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Thread: Next-generation games will be bigger than anything we've seen yet. Forget 100M MAU, tomorrow's MMO will target 1B+ MAU (Facebook scale). Why?
Here are 6 key ways next-gen games will be different ->
1/ Games are the new mall. Fortnite looks more like Facebook than it does a traditional FPS: millions of players just hang out in squads & custom games. huge communities form around esports and in-game events like Marshmello's concert (~11M attendees) and #fortniteblackhole
2/ Games live for years. No longer Hollywood-style hits, live service games today can thrive for decades: @Leagueoflegends just celebrated its 10-year anniversary yesterday with a franchise-high 8M concurrent daily players
@LeagueOfLegends 3/ Platform convergence will create massive hits. As Mobile/PC/console cross-play becomes standard, games will grow faster and larger due to network effects. @PlayDauntless quadrupled its player base in 3 weeks when it launched cross-play
@LeagueOfLegends @PlayDauntless 4/ Game discovery will become organic & social. Forget Superbowl ads, influencers on social channels like Twitch, Discord, and Reddit are driving discovery. Both of 2019's top games @PlayApex and @TFT were marketed primarily through Twitch
@LeagueOfLegends @PlayDauntless @PlayApex @TFT 5/ The next Marvel universe will be born from games. Players today spend thousands of hours immersed in game worlds with compelling characters and stories. The next big movie franchise, theme park, or toy will likely come from original game IP
@LeagueOfLegends @PlayDauntless @PlayApex @TFT 6/ Consumers are co-creators. UGC is driving innovation (mods), scalable content, and virality. Who hasn't wanted to play Minecraft after seeing players recreate King's Landing or the Star Trek Enterprise inside the game?
@LeagueOfLegends @PlayDauntless @PlayApex @TFT Wrap/ At a16z we believe the games industry is in the midst of a tectonic shift from old-school to next generation games. If you're building a company in the space - let's chat! More detail in our blog -> a16z.com/2019/10/16/tre…
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