• The maturation of narrative in video games

    July 31st, 2018

    SuperData analyst Courtney Sanders discusses why rich storytelling is a key reason why games are earning big. Beginning in the 1990s to the early 2000s, a surge in both the quality and quantity of scripted TV shows brought on the modern incarnation of the golden age of television. Shows like Twin Peaks, Mad Men, Breaking […]

  • Esports game publishers must invest in development leagues before their communities do it for them

    July 25th, 2018

    SuperData analyst Bethany Lyons discusses the importance of development leagues in esports As the esports audience continues to grow, publishers are investing in franchised leagues and official stadiums to secure a future for esports. However, the most important area to protect and nurture is the players’ path to professional gaming. Because without the players, the […]

  • Analysis: Fortnite may be cannibalizing the biggest franchises

    July 24th, 2018

    [CORRECTION: this article previously referred to “total digital console sales.” This analysis is specific to in-game additional content (microtransactions, DLC, etc.)] TL;DR: Despite claims of an industry-wide growth spurt carried by Fortnite’s success, several signs indicate material cannibalization across top incumbent franchises. In the lead-up to this quarter’s earnings cycle we are revisiting some recent […]

  • The experts weigh in: 3 reasons why location-based virtual reality will revolutionize the industry

    July 19th, 2018

    SuperData’s VP of Strategy and Head of XR Stephanie Llamas discusses why location-based VR is the key to catapulting the industry. Special thanks to Vinay Narayan, Charlie Fink, Joanna Popper, Amy Peck and Dreamscape Immersive for sharing their insights. I am in an airport anywhere from two to eight times in a given month and […]

  • The success of Fortnite Battle Royale is big enough to share

    July 17th, 2018

    SuperData analyst Bethany Lyons discusses why Fortnite Battle Royale shouldn’t be viewed as a threat to publishers, but an opportunity. Fortnite Battle Royale can seemingly do no wrong. With the game’s goofy graphics, gratifying action, effective monetization, and frequent updates, Epic Games has created a phenomenon. It’s been nine months since its release and the game […]

  • Why Discord is the biggest threat Steam has faced in years

    July 2nd, 2018

    Research Manager Carter Rogers explains why Discord is a major threat to Steam Steam is a fixture of PC gaming with a seemingly unassailable position. Some of the largest publishers in the business depend on the platform. However, more so now than ever before, Steam’s position is at risk.This is not due to a megahit […]

  • The State of Mobile Augmented Reality

    June 19th, 2018

    ARKit surpasses 2,000 apps with over 60M users   AR apps will account for just less than 4% of mobile’s $57B games market. Early excitement for the new technology brought a lot of curiosity, but with a modest addition of 250 apps since the last quarter, there aren’t many new ways to experience AR. App […]

  • 3 reasons why Battlefield will take Call of Duty to the cleaners this year

    June 15th, 2018

    SuperData analyst Nate Monteverde explains why he thinks Battlefield will beat out Call of Duty this year It’s now been two years since the two behemoths last went head to head. In 2016, Battlefield 1 outperformed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, raking in $105M more in total digital revenue than its rival in the first […]

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