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If there is an existing market that is surprisingly thriving amidst the coronavirus outbreak, it has got to be the Video Game market. Video games, along with many Singapore casino games, have made many people come up with their little ways to kill boredom and survive through the day as we’re forced to stay within the comfort of our homes.

That said, playing video games is most certainly a great way to keep ourselves deviated from things like stress. Let’s have a closer look at the astounding uprise of what was then considered by many, a waste of time, and how it became so booming.

The gaming industry has benefited from the pandemic

The worldwide outbreak of the Covid-19 has sent pretty much everyone on haywire. The video game industry, on the other hand, has received quite an uprise during the pandemic and has benefited from it. Video game sales in Singapore, for instance, have performed very well in 2020.

The country was able to gain an estimated increase of 7.8 percent or up to $592.5 million. The increase was largely thanks to the increase in consumer demands for home/handheld consoles, gaming accessories, mobile, physical, and digital games for people of different ages.

Obviously, what better way to keep ourselves occupied as we’re forced to stay indoors but to play video games. Games that allow for some co-op and online play have become even more popular again. The virtual world has provided a great place for us to spend more time with other people with no physical contact involved.

Record-breaking sales

The Straits times : Video game sales are at their peak after the lockdowns were implemented. According to many gaming retailers, the first spike came around April and May when an increase in demand for Nintendo Switch consoles started to take off. Both their e-commerce websites and physical stores were selling this handheld like hotcakes.

The Nintendo Switch’s sale was further boosted when it launched a warm and fuzzy simulation game called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game is inherently tied to real-life seasons, events, and time. Things that you can no longer celebrate outdoors can be experienced within the game instead.

During the holidays of 2020, the newest PlayStation 5 hit store shelves albeit with very limited stocks. It was also reported that more gaming desktop computers, as well as gaming laptops, have been sold around the same time.

The mobile department

As for mobile games, there is still a surge of game downloads from both the App Store and the Play Store. Sales from in-app purchases and loot boxes have also seen an increase. The downloads hit a record high of up to 50 million and 69 million from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store respectively.

While the sales of smartphones aren’t as huge as actual gaming consoles, they still had a fair share of contribution towards the entire video game market.

By the numbers: Top Titles for Each Platform

While still on the topic of mobile games, here are the most downloaded games across each platform.

Let’s start with the Apple App Store Singapore:

1.       Among Us

2.       Call of Duty: Mobile – Garena

3.       Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

4.       PUBG Mobile – Runic Power

5.       Roblox

The most downloaded games in the Google Play Store in Singapore are as follow:

1.       Aventador Drift Simulator

2.       Bike Stunt Racing 3D Bike Games – Free Games 2021

3.       Among Us

4.       Mega Real Bike Racing Games – Free Games

5.       Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

PC Games on Steam:

1.       Among Us

2.       Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

3.       Cyberpunk 2077

4.       Destiny 2

5.       Doom Eternal

Nintendo Switch Games:

1.       Animal Crossing: New Horizons

2.       Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

3.       Super Mario 3D All-Stars

4.       Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

5.       Ring Fit Adventure

Xbox Games:

1.       Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War

2.       Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

3.       Madden NFL 21

4.       Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

5.       Marvel’s Avengers

And lastly, the PlayStation list of top games:

1.       Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War

2.       Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

3.       The Last of Us: Part II

4.       Ghost of Tsushima

5.       Madden NFL 21

The outbreak has boosted engagement, but not for the game developers

Even though the global pandemic has given the video gaming industry a lift in terms of demands and profits, it isn’t the whole story that calls for a celebration. It has been incredibly tough for pretty much every game developer and even game publisher to meet their deadlines.

With all the lockdowns going on, people are forced to work from home, making developments a bit more challenging. Several games have to be delayed and some were even canceled entirely.