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The videogaming market continues to drive digital media innovation and generate significant revenue from consumers otherwise reluctant to pay for digital content. We’ve identified five key trends which will shape the market in 2017.


  • In 2017, Android will overtake iOS in mobile games revenue
  • 2017 signals the end of an era for game consoles
  • 2017 will be the year of VR gaming

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the key trends shaping the videogaming market in 2017
  • Recommends strategies around videogaming for service providers and content strategies
  • Quantifies the opportunity for VR gaming in 2017 and beyond
  • Assesses the potential for e-sports

Key questions answered

  • What are the big trends impacting the videogaming space in 2017
  • What are the prospects for VR and e-sports?
  • What is the future of mobile gaming?

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In 2017, Android will overtake iOS in mobile games revenue

  • The Apple App Store will remain king, however
  • Google Play will see steeper growth
  • iOS games will continue to outstrip others in end-user spend

New monetization strategies will further boost mobile gaming

  • Non-traditional gaming revenue growth will persist, despite flagging downloads

2017 signals the end of an era for game consoles

  • Gaming will evolve to be more hardware agnostic
  • 2017 will be the year of VR gaming
  • Revenues will hit $5bn as we move beyond demos
  • AR gaming may start to emerge in 2017

E-sports faces obstacles, but investment by major players will boost growth

  • Other platforms will continue to invest in e-sports


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