How Will Coronavirus Pandemic Reshape Online vs Single-Player Gaming?

Coronavirus is having an unimaginable impact on the entire world, including gaming both online and single-player.
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Published:
March 16, 2020 9:57 AM UTC
  • Coronavirus is having a big impact on the world, including the games industry.
  • While online games are more likely to be played and supported during a quarantine, their reliance on servers might be an issue.
  • With some smart decisions on the part of  Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo digital gaming could take a big step forward.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every single aspect of our lives. As folks hole themselves up in their homes, multiplayer gaming will also be affected. More and more people are likely to be gaming over the next few months.

While that might sound like a good thing, there are some potential downsides. The fundamental dichotomy between single and multi-player gaming might be changed forever.

Coronavirus is going to have a big impact on both online and offline gaming. | Source: YouTube

Coronavirus Might Have More Of Us Playing Than Ever, But That Doesn’t Mean Everything is Going Well

Multiplayer games are almost certainly going to experience a boost from coronavirus. As people become starved of social interaction or just plain bored they’re likely to boot up their favorite online games to play.

As well as being played, these online games can be supported monetarily through micro-transaction. Owing to the low price of individual micro-transactions, these games should continue to see a profit.

Single-player games, on the other hand, rely more on outright purchases, bar any sort of DLC. With coronavirus keeping people at home and the delivery network tied up, physical sales are going to fall. Not to mention the high upfront cost of a single-player game.

High Player Numbers Also Bring Their Fair Share of Problems

Coronavirus might bring online games more players, but there’s no guarantee that these games are ready for that. With a high potential number of players, game servers are going to be under a lot of strain. Some might go down altogether, at least for a while.

On the other hand, you can get most games digitally these days. Single-player games do not usually rely on internet access. No servers to go down. If Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo do the right thing, they could see a massive amount of digital sales over the next few months.

No matter the short term effects of coronavirus, it is certain that the world will be changed by it forever. Whether you’re talking about the way that governments respond to viral outbreaks or just the way that the games industry conducts business. Nothing is going to be the same once this particular pandemic threat passes.

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Last modified: June 24, 2020 1:03 AM UTC

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William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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