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Ovum has identified three key trends across video games and e-sports that provide our view on the most interesting opportunities set to shape the market in 2019.


  • Gaming will be the key driver of the VR content market. Video games are the most lucrative area for VR content producers to target, and future trends provide plenty of opportunities for a host of tech vendors.
  • Cloud gaming solutions targeting casual gamers will finally make progress. Services targeting casual gamers look much more promising than previous efforts aimed at the core gaming market.
  • Telcos’ power grab in the e-sports space will intensify. More and more telcos will make investments in e-sports as they find the industry a perfect complement for their future tech intentions.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides recommendations for service providers and platforms.
  • Assesses opportunities for telcos in the gaming and e-sports space.

Key questions answered

  • What key trends will shape the video game market in 2019?
  • How will e-sports continue to evolve in the next 12 months, and what opportunities will arise there?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers and platforms
  • Recommendations for technology vendors

Video games and VR

  • Gaming will be the key driver of the VR content market
  • Microtransactions, subscription top-ups, and the cloud will shape the future VR gaming market

Cloud gaming

  • Cloud gaming solutions targeting casual gamers will make progress
  • Bundled cloud gaming is a way of breaking into the video game market


  • Telcos are making a power grab in the e-sports space
  • Telcos have much to add to – and gain from – a still developing industry


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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