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Newzoo today released its report on game trends to watch this year. We can expect a packed calendar, more hype about the metaverse and an increase in interest in pay-to earn.
One of the report’s claims is already visible in the games market: It claims that gamers will have a very full calendar, as several delays pushed game releases into 2022. It also mentions the Steam Deck’s release and the availability of more next-gen consoles, though I am not holding my breath on the last one.
The metaverse will be a major part of this year’s events, Newzoo anticipates. I think he is accurate. Many publishers and game developers are obsessed with the metaverse. They are creating avatars and metaverse-based markets. Newzoo predicts that this will increase VR sales and points out the fact that major tech companies are currently working on new headsets.
Another winner in 2022 will likely be the play-to-earn business model, says the report. NFTs, such as NFTs, are under a lot of scrutiny right now. Newzoo cites news stories like Valve’s bans or Stalker 2’s NFT pushback. The report does highlight other reports that indicate that gamers are interested in trading in-game items and that publishers are also interested in this technology.
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Newzoo expects that Apple and Google will open up their ecosystems this year. . . slightly, anyway. Newzoo argues that regulators are pushing both companies to be more open and less anticompetitive. Newzoo also predicts that game developers will find new ways to bypass their restrictions. Fortnite’s alleged re-entry onto iOS through Nvidia’s GeForce Now has shown this to be true.