The way that many elements of our lives have moved online this century has been hugely impressive, but are there still some opportunities out there for Romanian businesses to create something innovative online by adapting traditional games for the internet? As Romanian entertainment companies look to expand further into Europe, some traditional Romanian games could see a surge in popularity.
Oina – The Traditional Romanian Sport
Oina is a classic Romanian sport, and it has an intriguing history that dates back to at least the 14th century but probably goes back even further than that. With two teams of eleven players, this batting game is similar to the sport of baseball but with some crucial differences such as the fact that the pitcher and the batter are on the same team.
There have been serious attempts to revive oina in recent years, and it’s had a positive effect as the game has become more widely played across Romania. Just as significant is the fact that demonstration events have taken place across Europe and further afield, introducing the game of oina to a wider audience.
This game could go online in a number of ways that open up fresh opportunities. For instance, games could be live-streamed nationally and then globally if it takes off. It could also spawn an online game where players take part, with the different versions of online baseball giving us an idea of how it could work.
Card Games – Macau and More
The introduction of online casinos isn’t something unique to Romania, as people all over the planet have started to discover the appeal of these gambling sites. In this handy article, we can see a list of new online casinos, where brands such as Lucky Dreams and Need for Spin have entered the market with welcome bonuses to encourage new members.
While these sites cover classic international card games like blackjack and baccarat, there is still scope for national games as well. This can be seen in the example of Indian games such as teen patti and andar bahar, which have gone online successfully. In terms of Romanian card games, whist has traditionally been popular and you can find it on some simple mobile apps, but it’s been declining in recent years and may gain new players with new online versions.
In the same way, macau, rent, and cruce are other card games that have long been popular in Romania and could benefit from this sort of approach. Moving them online could help to introduce them to a new market, as well as give existing players a more convenient way to play whenever it suits them.
The technology to do this already exists, as random number generators can be used to ensure that every hand dealt is random and that no one can predict the next card to be drawn. Equally, the live-streaming of card games gives an atmospheric presentation and may be suited to the more complex Romanian card games where it’s easier to follow the action with the help of an on-screen human dealer.
These are just two examples of areas where traditional games being moved online could open up a lot of new opportunities for businesses to expand their appeal while helping to update the appeal of much-loved games for a new generation.
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