How to Capitalize on Digital Status Symbols
The Signal: Billions of bored, restless people stuck at home has been a massive boost for the gaming industry. From March to April alone, Microsoft reported a 130% increase in multiplayer engagement. Twitch, the most popular video game streaming platform, saw a 50% increase in gaming hours watched (to 1.49B hours).
The Nintendo Switch gaming console is also having its day in the sun — it is sold out everywhere, leading to tons of sales (sometimes at 2 or even 3x the $299 pricetag) on eBay and Craigslist.
But the spending doesn’t stop there: People are also making in-game purchases of virtual goods. Player spending on Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, a relaxing game that lets you live a virtual life on a deserted island, reached an all-time high in April of $7.9m. What are gamers spending on? A camping chair will set you back $12, while you can expect to pay as much as $17 for a telescope (assuming $0.05 / “Leaf Ticket”: the in-game virtual currency).
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The signal: As more people wave goodbye to dairy, alternative milk is slowly taking over; it has already cornered 13% of the market. With the exception of soy milk, all of the alt-milks have been on the up, with some of the newer entrants including hemp milk and pea milk. Other alt-products are getting attention, including cashew cheese, with 18100 searches per month.
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