The COVID-19 pandemic has played a big part in the growth of the video game industry within the past year. With everybody locked up in their homes, many have resorted to video games to pass the time, cope with the lockdown, and keep themselves sane. Even the World Health Organization recommended playing video games as a healthy social pastime during the coronavirus pandemic.
Although major events were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, video game sales have generally increased. According to the Statista Market Forecast, revenue is expected to grow annually by about 7.36%. However, just when you thought the world of online gaming was on the rise, the Philippines has decided to ban online games altogether.
It is no secret that the Philippines is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to Internet speeds. The Philippines currently ranks 83rd in the world in terms of mobile download speed and 92nd in terms of fixed broadband download speed – both below the global average of 46.94Mbps for mobile and 97.52Mbs for fixed broadband.
Well, it seems that there are finally some attempts tofix these Internet speeds… just not in the way you may have thought. In a recent statement, it was said that the Philippines’ slow Internet speeds were being blamed on the Filipino youth’s “obsession with online gaming” and their “binge-gaming livestreams”. Because of this, an online gaming ban will be implemented all over the country starting today (April 1, 2021) with hopes of speeding up the Philippine Internet.
Winnie M. Onilo explains, “Aside from providing better Internet speeds for those who need to work from home, banning online games will also hopefully reduce aggressive behavior as “violence in video games could translate to violence in real life”.
Are you an online gamer? What are your thoughts on this?
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