Gaming, What’s In, What’s Out, and What’s Trending In 2020

A Global Web Index research has shown that 4 in every 10 internet users either play games or are interested in gaming, 63% of whom are male, mainly Gen Zs, Gen Xs, and Millennials. What is particularly interesting is the fact that Latin Americans seem to be the most

enthusiastic about gaming than anybody else in the world, with over 85% of all internet users in that region being identified as gamers, leaving Asian Pacific and Middle East gamers behind. With such an unprecedented focus in gaming overall, it makes sense that the gaming industry is working tirelessly to ensure they keep the attention of gamers with new titles, services, apps, or hardwarethat often come to life with the blink of an eye. So, what is trending, and what is already entering oblivion in the gaming sector? Here is what to expect for 2020.

Global Web Index sees new generation gaming consoles monopolising gamers’ attention this year, with nearly ¼ of console owners flirting with the idea of purchasing a PS5, Xbox Series X, or Nintendo Switch console. The revival of classic titles is another trend to watch as 15% of internet users in the USA and the UK have admitted being nostalgic of good old console games, including Final Fantasy, which is having a makeover through its Final Fantasy VII: Remake version. Nevertheless, we definitely anticipate more remasters and releases of classics, the likes of Crash Bandicoot, and more. It is also rumoured that Resident Evil 3 and a Simpsons Hit & Run remaster are on the works.

What is also in:

  • Cloud gaming –  With Google’s Stadia being a quite a successful cloud gaming device already, more will follow put in 2020 for sure.
  • Live broadcasts – Sharing a live stream of the gameplay is on the rise, with no signs of slowing down any time soon (eSports tournaments are here to stay). To date, several live streaming gamers have become millionaires.
  • In-game betting – We see more and more online casinos coming forward with gaming competitions and gaming bets.
  • VR gaming – Emerging apps and headsets that help provide gamers with AAA VR experiences and robust AAA VR content are on the loose, such as Half-Life: Alyx
  • Improved cross-play support –Being given an enhanced ability to play games across different devices is key in 2020, with Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia focusing on exactly that as we speak.

iCoolKid also expects streaming services to become far more reliable in the coming months, enabling gamers to play Call of Duty and other hot titles on iPhones!

What is out

When it comes to dying trends, CCN mentions that Battle Royale and PUBG are potentially having their last beams of glory, especially among those that play the games on PC. At this point, it is worth noting that Horizon Zero Dawn is highly likely to come to PC, as is Death Stranding (will be released on Stream this summer), alongside a wide range of Xbox games that will be coming to Steam, which may indicate a 2020 gaming trend.

CCN also believes that gamers are showing a significant shift from E3 gaming events, which makes sense, especially considering that Sony has PlayStation Experience, and EA now runs its own show. This is backed up by the fact that most major gaming companies like Sony chose not to attend E3 last year.

CCN also believes that gamers are showing a significant shift from E3 gaming events, which makes sense, especially considering that Sony has PlayStation Experience, and EA now runs its own show. This is backed up by the fact that most major gaming companies like Sony chose not to attend E3 last year.

Decidedly, this is going to be a fascinating gaming year, with many wondrous things going on and more just around the corner.