Video Games – Thematic Research
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Video Games Market Overview
The video games industry continues to evolve, driven by changing user demands, new monetization and distribution channels, and technological progress. Industry themes like 5G, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), esports, cloud gaming, and the metaverse is anticipated to propel the market growth in the coming years.
The video games thematic intelligence report gives an overview of the value chain, market size, growth forecasts, gaming sector scorecard, and the specialist gaming software vendors in the market.
|Market Value (2021)||$197 billion|
|Key Trends||Technology, Macroeconomic, and Regulatory Trends|
|Value Chain||Creation, Monetization, Distribution, and Device|
|Leading Companies||Activision Blizzard, Alphabet, Amazon, Blacknut and ByteDance|
Key Trends Shaping the Video Games Market
The main trends shaping the video games theme are classified into three categories: technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends.
- Technology trends – The key technology trends impacting the video games space are metaverse, cloud and mobile gaming, esports, AR gaming, and cybersecurity.
- Macroeconomic trends– The report focuses on key macroeconomic trends impacting the video games industry, which include the free-to-play with premium content (freemium), play-to-earn revenue model, ongoing semiconductor shortage, and various social factors and working conditions.
- Regulatory trends – The key regulatory trends impacting the video games theme are gambling-related regulations, data privacy and the social impact of video games on minors.
Video Games – Industry Analysis
The global gaming software industry was worth $197 billion in 2021. Mobile gaming dominated the gaming software market, followed by PC gaming, console gaming, and VR gaming. Moreover, cloud gaming is likely to be the fastest-growing segment in the industry during the forecast period.
The video games market analysis also covers:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Venture financing
- Patent trends
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Video games - Value Chain Analysis
GlobalData’s video games value chain is split into four layers: creation, monetization, distribution, and device. In the creation layer, game developers and publishers develop video games using game engines.
Video Games Value Chain
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Leading Companies in the Video Games Market
Some of the leading companies making their mark within the video games theme are:
- Activision Blizzard
Video Games Sector Scorecard
GlobalData uses a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. The sector scorecards help to determine which companies are best positioned for a future filled with disruptive threats. Each sector scorecard has three screens:
- The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
- The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
- The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.
Gaming Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen
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This report provides an overview of the video games theme.
- It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
- It includes global market forecasts for gaming software and analysis of patent activity.
- It contains details of M&A deals driven by the video games theme, and a timeline highlighting milestones in the development of video games.
- The detailed value chain consists of four layers: creation, monetization, distribution, and device.
Reasons to Buy
The video games industry is an ideal example of a hypercompetitive market. With low barriers to entry and lucrative revenue opportunities, the number of players in the market is continuously increasing. This report provides an invaluable guide to this disruptive theme. It includes comprehensive lists of the leading players across all aspects of the value chain, helping companies identify the right partners.
BT Group (EE)
CD Projekt (GOG)
JP Morgan (WePay)
MediaLab AI (Kik)
Modern Times Group
Opera (YoYo Games)
Super League Gaming
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Technology Briefing
- Technology trends
- Macroeconomic trends
- Regulatory trends
- Industry Analysis
- Market size and growth forecasts
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Venture financing
- Patent trends
- Value Chain
- Creation layer
- Monetization layer
- Distribution layer
- Device layer
- Sector Scorecard
- Gaming sector scorecard
- Further Reading
- Our Thematic Research Methodology
- About GlobalData
- Contact Us
Frequently asked questions
What is the video games market value in 2021?
The video games market was valued at $197 billion in 2021.
What are the key technology trends shaping the video games market?
The key technology trends impacting the video games space are metaverse, cloud and mobile gaming, esports, AR gaming, and cybersecurity.
What are the key macroeconomic trends shaping the video games theme?
The key macroeconomic trends impacting the video games industry are free-to-play with premium content, also known as freemium, play-to-earn revenue model, ongoing semiconductor shortage and various social factors and working conditions.
What are the key regulatory trends shaping the video games market?
The key regulatory trends impacting the video games theme are gambling-related regulations, data privacy and the social impact of video games on minors.
What are the components of the video games value chain?
GlobalData’s video games value chain is split into four layers: Creation, Monetization, Distribution, and Device.
Which are the leading public listed companies adopting video games?
Some of the leading companies in the video games market are Activision Blizzard, Alphabet, Amazon, Blacknut and ByteDance among others.
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