Study: Gaming industry worth US$300bil after pandemic surge


A new report said the gaming sector is worth more than the combined markets for movies and music, driven by gains in mobile gaming and an emphasis on making connections during a time of pandemic social distancing. — AFP Relaxnews

The value of the gaming industry has topped US$300bil (RM1.23 trillion) following a pandemic-fuelled surge, with some 2.7 billion players worldwide, a research report said on April 29.

The Accenture report said the gaming sector is worth more than the combined markets for movies and music, driven by gains in mobile gaming and an emphasis on making connections during a time of pandemic social distancing.

“The emergence of new gaming platforms and changing demographics are pushing gaming businesses away from being product-centric to becoming experience-oriented platforms,” said Seth Schuler, managing director at Accenture’s software and platforms industry group.

The study found the gaming industry has increased by half a billion players in the past three years, and predicts more than 400 million new gamers are expected by the end of 2023.

For the newest gamers, 60% are women, 30% are under 25 years old and one-third identify as non-white.

That contrasts with longtime gamers who were 61% male, and more than three-fourths white and over 25.

According to the survey, gamers are spending an average 16 hours a week playing, eight hours a week watching or participating in game streams and six hours a week interacting in game forums and communities.

Accenture’s Robin Murdoch said the sector is evolving: “We’re seeing the emergence of gaming as an ecosystem of superplatforms where players can meet, communicate, watch livestreamed concerts, shop or listen to music.”

The research is based on data collected via an online survey with 4,000 consumers in China, Japan, the US, and Britain, and included interviews with industry executive. – AFP Relaxnews

Article type: free
User access status:
   

Next In Tech News

U.S. auto part makers brace for a bumpy ride as chip shortage to intensify
U.S. Senate draft bill would provide $110 billion for tech research
Amazon, union tussle over identifying witnesses as U.S. labor board starts hearing
Analysis: Cryptocurrency ethereum is flourishing but risks linger
U.S. Commerce chief cites auto chips shortage in jobs report
'SNL' host Elon Musk takes a Saturday off from Tesla's troubles
U.S. lawmakers should prioritize automotive chip needs -- industry
JPMorgan names two new CIOs for tech units
Nikola warns of supply constraints of batteries, chips and touch screens
Amazon pauses annual Prime Day sale in India due to COVID-19

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers