In 2018, the gaming industry generated over $125 billion in revenue around the world1. We examine the evolution of gaming and the impact that technology has had on our wants, needs, and preferences in the gaming industry, with a focus on board and video games.
A person who plays a game is doing so for the sake of entertainment. Playing games is rewarding in many ways: it improves our mental agility, provides valuable cognitive exercise, and triggers the body’s natural production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Games have always been entertaining, but with the advent of new technologies, they have become even more exciting and rewarding to play.
The first known board game, Senet, dates back to 3100 BC in Egypt. Today, we may play games virtually, use facial recognition software, and control our games with hand gestures. Understanding how and why technology has impacted gaming can be gained through analyzing the evolution of gaming and its platforms.
What Ways Have Mobiles and Apps Revolutionized Gaming?
The global mobile app gaming market expanded faster than any other gaming segment between 2016 and the present and is projected to reach $72.3 billion by 20201. The advent of mobile and tablet devices has had a profound impact on the structure of numerous businesses, including the gaming industry.
In a world when half of all gaming will be done on mobile and tablet devices1 and the vast majority of players will be doing it from the comfort of their own homes, how will companies continue to supply this essential and lucrative form of entertainment?
Video Games and the Leisure Industry
Arcades and other entertainment establishments are having a hard time competing with the convenience and popularity of mobile gaming. The use of entertainment tablet kiosks, however, is a safe and low-cost strategy to attract mobile gamers to your establishment. Entertainment kiosks are becoming increasingly common at restaurants and other companies catering to a younger demographic, not only those specializing in video games.
By installing tablet kiosk mounts that enclose Samsung tablets running gaming and social media apps, McDonald’s is building restaurants of the future that attract and retain consumers while living up to the high expectations of today’s tech-savvy diners.