39% of the world’s population will be playing video games by 2023. The industry firm NewZoo has announced that the number of players worldwide will soon reach 3 billion. The video game now finds a place of choice in the entertainment field.
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Video games continue to play a prominent role in the entertainment field. According to a recent study by the specialist firm NewZoo (relayed by Venture Beat), the number of players in the world could reach three billion by 2023. These colossal figures suggest that, by then, 39% of the world population will play video games. This is hardly surprising when we know that 2.69 billion people are playing in 2020. Among the preferred tools of players, we find the smartphone in first position with 2.5 billion players. No offense to PC and console players, mobile gaming is clearly popular. It must be said that smartphones have become more efficient and affordable and that the Android and iOS catalogs are constantly expanding. PCs and consoles are relegated to second and third places, with 1.3 and 0.8 billion followers respectively in 2020. It is a safe bet that the latter figure will increase exponentially with the release of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 are both expected at the end of the year, and will likely have no trouble convincing new players.
Free-to-play becomes the preferred model
According to NewZoo’s study, free-to-play is the dominant monetization model for mobile and PC games. As the digital format is gaining ground on the gaming scene, in-game transactions are becoming the biggest source of revenue for studios. In 2020, they represent 74% of video game revenues, against only 70% in 2018. In 2023, the rating should reach 77%, against only 7% for physical purchases. It must be said that during containment, reluctant players rushed to digital versions of video games or free-to-play games like Fortnite. The Steam platform broke a attendance record last March with more than 22 million simultaneous players.