In all the excitement around big video game sales, a huge spike in audience engagement and unprecedented demand for consoles, it can be easy to forget the devastating impact the pandemic had on some corners of the business.
Physical retail has been surprisingly resilient, but that's entirely down to a rise in online selling. Video games on the High Street are under serious threat. Games expos are, too, with leading events businesses forced to cancel shows and lay off entire teams.
And then there are the arcades. Despite it being a long way from its glory days in the 1980s, the arcade industry has found a way to endure over recent years, through retro establishments, VR, more specialist offerings, and video game museums.

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