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The Top Gaming Trends for 2021 (So Far)

GOBankingRates Logo By Nicole Spector of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 12: The gaming industry is constantly evolving, and in 2020, it saw one of its greatest growth spurts ever. Forced to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people turned in droves to games of all kinds, be they tabletop or online. It was also a year where, pandemic or not, select gaming models came into their own.  Virtual reality, for instance, burst onto the mainstream in 2020. Online multiplayer and social gaming, a la Farmville and Among Us, soared in popularity and, at one point, Nintendo Switch was so in demand that the gaming device sold out for months.  Read: 11 Best Lucrative Side Hustle Ideas: Earn More Find out: 30 Odd Jobs That Pay Insanely Well Though the COVID-19 pandemic is winding down, interest in games continues to boom among consumers. A recent report from ResearchAndMarkets predicted that the global consoles games market will amount to $67.1 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.4% into 2023. In a separate report, MarketsandMarkets predicted that the global gaming industry could register a CAGR of 12% between 2020 and 2025. Gaming is an exciting sector to be in — but certain styles of gaming are taking off more profoundly than others.  Here’s a look at 10 gaming trends that are accelerating in 2021.  Last updated: July 21, 2021

The gaming industry is constantly evolving, and in 2020, it saw one of its greatest growth spurts ever. Forced to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people turned in droves to games of all kinds, be they tabletop or online. It was also a year where, pandemic or not, select gaming models came into their own.

Virtual reality, for instance, burst onto the mainstream in 2020. Online multiplayer and social gaming, a la Farmville and Among Us, soared in popularity and, at one point, Nintendo Switch was so in demand that the gaming device sold out for months

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic is winding down, interest in games continues to boom among consumers. A recent report from ResearchAndMarkets predicted that the global consoles games market will amount to $67.1 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.4% into 2023. In a separate report, MarketsandMarkets predicted that the global gaming industry could register a CAGR of 12% between 2020 and 2025. Gaming is an exciting sector to be in — but certain styles of gaming are taking off more profoundly than others. 

Here’s a look at 10 gaming trends that are accelerating in 2021.

Last updated: July 21, 2021

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