Thursday, March 15, 2007

Serious Games Market Dynamics By 2012

Via: ANGILS Reports

Corporate Learning Games in Europe:
Market Challenges & Opportunities for Serious Games Used in Learning to 2012
Publisher: Apply Group Ltd. Supporters: ANGILS and eLearning Network
Analysts: Martine Parry & Vaughan Waller

The first ever publicly available report on the market dynamics, challenges, opportunities and supply chain for Serious Games used in Corporate learning in Europe is now published.

The result of a market survey with all key stake-holders across the supply chain, include the revelation that the majority of corporations, learning suppliers and established Serious Games suppliers foresee ‘learning games’ not only being adopted but becoming mainstream by 2012. Also a resounding 100% of corporations surveyed see the value of using game-based learning within their organizations.

These are just a few of the key findings in this report – facts only now revealed through the first primary research in this subject and findings that are critical to decision-making in the whole value chain: from investors, corporations, suppliers of learning content, tools suppliers and government agencies.

Attitudes are changing and understanding is deepening on the subject of using game techniques and technologies for learning within corporations, driven by key market and business conditions.

These include: a changing staff profile - the MTV generation is being replaced by the ‘digital native’ generation – and the increasing complexity of the business landscape: compliance, increase in knowledge-driven ‘initiative-taking’ roles, together with extended global reach and a need for simulating more complex systems.

Clive Shepherd, a well-known and respected practitioner and commentator in the field of learning has reviewed the report and said: ’ Serious Games provide an important opportunity for learning and development professionals because they contribute to the type of learning that adults want, i.e. learning how rather than learning what. They provide opportunities for learners to experiment and to make mistakes without risk to life, limb or (most importantly for adults) ego.’

He added: ‘If you’re serious about Serious Games – and if you’re a supplier of learning solutions or someone who is responsible for implementing these within organisations – then this report, Corporate Learning Games in Europe, will undoubtedly be of value. The report is based on extensive research of the supply and demand ends of the market and succeeds in identifying the most important issues facing each of these. It clarifies what serious games really are, where they can be of value and what needs to happen if they are to become a reality.’


Lead analyst Martine Parry of publisher Apply Group said: ‘It has been an illuminating project and it was great to have Vaughan Waller on board with us as an associate analyst. Following our survey of the key players in this market, we adopted a 360 degree approach to our research to gauge the dynamics of the market now and make predictions to 2012. We invited for interview a number of heads of European training from the leading corporations, together with senior executives from learning suppliers, Serious Games developers and leisure games developers who fitted a profile of wanting to diversify their activities. Even for those who think they already know about this subject such as I did, the results are eye-opening.’

The report comprises 176 pages with 50+ figures and charts and is available as a pdf for £599 + vat or print version on application. Discounts are available for members of ANGILS and eLearning Network.
More information about the report and a free overview document is available directly from Martine Parry.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Serious Games, Serious Money: A Sizeable Market

Business Environment

By 2010, the worldwide video game market should grow to $46.5 billion, at an average 11.4% compound annual rate, global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts.

Global Video Game Market Set to Explode

PricewaterhouseCoopers' media outlook report forecasts major growth for the video game sector worldwide

That compares with the filmed entertainment business, which PwC estimates will grow at a 5.3% compound annual rate, to become a $104 billion market by 2010, or the television networks business expected to grow at a 6.6% rate to $227 billion.

The estimated $8.4 billion U.S. video game market of 2005 likely will grow at a slower clip than other sectors, at 8.9%, to hit $13 billion in 2010, lagging Asia Pacific and the combined region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to PwC's "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2006-2010."

Asia Pacific should hold its leadership position in terms of overall spending on games. Despite its existing magnitude, the region should grow even faster than the U.S. for the same period, PwC reports, bringing a $9.8 billion market in 2005 to $17.4 billion by 2010, a 12.3% compound annual increase.

US Game Player Demographics
Via Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

· US computer and video game software ONLY sales grew six percent in 2006 to $7.4 billion – almost tripling industry software sales since 1996.
· The average game player is 33 years old and has been playing games for 12 years.

· Thirty-five percent of American parents say they play computer and video games. Further, 80 percent of gamer parents say they play video games with their kids. Sixty-six percent feel that playing games has brought their families closer together.

· Thirty-eight percent of all game players are women. In fact, women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30%) than boys age 17 or younger (23%).

A Business Model for Serious Games - Moving Beyond Work-For-Hire
 Via CEO of Breakaway Ltd, Douglas Whatley, speech at a meeting in Washington, D.C.

Emergent Use of Interactive Games for Solving Problems is Serious Effort

The development of the serious games space is dependant on several efforts, such as advances in design, pedagogy, and technology.

Early adopters have focused heavily on these elements and sparingly on business development models and advancements, partially because the predominant model in serious games has been work-for-hire.

As the field grows, however, it experiences a wider variety in business models as developers seek to find ways to make the market work for them, which implies new ways of doing business, raising capital, distributing, and selling product.

The "serious games" market will not be as easily formed as the commercial games market was. The market is much more B2B (business-to-business) oriented, where the majority of projects are "work-for-hire" or single-use efforts like those seen in traditional business software industries. Unlike B2C (individual consumers), organizations are slower moving when adopting new paradigms.

The nature of effort required for the Serious Games market to grow would include, but not exhaust:

- Shaping Serious Games from a movement into a viable and growing market, thus attracting needed investment.
- Providing easier means for customers to find producers and to lower the transaction costs which are still very high for such projects.
- Identifying and promoting the comparative strengths of games and the industry to non-industry groups.
- Heralding distinct business cases that will encourage more corporate investment in games.

EMEA will lead the globe in terms of video game growth at a 13% compound annual rate through 2010 reaching a $13.9 billion market size, up from $7.6 billion last year.

The only market that the U.S. likely will outpace in terms of industry growth, including Canada, is Latin America -- today a fledgling market for video games at $531 million, but expected to reach $835 million by 2010 -- set for a 9.5% compound annual gain.

In terms of game categories, which include console and hand-held, online, wireless, and PC games, in the U.S. PwC expects wireless to grow the fastest -- 28.6% -- ballooning from a $646 million market last year to $2.3 billion by 2010. That would be more than triple the rate for the overall video game market in the country.

In the Asia Pacific market, wireless and online games are expected to grow at about the same rate (23% compounded annually) with online games reaching $4.4 billion and wireless reaching $4.2 billion by 2010.

Video Games Market Size

Piracy rates subverts the actual market size

The lack of cost-effective software protection techniques coupled with the availability of peer to peer technology and high bandwidth Internet connections leaves the consumer software industry extremely vulnerable.

This state is reflected by a piracy rate of about 90%. According the IDC, the video games market size was about $26.3 billion in 2005. Surveys show that appropriate protection might yield a 125% increase in revenues for the video games industry. The bottom line (profits) of the video games industry should increase by a larger factor due to various constant expenses that do not increase linearly with sales.

Taking the above into account, best estimate for the worldwide video game market would rise to $58 bi by 2010.

Serious Games Market Size

This is a conservative estimate: the Serious Games market would be ranging between $150 - 200 million per year, which is enough for a lot of modestly priced game productions.

For a long time the healthcare market recognized the value of using interactive training mechanisms, but has historically focused on hardware simulators. The excessive costs of maintaining these solutions, and the limited access to students they provide is stating to prove a huge bottleneck. As the market searches for solutions, more and more institutions are embracing software simulations.

Healthcare training market could make available additional $ 400 million, bringing the overall figure for the Serious Games market close to $ 1 billion shortly.

The impressive figure, however, stands for the Serious Games Target Market world wide, as we put together the estimated budgets for Government Training and Simulations, US Army Training, Corporate Learning, eLearning, Business Analytics, and US Textbook Markets to the value of $ 155 billion in Mo.O.D. 2004.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Serious Games Going Mainstream In UK: ANGILS

Serious Games challenging us to play a better future

Via: Angils - UK Serious Games trade body formed

Serious Games are successfully being designed, developed and deployed all over the world - across industry sectors - and for a variety of applications including learning and education; visualisation; health and awareness campaigns.

Massively multiplayer online, single player, mobile, PC, hand-held or even console, SGs deliver by utilising leading-edge games technologies, design and skills to address intractable issues that defence agencies, engineering organizations, utility companies and first responders have.....

...... whilst corporations and schools are finding them invaluable as learning content … and NGOs and marketing organizations find that their message and their brand are conveyed in a more productive – and enjoyable way - when the arts come together with games technology, creating something quite special. Developers of Serious Games in the UK met earlier this week in the inaugural board meeting of new trade body ANGILS, hammering out an action plan for the group which is aimed at promoting the growth of the serious games market.

ANGILS was originally founded as a non-profit-making networking group in 2003 but has now repositioned itself as a trade body for companies and individuals involved in the use of game technology and knowledge in non-games applications.

More specifically, ANGILS aims to address the business side of the market - and hopes to identify the key issues facing the burgeoning industry, so that working groups drawn from across the industry can find practical solutions.

"Representing many of the leading serious games clients and suppliers we are in a position to identify the 'big rocks' - the pressing needs of organizations and educational establishments that drive adoption - and then to assemble working parties lead by specialists in their fields to focus on mapping pragmatic solutions," explained ANGILS CEO Martine Parry.

"We need to drill down, to present the value of serious games to the commercial and educational markets to widen our understanding of how to position them: from engagement through productivity to mission-critical outcomes," she continued. "This is the main aim of the working parties."

UK based serious game developer TPLD is a founding member of ANGILS, and CEO Jim Piggot welcomed the group's first board meeting.

The other founding board members of ANGILS are PIXELearning, imaginary srl, KWP, PlayGen and Geomerics, with the board led by chairman Professor Bob Stone. ANGILS plans to announce details of its first working parties in the near future.