Square Enix president on the future of streaming video games

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In a New Year’s letter posted on the 1st, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda talks a lot about the future of gaming. In Matsuda’ eyes, streaming will begin to take over the market. Here’s an excerpt from his letter.

Meanwhile, cloud streaming services for gaming have at last begun to show signs of taking off. Streaming is likely to bring a number of new platform operators into the market in addition to the existing console providers, while platform holders are also joining the PC gaming space. These developments produce a growing number of avenues through which game publishers and developers can provide content. In particular, game streaming services will be the ultimate driver of a rapid transition from the sale of games in boxes to digital consumption. Streaming also lends itself to new subscription-based business models, so we believe deciding how to engage with these forthcoming trends will be key to future growth.”

We all know digital gaming is the future, but it seems as though streaming is where most success will be found. Xbox launched Game Pass last year and it’s a key example of what publishers may start to implement in the coming years.

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Aric Sweeny
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