Online gaming refers to the video games, which are played online by paying the user to access them via the Internet. An online game is normally a computer game which is either largely or partially played via the Internet or some other computer network accessible worldwide. Online games can be played free of charge and they often have real money transactions as well, though most online gaming portals do not.
A major part of online gaming involves use of the computer’s browser in order to interact with the virtual world, though this activity does not require the presence of an actual human player. In fact, there are many online gaming communities that have thousands of members who regularly make new accounts and chat with each other using chat messages, voice communications or even Internet voice applications. They meet up in order to take part in online gaming events and to have virtual adventures which involve having real money transactions or other forms of online transactions. It is therefore safe to assume that most cyber activities would be considered somewhat or completely illegal under the existing federal and state laws.
On the other hand, there are various online games in which the player is required to pay real money for in-app purchases. The two types of in-app purchases which are common in premium and micro apps are gambling and advertising supported apps and micro payments within other applications. It would therefore be safe to conclude that almost all premium and micro apps would in some way or the other be regarded as gambling by virtue of the fact that they involve the use of computers in a dedicated server environment which is dedicated to a particular app. However, it should also be noted that because of the way these apps are designed and developed these apps do not require the usage of a player’s computer or other personal devices like USBs or cell phones as was the case in the past.