If you have never tried Local Area Network (LAN) gaming, then you are in for a surprise. Many companies offer LAN gaming centres which are primarily used for multiplayer online games. Obviously, the number of players is limited to the number of computers provided by the supplier. It can range from six up to over 1700 at any one time.

Often these LAN centres rent out space for people to host parties and competitions amongst friends, for a special occasion or a team bonding event. Most centres are well-appointed with great decor and surroundings. You will no doubt come across Ikea Ektorp sofa covers during your visits to the gaming events giving a stylish feel to the occasion. The centres also feature typical gaming decor such as gaming paraphernalia, black-light lightbulbs and posters advertising the latest games around the centre.

These gaming centres offer the possibility to play against house opponents and with their high-speed internet connection players can compete against players from all over the world. China has the most LAN centres, and they account for around 90% of all centres available. The largest has accommodation for over 1700 players in one sitting. The USA has the second-highest number of these gaming establishments. They typically offer MMORPGs which are massively multiplayer online role-playing games and FPS first-person shooter games. They often sell games to customers. Players are charged by the hour or minute and various passes, such as weekly, can be purchased. Many also serve food and drink.