Lockdown measures catapulted the U.S. video games market to record level spending in 20201 and thrust video gaming consoles into the center of hundreds of millions of family rooms across the globe. While this phenomenon was likely a direct beneficiary of the pandemic, a “pandemic-like” event has provided a tailwind to the secular growth trend that is online entertainment and was instrumental in pulling forward the future of video gaming by a factor of years.
Long thought of as mindless screen time, video and mobile gaming continue to integrate into different avenues of our everyday lives. Whether it be attending a highly anticipated virtual event or displaying a new fashion trend with your avatar on the Fortnite platform, learning to code via Roblox as part of your school’s curriculum,2 filling your prescription for the first ever FDA approved video game to increase attentive function,3 interacting with your favorite athlete/celebrity/politician through a live-stream, performing team building exercises and creating inter-departmental synergies with co-workers by participating in the Corporate eSports Association,4 or simply creating and/or strengthening friendships online; It’s apparent that the future of gaming has arrived and is in the early stages of its secular growth story.
It’s these aforementioned shifts in the gaming world that are propelling the industry past 2020’s stay-at-home measures. January 2021 saw record industry sales of $4.7 billion (up 42% year over year)5 while February sales reached $4.6 billion (up 35% year over year).6 Overall video game spending for the two-month period was up 39% comparatively to the same period in 2020,6 which was largely before any stay home restrictions were enacted.
Outside of the U.S., industry growth is being driven by mobile gaming. As smartphone penetration and connectivity continues to rise in developing economies around the world, the TAM for mobile gaming remains a massive growth opportunity for many mobile game developers like Glu Mobile (which was recently acquired by Electronic Arts). “…Mobile gaming is massive. And if you think about over half the world’s population – so half of the world’s population have phones in their hands that we can bring games to. So that is a massive addressable market for us to continue to engage with,” says Electronic Arts Chief Studios Officer, Laura Miele.7
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