One of the most frequently used terms in recent years is 'Post-COVID-19'. Numerous experts around the world say that many things should be changed.
The game industry is no different. Although a lot of proportion of game industry is based on online activities, there are many things to be changed due to COVID-19. So, I thought about what should be changed.
■ Game exhibitions need to innovate
Game exhibitions such as E3, Gamescom, and G-Star are having very difficult time due to COVID-19. In recent years, there have been voices of concern about game exhibitions. Major companies like Sony and EA have left the E3 in the United States. E3 began to accept general audiences, but the companies that had left did not return. In addition, the increasing influence of Internet broadcasting platforms such as YouTube and Twitch is gradually reducing the position of game exhibitions.
In the midst of this, COVID-19 came. For some time, it would be very difficult to hold a game exhibition where many visitors and many foreign companies gather together. Even if it is held, it would not look like it used to be. If you would like look at the bright side, you would have the opportunity to rethink about the role of game exhibitions.
The same goes for G-Star in South Korea. Fortunately, the situation of South Korea is better than other countries. G-Star is usually held in November, so there is still time to prepare. G-Star needs to prepare for various cases from now on. And at the same time, they have to think hard about how to run a game exhibition like G-Star in the future. If they show a practical idea, G-Star may draw attention from the global game exhibition industry.
■ PC Café and E-Sports, Safety First
PC Café is hit hard by COVID-19. Even after the COVID-19 is resolved, the PC Cafes need to take various measures, such as adding a little space between seats.
The same goes for e-sports. For some time, all games should be held without audience. It is appropriate not to conduct events such as fan events after the game.
■ Let’s try to fine new opportunities
You may find new opportunities in this situation. PC Cafes contract with delivery agencies to deliver food to homes. The PC Cafe is usually opened for 24 hours, they are targeting the people who order food at night or at dawn.
New opportunities can also come to the VR industry. For some time, it is worth trying to actively promote programs that can experience amusement parks with VR devices. You can also try creating a VR program for those who like to travel abroad.
How about Serious Games? As opening of a semester has been postponed, the demand for online education has increased. Most of them will use educational apps or programs, but there is always a demand for a little more fun learning. However, since game companies did not usually pay much attention to educational games, the development know-how in this field is insufficient. But now the demand for this market has increased tremendously. In this situation, if the game company has a good mind and develops an educational app or game, it may be able to achieve unexpected results.
Anyway, everyone is having a hard time. I heard that airplane pilots work part-time at delivery companies, and cheerleaders work in PC Cafes. If Game companies, PC Cafes, and the VR industry also eagerly and fiercely try, they may be able to seize opportunities that were not normally seen.
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