Thanks to the pandemic, the gaming industry’s income will increase in 2020. This trend is expected to continue over the next year. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also caused problems for some players in the gaming industry, such as Sony and Microsoft, who recently launched their new consoles. The pandemic is making it difficult for both companies to meet consumer demand for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. By 2021, this problem is likely to persist.
The following are trends in the gaming world in 2021.
- Gaming Industry Revenue Will Continue To Increase
It is undeniable that the corona virus pandemic is benefiting game creators. Lockdown keeps a lot of people playing the game longer, which means, they are willing to spend more money for the game. Newzoo estimates, this trend will still persist even after the pandemic is over. It’s just that the game industry’s growth rate in 2021 is not expected to be as fast as growth in 2020.
Mobile is the gaming platform that gets the most profit. When compared to PCs and consoles, mobile is indeed the platform with the lowest barrier-to-entry. So, it’s no wonder that the number of mobile game players is far more than PC or console players. It’s just that mobile gamers are the easy-to-come, easy-to-go type. In 2021, one of the challenges that mobile game developers will face is retaining the new players they got this year.
- Limited supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
The pandemic may benefit game developers and publishers, however, the pandemic also causes problems for console manufacturers, such as Sony and Microsoft. Both companies are determined to launch new consoles in 2020. Despite the success of the launch, both Sony and Microsoft have struggled to keep up with consumer demand. And this trend will carry over to early 2021. Sony and Microsoft will need time to ramp up production of their new consoles so that they can meet the high demand of consumers.
Next year, another problem that will arise in the gaming industry is the delay in a number of AAA game launches. The reason is, the developers have difficulty adjusting their work rhythm with the changes that have emerged during the pandemic.
The good news is that a number of games that are eagerly awaited, such as Horizon Forbidden West, will be able to be played on new consoles and old consoles, namely PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. When combined, the number of PS4 and Xbox One users reaches more than 200 million people. And the owners of the PS5 and Xbox One are still active for playing and shopping. All of this will drive the console gaming industry’s revenue next year. Another thing that will increase the revenue of the game console industry is the existence of free-to-play games, which have a steady source of income from in-game purchases.
- Cloud Gaming will be increasingly popular
2020 is an important year for the cloud gaming industry. This year, several cloud gaming service providers – such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent – launched their services. Not only that, there are gaming platforms that can be accessed via iOS, such as Stadia which has a Safari-based application. Meanwhile, Microsoft will launch the xCloud application on PC and iOS in the spring of next year. Xbox boss, Phil Spencer also revealed that the application will be used on smart TVs.
In 2020, the number of cloud gaming users will also continue to increase thanks to the lockdown. In addition, throughout 2020, more and more developers are using cloud gaming to demonstrate their games. For example, Ubisoft which exhibited Immortals Fenyx Rising through Stadia. Looking ahead, it seems that this trend will continue.
Thanks to the growing popularity of cloud gaming, cloud gaming industry revenue is expected to reach US $ 1 billion for the first time in 2021. In addition, the number of consumers that cloud gaming providers can target is also expected to increase.
- The Development of Game Trends as a Hangout Place
The game is now also a virtual place for players to gather. This trend has been around for more than 10 years. However, the lockdown made this trend even more popular. In the next few years, this trend will have a major impact on the gaming industry.
Along with the development of technology, game graphics have also become more realistic. Not only that, the game world can now also be used as a virtual place to hold various activities, from music concerts to fashion shows. One musician who has ever done virtual concerts is Travis Scott. The concert which was held at Fortnite was attended by 12 million people. While his videos on YouTube have been watched more than 140 million times. To appear on Fortnite, Scott was paid approximately US $ 20 million.
Games are not only used by musicians or celebrities. In fact, lots of people are holding weddings, graduation parties, or even virtual funerals at Animal Crossing this year. This trend will encourage non-gamers to join the game, which will make it easier for publishers to acquire new players.
- The Game Industry Will Be More Inclusive
Toxic culture is a problem in the game industry. However, going forward, the game industry players seem to be getting serious in dealing with this problem. Recently, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft announced their cooperation in dealing with the problem of toxic culture in the gaming world. Apart from that, Riot is also preparing steps to minimize toxic players in Valorant when they have just launched the game.
In addition, in 2021, developers will also care more about people with disabilities. This year, there are a number of games made to be friendly to people with disabilities, such as The Last of Us Part 2, Apex Legends, and Tell Me Why. In the next year, this trend will continue.