From single to multiplayer: Growing a global community

In the early days, gaming was all about the single player. The gamer tackled the challenges of the developer – whether it was solving a complex puzzle or defeating the hordes of hell in first person shooters.

But the rise of the internet, enhanced connectivity, and mobile technology has revolutionized, and socialized, the way we play. Whether casually or professionally, it’s no longer just about what you play, but who you play with.

Naturally, this shift led to a surge in new gamers, and over recent decades, the industry has continued to grow and evolve at pace. In 2020, this growth was catalyzed once again, as countries around the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of people turning to gaming as a safe and fun way to socialize. Through games, people are building and nurturing social networks, as well as finding comfort, joy and creativity.

In 2020, there were as many as 2.7 billion gamers worldwide. According to Statista, we can expect this figure to rise to over 3 billion by 2023. With the widespread accessibility of mobile technology today, many of these new gamers are opting for mobile games. In fact, globally, 2.4 billion people now play mobile games.

That’s almost one-third of the world’s population – and this number is still growing.