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Gaming Fever Pitch Boosts Demand for Gaming Peripherals

The gaming headset and accessories market reached exceptionally strong growth during the 2020 pandemic; interest in gaming reached fever pitch, with consumers locked down in need of entertainment and socialisation. Futuresource Consulting predicts that 2021 will generate over $4.6 billion from gaming headsets, speakers, mice and keyboards globally.

“The gaming fever pitch that built up throughout the pandemic significantly boosted demand for gaming peripherals - especially headsets, with established brands such as Turtle Beach, Logitech, Razer, HyperX, Corsair and SteelSeries seeing a substantial uptick in demand” commented Morris Garrard, Research Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “The rapid growth of this category in recent years has encouraged the entrance of traditional audio vendors such as JBL, Bose, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, B&O and Audio Technica into the market, aiming to capitalise on the momentum building within the gaming industry by bringing lifestyle audio expertise to dedicated gaming solutions.”  

Furthermore, according to the latest Futuresource report, this entrance of the traditional brands into gaming has highlighted the opportunity for product convergence, designing a single device to satisfy all audio use cases, as well as the opportunity for specialist gaming audio brands to branch out into other audio segments. “There is an increasing overlap between gaming, office and lifestyle headsets, which has been accelerated by the pandemic” comments Garrard, “the transition to virtual work and schooling has meant that consumers are demanding more versatile solutions that can be used for numerous use cases, with vendors in these different verticals expected to benefit from a larger total addressable market moving forwards.”

This convergence is also impacting the features available on gaming headsets, with opportunities emerging within Gaming True Wireless for both traditional and gaming audio vendors alike. Another theme explored within the report is the arrival of active noise cancellation to premium gaming headsets and how this technology is expected to progress within gaming. The explosive growth of game streaming on websites such as Twitch and YouTube is also opening up opportunities for vendors across the audio spectrum within the microphone category, a key topic discussed within this report.

This market has been tracked since 2017 by Futuresource and since 2020 has been run as a biannual service. This service will give clients an overview of the rapidly evolving gaming accessories market and provide an understanding of these trends within the context of the wider Gaming, Audio and CE markets.

The report assesses the scale and future growth potential of the gaming accessories market which includes headsets, speakers, mice and keyboards. The competitive landscape of this category will also be reviewed, alongside the key drivers shaping the development of the market. Market forecasts in units and value are provided for 2019 to 2025.

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Morris Garrard

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Morris Garrard

Morris Garrard is a Research Analyst at Futuresource Consulting, leading our research across core gaming categories such as Content and Hardware as well as related industries such as Gaming Headsets & Accessories, Esports and XR.

Morris works within the Mobile Tech & Gaming Team and as such is also involved in projects tracking markets such as Mobile Handsets, PCs and Retail Distribution. Morris joined Futuresource in 2019 and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham.

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