League of Legends for cell phones and Among Us for Xbox, the most anticipated of 2021

Lina Vargas Vega – lvargas@larepublica.com.co

The video game industry grew and consolidated in the pandemic. In 2020, an update made in the five main cities of the country by the Consumer Pulse Observatory of the analytics and research firm Sinnetic, shows that it is probable that the penetration of video game consoles has had an increase of 12% in relation to the measurement made in 2018 by the Dane (which registered 8%). Likewise, the study determined that gaming activities increased by 43%, while about 21.3% of new players were registered.

Gabriel Contreras, CEO of Sinnetic, stated that “regardless of the effects of screen time and the social and psychological dynamics that exposure to video games implies, it is clear that gaming is not only a trend, it is a whole consumer culture consolidated in quarantine”.

In addition, research has positioned video games as an important axis of society, such as ManpowerGroup. Ana María Muñoz, manager of corporate relations for the company, stated that “we analyzed more than 11,000 games in 13 genres, to identify what those social skills are developed in each category and then transfer those skills to the workplace; so what this test does is that a person who plays Call of Duty or Fornite, cultivates the soft skills that a warehouse packer requires, such as critical thinking, spatial awareness and problem solving.

The rise of the gamer trend has made video game premieres an event in which many people have their sights set, in addition to being an industry in which products abound, according to the Eurogamer portal, for 2021 the launches of 216 video games, however some stand out that have been acclaimed by the audience and that have greater expectations.

A game that stands out among the releases for this year is League of Legends: Wild Rift, this is the mobile version of the acclaimed phenomenon that is at the pinnacle of video games.

In 2020, Among Us was in fashion, great soccer figures and famous gamers came together to popularize the game of the imposter. This year the version for Xbox will be released and it is positioned as one of the most anticipated video games of the year.

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Others expected are the new versions of the super classic: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, New Pokémon Snap, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, Resident Evil Village and Hitman 3 (see graphic for release dates).

Gamer’s Favorite Snacks and Drinks

Sinnetic conducted research that revealed that gamers’ favorite beverages are malts for children and beers for adults. Flavored sodas appear to be preferred by adults compared to carbonated beverages, while the latter seem preferred by children. On the other hand, popcorn, chocolate-based sweets and cheese-flavored fritters lead the preference for children and packaged fritters in mixes, corn-based fritters, mixed nuts and nuts and multigrain cookies lead participation in adult gamers.

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