Navigating the sandbox
Disruptive trends in the video gaming industry 2018-2023
The video game industry has come a long way since Pong and Tetris.
Estimated to have generated $108.9 billion in 2017 alone, the video gaming industry brings in roughly double the revenue of the global music and movie
sectors combined. By 2023, that figure will hit USD 128.5 billion.
This explosive commercial success is owed largely to the industry’s
willingness to embrace change. By pioneering the use of cutting-edge technologies, the gaming business consistently pushes the innovation envelope.
Today’s rate of innovation is unprecedented, and it’s no accident
that the growth of the video gaming industry is matching its pace. As
always, video games are among the first to experiment with and adopt the
newest tools and ideas. In short: we’re in for a wild ride.
This paper takes a close look at the state of the video game industry
today, identifying some of the key challenges that it’s grappling with. More
importantly, it explores the technologies and trends that are sweeping
the sector, and offers game makers an insight into how they might be
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