. In other words, players were able to alternate between the console and online playing with ease and all achievements and Gamescore was carried over. Incredible, right?

8. The rise of freemium gaming

"Freemium gaming" is those mobile and free-to-play games where players can purchase in-game content. Games such as Hearthstone and Clash of Clans were immensely popular in 2016 and attracted a great number of players worldwide. Mainly because of the great way to track audience engagement, these online games were at the top of trends for the 2016. Freeminum gaming offers extras, bonuses and lets players move forward in games, which presents the pure joy on freemium gaming.

9. Streaming of playing online

Another huge hit that recently gained immense popularity is live streaming while playing online video games through YouTube and Twitch channels. YouTube is taking over the gaming world with many celebrities streaming videos of playing video games. Mobile game streaming is growing rapidly and will continue to be a huge hit in 2017 as much as it was in 2016.

10. DirectX 12

One of the biggest trends for gamers in 2016 was an introduction of DirectX 12, a transformative update that changed much of the underlying rendering technology developed since the API’s initial release in 1995. This long-awaited update enabled previously-impossible graphical effects, improved performance, and the creation of new games with bigger, better, richer, more dynamic, more immersive worlds. Premium quality and creativity altogether.