Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions into isolation, video games are seeing a surge in usage as people seek entertainment and social interaction.
When we surveyed gaming-focused VCs in October, Andreessen Horowitz partner Jonathan Lai predicted that “next-generation games will be bigger than anything we’ve seen yet,” eventually reaching “Facebook scale.” This month, when we asked 17 VCs how this era would impact consumer startups, gaming was one of the top verticals they named.
We wanted to learn more about how the venture community thinks about the future of this sector, so we asked five experienced gaming investors about where they do — and don’t — see new opportunities within this trend:
- Kevin Zhang, Upfront Ventures
- Ryann Lai, Makers Fund
- Shanti Bergel, Transcend Fund
- Bertrand Vernizeau, Game Seer Venture Partners
- Siamac Kamalie, Skycatcher
Below are their responses, edited for space and clarity. We’ll follow up with surveys on other gaming categories in the next couple of weeks.
And if you’re interested in understanding the challenges for gaming companies aiming to become next-generation social platforms, be sure to read my eight-part series on virtual worlds.