The best thing about being a gamer is that you have something to look forward to every year. The gaming industry is full of innovation, creativity and sophistication. It never ceases to impress and get the gaming community excited all over again.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic was a major setback for many industries. However, the gaming industry, primarily online gaming, was on the rise more than ever, and this trend seems to be ongoing. In this article, we will have a look at all the gaming trends of 2021:

The Growth of eSports

It is highly likely that eSports might soon make its way into the Olympics. Many gamers regard eSports as a real sport and take it very seriously. After all, the audiences for these tournaments are huge, and the prize money is incredible. The eSports players have celebrity status and earn millions. People are betting on eSports games more than ever, and we are likely to see this trend for a long time.

After all, compared to traditional sports, eSports has the advantage of continually evolving and recreating itself. Gamers are always on the lookout for what’s new and what’s better. For instance, the popularity of CS: GO seems to be dying down as many professional gamers are making the switch from CS: GO to Valorant.

The youth has become more interested in seeing gaming as a legitimate career path. Many young people are taking video games more seriously than ever and trying to make their way to the top. There is also more demand for all the wide variety of interesting jobs that the video game industry has to provide.

Social Gaming Is on the Rise

Last year, we saw many people use games as a way to stay in touch and have fun. It was apparent even then that this trend will very likely continue long after the pandemic, and that is just what is happening.

There are many social gaming platforms available nowadays, and people from all over the world are forming genuine friendships. In many parts of the world, people are now having smartphones and better Internet connections, so this year, we are sure to see how game developers will take social gaming to the next level.

Virtual Reality (VR) Might Become More Popular This Year

We already see a rise in VR gaming. You can trend this trend, especially on social media, with people enthusiastically talking about VR games and uploading fun gameplay compilations from their favorite VR games.

VR gaming equipment might become more easily affordable this year. We are likely to see many gamers don the VR headsets and gloves for a more immersive and interesting gaming experience.

Live Streaming

Live streaming seems to be the new craze on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. People enjoy watching their favorite professional gamers live stream their gameplay and listen to the commentary as well. Professional gamers are making a ton of money with this trend, and it is now possible to become a ‘gaming influencer’.

Online Gambling

Online gambling has become extremely popular since 2020, and this popularity is increasing day by day with more new players coming into the world of gambling. It is no surprise to see that ga love to flock to popular websites like to play their favorite slots game from the comfort of their home.

For a long time, a common concern among gambling enthusiasts has been whether online gambling is actually a safe experience or not. Nowadays, online casino websites are being very proactive and using the latest technology and software to provide maximum security to the players and prevent the possibility of players getting cheated or their important information being stolen by hackers.

Many casinos are now accepting cryptocurrency payments and even offering great bonuses to those who choose this payment option. The secure and fast payment methods are creating a great online gambling experience for players.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Getting Better

Nowadays, games are becoming hyper realistic in terms of graphics, animation and game mechanics. Gamers have huge expectations and expect high standards from popular game developers.

We see better AI in the Non-Playable Characters (NPCs) in the open-world games. The environment in such games has become very interactable due to modern techniques like pattern recognition and reinforcement learning.

When it comes to multiplayer games, the AI is making the gaming experience incredibly immersive and enjoyable. There are endless customizations for players to enjoy in online multiplayer games. The developers endeavor to create a highly competitive atmosphere and use AI reactions to motivate a team of players to get more competitive.

In Conclusion

2021 is yet again undoubtedly another great and exciting year for the gaming world. Every year, game developers bring something special that changes the very face of gaming as we know it and creates a soil for more innovations to emerge next year.

Written by Stop The Breaks
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