As noted over the past decade, the gaming industry is on a steady rise. With more and more games appearing on the market, and more and more players checking them out, it’s safe to assume that the gaming sector will only continue to thrive in the future.
From 1994, when the first PlayStation came out all the way to the present, gamers had the opportunity to see and test out various gaming platforms that enabled them to explore the opulent world of video game genres.
That being said, let’s dive into the world of gaming and see which types of games are expected to be the most popular ones in 2023.
Fast-paced Table And Casino Games
Around 4.2 billion people gamble at least once a year.
Currently one of the most commonly played types of games are fast-paced table and casino games.
These often include – but are not limited to – poker, blackjack, slots and roulette.
No matter if you’re simply looking to play a round of poker with your friends on a Friday night, or you’re exploring a breakdown of different operators that offer such games, you’re bound to have lots of fun.
What’s more, it’s important to note that just because someone enjoys playing such games, that doesn’t necessarily mean they enjoy gambling.
Instead, there are people who enjoy playing casino games with no strings attached, and the best part is that there are plenty of online providers that offer these options to anyone interested.
The estimated global eSports audience size is 540 million as of 2023.
Sports games have always been quite a popular genre and they continue to be on a steady rise.
No matter which sport you are interested in, chances are you’ll be able to find a game that suits your taste and preferred gameplay.
Sports games don’t only enable players to stay connected with their favorite sport during the off season, but they also leave plenty of room to those interested in sports betting, for instance.
Fantasy sports, in particular, are becoming more and more popular, attracting numerous people from all across the globe.
That’s why it’s safe to say that sports games will most likely continue to dominate the 2023 gaming market.
League of Legends, one of the currently most popular MOBAs, has seen around 149.9 million active players in November 2022.
Multiplayer online battle arena games, or MOBAs for short, are certainly another game genre that we will be seeing more of in 2023.
Not only are these games extremely engaging and fast-paced, which many gamers seem to enjoy quite a bit, but they’re also extremely popular in the world of eSports tournaments and competitions.
So, simply put, due to the sheer unpredictability of MOBA game matches and fast-paced nature of them, it’s safe to say that these games are here to stay in 2023 and well beyond.
What’s more, we can even expect to see new titles entering the scene, aside from the ones we already know and cherish.
World of Warcraft, one of the oldest and most popular MMOs, has well over 124 million players (almost 3 million active players) in 2023.
Even though it is true that massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs for short, don’t really boast the same numbers as some of the aforementioned game genres, their loyal audience base is certainly not neglectable in any sense.
What’s more, with some of the “oldtimers” (such as Guild Wars 2, 2012) revamping their content, marketing and exposure by making the game available on Steam, releasing new expansions and making some serious changes in the game engine – and thus attracting new players – it’s safe to say that MMOs will also be quite a popular option in 2023.
However, it’s important to note that some of these games require serious time-commitment, so if you’re interested in exploring some of these titles, make sure you go for the one that can easily fit in your regular day-to-day schedule.
Role playing games, or RPGs for short, are another game genre that’s definitely here to stay.
Due to the nature of RPGs, and considering the fact that they also include card and tabletop games, it’s virtually impossible to determine how many players enjoy this particular genre.
Additionally, single-player RPGs are well-known for having a great replayability, which is just another reason why it’s almost impossible to determine how many gamers actually enjoy playing them.
That being said, aside from highly anticipated Hogwarts Legacy (2023), we had the opportunity to see a huge hype around titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015), Mass Effect Legendary Edition (2021), Fallout: New Vegas (2010) and Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020), to name a few.
According to Statista, puzzle games were the most played games in the United States in 2022.
Last but certainly not the least are puzzle games. These games vary greatly in theme, complexity and gameplay, but all of them are quite interesting and engaging.
The sheer diversity of this game genre is probably the main reason that puzzle games are so popular today.
That and the fact that they’re super easy to pick up, but they also don’t require long gaming sessions in order to achieve a goal.
That being said, however, they do tend to be quite engaging, so getting carried away and spending more time playing than you’ve originally intended is way easier than you may think.
If you are looking to broaden your gaming horizons and explore some new titles and genres in 2023, the aforementioned games are definitely a great place to start.
Not only do the current titles offer quite a bit of fun to both old and new players, but the fact that these genres will only continue to expand in 2023 leaves room for plenty of new titles to enter the scene.
So, no matter how much time you have in your daily schedule to dedicate to gaming and exploring new genres, you will most definitely find something that will suit your taste and playstyle.