Games industry sees strong promise in e-sports and virtual reality

    
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Games industry sees strong promise in e-sports and virtual reality

If you’re tired of hearing how hot e-sports is and how the industry is gunning for it as the future of gaming… perhaps you should scroll to the next article.

GDC sent out a survey to 2,000 game developers asking them what they thought would make the biggest impact on the industry over the next few years. The answer? Virtual reality (75%) and e-sports (88%) were pointed to as promising avenues for game development and focus. Sixteen percent of developers said that they were making games for VR devices (the Oculus Rift above the rest), while the PC remains the most popular platform for game development (52%) followed by mobile and tablet titles (44%).

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mysecretid
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Kanbe 
I live to serve. :-D

Serrenity
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Nyphur I don’t really agree with a lot this.  You assume that in order for something to be eSports is that it has to have all of the infrastructure in place to support those giant tournaments — when we look at other competitive gaming that patently hasn’t been the case.  The infrastructure for those tournaments was built AROUND the games, the games weren’t built with that as the end goal.  I think it’s safe to say that most games that try to launch into eSports right out of the gate are probably going to get it wrong.  But to say that everyone else in the world, every game ever to be conceived from now until the end of time is just ‘too late’ for eSports just seems silly.  
As for VR, this is purely a different of opinion, but I think VR will be big in gaming — because VR will extend beyond gaming.  The full import of VR can’t be limited to just what it can do for gaming.  I think you want to look for an analog experience – let’s replace “VR” with “Cellphones.”  People would call you crazy if you bought a new cellphone just to play a game on it- the ROI is way outta wack there.  But if you want to play a game that your phone doesn’t support, but an upgraded phone will AND you get all these other side benefits outside of gaming, the value proposition is a lot higher.  And we know there’s gobs in money in mobile (whether we like the model or not).  
If you stop looking at VR as a gaming-exclusive experience, but instead a lifestyle technology that can also be used for great gaming experiences, that paints a much different picture for the future of VR and it’s potential “money-maker”ness.  
As for the cynical picture you paint of gaming today, well … yeah.  That reads more of hyperbole than anything else.  The F2P hasn’t been proven a stable monetization over anything than short periods of time (several years), and it’s long term viability as a monetization model is still suspect (with good reason).  
Again, if we draw an analog to mobile games, it’s insanely hard for a F2P to be profitable in the AppStore/PlayStore.  Maybe of the developers who ARE making money shit out reskinned versions of the same game  gain, and again, and again.  Like any GameLoft, GluMobile, Kabam! — they have literally 50-60 games on the market to support them and to remain profitable.  AppStore success stories like Rovio / Angry Birds are a best as “has-been” of the mobile gaming world and despite being a good game, have lost most of their market share. 
F2P we know shows an increase in short-term profits, but as the mobile game industry demonstrates, the long term viability of the payment is probably that you will net less the longer the game runs.

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Sorenthaz It’s been my experience that most people are remarkably short-sighted with stuff like this, because the exact moment of it’s implementation isn’t great.  
I don’t know why. I’ve always held more of a long-term view of things.

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DJjazzy I think many readers of this site aren’t really the target audience for e-sports (including me), any more than we’re the target for super casual games. I do think they’re right that there’s gold in them thar hills, though.

EO_Lonegun
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Meh… wake me up when they finally invent the holodeck.

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I’m glad to see e-sports grow – whether or not you want to argue that “sports” is not an accurate term, well, it’s too late.  That’s what everyone is using, and good luck changing that. :)  But personally, I do not care for traditional sports.  I’m just not interested. While there is drama in e-sports, it seems to still be at an early stage and is rarely prominent (and easily avoidable, unlike other crap like “deflategate” that I could.  Not.  Get.  Away.  From.)

But as someone earlier said, for the most part, if you’re only just starting to try to build your game as an e-sport now, you’re probably too late.  You need a surprise hit like Hearthstone for that to happen, and you can’t really plan for that.   Just focus on building a good game first, really support the multiplayer community, and if it’s worthy the community will make it happen FOR you, even if you don’t give them the tools for it.  (again, just look at Hearthstone, they had to scramble to add in functionality because they never expected it to happen.)

Virtual reality….. i’m not interested in.  Too expensive for both the device and the system needed to play it.  It looks uncomfortable and I don’t think there’s enough information out yet to know if it’s feasible to wear for long gaming sessions – sure it’s easy to handle for a 10 minute demo, but what about longer gaming?  It seems like it would get very uncomfortable very quickly.

It won’t be something I get any time soon.  Even if I had the money and it was comfortable, I have a toddler that gets into trouble the second I turn around, let alone if I put on this kind of headset, and my night-time gaming has to be split between games I know I enjoy as well as new tech, and that’s a hard sell.    I’m just not the market for this.

Kanbe
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Thanks, I completley agree so you saved mw time writing a comment and said it better than I likley would. Would give you more likes on that post if I could

shadowblender
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No Wonder they never listen….

Murmillo
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E-sports will have it’s place for a long time to come.
VR… Not so much. It’s too expensive, a lot of people get nauseous by using it, and it’s a heavy box on your face.

Ket_Viliano
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mysecretid  Shhh. You are not supposed to say things like that. Especially in front of investors!