Gaming is now officially in the mainstream. More and more people are picking up a controller or using their laptop, smartphone or tablet for entertainment that in the past would have been described as a waste of time. With games like Fortnite becoming so popular, many people are taking their first foray into the world of online gaming, however, there are things you should know before getting started.


If you’ve been enticed by the ubiquity of Fortnite on the news and are looking to dip your toes into the fast and frantic waters of online shooters, then make sure you follow these tips. If you are playing on PC, one of the first things to do is to check your controls. Go to the main menu and click on ‘options/settings’ and then on ‘controls/key mapping’ to make sure the controls work for you. Some people prefer the C-key for crouch or the Left Ctrl-key – do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If this is your first time with a shooter then you will probably want to practice before going online – otherwise, you may get annihilated by the competition.

Online casino games

If you are new to online casino gaming, there are some important things you should do before diving straight in and gambling with your money. You should select your online casino carefully. Be sure to pick one based on the introductory offers and look into the security of the website. You are going to be giving the site your personal data relating to payments in, and hopefully, out so you should make sure that it is legitimate and secure. Secure casino sites generally accept all of the normal payment cards, such as Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit. For a great start to online gambling on a respected and secure site you could try playing the slots at Stakers and see what you can win.

Racing games

With the announcement of the highly anticipated Forza Horizon 4, this is a good time to try online racing games. It is highly recommended that before you go online with a racing game, you get to grips with how the cars are controlled and the layout of the tracks in the single player mode. Online racing games are notoriously difficult to win when playing against online competition.

Fighting games

If racing games are very difficult to play online, then fighting games are virtually impossible. However, there are matchmaking systems that pair you up with other, less experienced fighters. With the likes of Street Fighter V, you will have to play through the single player mode and get a feel for every single character.

Your connection

For all online gaming, it is essential that you have a good, consistent broadband connection. Otherwise, you could find your machine will suffer from lag. Do a speed test to check your internet speed and talk to your internet service provider if you are getting less than was promised. If possible, you should connect your PC or console to your router with an ethernet cable, rather than using wireless. You could also consider getting a router that is capable of handling the high demands of gaming.