Digi-Capital have released their 2019 Q1 Games Report which looks at various aspect of gaming from various perspectives. Most interestingly in 2018 the gaming industry broke a world record and doubled it's investment to $5.7 billion which is a massive achievement and shows how gaming has become a massive part of the entertainment industry.
Epic Games raised approximately $1.25 billion worth of investment last year and with all the games like the Metro series and The Division 2 series coming to the Epic store instead of Steam, it looks like we may be seeing a rising star in the industry that is here to stay.The below chart by Digi-Capital shows the difference between 2017 and 2018 for the sectors of gaming in regards to investment and mergers and acquisitions.
Mergers and acquisitions also ballooned during 2018 compared to 2017 too with a focus on the mobile gaming sector. Mobile gaming has also increased in it's investment from 2017 as many companies are now seeing a market for mobile gaming more so than ever because of the technology of smart phones and being able to play games anywhere.
I don't think we'll see the levels of investment this year as last years Epic Games investment over a billion dollars was arguably a one off last year and won't be repeated this year. This shouldn't then put a downer on the gaming industry, this year should be the year Epic Games consolidates its place in the market and uses the investment to develop itself which so far looks as though it is well on course to do.