Euromonitor International attended the second World Congress of Play in San Francisco on 8-10 September 2014, which brought the world’s leading diverse play companies together. Presenting at this key industry event for the second year running, I made a “Global Trends in Play: Consumer Fundamentals Falling into Place” address, focusing on some of the key findings from Euromonitor International’s latest global research, looking into the performance of traditional toys and games, video games and digital gaming, providing data as well as commentary.
Among others, one key trend that emerged at the congress was the unstoppable rise of digital gaming in the overall play industry. In 2013, digital gaming, a combination of PC/console game downloads, online games and mobile games, was the most dynamic category in overall toys and games globally, recording over 12% growth in value terms. The increasing penetration of smartphones and tablets, an improved gaming experience on these devices, as well as new game launches, all contributed greatly to the category’s phenomenal performance. Alongside the arrival of much anticipated next-generation console launches (Xbox One and PS4), digital gaming’s dynamism was one the main facilitators helping the global video games market to record a positive performance for the first time since 2009.