The video game industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the entertainment sector. In fact, it has already overtaken other entertainment industries including movies, sports, and music.
Whether you are an avid gamer, an investor, or just curious about the moves of a huge and important industry, it’s fascinating to learn more about the upcoming trends in the gaming industry. The industry is constantly changing, growing, and adapting to consumer demands, so it can be difficult to pin down specific trends as they arise.
There are a number of big trends in the gaming industry that are certainly gaming traction right now. Keep reading to learn more about these exciting new trends for 2022.
Increased gaming acceptance
In years past, video games were viewed as the purview of a singular group of people – namely men that were often described as “nerds.” This popular conception of video games has completely changed thanks in part to a much more accessible industry that is more open to people from all backgrounds as well as a wealth of new research into the effects of video games.
One of the big social scares of the 1980s and 1990s was that violent video games would in turn engender violent tendencies in the players themselves. These were similar fears to those expressed over the potential violence of horror movie fans. A few decades later, it’s possible to conclusively state that video games do not make people more violent. If they did, our world would be overrun with mass murderers at this point.
The general social perception of video games has progressed a lot over the last few years, and now pretty much everyone plays some form of video game – whether it’s a simple game of solitaire on a mobile device or a multipart campaign waged from a battle station. There are even new reports showing that playing certain types of video games can give you a mental boost.
New market records for online gambling
Another big trend is the continued growth of the online gambling industry. The industry has experienced exponential rates of growth over the last five years in part because of developments in technology that now allow for secure platforms to host thousands of different games for players around the world.
However, the industry has also grown due to a general reassessment of gambling regulations around the world. There are now more online casinos available than ever before, and gamers can choose between hundreds of different gambling platforms according to their preferences.
The industry is now so competitive that online casinos are trying to set themselves apart from the competition through offering welcome bonuses, promotions, and extensive collections of games in a wide range of gaming genres. The industry doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon, and in fact, it has been forecasted that it is likely to grow.
Let’s get virtual
One of the big trends forecasted for 2022 is the actual market penetration of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Market analysts and tech enthusiasts have been excited about AR and VR for years now, and for a while, it seemed like this was one trend that was nothing more than a talking point at gaming conventions and shows.
However, it is looking like 2022 could really be the year that VR takes off and is no longer considered a novelty or quirky gaming product. There are many potential uses for VR other than gaming including enhanced movie experiences, education, and – as a farmer in Turkey recently discovered –agriculture.
There are several different reasons why VR has struggled to get a foothold in the market. Many of the early VR games and applications required prohibitively expensive equipment and featured awkward, unrealistic gameplay that tended to make players feel ill.
The recent technology updates and innovations in the space have greatly improved the look and feel of VR applications and games while also reducing the price for entry-level VR headsets. While the technology is still arguably in its infancy, it is likely that AR and VR will both be hot tickets for the upcoming year.
Social gaming innovations
All forms of social gaming appear to be growing in popularity, and market analysts are predicting that this upward trend will continue well into 2022.
Social gaming comes in many different forms. One of the most popular is found on massive multiplayer online games (MMOs) such as World of Warcraft and Second Life. On these platforms, users from around the world can interact with one another through their avatars, go on campaigns together, and just have conversations.
Another aspect of social gaming can be found on video streaming platforms such as Twitch. These platforms allow gamers to live stream themselves as they play video games – though increasingly, many streamers also just talk or go about their daily business while streaming.
Successful streamers can develop a large following of fans, sometimes numbering in the millions, who log on to send their favourite streamers money, engage with fellow fans, and watch the stream. These platforms became especially popular during the Covid-19 global health crisis and do not show any signs of slowing down.
Looking to the future
While it is possible to guess where the market might go, at the end of the day, anything could happen. A breakout new game or console could completely shift the trajectory of the industry for the year ahead, and there is no way to predict such changes. With internet speeds getting quicker and game developers becoming more inventive, it’s an exciting time to be involved in gaming.
The fast-paced, innovative, and daring aspects of the video game market are what drive a lot of interest in the industry. Although it’s impossible to know for certain what will happen in 2022, you can be sure that the gaming industry will continue innovating and trying new things.