I have to admit, I’ve felt pretty removed from the gaming industry for a number of years, my Internet connection in London is pretty intermittent so I don’t get online much, my MacBook and ThinkPad are now considered old and no computer games that come out run on them and the only consoles I have with me are a Wii U and a 3DS. Yeah, those two Nintendo consoles that have about 3 highly rated games each.
I’ve yet to buy a PS4 or Xbox One although I’m sure I’ll get round to it. I’m going to be moving around the UK every 6 Months for the next 2 years so I couldn’t tell you when.
What I can tell you that if YouTube is to incorporate Twitch, the streaming video game service that allows gamers to show themselves playing various games to multiple viewers, we are going to be shown that the future of gaming is serious money. It already is serious money, although I think many people don’t appreciate how much money. YouTube channels like Machinima are vast and make a large amount of money. If Google is valuing Twitch at $1 billion they aren’t doing so lightly. Young gamers are engaging with video like never before, media companies such as IGN and VOX are no longer the only people who screen record for reviews and there are countless gaming critics making money online.
This week, the candy crush saga owner, Riccardo Zacconi, made the Times rich list this week along with some of the leads on Grand Theft Auto. Games that almost everybody has heard about however not everyone necessarily plays.
Video games have historically been for geeks and nerds and not necessarily the wider audience, the aforementioned Nintendo actually changed all that with the Wii and DS consoles that their successors have so miserably failed to replicate in terms of success. Xbox One’s and PS4s are becoming the centre of the average family living room and thus encouraging more purchases of content for the living room across the family, not just the gamers of the families.
Indie developers are continuing to hope they get a smash hit with a game on the iOS and Android platforms investing countless hours in code, design and promotion. Meanwhile a game named Goat Simulator is making a developer a ton of money.
Facebook bought Oculus, a virtual reality headset maker that hopes to succeed where others have failed in bringing virtual reality to the masses. Another joker has even suggested making psuedo free-range chickens by bringing VR to the pecking kind of creature.
The gaming industry is one to watch. It’s huge, it has a more passionate fan group than I have ever witnessed in my life, seriously, people will get into arguments on the internet about whether their console is the better one to play the same game on. It’s not just for kids anymore, gaming is serious and it’s here to stay and there is a vast amount of money to be made in it. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft and many others seek to capitalise on that and will continue to as long as they can.