The impact Covid-19 will have on gaming

Written by Matthew Brown (LexiFoxx)

Not sure if you’ve heard but there’s this pretty deadly virus going around. Pretty low key news.

All kidding aside, it was inevitable that this would be a talking topic. Since we are a gaming platform, I wanted to spend some time talking about the implications of Covid-19 on the gaming industry.

Firstly though, we at Casual Heroes Gaming would like to side track and take a quick moment to thank all workers within the NHS. You are all working extremely hard to keep everyone safe. Please assist them by following the government guidelines. My full time job is within the Emergency Services and my past few working days have shown that this situation is not being taken as seriously as it should be. Stay home. Stay safe.

Now to the topic at hand…

What is the positive impact that will occur in the Gaming Industry?

Quarantines and Lock downs are now occurring in most countries. Now, most gamers have been training their entire lives to be forced to stay in their own homes, so this will be business as usual to a lot of us. However, some of the more extroverted individuals will now be searching for a way to pass the time and one of the best ways to do that is gaming.

I recently reached out to an old colleague of mine who still works in a UK electronics retailer to see if he had seen an influx of sales regarding any gaming consoles. Most people have been panic buying in the supermarkets but apparently there’s been a similar scenario playing out in electronic retail stores. Sales of Xbox one, PS4 and Gaming PC’s have reached sudden peaks after staying at a steady plateau for a long time. With the launch of next generation consoles looming, this sudden spike has been directly caused by Covid-19. What other reason could there be of purchasing a console that is about to be replaced in the next 12-24 months? (depending on delays in manufacturing)

Specifically though, the biggest spike in sales has been towards the Nintendo Switch consoles and games. Before general retailers were instructed to close, most Nintendo Switch consoles were out of stock. With the Swith coming out in 2017, compared to it’s competitors being released in 2013, it makes sense that it would be in the fewest homes. Not to mention that the Nintendo Switch is still heavily targeted towards the younger generation, it will have also been panic bought by parents thinking they’d have to actually talk to their children. What an unthinkable time that would have been…

What about the negative implications?

Now we come to consider what negative implications that Covid-19 could have. Since the virus started in Asia, it wasn’t long before some of the larger games companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Bandai-Namco were closing their offices to help protect their staff, and rightly so! It is likely this will continue for weeks, and possibly even months and I can’t help but think that this will delay not only games development but could have a lasting impact on the release of the next generation consoles.

There will be less work conducted on them during this time and it is unlikely that when this eventually dies down and blows over that these companies will be rushing to release the consoles.

The economic impact of Covid-19 is going to be long lasting and disposable income will be at an all time low. Some of us more avid and introverted gamers will shrug and purchase anyway because who needs food when games can be our sustenance, right?

However families who these companies rely on will be making more careful purchases for a long time, and are consoles really that essential to their lives?

To sum up, we all take our lives for granted sometimes and gaming, realistically, is just a luxury. Please put your and everyone else’s safety first and ultimately do everything you can follow all guidelines detailed by your local governments.

Here are some helpful links to the UK resources for Covid-19. Stay safe all:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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