We’ve been seeing the impact of the spread of COVID-19 globally since it first emerged in January – and we’ve seen the list of businesses and industries that have been hurt by this grow alongside it. But one that has proven to be very resilient so far is the entertainment industry – as many find themselves stuck at home for growing periods of time during lockdown measures, our favourite distractions have proven to be invaluable.
Movies & TV – We’ve seen some newer releases be pushed back as a result of the ongoing global crisis – with big titles such as the new James Bond outing and the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise to be pushed back. But with the bad news has come some good news too – Disney+ had been released in the UK toward the end of March which gave those self-isolating a new service to look into, with its low entry price it had many excited. With this too, some of the exclusive titles that were set to release at theatres have now been confirmed to premier on the streaming platform instead. And of course Netflix and Amazon Prime have continued to have a strong showing by updating their libraries with new titles each week.
Gaming – Both on dedicated platforms and on mobile, gaming has continued its very strong trend of performing well. New releases on the Nintendo platform by way of Animal Crossing managed to reach record sales numbers within the first week, and the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy is receiving very strong reviews. Mobile games continue to show strength too as casino games are hitting record traffic levels, and with a non Gamstop list at Maximum Casinos available, you’ll be able to play from anywhere in the world. This weekend also saw the soft beta release for Valorant, a new offering from Riot Games, the publisher behind League of Legends – which racked up hundreds of thousands of viewers on streaming platform Twitch.
Live Streaming Platforms – Speaking of which, Twitch, which is the biggest of the platforms has continued to excel. The content creators that stream daily have mostly increased their streaming hours across the board to reach bigger audiences as many are now spending their days at home – because of this we’re seeing a big increase in viewership numbers not only on the bigger channels, but the smaller streamers are also finding a benefit. This has also led to the creation of many new accounts to get started in their streamer career in an effort to keep those unable to go out entertained.
As we may see the lockdowns continue for a number of weeks yet, it will be a relief to many that they have so many forms of media they can turn to for entertainment – with many movies and series coming up in preparation for release, we may see them release a little earlier to catch as much of a larger audience as possible.