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Americans Spent Over $43B On Video Games In 2018

Americans clearly love their games, whether it’s cheap games or premium games, as shown by a recent report from the Entertainment Software Association and the NPD Group, published early January 2019.

According to their data, American gamers accounted for a whopping $43.4 billion in revenue for the US video game industry for the year of 2018. This number is an 18% increase in revenue from 2017’s number of $36.9 billion, according to data from the market intelligent company, Sensor Tower.

Divided up by their source, hardware revenue accounted for $7.5 billion, a 15% growth from the $6.5 billion recorded by 2017. Software sales revenue, which included physical and digital sales, as well as in-game purchases and subscriptions, accounted for $35.8 billion, which is a growth of 18% from 2017’s $30.4 billion.

Acting ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said that the economic growth that the video game industry is experiencing is a reflection of its growth as a part of mainstream American culture. Across the country, people of all backgrounds, and of all ages can be counted as some of the most passionate video gamers and fans. Interactive entertainment, he says, has now become the most influential form of entertainment in America.

Video Games Industry Analyst Mat Piscatella, the NPD Group, says that 2018 was another record setting year for the US’s video game industry, thanks to consumer spending going up by 18%, past $43 billion. He says that, whether it was playing on the go with a mobile device or at home on a PC or console, consumers across the country, of all ages and interests, found something from the video game industry to match their needs whether it’s cheap games on the PC or free-to-play games on mobile. All platforms; console, PC, and mobile, saw significant growth, alongside developments in the market’s portions, like subscription and streaming services.

According to a report from the NPD Group released early 2019, the number of mobile gamers in North America went up by 5% in 2018, all amounting to the largest segment of profit within the gaming industry. Piscatella says that this is because there’s a lot of variety when it comes to mobile gaming, with games for all sorts of demographic available on the platform.

 

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Why You Should Go For Similan Islands Diving

The Similan Islands are a wonderful archipelago located in the Andaman Sea, about 100-kilometres north from Phuket. These small islands are breathtaking that all you need is some snapshots to reminisce memories here. Most people come here on a day trip tour, but it’s highly suggested to try liveaboards as it’s cheaper. Spend around two to four days to experience Similan islands diving and you’ll enjoy it. The trip is faraway from Phuket, so travel at night and when you wake up, enjoy the daytime by diving.

To get to the Similan islands, you’ll need to book a tour that takes you first to a snorkelling experience. Then you’ll head to the main island where you can dine in a restaurant and be accommodated in hospitable hotels. Try not to deal with the cheapest speedboat unless you’re on a tight budget. You’ll be worried too much if you travel with limited space. If you’re a professional diver, there are many dive centres to check out and book for a day trip to Khao Lak. Or you’ll prefer the liveaboard cruise to have a great Similan islands diving experience.

What to Remember So You Won’t Get in Trouble

The Thai government takes care of the national parks found in the Similan islands. They inform people to preserve and handle it well. As a ruling, tourists and divers visiting Similan for diving are not allowed to feed the fishes, no matter how they swarm around and beg for food. They are also not allowed to pick any coral or sea life. And lastly, if they come across a coral, they need to swim above and not walk on it.

Staying over the Similan

You’ll find a hard time booking an accommodation here, especially that they are limited in this area. However, after the Similan islands diving, you can spend the night and rent a small tent or air-conditioned bungalow. The latter is more comfortable as you’re provided with your own bathroom with shower. You also get a sea view from the balcony and lots of fresh air. Be here between October till May as scuba diving is closed the rest of the year due to bad weather conditions.
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