Trends in the Multi-Billion Dollar Video Game Industry: Q/A with Gaming Champ Fatal1ty

As I strolled various malls during the holiday season against my will and better judgment, I would see lines outside all the gaming stores as folks line up to buy Battlefield 3, NBA 2K 12, Rage, Just Dance 3, or the newly released Modern Warfare 3.

You don’t think the gaming business is big business?  Modern Warfare 3 raked in $400 million in sales upon its first week of release in late November 2011.

To get a better handle on the gaming industry, especially in light of the holiday shopping season, I had the good fortune of a Q & A with Johnathan Wendel (a.k.a Fatal1ty).  Mr. Wendel has amassed over $500,000 in career prize money, and his Fatal1ty Gaming Gear products are produced by such licensees as Creative, AsRock, and OCZ.  These products generate in the low 8 figures in retail sales each year.

RISHE: Explain the state of the videogame industry today?

WENDEL: The video game industry continues to be a huge success, everything from PC Gaming, Console Gaming and even Mobile Gaming.  Everyone wants to game on their downtime, and especially when the weather doesn’t permit you to get outside.  You have constant interaction with other people online, and there is even some great games in 3D!
As for the professional gaming circuit, you’re starting to see huge tournament payouts for team games in Call of Duty, Battlefield 3, and League of Legends.  With those three games alone they are giving out about $7 million or more in prize money.

RISHE:  Why are the combat games (known as First Person Shooter games) so popular?

WENDEL:  FPS games in general allow you to be whoever you want to be…be it a sniper, soldier, medic, etc.  The cool thing I like about FPS games is that I can do whatever I want, I feel as if I have freedom to look and move my character in the video game just like I was there in real life.  And there is nothing more satisfying than frag’n your friends online.

RISHE:  What traits / skills that you possess and have developed over the years have allowed you to be so successful as a player?

WENDEL:  I believe my hand-eye coordination from playing sports and other activities has allowed me to be a great gamer.  Since becoming a champion in gaming, the skills or traits I acquired include more reflexes as well as becoming better at memorization.  To be at the top of your game, you need to excel in all of these categories.

RISHE:  What are some current games that you would recommend for this holiday season?

WENDEL:  Battlefield 3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 & Gears of War 3.  I know these are all FPS games, but they are the most popular right now and are the games I specialize in.

If you want to play some different games, you can always try League of Legends for FREE on your PC.  It’s a very interesting game I play along side my FPS mayhem.


The overall economy is slowly staggering back to its feet in the aftermath of what many called the Great Recession.

But there is nothing overly sluggish about the video gaming industry.

Frag on, gamers!

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