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The Biggest Gaming Trends Of 2022

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The gaming industry is one that is going through constant change. Each year, the industry develops and evolves, and this can make it a fascinating industry to keep pace with. These trends can emerge from technological developments, consumer trends, new games, and external factors like the pandemic and the economy. 2022 has been another fascinating year in the gaming industry, and there have been a handful of key trends that have dominated the year (so far). This post will take a look at a few of the biggest gaming trends of 2022 and how they have changed the going industry.

VR Gaming

VR gaming has been steadily on the rise for a few years now. Still, the technology has advanced a lot, and there are now many fantastic games available that can provide a thrilling, immersive experience that is hard to match. With complete 360-degree views and surround sound, games can immerse themselves in new worlds, and this is now being taken to the next level with the ‘meta verse’, which allows you to build your own avatar and interact with others.

Mobile Gaming

People tend to think of consoles when it comes to gaming, but these days many people are playing games on their mobile devices, which is popular even with those who are not huge gaming fans. Mobile gaming brings convenience and portability, allowing people to play fun, gripping and addictive games no matter where they are, whether on the train on the way to work, on their lunch break or even lying in bed.

Esports Betting

Esports has been a major trend for a few years and can provide gamers with an exciting and engaging experience. Many have turned to esports betting to heighten the drama and excitement as this will give you a stake in the action and make any esports match more exciting. The Thunderpick blog section is a great place for learning more about all things related to esports betting and will help you to find the best esports betting opportunities.

Online Casino Games

Online casino games are proving to be highly popular in 2022 and, again, a type of gaming that is popular even with those that are not video game enthusiasts. This is because online casino games can be easy to pick up and play, play anywhere with an internet connection, and provide a thrill that is hard to match with other types of games. You can play all kinds of exciting and engaging casino games online, including poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, slot machines, and many others.

These are a few of the biggest gaming trends shaping the industry in 2022. It is always interesting to see the latest trends and developments in the gaming industry as it continuously changes, with new developments, technologies, and consumer habits creating these trends. These are some of the biggest trends in 2022 and ones that will play a major role heading into 2023, so keep an eye out and see what you might enjoy.

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Kinetix launches world first user-generated AI-powered Emotes for gaming & metaverse

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Kinetix, a pioneering 3D animation and AI tech startup, today proudly launches its revolutionary user-generated emotes for video games and virtual worlds, signifying a vital first step towards true self-expression in gaming and the metaverse.

The Kinetix generative AI-powered platform and no-code editing tools enable users, creators, video game makers, metaverse platforms, and brands to create and edit animated 3D content in seconds. This democratizes the process of creating custom 3D animated content, extending to millions of people a skill set that was previously limited to a few thousand trained artists and animators.

Today, Kinetix launches the first ever user-generated emotes to tackle the challenge of limited self-expression in gaming and metaverse worlds. Emotes are animations that can express emotion in video games and virtual worlds, such as dances, celebrations and gestures. Uniquely, emotes made with Kinetix can work in any avatar-based video game or metaverse, and fit effortlessly into any virtual environment from hyper-realism to voxel blocky worlds.

Yassine Tahi, CEO and Co-founder of Kinetix, commented:

“We want to champion a new standard for self-expression in video games and metaverse worlds by opening up the creation of emotes. Our emotes are live now for anyone to create, marking a true watershed moment for digital self-expression and our mission to humanize the metaverse.”

He added, “A once in a lifetime concert without dancing, or a drag queen show without ‘Death Drop’ are missed opportunities for self-expression, realism, individuality, and human connection. We invite everyone to embrace this new trend by playing with our easy-to-use, no-code platform and trying out their best moves on their favorite character or avatar.”

Creators can own their emotes by taking up the option to ‘mint’ them on the Kinetix platform: transforming them into digital assets called ‘Emote NFTs’. With the Kinetix marketplace, creators can then promote and monetize their work and receive 95% of the sale price, creating a fairer revenue model. Brands and IP owners can also use Kinetix tech to make custom emotes. In November 2022, Kinetix teamed up with TF1 and BBC Studios to launch an exclusive collection for international TV hit ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

Founded in Paris in 2020 by CEO Yassine Tahi and CTO Henri Mirande, Kinetix has a team of 45 and was recently named by WIRED as one of the hottest startups in Paris. Earlier this year, Kinetix raised $11 million in seed funding in a round led by Adam Ghobarah, founder of Top Harvest Capital, with participation from Sparkle Ventures, and multiple virtual world platforms and successful entrepreneurs. Kinetix already has established partnerships with leading and emerging virtual worlds including Roblox, The Sandbox, ZEPETO, Decentraland, and PolyLand.

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Hamburg Games Conference announces first speakers for 2023 edition

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Under the main topic “Invest in Games”, the Hamburg Games Conference will bring together participants from the international games industry at the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg on March 1 and 2, 2023. Further talks, keynotes and panel discussions will focus on funding, dev and start-up topics. The first games industry experts contributing to the program with talks and presentations are already confirmed. Tickets for the Hamburg Games Conference are available at a reduced early bird rate until January 12, 2023.

For the main conference track “Invest in Games”, multiple talks are already confirmed, providing insights and best practices on investments and M&A deals from the perspective of founders as well as investing companies and M&A advisors:

  • Janosch Kühn and Daniel Stammler (founders of Kolibri Games / BLN Capital) recap building up their studio and their successful exit in their talk “Kolibri Story – From student dorm to multi-million dollar exit in 4 years”.
  • Maarten de Koning (Executive Vice President at DDM, an investment consulting firm specializing in games) will outline the most important principles for successful deals in his talk “10 Golden Rules to Avoid Investment and M&A Disasters”.
  • Arnd Benninghof (Executive Vice President of Gaming at Modern Times Group) will provide insights into MTG’s M&A strategy, with which the Swedish company continues to successfully build an international portfolio of investments in the games sector (including for example InnoGames, Kongregate, Hutch and PlaySimple).
  • Michael Schade (CEO and Co-Founder of Hamburg-based studio Rockfish Games) looks back on the successful self-financing of Everspace 2 through crowdfunding, early access and licensing deals in his talk “How to Self-fund a 20 Million Euro Space Looter-Shooter”.
  • Frank Zahn (Delivery Director & Managing Director at the technology consultancy / software company Endava) shares his experiences selling his digital agency Exozet to Endava in his talk “Lessons Learned on Selling my Company”.
  • Christof Wegmann (Founder & CTO at Exit Games / Photon Engine) will look back on success factors and lessons learned in the development of the mobile hit Stumble Guys in his post-mortem talk “Stumbling into a Global Hit Downloaded 2 Million Times per Day”.

 

First confirmed speakers for the further conference tracks covering funding, dev and start-up topics are:

  • Linda Rendel (Production Director and founder of FemDevMeetup) will present her talk “Production Leadership – How to be an authentic lead and build trusting relationships with your team” and share insights as well as tools for authentic leadership in the context of game productions.
  • René Habermann (founder and developer at Bippinbits) will share his learnings from the development and successful marketing of the indie hit Dome Keeper, which generated over a million euros in revenue within just one day after its release.
  • In a post-mortem talk, Jan and Paul Taaks (founders of Hamburg-based indie studio Overhype Studios) will give insights into the development and marketing of their indie hit Battle Brothers.

 

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Web3 Card Game The Lost Glitches Launches Exclusively on ImmutableX

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Immutable, the leading web3 gaming company, and Honig Studios, a game developer known for highly acclaimed titles such as El Hijo – A Wild West Tale, have announced that upcoming Web3-native trading card game (TCG) The Lost Glitches is launching exclusively on ImmutableX.

The Lost Glitches card game combines extensive role-playing elements with physical trading cards, with an emphasis on fun, replayability, immersive storytelling, and full digital ownership of collectibles.

In selecting ImmutableX, a gas-free Ethereum Layer-2 scaling platform for their infrastructure and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Honig Studios can offer players unparalleled usability and engaging experiences while retaining Ethereum-grade security.

The Immutable ecosystem now boasts some of the most popular NFT card trading games in the industry, including Gods Unchained, CryptoSpells, Goons of Balatroon, Cross the Ages, Deviants’ Factions, which are proving to be one of the most resilient pockets of the NFT market at the moment.

“The demand for NFT trading card games on Immutable is exceptionally high at the moment. We’re delighted to be adding another high-quality title to our line up. We are not only able to offer the widest range of TCGs, but we can provide a premium experience for players, delivering a versatile, engaging, and rewarding ecosystem full of fun and entertainment,” Andrew Sorokovsky, VP of Global Business Development for ImmutableX, said.

Lost Glitches offers a player-versus-player multiplayer mode, together with beginner-friendly tutorials, single-player campaigns, quests and other competitive events.

As well as collecting cards to use in combat, players will also be able to level-up their characters with each battle and choose how to upgrade their skills tree to customise the gameplay.

“Beyond creating and immersing players in the unique and rich cyberpunk atmosphere of The Lost Glitches world, we also want to make education and onboarding of new players to web3 a fun and easy-to-understand experience. This is why we’re excited to be partnering with IMX, a platform fully dedicated to gaming, as ImmutableX will help us to easily integrate these aspects,” said The Lost Glitches founder  Alexey Ivanov.

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