Esports is inarguably one of the fastest developing sectors in the online gaming industry. The esports businesses are witnessing a significant surge in their revenue over the years due to the increase in their viewership around the world. Entrepreneurs are stepping into the online gaming industry with their own platforms. They keep adding new features to attract esports players to their platform. Analysts strongly believe that the revenue of esports will exceed $1 billion, and the global audience will cross the 300 million mark in a few years, according to a study.
The Last of Us Part 2; it’s certainly one of the most anticipated titles as the curtain falls on the eighth generation of game consoles. Let’s cast our minds back to December 2016; Sony’s PlayStation experience event. The sequel was announced and the crowd went wild. At the time the first trailer went live I was certainly all in on the hype. A sequel to what many call one of the greatest games of all time; between it and CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us 2 was the only title I was dead-set on purchasing. That is until April 2020; as many of you may know, Naughty Dog suffered a catastrophic leak. Crucial details of the game’s story began to spread all over the internet and fans were very unhappy.
Diablo II was my jam growing up. It was a gritty gorefest that played with modern conceptions of heaven and hell, letting you be the arrogant hero fighting literal demon lords. It was the perfect game for my young, tween imagination. I remember fondly staying up late trying as hard as I can to make it to the next Act in the story. I remember the chill I got every time I heard "Looking for Baal?", and I'll never forget the sheer pleasure of exploding demon after demon into a bloody pulp.
According to Verizon, U.S. video game usage during peak hours has gone up 75 percent since the quarantine first went into effect weeks ago. Alaina Demopoulos, writing for The Daily Beast, states that “ Steam, a video game distribution service and forum, reported a record number of 20 million users last weekend.” Retail outlets have been struggling to keep with demand for the Nintendo Switch. Kyle Orland, writing for Are Technica, says “ The Switch is currently unavailable at Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and other major online retailers, though some local stores may still have spotty availability. When new stock does come in to these online stores, it tends to be gone in less than an hour.” The New York Times reports that, “ Viewership numbers on Twitch leapt 31 percent from March 8 to March 22, according to Arsenal.gg, a data analytics firm. (By then, one in four Americans was under shelter-in-place orders.) During that two-week span, the numbers of hours a day watched on Twitch rose to 43 million from 33 million. “
Recently I decided to pick up where I left off on a Multi Player Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) that allows the player to complete quests, not only alone but also with the help of other players. Last time I played this game was in 2017. Starting back up with an old favorite can be hard. There are so many aspects you need to relearn and get used to again.
Lately there have been a lot of high end mobile games becoming available. This is amazing because it lets us know that our technology is evolving to allow our mobile devices to play mobile games as if on a PC or console. The biggest problem with this is that it's really only available to higher end smartphones and tablets. We're talking the kind you wait 3 days in line for kind of high end. Not everyone can afford that. I certainly can't and I work full time! There is a way, however, to get in on the action.
I read a post on social media which proclaimed the 16-Bit era of gaming was the best. This statement caused a lot of debate. As someone who has been an avid gamer for the past 25 years, having even worked in a video-game store, I completely agree with that statement.