Skin in the game
Gulf Business|March 2021
Here’s why the sales of gaming equipment have soared in recent months
DAVID NDICHU

There were a few winners to emerge from the Covid-19 lockdowns. Zoom calls, e-commerce, online educational courses, virtual fitness classes. And gaming.

Confined to the home, and their Netflix library quickly depleted, a lot of people turned to online gaming to escape and cope.

According to a study by the ISFE, a gaming industry group, playtime increased weekly by 1.5 hours compared to the same period in 2019 among players aged 6-64 years. A third of the players say video games helped them feel happier, less anxious and less isolated and 29 per cent claim that video games had a positive impact on their mental health during the lockdown, especially those who play multi-player games.

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