PokerStars to launch webcam home games in 2022

The revitalised online home game market will get another boost next year as you will soon be able to needle your friends on camera.

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PokerStars are set to introduce a ‘Video Chat’ feature into their Home Games, following the return to popularity of the format since the start of the pandemic. 

Once again the folks at PokerIndustryPro got the scoop on this and revealed that webcam chat will form part of a revamped offering. It is currently being trialled in limited domains for EU players. 

It is expected to roll out early next year, a spokesperson told them:

Listening to player feedback, we’ve been working on the innovation and improvement of our Home Games, to give our community a more connected, enriched and exciting experience. The new Home Games offering is now in beta testing on our web-based lobby. Player feedback has, and will continue to form, a key part of its evolution.

A growing niche within poker

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This is part of an industry wide shift that saw droves of new customers playing online home game with friends as a result of lockdowns. Whether they were trying to replicate their kitchen table home games online or just had more time on their hands, online home games saw a boom worldwide. 

The best way to replicate those real life home games is with a webcam and all the major operators confirmed that use of a webcam was allowed as long as it was only for use during a home game. 

One of the few silver linings for the industry during the pandemic was this new market of players. Don’t be surprised if more operators look to significantly revamp the social aspect of their home game offerings in the future, regardless of how significant a role lockdowns play in our life from 2022 and beyond. 

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Barry Carter

Barry Carter

Barry Carter is the editor of and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy, PKO Poker Strategy & the new book Endgame Poker Strategy

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