The corona virus pandemic keeps many people from leaving the house. Playing games is a leisure activity. Newzoo then collected data on the genre of games that became popular in the middle of the pandemic. According to the study conducted from December 2019 to March 2020, it was seen that all game genres – except MOBA and fighting – experienced a significant increase in the number of players. However, the genre that experienced the highest growth in number of players was shooters. The number of shooter game players rose by 40 percent.
Another game genre whose number of players is growing rapidly (34 percent) is deck-building games. Legends of Runeterra, the latest Riot Games game, is one of the reasons why deck-building games have become popular. Meanwhile, the increase in the number of arcade game players reached 28 percent, platformers genre 25 percent, and battle royale 17 percent.
In March 2020, 46 percent of PC players played shooter games. With this, shooter became the second most popular genre after MOBA. Among the shooter games, Rainbow Six: Siege is the game with the most number of players. Even so, other shooter games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensivve and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, also have an equal number of players.
Pandemics are not the only reason why more and more people play shooter games. In January 2020, the tactical shooter game Escape from Tarkov received an update. This makes gamers interested again in the shooter genre game. Meanwhile, the number of Rainbow Six players has indeed continued to rise since 2019. This game made by Ubisoft got a lot of new players from China. The launch of the battle royale mode, Warzone, from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is also another reason why the shooter genre is back in favor.
Shooter genre games not only experience growth in the number of players, but also the duration of play. In December 2019, the average playing time per day was 38 minutes. This figure rose to 60 minutes in March 2020. Indeed, because of quarantine, gamers have more free time. Another reason is that popular shooter games – such as Rainbow Six and Escape from Tarkov – do have long game sessions. Each match of the game can last for up to 1 hour.
After MOBA and shooter, the genre that has the most number of players is adventure. The reason is because adventure games allow players to explore in a completely new world and forget the real world. Minecraft from Microsoft is an adventure game with the most PC players.
Other genres that are becoming popular are racing games and simulations. Indeed, a number of races have to be canceled because of the corona virus. Instead, a virtual race is held in the form of using simulation racing. Some races that hold esports competitions in lieu of racing in the real world are Formula 1, Formula E, and NASCAR.
The number of viewers of racing game content on the streaming game platform also rose. On Twitch and YouTube, the total duration of content watched from live broadcasts of virtual racing rose by 117 percent in April 2020 when compared to February in the same year.